At the core of the shamanic energy healing session lies the Illumination process. Illumination achieves healing in three ways. First, it burns up the sludge and deposits adhering to the walls of a chakra, promoting longevity and strengthening the immune response. Second, it combusts the toxic energy around harmful physical and emotional imprints. Third, it scours clean the imprints in the Luminous Energy Field (LEF). When these imprints are erased, it is possible to change negative emotions and behaviors. The power of the immune system is unleashed, and physical healing is accelerated.
Every imprint in the LEF is linked to a chakra through which it releases toxic data into the central nervous system. To better understand a client’s problem, I perform a chakra assessment to determine which is the compromised energy center.
In the Inka shamanic traditions there are no “bad” energies. There are only energies that are “light,” and so support life, and energies that are “heavy,” which cannot be digested. The Illumination process transforms heavy energies into light, turning emotional wounds into sources of power and knowledge. Only one healing issue and one chakra should be worked on during an Illumination session.
The entire process takes about an hour, and begins as described in last week’s blog. After opening Sacred Space and enveloping my client in my Luminous Energy Field, I focus on the compromised chakra. Cradling my client’s head in both hands, I hold the pressure points at the base of the skull. These points, known in acupuncture as the heavenly gate, help to bring the client into a deep state of relaxation. While holding the deepening points for at least ten minutes, I softly ask what she is experiencing.
Synchronizing my breathing with my client’s, I reach down and open the compromised chakra by holding one hand a few inches above it, sensing the swirling energy, and then rotating my hand counterclockwise three or four times. (Sometimes I use an eagle feather for this process, as it allows me to reach the lower chakras without leaving my place by my client’s head.)
As soon as the chakra is opened, it begins to “backwash,” releasing its sludge and toxic energies. I often perceive dark streamers, like thick ribbons, swirling out of the chakra. I spin the chakra counterclockwise several times, since it can become clogged when it backwashes, and check in with my client to see how she is feeling.
Some clients report a change in body temperature, or experience involuntary muscle spasms, or spontaneous jerking – signs that energies around the imprint are being combusted and expelled. I remind my clients that they can slow down or stop the process at any time by crossing their arms over their chest.
Once I detect that my client has reached a state of natural resolution, I perform the Illumination. Reaching above my head with my right hand, I gather the energy of my eighth chakra and bring it down into the client’s open chakra. I visualize a radiant sun above my head and see my hand gathering scoops of sunlight and showering the chakra with this golden light. I repeat this step three times. The Illumination heals both physical and psychological conditions, overwriting the imprint with pure light.
After the Illumination, I bring my hands once again to the base of the client’s occipital ridge and hold the deepening points for several minutes. This helps the client to relax while the luminous body establishes a new, healed architecture. Then, I balance the chakra by spinning it three or four times in a clockwise direction, and close my own Luminous Energy Field, gathering it back until it becomes a radiant orb above my head. I close Sacred Space after inviting my client to sit up and share her experience.
While the Illumination Process combusts most negative energies within the Luminous Energy Field (LEF), some toxic energies can crystallize, becoming nearly material objects, which are impossible to metabolize through the Illumination Process and must be extracted manually.
These crystallized energies embed themselves in the physical body, taking on shapes such as daggers, arrows, spears, and swords. Amazon shamans believe that crystallized energies are the result of black magic or sorcery. I have found that these energies can be caused by anger, envy, or hatred directed at us by another person—often those who are closest to us. Sometimes they are also energetic remnants from a former existence.
The Extraction process is performed during an Illumination, when the energetic landscapes of the chakras are revealed, and crystallized energies can be easily detected. The Illumination combusts energies that collect around the crystallization and keep it wedged into the body, thereby facilitating the Extraction.
Negative energies are attracted to us when there is an affinity within us. Anger can penetrate our LEF only when the vibration for anger lives within us, and hatred can affect us only when self-hatred is present. Consequently it is not enough to extract the crystallized energies; the client’s affinities have to be changed as well. The Illumination Process heals the affinities for these energies by clearing and stepping up the frequency at which a chakra spins. As the vibratory rate of a chakra increases, we begin to attract pure, clear, beneficent energies.
There are five steps to the Extraction process.
First, I scan my client’s LEF, slowly passing my hand a few inches above the body. I’m feeling for variations in temperature which often indicate the presence of a crystallized energy. When I sense a shape, I wrap my hand around it and try to obtain an impression.
Then, I tease out the heavy energy at the base of the object, gathering these energies with my fingertips and flicking them to the Earth. This begins to loosen the embedded object.
I move my hands to the release points at the back of the skull, triggering the release of any remaining toxic energies in the chakra. (There is not always a linear relationship between the site of the crystallized energy and the compromised chakra. It is possible to find an embedded energy in the feet that involves the heart chakra.)
That completed, I go back to the object, gently moving it from side to side and twisting to loosen it. I invite my client to bring her awareness to the site and to feel my actions, asking her if she is experiencing any pain, or if I’m going too fast or too slow. Often, I’ll ask my client to describe any images she is perceiving.
After the object is extracted, I illuminate the chakra, bathing it in pure light, to increase its vibratory rate and change the affinity. Finally, I close the chakra and process with the client.
The objects that I might find embedded in a client during an extraction process are usually very primitive weapons, such as daggers, spears, arrows. This resonates with the languaging we use for ourselves. The repertoire of images of this ancient brain structure remained unchanged. The limbic brain takes the symbolic as literal. When we have been betrayed, we say that we have been “stabbed in the back” because symbolically we have!
Trauma – physical and emotional – is an inevitable part of life. When we experience traumatic events, it is possible for a portion of the soul to separate, taking with it a part of our essential self. This soul loss can manifest in a number of ways, including illness, emotional arrest, fear, and insecurity. Fortunately, it is possible to enter non-linear time – the timeless now – to recover the lost soul part, heal events that happened in the past, and even correct the course of destiny.
One soul-retrieval session can accomplish what may take many years to heal employing psychotherapy. This is because the soul-retrieval journey involves renegotiating obsolete soul contracts and discarding limiting beliefs. In addition, the language of the soul is very different from what we use in therapy and counseling. It’s rich in image, myth, archetypes, and mystery; full of poetry and magic, it speaks to intuition and love.
My own journey into shamanism was guided by my desire to become whole. In healing my own soul wounds, I learned to love myself and others. Walking the path of the wounded healer, I learned to transform the grief, pain, anger, and shame that lived within me into sources of strength, compassion, power and wisdom.
The Laika divide the collective unconscious of all humanity into three parts: the Lower, Middle, and Upper Worlds. We live, work and raise our families in the Middle World; the Upper World is the invisible domain of our destiny and our spirit; the Lower World, where the record of all human history is held, is the realm of the soul. Thus, to recover a lost soul part, it is necessary to journey to the Lower World. To retrieve a destiny derailed by trauma, one journeys to the Upper World. The journey itself is a unique state of consciousness entered through guided meditations and breathing exercises. It allows us to revisit the past to heal events that occurred long ago and to find more desirable destinies for ourselves and our loved ones.
Quantum physics has shown that the past and the future are connected in a noncausal but meaningful way. When we send two photons of light in opposite directions and grab one with a polarizer, it affects the other instantaneously, suggesting that no time or distance intervenes between them. This is nonlocality, or the ability to influence events across a distance or through time. The proof of nonlocality at the quantum level is a recent scientific breakthrough, yet the Laika have long understood how distant events are linked.
For the Laika, time zigzags between tomorrow and yesterday: It’s like a river coursing lazily to the sea, and deep under its surface there’s a tide streaming backward to its source and forward into infinity. While most people are content to float along the current, gifted individuals learn how to journey along these “time tides” to correct events that occurred in the past and to influence the future. We can actually look into the future for the answer to a present question, and it will orchestrate synchronicity and serendipity to lead us to the solution. The future always spills into and can inform the present – if we invite it to.
As seers who perceive the invisible world of energy and spirit, the Laika understand that everything in the universe is made of light, and that it forms and creates matter. In some things, light is bound very tightly, as in trees and stones, while in others it’s more fluid, such as in rivers or in sunlight. Today, scientific discoveries confirm that when we look deeply into the heart of matter at the most fundamental level, all we find is vibration and light.
So, by working directly with the soul and the spirit, we can bring about change on all other levels, including the body and mind. Change on the level of the spirit transforms the world.
This is a series of five, weekly sessions, where I will teach you some shamanic techniques and you will learn how to connect with your spirit helpers, your allies, in order to gain information and answers to any question that you may have. This is a valuable learning tool which will allow you to become your own divinatory master in life.