Let “Calmness” be your word today, your silent partner. Let calming breath be your companion. From without, bring it in, the elixir of life, the healing medicine you need today. Remind yourself that the air you breathe is the deliverer of calmness, peace, and tranquility, and that every breath is a healing breath. Be your own medicine woman or medicine man and with each calm breath attain calmness within. Let the magic of calmness reign within, as natural as the air you breathe, as warmly curing as the golden sun, as fulfilling as a sip of pure water, as necessary as any food. Bring on the calm!
Thoughts can kill. Thoughts, as illusions, as ideas, can manifest physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually; killing, maiming, destroying. Spoken repeatedly, they become beliefs, hard facts, known truths. But what if they were wrong to begin with, untrue words that found a home in your mind and body, festering, making you sick, tired, believing yourself to be this or that, actually changing how you look on the outside and poisoning you on the inside? Wrong thoughts are dangerous! The only antidote? New thoughts!
Do psychic surgery. Excise old thoughts, illusions, ideas and let in some fresh new positive thoughts. Spoken repeatedly, these new positive thoughts can manifest as easily as the old once did. Trust the power of the human mind and spirit to heal itself in the power of thought. That is no illusion! You’ve already proven it to yourself in the power of negativity. Now prove it in the power of positivity. All things CAN change. Make every thought a healing thought and every breath a healing breath.
The power to heal lies within. The power to heal the body, the mind, the emotions, the spirit, or even the world, lies within reach, within the intent to direct energy in a specific direction. Energy is power. Use it wisely, for it can be misdirected as well, causing illness, fear, pain, destruction. It all depends on how you decide to use your energy and your intent. You can heal or you can destroy, yourself or others. Now that’s power! And it’s all within the self. Why not use your power as healing energy, simply because you can? Goodness, kindness, beauty, love, and compassion are powers that lie within the self as well. Why not use all of them simply because you can? The choice is pretty simple, and it’s powerful.
Your struggle matters too, but do not let it rule you. Do not let it define you. Do not let it become your entire life. Deal with what you must deal with head on in order to heal yourself, but do not let it hold you back from experiencing the fullness of life and all the magic that life on earth holds for you. Resolve your issues without shame and blame. Accept them for what they are, your truths, so that you may embrace the joy, the love, and the wholeness that wait in the wings for you. Yes, you! The magic is waiting for you too. But you will never know it is there if your struggle overwhelms you. Face your struggle down and free yourself. Let your burden down and let love heal you. Let every breath be a healing breath. Let every breath be a loving, healing breath.
Don Juan comments to Carlos Castaneda in The Art of Dreaming: “Your unbiased reaction is that you can’t stand chains, and you would forfeit your life to break them.”
Carlos had been tricked in his dreaming, as he explored a world of spirit entities. Those entities have much to teach a journeyer, but they exact a huge price for sharing their knowledge. In this case, they sought to entice Carlos to stay in their world, as his high frequency energy provided much entertainment to the more stationary beings of that realm. He survived their obvious attempts to cater to his curiosity but hadn’t bargained for their trickery, which targeted his unbiased reaction that Don Juan spoke of.
What Carlos hadn’t anticipated was an encounter these spirit entities set up for him in their world, contact with a trapped being presenting as a seven-year-old girl, with powerful blue eyes, seeking his help. Spontaneously, he shouted his intent to merge his energy with that prisoner child and set her free. With this impulsive move he became the prisoner, nothing more than a limp figure lying at the bottom of an empty pit, his vital energy completely exhausted.
Carlos was rescued by his warrior cohorts, but his journey marked a turning point for the future of his shamanic line. Carlos and his warrior party ultimately decided to end the shaman’s code of silence and anonymity, launching Tensegrity, freely giving away the technology and knowledge of the Ancient Shamans of Mexico, and formally ending their shamanic line. These actions formatted ancient knowledge to gain footing and have utility in our changing times.
Shamans have always been the spirit journeyers who healed others through soul retrievals, finding lost parts and returning them to the victim, effecting the cure of restored wholeness. Thus, those afflicted with illness depended upon the shaman to provide their cure. In our time it has become clear that healing effected by the hands of another does not hold up if the individual has not inwardly solved the challenge presented by the illness.
The evolutionary shift Carlos and his cohorts made was to offer the tools of empowerment and healing to all to heal themselves. In my psychotherapy practice the tool of recapitulation that I learned in the shaman’s world has proven most effective in the total cure of PTSD. That tool offers every individual the opportunity to completely restore their own lost wholeness as they encounter and integrate split off parts of themselves that were previously lost to traumatic experience.
Through this method, rescue is transformed into self-empowerment. The role of helper becomes one of teaching and supporting this healing practice. The role of healer is transferred to the seeker who is empowered to truly know and reconcile the whole truth of their lives. This is healing through self-empowerment versus the tentativeness and dependence upon the actions of another.
Thus, Carlos transformed his proclivity to rescue into giving away his knowledge that all who truly seek to heal be empowered to heal themselves. In this time of great instability we are empowered to find stability in the consolidation of our wholeness through our personal practice of recapitulation. Thank you, Carlos, for this evolutionary gift.