Soulbyte for Thursday January 18, 2018

Open to your fuller potential. Push yourself beyond your perceived limitations, beyond what you currently think about yourself, say about yourself, and believe about yourself. For the truth is, you have no idea what you are truly capable of until you extend beyond who you think you are and who others think you are too. Begin within, by thinking differently about yourself, by speaking differently about yourself, by acting differently. Begin by being open to the loving being you truly are and see where that takes you today. Just begin. Take just one loving step in a new direction. You never know where it will take you!

-From the Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne 

Chuck’s Place: The Shamanic Journey of Now

Beyond the crust of the known world lies the journey…
– Photo by Jan Ketchel

A shamanic journey is one that ventures beyond the crust of the known world into the heart of darkness where hidden influences upon ordinary life are revealed. The journey is initiated through a breakdown of the dominant normal perceptions and expectations of the world that then opens the door to the fuller reality underlying the prevailing worldview.

At this moment the world finds itself in the midst of the breakdown phase of a collective shamanic journey. The shaman responsible for catalyzing this phase of the journey is the president of the United States, Donald Trump. Wikipedia defines a shaman as “someone who is regarded as having access to, and influence in, the world of benevolent and malevolent spirits, who typically enters into a trance state during a ritual, and practices divination and healing.” Donald Trump’s ritualistic trancelike tweets and the influences he exposes the world to qualify him as a shaman.

I would argue that Donald Trump has opened the porthole to “other worldly spirits” by systematically breaking down the agreed upon decorum that has for a long time ruled the central office of world power, the United State’s presidency. In prior administrations a high values decorum of behavior set a leadership standard agreed upon by a majority of the world’s nations and populations that generated a strong border wall to fend off possession by malevolent spirits.  That wall has been completely shattered with the “shithole” adjective President Trump has applied to some other nations.

Rather than debate the ethics of Donald Trump’s behavior I focus on the disintegrating influence his actions accelerate upon our long held consensus reality. In shamanic terms, the rigid fixation of our collective agreed-upon world reality is currently in free fall. On an individual level basic security is severely threatened and has given  rise to a host of acute psychiatric disturbances.

Though many might point to the removal or defeat of Donald Trump as an antidote to the current madness, and this may be a necessary or helpful action, I think he is a representative or a pawn of a much greater process of transformation.

The world prior to Donald Trump’s presidency was unsustainable. Human population with its ever expanding needs can no longer be accommodated within the confines of balance upon this planet. Donald Trump did not cause climate change, though he certainly has made every effort to undue efforts to address the crisis it has generated. The reality that our consensus world needs reconfiguring transcends who the current leaders of the world are. This reconfiguring involves all of nature, which is, quite independently of human action, molding a new world.

The dependence upon a world leader to mesmerically fixate human consciousness upon an agreed upon reality is an outdated technology. Carlos Castaneda was the last shaman leader of a shamanic line that extended back 16 generations. His teacher, the nagual don Juan Matus made it abundantly clear to him that infinity had determined that Carlos was the end of the line, that there would be no new nagual, or shamanic leader, to direct the future for his shamanic line.

With that, Carlos and his shamanic party altered the course of future direction of the line by birthing a virtual internet of shamanism. All the secrets were revealed, all the shamanic technology to journey beyond the confines of ordinary reality was made available to everyone, regardless of age, race, sex, creed or color. All that is required to initiate the journey is the intent to evolve. And that journey is an individual experiential journey, available to all who live in this world.

That intent to evolve is the intent for total freedom unfettered by the materialistic preoccupation of our current old world consensus reality. The technology of this shamanic perspective frees its energy from being offended by world tyrants and instead deploys it in the exploration of the much broader world of energy and the possibilities there that facilitate a new balance within each individual and here upon the earth as a whole.

Donald Trump’s behavior leads us to the same shamanic reality: we all must assume responsibility for our own journeys, the era of paternalistic security is over. We have all been launched on a collective shamanic journey and must decide individually what spirits, benevolent or malevolent, will influence our present lives. Though malevolent spirits have a definite role in the breakdown phase of change, they are not the foundation of a sustainable new balance.

For that we need both our intent to evolve and the support of benevolent spirits.

May they bless us all,

Chuck

Soulbyte for Wednesday January 17, 2018

Life is a mix of comedy and woe, of highs and lows, of good and bad, of beauty and sorrow, and yet these things matter less and less as one comes into balance and harmony within the self. Then life and its mixes, its ups and downs, become the melody by which one knows it is time to get to know oneself at a deeper level. Rather than getting pulled to extremes, they become the events that ground one further in the world of mystery and wonder, as one seeks to know oneself better and more fully. Use life and its trials and thrills to put oneself on notice to show up, pay attention, and learn as much as you can in each moment. There is always a great lesson to learn. What lesson will today bring? Learn it with eyes wide open, mind ready, and eagerness in your heart. However it comes, may it guide you to knowing yourself on a deeper level.

-From the Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne

Soulbyte for Tuesday January 16, 2018

Beware not to impose upon others what has been imposed upon you, whether events from the outer world or cruel tirades or actions from the inner world of another being. Resolve your issues within yourself, those that fester and erupt, so that both your life and the lives of others may not be negatively impacted by what you carry around inside you. In resolving your personal issues, one at a time, whether simple or complex, you will positively affect the world around you, becoming one less angry person, one less demanding inflated ego, one less broken heart, one less dampened spirit. Let yourself heal so that the world may also heal and so that the love within you may be available for the good work it was intended for, within and without. You and your loving spirit matter. Allow them both access to all that is possible, for it will do you good and it will do the world good to have your loving self more fully present, available, and unafraid to be active and truly alive. Heal yourself.

-From the Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne

A Message for Humanity from Jeanne: Time To Unify

 

When ice melts it comes together in a unified whole…
– Photo by Jan Ketchel

In today’s audio channeling we are advised to consider working on a unified self as the antidote to our personal problems as well as our world’s problems. Coexistence is fine but it is not the answer, Jeanne suggests, unity is, wholeness is, oneness is.

All that we wish for in our world must begin within the self, for if we are not a unified whole how can we possibly create an outer unified whole? The first big work takes place within!

Wishing everyone a wonderful week!

Chuck Ketchel, LCSWR