SIGNS AND SYMBOLS.  Shamanically speaking.
I was asked earlier this week to do an over the phone interview for Spirit and Destiny on 2 subjects the first one was a healing mantra and the second one was a symbol, I choose the crown symbol and shamanically speaking what it means to me.
So lets start with mantra's, I use mantra's alot in my crafting for dreamweavers/dreamwcatchers.  I happily have the person choose their own colour and size of dreamcatcher along with the mantra they like.  Mantra's are great for allowing our minds to bring in specific intentions into our lives.  So for crafting dreamweaves, if you are seeking protection I would recommend a protective mantra.  For healing a healing mantra, and you get the picture I'm sure.  Sometimes people don't know what a mantra is or what mantra they like.  Within reason I will put on and listen to their music of choice to energise the personal item they are having made.  I have in truth a very limited understanding of mantra's.  Man = Mind, and Tra = freeing, so as we listen along and chant the mantra this becomes for our short while a mind freeing excercise, shutting up the constant mind yap we have going on.  So we can create a lovely energetically clean space with incense and a candle, sit in our safe and scred creation and listen and chant along to a mantra to give us a few minutes space of mind chatter.  I would always recommend we pick the particular mantra for our particular manifestation, for example we would not want to be chanting along to a mantra that was inviting in a new life partner if we were happily married.  Manytas have been around and chanted for many thousands of years, they to my very limited undretanding are written in sanskrit.  If we go back many thousands of years we had to be careful of what we said as we could mainfest very quickly and easily.  I have placed all of my understandings into a weekend workshop called the power of words or  the wisdom of words.  This weekend is also part of my shamanic practitioner training.
The other subject was symbols, well symbols is really about our own personal inteprtation again shamanically speaking.  I choose to use the crown symbol as it has appeared to me for many years and I have always thought it had to do with Royalty like the Royal family, there fore had nothing to do with a lowly peasant like myself. Haha.  How wrong we can be, during my first shamanic practitioner training, I had one of my trainee's do a power retrieval on me, and the power returned was the crown.  Well here was the symbol again along with the lily you often see on coats of arms and associated with the French Royalty, again here I am no historian so I have a very limited understanding alothough a massive interest in symbols.  So back to the crown I was returned during a power retrieval, how amazing my next few months integration and unfolding of this symbol was.  The crown can represent so many things, and for me it was a journey deep within to own my own sovereingity.  Stand in my own royal and regal power, as in truth we all can do.  The crown contiued to grow as I shamanically journeyed and worked with the symbol allowing it to unfold and flow in my life.  The crown also to me was representing the crown chakra, and had been continuing my healing journey of 9 years where I was thrown into chaos as I had to clear all my overburdened chakras of the continued storage of upsets, hurts, traumas etc, nothing was let go off.  The crown eventually turned into a set of deer antlers and during a further training I was taking turned to my complete and utter astonishment into the Crone, the crone I later found out was the crowned one.  The crone also being an aspect of the triple goddess, maiden, mother, crone.  So with the Crone energy of the crowned one fully upon me now, I have to return inwards, look back inside of my self and return to a hibernation period of winter, an embracing of the crafting energy that has inspired me for a few months.  A whole new meaning for game of thrones likers of Winter is Coming.  Owning my own divine power, embracing the power of myself to create balance and harmony within.  Being sovereign is about intergrity, sacred harmony and balance for the earth and my soul.  The Crown can be a symbol of our ultimate quest of our human existence, to reconnect with our greater family, the cosmic family of light.  The Crown of glory is an activation of our spiritual consciousness.  
If you are reading this and are inspired to be creative, draw a crown of your choice and whilst doing so listen to the subtle energy of your inner wisdom speaking to you, to reclaim your own sovereignty.  Or you can meditate upon the symbol, and as always if you are able to journey please journey with your healing helping compassionate guides for information personal to you.  Love laughter and cakles from the Crowned one.


I recently went through the very painful condition of plantar fasiitis, and lordy did my feet hurt. Once I had a diagnosis of my extremly painful feet, on walking, throbbing when resting them and out and out crippling pain in the morning on getting up, I was relieved to start taking my health into my own hands. After all I am responsible for being healthy. So I started with excersises for stretching the muscle of the foot gently. It was recommended to ice the feet however I really don't like cold feet so no chance I ignored this recommendation, shelved it in the back of my head, would do so only if I really realy had to. Diet as always has to be looked at and a vegan diet would be best, but I have always felt constantly hungry with it, same as a raw food diet, that left me constantly hungry and cold, anyway each to our own, I eat meat on and off and tend to leave dairy alone; so still have to look at diet and as always with myself inflammation is an issue. Plantar fasiitis is also inflamation, so many of our ailments are inflammation based. Anyway I had been on a website of a Dr Weil and he actually made shoes, Vionic shoes, to correct the foot, part of the problem is we are wearing flat shoes, pounding along on concrete and are over weight, well the weight in my case anyway, although not for everyone Yes to all of them, hahaha, so nothing like doing things gently. I have never been known to do anything in half measures, so off I go order a pair of vionic trainers, brilliant, will follow along his dietry advice, I find in truth it is much better for me to keep a regular eye on acidic food in my diet, really have to have the alkaline foods in there. This will benefit the vast majority of us. Next along comes foot massage, brilliant so what anti inflamatry oils do I have on hand, pine oil, clove oil and peppermint oil, a great mixture for my lovely, much neglected and taken for granted feet. So I start doing a 5-10 minute foot massage each night before bed, on each foot, then place white socks over feet as in herbalism you can detox through your feet as well. Ahhh note for self to remember this insight, so next part of research herbs to help inflamation, top of the list Tumeric, thankfully I have some in, you do need the active ingredient of curcumin (Curcumin is the active ingredient of turmeric, and is also found in limited amounts in ginger. It is an anti-inflammatory molecule, and similar to fish oil, it seems to be a metabolic syndrome band-aid. It has poor bioavailability and black pepper greatly enhances absorption.** I copied this bit in bracets from an internet site can't recall the name though) I then went organic powder shopping, organic black pepper, organic ginger powder, organic tumeric. Oh and the must have organic raw apple cider vinegar. I already have empty capsules and my capsule making machine here, so whilst I wait the delivery of shoes especially for plantar faciitis, and my organic powders, I make some milk thistle capsule to aid my liver in the detox of inflamation from my body. And decide a bit of dry body brushing will benefit me in the mornings. I was also put in touch with an aqupuncturist. Saw the lovely guy yesterday and he basically said inflammation is a dietry issue, and wishes more people had taken my approach, as 2 months later I am pain free, can walk not hobble, and no more throbbing feet. Long may this last. As a shamanic teacher and shamanic practitioner of course I also had an extraction - removal of unwanted old toxic energy from my feet, during my recent shamanic training of extraction, this benefited me massively. So all in all I checked my diet and added more alkalising foods, added supplements of fish oil, mixture of tumeric, ginger, and black pepper in one capsule, milk thistle, and glucosamine sulphate, added organic raw apple cider vinegar in the mornings, did a little body brushing about a week also a week for foot massage, (well its christmas and things have been hectic so they didn't last long), then had a shamanic session of extraction. And all sorted now I appreciate my feet and the hard work they do supporting me. Well all on the road to being sorted and in truth much much better.  As always there is much benefits to be discovered in any recovery, and healing is the journey there more than the end outcome of the magic wand being waved and all is gone, no matter how many times we may want that to start with.  many thanks for reading.

Asking for what we really want.

Whilst I was in Nepal recently. I learnt a really subtle but powerful lesson. We were a nice sized group of 14 people. We went to many places visiting the Shamans who worked in their many different ways. One of the female shamans we went to see had recently come out of hospital herself and was back to opening her house up to the locals, and she very kindly and generously welcomed us along. There we all were squeezed into the small room, listening to our guide/teacher/host transfer the local peoples questions so we could hear the guidence given, I am amazed at the generousity. So we had each been asked to think of what we would like answered or would we like a healing instead. Set an intention basically, as a shamanic practitioner and teacher, I know about how important setting an intention and asking for what you really want is. I had plenty of time to think about it. But good lord could I think about what I wanted to ask, no I couldn't so my mind jumped to and fro phrasing the question this way and that way and any other way it came. Put on the spot I could not speak and ask for what I wanted correctly in front of 14 people. What did I want answered? Well I was in a stage in life we all come to and was questioning my role in life. Was I on the correct spiritual path? All roads lead to the divine so it doesn't matter pick one. Here i was at the proverbial crossroads again, after the removal of the negative entity for want of better words, I was able to notice all the flase guidance i had been given, and I knew the entity was there. After all thats why I was in Nepal to be free from it. However now I was confused although free and at peace, lost and uncertain as to my way forward in life.  Had I been falsley led onto a shamanic path by a greedy buisness, that only had there own finacial gain interests at heart, I had now spent over £80,000 on my training.  Or was Shamanism really the path I was to follow.

Did spirit answer this question for me as I was sat musing it over in my mind, when the small boy of 4 years entered the room and offered me the money meant for the female shaman?

So sitting in front of this lovely lady, who is/was one of the 13 indigenious grandmothers and who had so kindly invited us along to her house, I stumbled over my intention and presumed spirit would know what I was asking and direct me accordingly. I was wrong very wrong. My question was I was unsure of where I was in my life, not sure i was living in the correct area, unsure if I was helping my familiy or following the correct spiritual path. Seems ok when you look at it. I was given the advice back from spirit via the shaman, "You have done nothing wrong, you have done the best you can do for everyone, and you have done nothing wrong." I was then given a ceremony to do and told that the planets aligned at the moment were not in my favour, and here is the big lesson, "Your mind has made you ask this question", she responded to me.

Interesting indeed, my over thinking over analysing muddled monkey mind had made me ask this question. Some serious food for thought there, so I should have calmed myself breathed deeply and cleared my thoughts, and opened my heart to a question. The question was answered just not the way i wanted it to be or, in the way I expected. I could have asked for guideance on my way forward, however I learned a very valuable lesson.

A lesson I happily share with the event of Xmas and the New Year resolutions that we will soon be making, be certain of what you want to create and manifest in your life, by asking if it is for us we will recieve it.  So stating our intentions to spirit, creator, universe clearly, as i have been taught so many times, invites in what we want.


We Are Our Surroundings.

As above so below, as within so without.  Is an expression I have heard many times over the years of my spiritual journey.  I went to bed thinking about this sayining last night, after my smoke alarms went off every 10 minutes for nearly 5 and a half hours.
I traced back the thread of what had been happening for me, where did this seriously irritating event come from?  Most would say just change the battery, or dust it, or electrical fault without much if any further thought.  As a shamanic practitioner and teacher of shamanism, I looked within, in truth I did not have to look to far.  I have the debilitating condition at the moment of plantar fasciitis, seriously painful and at times unable to walk properly; this comes after being released from my ailments of a year long illness of unknown origin, well unknown to western medicine. I had the fortune of visiting Nepalese Shamans at my recent visit to Kathmandu, Nepal.  So firstly we have the long illness, nausea and migraines being the two main symptoms, followed by not knowing who i was or what simple items where on my shopping list, whats cat food? What is a cat?  My cat is 13 and been with me since she was 8 weeks old.  Anyway as I went through tests for low blood pressure, thyroid, liver, diabetes, iron levels all in truth to no avail as every test was clear. Add into this mix the constant pain off what seemed like flu but wasn't or arthritis symptoms all over the body.  Rest was my best option, rest was the recommendation,  so rest i did on and off for the year.  As I visited each of the 8 shamans including our teacher/host/guide; I regained my vitality thankfully I am indeed very very grateful.  So with vitality comes renewed get up and go energy, take up walking faster, feel amazing best I have done in years.  Then along comes plantar fasciitis to stop me in my tracks, just fabulous, and really no chance is that happening. I'm not accepting this.  So I ask around my alternative health professional friends, and wow the advice is amazing, stretches, ice for inflamed feet, and the proverbial diet changes.  Along with of course we can't help ourselves, the Google advice, which is normally conflicting, it didn't fail to be either.
So the main thing that stood out to me again, as always does is the foods we eat, we have a very acidic diet and really need to embrace more alkaline foods into our diets for optimum health.  INFLAMMATION, over and over again this is my issue, during my researches i had read in an article that if our body is screaming in pain we should have been listening a good while back.  Yes indeed I should, as I sunk into my bed of pain for a year I let the food slide to the other end of the scale and ate the usual shite we do, ice cream, biscuits, wheat, dairy, pre-packed, etc. 
So what has this all got to do with fire alarms?  It actually started with my 2 year old grandson have a hissy temper tantrum, from being woken up to early in his opinion, then pulling at his teeth, he yelled for about 40 minutes, so I had to smudge the energy of rage out, his at his sore teeth mine at his yelling about it.  Restore peace and harmony into my home.  Well we are not seperate from anything, so as my alarm system screamed its alarm every 10 minutes something was out of whack, a visit from the fire brigade they say flat battery and change it, then contact landlord first thing in the morning.  Ok fabulous amazing I can now put my 2 year old grandson to bed, he will be happy that the alarm has stopped too, he secreamed also everytime it went off, and was a bit freaked out at times, understandably, its been going on for the last 3 hours, mmmm make that 3 hours 20 mins, as i went and emailed my estate agents, the bloody alarm sounded again.  Ok so it will be a trip down the road for a new battery, with 2 year old, anyway its going to take me 20 - 30 mins to do that so somewhere the alarm is going to start ringing again, and I wont be in to use the trusty broom handle to switch it off.  Ahha phone my daughter and she comes over with a new battery, its now 9. 30, and baby should have been in bed ages ago, when off goes the fecking alarm again can you adam and eve it for crying out ****** loud.  Hammer time perhaps?  Well most definately feel like it.
Anyway as I am under 5 foot as is my daughter, out comes the craft table again, along with the step ladders that we have to climb up to take off the seriously irritating smoke alarm, and  ditch it someplace outside?  Through it in the Canal? (Never as more pollution isn't on my agenda).  Smoother it in blankets so we can't hear it?  Whack it with the hammer? Bury it even?  So I get out an old biscuit tin when the electrician phones, (never been so grateful for the phone call this late at night) and says yes disable it fully, and take the battery out then it wont work he will be around tomorrow its an electrical fault, not the battery.
So finally grandsons bed time, his mum can go home along to her bed, and I can go and contimplate the whole situation shamanically.  The questions I consider are what is the electrical system of my house? What is it in my body? Maybe the nervous system? And then what was happening to me physically, well it was getting seriously on my nerves, I can't stand it any more, I will smash it up, causing me serious anger.  So I have to look at what I can't stand as my feet hurt badly, what is getting on my nerves that much? Irritating me so much I am screaming like my smoke alarms because I have ignored it.  Mmmmmmm interesting there, I journey on it; meet power animal and teacher, have fabulous conversation and am reminded I have a new power animal to talk to, that can help me with my feet, remove the toxic energy out via extraction and then transmute energy.  Remember my dream of Pine tree well I researched Pine essential oils yeaterday and they are great for inflammation, and an antioxidant, foot massage coming up.  Remeber another dream of being in my power, yes INDEED I have the power to change my life and lifestyle dietry changes are what are needed, to keep me tip top and healthy, I had already started with various supplements, food changes, but what I have to remember is my body is my machine and will run as well as the fuel I use within.  Better to make life changes than to have a toxic overload that causes massive inflammation.  So once again a mightly hearty thank you to the Nepalese Shamans, who started the ball rolling, as always great gratitude to my guides for support and guidance, and of course a massive thanks to myself for listening to my inner wisdom and respecting the teaching of the very annoying smoke alarm.  A quick update as to why the smoke alarm was sounding off, most likely the steam from dinner being cooked.  So shamanically another angle to look at, and I would say so far Pine/Fir is what I need most to welcome into my life.  Living shamanically everything is energy, and we can learn from each and every situation, so living here in central scotland dampness is all around so will need to journey for guidance on how to put my best feet forward and is there anything else I need to know.  With Inflammation regualry and consitently over the years in many different forms, I probably have the switch mentioned in an article about inflammation firmly welded on, no longer as it has been discovered and released.
Many blessings to all who are reading this.

This is a picture from my hotel window in Kathmandu Nepal.(bottom photo).  Wow what a shock to be over here away from what I would consider a busy town of Falkirk.  The first thing that amazed me whilst coming over to Nepal to start a fun filled exciting pilgramage, was how peaceful it was.  Suprising really considering there was I was was told something like 8 million people in Kathmandu, the same amount of people as in the whole of Scotland.  People where polite on the busy dusty roads, where all the traffic seemed to be going in multiple directions at the same time; where people dogs cows, bicycles, motorbikes cars and the odd bus or three would all be intetmingled in chaos and harmony at the same time.  I can feel the violence, anger and negative emotions in Scotland where traffic meets, this was absent in Nepal, alot of horns beeping more to say please mind me I'm here, and here in the UK the aggression of ****** get *** out of my way *****, you get the picture I'm sure.

I had planned this trip to experience healing from the local shamans and see how indigenous shamans worked.  I was and am in total awe full of gratitude and upmost respect.  Our host/guide/teacher Bhola is also a Shaman ( Dhami, Jhankri), a fun filled, fun loving man who catered to our needs.  I had no expectations for this 3 week pilgramage other than to get well.  I had been ill on and off for many years, and the last year had seen my weight increase as my physical body was drained of energy.  We saw in total 8 differnt shamans.  We spent time in ceremony up in the mountains in the village of Chisipani, where the earthquake of 2015 had caused distruction of some of the local buildings.(Top photo) A very surreal experience to watch the 4 male shamans prepare their ceremony from start to finish, in amongst the wreckage of the twisted buildings.  There we sat watched and learned how the native shamans of Nepal in this area prepared and held ceremony.  I felt totally blessed and privilaged to be here.  We then danced with the locals with a ceremony the next day, again held and lead by the 4 shamans.  A celebration of the feminine energy.

So along with the misty mountains around us which we saw the gloriuos beauty of when the clouds cleared.  We were up so high we were living in the clouds.  I can't really put into words my experiences with the shamans as it was all so fantastic, and words wouldn't do it justice.  It was profound I like everyone else had my turn and we didn't ask a question where told what was happening that needed to be sorted for each of us.  My information was a suprise to me, well sort of and it made sense I had a negative nasty spirit attached to me.  Lordy lord wonder where I had got that from, he than answered my question with you went west and spent a lot of money there.  Oh ok that pinpointed it for me.  Thankfully the spirit was removed and my vitality and health have been returning, I am so very grateful.  As I do depossession work I can understand the subtlities and the ongoing bombardment a possessing spirt can give us, to make us doubt, hate, fight, fear and make us very very ill, attaching into our addictions and the like.  To be free is well liberating.

We visited other shamans in their houses along with people of Nepal, it was interesting to be so welcomed without judgement; and such a eye opener to witness this.  Delightful too.  More information was passed to each of us and some had cermonies to do very detailed ceremonies in some cases.  Again much gratitude to the 2 female grandmother shamans who invited and welcomed us into their homes.  I have now been home for a month and I am just touching upon some points, i feel clean and refreshed. I will blog more there is so much to share of my experiences.  I will be going again and enjoying this sacred shamanic pilgrimage.  Many blessings and thanks for reading.  PS if your reading this and interested in going to Nepal on a similar journey I am more than happy to share the details etc.


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