If it’s good for the Inside, it is also good for the Outside

One of the first teachings in Ancient Wisdom is: “As Above, so Below…As External, so Internal”. Almost at the same time I learned that maxim, a Master Shaman in the Andes would share with me that if something is good for the insides it is also good for the outsides. This applies to all sort of situations, but he was sharing this with me while we were in his small humble kitchen. He showed me the essentials of very common vegetables and fruits and how “they have decided to help their human brothers and sisters”.

The most eye opening principle was to shift my understanding of produce to a vibrational life force and to be able to internally categorize its “Ayni” (exchange). I guess, I need to back up a bit, in Shamanic Tradition the world is always in perfect Harmony. If at anytime something happens that could tilt that harmony it will immediately, by Universal Law, re-harmonize itself through the principle of “equal exchange” of energies or the concept represented by the Q’echua word: Ayni.

When Shamans see a situation, we do not judge it as good or bad, but rather as already in perfect harmony. That “harmony” can be something that is perceived as very painful, hard or undesired, but it is the result of a previous Ayni (equal exchange). From this starting point, it’s just a matter of adjusting the present conditions through more interactions of other exchanges. Keep in mind, we are strictly talking energy here, or as we Shamans would say it Spirit. On material terms, something like a lime that carries tons of vitamin C and antioxidants, would also energetically fend off alien external energies trying to penetrate our fields of material experience. Try it here.

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Winning by Losing

I got out of there as soon as I figured it out….

A few days ago I found myself in a very awkward and uncomfortable social situation. I was among a group of people I thought I’d have a great time with, but before the hour, one person started expressing micro-aggressions and increasing rejections towards me. Because of what I do for a living, my intuition picked up great discomfort and annoyance towards me from this particular person, initially I had no idea why. I was not in “Shaman” mode so my ego started assuming useless theories and ways to counter attack. Today, I have achieved inner harmony with the event (and culprit). A lesson was learned and I am grateful for it.

One of my goals is to live in harmony with my environment. A few days ago, my mere presence was disrupting someone’s inner harmony. This was an issue this person was having because they were comparing their reality in relation to others present there. In other words, it was an inner issue, absolutely not related to anything I had done or said. Initially my ego was right to advise that it was this person’s problem and not mine, but the Shaman seeks overall internal and external Harmony. As humans with intent to evolve, being aware of another person’s problem actually hints at some discrepancy that we can internally balance out. Consciousness will manifest circumstances externally to point out internal work to be done. In this case for me it meant that if my presence was disturbing to someone in a situation completely unimportant to me, then why force things? Why try to “win” (an ego) battle that I did not care about anyway? As soon as I figured the dynamics of the situation, in an educated and gracious way I removed myself from that gathering.

Everyone won! The person I inadvertently was making uncomfortable, no longer was. My Shamanic Purpose managed to improve external harmony, thus internal ones as well. I improved my Ego:Higher-Self ratio of decisions. True; it could be argued that I lost by missing out on a fun activity, but when compared to my Life’s Aspirations it is an Absolute Win!

Keep Moving!

I was having a casual conversation with one of my spiritual advisors. I had mentioned that the last year or so had seemed to have possessed an entangled energy. She looked at me and said: “The natural state of balanced energy is to flow; whenever you have any sort of indication of being stuck, just move”. It took deeper thinking to realize that this applied not only to physically twitching but all the way to move from when one lives.

As an Urban Shaman and Therapist, I often have to abandon my ideal spiritual state of being and engage in business thinking. Living in a city, requires dealing with unnatural things like bills and “costs of living” (…that phrase is so ridiculous when you think about it). As a business owner I also have to consider things like taxes, marketing, expenses, etc. Keeping my practice healthy is a big part of being a full time Shaman. In the last few years although my expertise had developed the product delivery felt outdated. Upon reflection, something kept pointing towards optimizing the space. I tried many changes but in the end the true solution was to move to more optimal conditions for living and practicing as a therapist and shaman. Now, a few months later I wake up everyday with a sense of refreshed enthusiasm and my business has never done better.

As humans we are constantly emitting energy, staying still or repeating an action will create a cyclic effect. This applies specially to relationships, addictions, routines, etc. Shamans don’t dislike habitual behavior. We are very observant of it. As time flows, elements in our material existence subtly shift and change and we have to be careful that old habits are in constant harmony with new conditions, If not, something needs to be rebalanced.

By the way this principle applies in all areas. It is particularly beneficial in old stuck useless emotions, such as resentment, emotional trauma, hopelessness, jealousy, etc. Try remembering a past event that affected you negatively and “Move” those emotions, make them flow, evolve them, invent and daydream a completely different outcome if possible. Re-tell the story with a funny and heroic twist. Always be the heroic and adventurous protagonist of your own story; or come see me you will always be that Hero for me as your Shaman, because I know this to be the ultimate Truth in your Soul.

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Honor Other’s Free Will

A few years back I held back from belonging to a well known spiritual commerce association because they would not recognize shamanism in its own classification. Meaning they wanted to bunch it up among other spiritual traditions and practices. I understood their rationale (and ignorance) and we tried to come up with a win-win solution, but in the end I was very stern in what shamanism is and where it can only stand, so we each continued our paths towards different directions.

Spirituality is an intimate part of the human experience. It is everywhere in society and within human history. Some belief systems are very systematized, as in the case of large dominant religions. Others prefer to operate from more obscure settings. Some consider humanity sinful. Others consider the ones apart from their beliefs to be sinners. While others don’t believe in sin at all. I could go on and on. The point I am trying to get to is that Shamanism in neither of the above. In Andean Shamanism we believe that we are children of Mother Earth/Nature and Father Sun, and that they love us unconditionally. Humans in this world are all family and we come to help our family and do our work with our parents (both in society and in a more universal sense).

There are no enemies, there is only lack of harmony. What we experience as negative outcomes is just a sign of a dis-balance that needs attention, negotiating, adjusting, discarding, etc. As a shaman, when I see conflict, disease, lack, despair, etc. my immediate reaction is to avoid the specifics of the material situation, pull back my immersion in the material experience and assess the play of forces and energies going on. In other words my observations focus on issues as:

  • Is this an expanding or contracting energy
  • Is this energy dominant or submissive
  • In Mother Nature would this be a predator or a prey
  • Does this problem originate in front of the eyes or behind them (in front meaning something happening materially. Behind meaning from the imagination or beliefs)
  • Is this a more masculine or feminine trait (We are not talking personal preferences here, but rather how it would be observed in Nature)
  • Is Forgiveness required here. This is not limited to humans.
  • In an magical world, what would be the perfect outcome here
  • Is this a blessing or lesson in disguise

There are other more specific process I will go with depending on the situation, but the above alone will clarify the energies involved.

The main reason I wanted to share this with you is because of a characteristic this tradition has. Everyone in our human family is endowed with a Divine Free Will and a Path of their own. Meaning, you can advise and help those you see in need, but in the end each person has to make their own decisions for their own spiritual evolution. Everyone is free to do whatever they want as long as this does not violate that same right onto someone else.

As a healer, I have found myself in this uncomfortable impasse with some of my clients. Very often I have quickly assessed a problem and mentioned and mentioned it again and again, each time pressing harder, only to see my words fly by deaf ears. It is always good to remind myself that even if I could force a solution to anybody, it would be robbing them of their own self effort and evolution. It also creates a paradox for me, since the frustration (lack of harmony) I feel, in itself is a lesson for me to work on. As a final note, this strongly applies to global politics and social correctness as well.

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A Life without Problems or Obstacles

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This magnificent gift we call Life, is part of a much larger construct that your senses could never possibly gauge. One of the first concepts one is taught as a Mystic is to understand that there is an extra element in our Universe not perceivable by any of our senses and just starting to be recognized by quantum physicists. This element surrounds and permeates everything and is a very dynamic part of the makeup of our Universe. Although it does respond to certain material laws it mostly responds to Divinity. It is the “All” that constructs the world that we appreciate as our reality.

Why is it important to know about this? Because, you are mostly soul and your physical life is a tool for your soul to evolve and perfect itself. Once this concept is accepted then it is easy to realize that certain things that we invest so much effort and attention to in our physical lives are nothing more than the means by which our soul evolves through. So, for example, if your soul needed to polish itself in “Patience”, regardless of your physical decisions, you would find yourself in a relationship or job or situation where the need for patience would be an issue. Without the above understanding, situations would constantly reappear in your life where you would find yourself confronted by obstacles trying to lead you to develop the character traits needed.

A Shaman or Psycho-Spiritual Counselor could quickly recognize this situation and advise what shifts would be needed, but you don’t need to see a shaman for every recurring situation that happens in your life. We are all born with our own guidance system, it is your heart. The very essence that drives your heart to beat every single second of your life is in direct flow with the life force that is a manifestation of the extra element I mentioned above. It is a manifestation of the Divinity within you, in other words your soul. Through your heart you have a direct connection to your soul. And your soul possesses the most powerful force that drives your life in this existence. When you start living with the primary purpose of perfecting your soul, at first things will seem very difficult because many things will change around you, things you thought you needed will leave you, tough choices will invariably show up, this will be a time of turbulence while you shift from a life of illusion to a life of Truth. Eventually, you will come out of the rough and enter into a state of harmony, an existence where your soul will whisper which areas need to be worked on and you will diligently take them on in the form of service.  Obstacles don’t need to show up in your life anymore and force you into a behavior, because now, you are aware and you understand your purpose and you eagerly look for ways to perfect your inner essence through offering instead of expecting.

A few simple tips to get started:

– Whenever a challenging situations appears in your life, reflect on the character trait that would have avoided the situation to happen.

– If in doubt, there is no doubt, never go for something if you have doubts about it.

– Never make a big decision (ie. marry, divorce, quit, etc)  when emotionally unstable or during a crisis

– No matter how hard your life is at the moment, practice loving someone or something (ie. family, friend, dog, rose, sunset, etc) daily

– Whatever you need (money, love, reassuring, hope, etc), try giving a little of it first, as often as you can and anonymously if possible.

– Place both your hands on your chest, breathe in deeply seven times saying to your inner self , “I Love you and Thank you”

May you be Blessed!