Shaman energy Card Reading for 2020/12/21

Every Monday I will post a video and podcast for the Shamanic Energy of the coming week. The reading is a general reading, please take what resonates with you.

I am a Registered Reiki Teacher and Practitioner and a Usui Tibetan Reiki Master Teacher as well as a Shaman. I am a published author of books and online courses on Reiki and Shamanism and together with this YouTube Channel I host a Podcast on Shamanism.

Each Monday I will post a YouTube video of the Shamanic Energy Card Reading for the week ahead.

Mystical Shaman Oracle Cards used in reading. Amazon link. – https://amzn.to/3fRG5Ow

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This is the Shaman Energy card Reading for the week starting Monday 2020/12/21

The Owl

Owl Spirit arrives to remind you that the wisdom within you is informed by your keen senses and the wisdom within the consciousness we all share. Even in the darkest night, the owl sees clearly and is guided by every sense it has, including the first sense of intuition. Right now, your sensitivities are turbocharged and you are receiving messages from all directions. Owl Spirit reminds you to be wise and pay attention to what’s between the lines, what is invisible to the naked eye, what cannot be heard with the ears, and what others may not be able to perceive. With all your senses aroused, you have much knowledge available to you. Clarity will come as you sit with all that you are sensing, allowing your intuition to guide you in understanding the whole and not just the parts. Let your wisdom arise and be your guide as you trust the acuity of all your senses. Intuition is real and can provide the clarity you need to understand your situation right now. Your relationship, your finances, your job—whatever it is, you can see the truth clearly now.

The Owl lends you the eyes that you need in order to see in the dark around you. The Owl can cut through the shadows to illuminate the real truth. Someone may be trying to camouflage his or her real intentions. Deceit, lies, and unclear intentions are exposed with Owl energy.

The Owl also reminds you to be honest with yourself and snap out of any lies or denial inside of  you. Lying to yourself is the way that you’ll remain lost in a prison of your own making. The Owl appears to ask you to seek the truth in the darkest places within yourself. This will set you free and restore you to wholeness.

All is well with the Owl to guide you. Deep wisdom into human nature is gained through the ability to recognize untruths. This is an important marker on your path.

The Medicine Wheel

The shaman recognizes the four cardinal signs of the compass. The wheel represents the circular pattern of life and it will help you understand your inner self. 

Sit quietly, to the South. You are clinging to, old desires, relationships, friendships, or a job. Release them and make space for the new that is coming.

Sit quietly and look to the West and consider toxic relationships. Maybe at work, friends, a lover, look at the negative feelings they create in you, and how they drain your energy, they must go. 

Look to the North. Pride, not in an arrogant way. Your passions, do you show them? Are you an artist who never paints, a musician that never records? A writer who never writes? Why? Change this. When asked, be proud to say what you are. 

Look to the East. Anger. Think of how you want to live life, write it down. Visualize it in your mind with clarity. This is your future that you want to manifest. Anger is fire, use it to add energy, boldness, and drive to your future.

The Ancient Ones

The Ancient ones bring ancient knowledge with them. They are shamans who walked the earth like us, they come from the distant past and a different path of knowledge and belief. Shamans have been helping and supporting human kind live and pass over and be reincarnated for tens of thousands of years. European cave paintings and carvings showing a shaman date from the Paleolithic era, 3.3 million years ago. Graves of shaman 12,000-year-old and older have been discovered in Israel and the Czech Republic.

We are all, collectively, engaged in creating a new future for ourselves and for all things on this earth. Mother Gia blesses us with abundance, health and love but relies on us to return that bounty.

Now is the time to sit down and quieten that busy egoic mind and consider what your future is and how you can include the earth, that gives us so much. A new home, make it a home where you can grow things, plants and flowers so that bees have pollen to collect to take back to their hives and make honey.

This is a time to be ambitious and purposeful. Now is the time to reach for your goals and not worry about whether “you can” or “should” be so ambitious. Now is not the time to hold back, worry, be anxious or fearful of biting off more than you can chew. Remember, when the builders started constructing the Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, Italy, they did not know how to build the dome that was designed. They expected the later builders would have the skills necessary to do so.This is time for you to have that faith in yourself and the spiritual energy the Ancient Ones are making available to you.

Shaman energy Card Reading for 2020/12/14

Every Monday I will post a video and podcast for the Shamanic Energy of the coming week. The reading is a general reading, please take what resonates with you.

I am a Registered Reiki Teacher and Practitioner and a Usui Tibetan Reiki Master Teacher as well as a Shaman. I am a published author of books and online courses on Reiki and Shamanism and together with this YouTube Channel I host a Podcast on Shamanism.

Each Monday I will post a YouTube video of the Shamanic Energy Card Reading for the week ahead.

Mystical Shaman Oracle Cards used in reading. Amazon link. – https://amzn.to/3fRG5Ow

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For legal purposes, all videos and podcasts are strictly for entertainment purposes. Viewers and listeners have free will and are entirely responsible for any interpretation they place on the readings. I take no responsibility for individual viewer interpretation or actions. Thank you.

This is the Shaman Energy card Reading for the week starting Monday 2020/12/14

The Sorcerer

The Sorcerer symbolizes beliefs and ideas of division, struggle and being without. We feel the sorcerer casts a dark shadow over our lives, but in reality, the shadows are own. Those shadows are feelings of separation from loved one, colleagues, pets. Feelings of conflict and aggression to others in order to achieve our self-centred goals.

Our shadows may be narrow, broad, or generous in their focus. Either way, our busy mind loves to feed off the shadow energy and its negative feelings. The sorcerer, is asking you to look at these energies, examine how destructive they are. What are you feeling? Resentment, vengeance, lust, greed, bigotry, or hatred about or to whom or what. These feelings are unjustified and not your spiritual core which is pushed away without consideration.

The Sorcerer challenges you, confronts your dark thinking and beliefs. Now! Is a second chance! Start over. Be strong and be vigilant about the darkness you are beings asked to recognise, and then, to discard. 

Others are not blame for what is inside of you, what you allow to be there. Take a moment to create a sense of peace and move in another direction and do not allow those negative thoughts and feelings to grow again. You are done with them and that way of living.

The Gatherer

Your ships are coming in!

The gatherer is here to help you collect the bounty you have sown. Like a farmer you have worked at something in the belief it will grow into something beautiful and worthwhile. Something that will feed you and help nurture those you love.

It may have been something those around you do not value or tell you will come to nothing. They do not see the value in it that you do, they do not have seeds of their own to plant for their future. You have weathered the comments and the doubts showered on you. You have not followed their recommendations that would have meant giving up on your dreams, your beliefs. 

Now is the time to trust in the bounty that is arriving and that there is more to come. Concentrate on the abundance and push away thoughts of scarcity and limitation. You have enough of what you need to gather all the abundance coming to you. You have more than enough to plant and nurture to bring more abundance for the future. The future will require more effort, but for now, enjoy the abundance coming to you.

JaguarThe Jaguar a creature of the jungle, it is an apex predator, it eats what it wants, it is powerful, rarely seen, it is never prey. If this speaks to you then you know the ways of the shadows and how to work behind the scenes for your best advantage, especially in the corporate world. Yet you are limited. You have created walls for yourself. Are the walls to keep the world out or you in?  

The walls cast shadows of darkness and restraint. They have stopped you form moving on to better things. This week, look at the walls, understand why you have created them. Now, move beyond them. As you do, acknowledge what is not working for you, possessions, people, ideas, concepts, let go and leave them behind. 

Shaman energy Card Reading for 2020/12/07

Shaman energy Cards for week of 2020/12/07

Every Monday I will post a video and podcast for the Shamanic Energy of the coming week. The reading is a general reading, please take what resonates with you.

I am a Registered Reiki Teacher and Practitioner and a Usui Tibetan Reiki Master Teacher as well as a Shaman. I am a published author of books and online courses on Reiki and Shamanism and together with this YouTube Channel I host a Podcast on Shamanism.

Each Monday I will post a YouTube video of the Shamanic Energy Card Reading for the week ahead.

Mystical Shaman Oracle Cards used in reading. Amazon link. – https://amzn.to/3fRG5Ow

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This is the Shaman Energy card Reading for the week starting Monday 2020/12/07

The Vision Quest

A vision quest is a way to come to terms with yourself and where you are spiritually. It is a journey through our feelings, our hopes and desires, what we want to manifest and our feelings about potential, opportunities and the sacrifices we are prepared to make. 

A shaman will undertake a vision quest to speak to souls and spirits to gain knowledge and perspective, good and bad and what is useful and what is not. They will do this for their own benefit but also the benefit of people they are asked to help. By undertaking vision quests, the shaman will understand how to unlock new possibilities, and close the door to ones that should end to allow the person to move on.

If you do not have a shaman, you can look into your hopes and desires and the fears and anxieties to see the direction in which you should be going. The Vision Quest is asking you to undertaking this personal vision quest at times when you feel stagnant, not progressing, or it is too hard to progress. If you are finding it difficult perhaps you should not be going in that direction?

The Vision Quest ask you to find some quiet time and get out of the house, join in the life force of nature. A house and a car keep you away from growing things. This quiet time will help you understand and tune in to what it is you need to be doing, not what you are doing. When you are outside, perhaps just in your back yard or garden, still busy mind, stop thinking tirelessly and consuming your essential energy. You will need all the energy you have for the new opportunities and the changes The Vision Quest will open up to you.

The Owl

Owl Spirit arrives to remind you that the wisdom within you is informed by your keen senses and the wisdom within the consciousness we all share. Even in the darkest night, the owl sees clearly and is guided by every sense it has, including the first sense of intuition. Right now, your sensitivities are turbocharged and you are receiving messages from all directions. Owl Spirit reminds you to be wise and pay attention to what’s between the lines, what is invisible to the naked eye, what cannot be heard with the ears, and what others may not be able to perceive. With all your senses aroused, you have much knowledge available to you. Clarity will come as you sit with all that you are sensing, allowing your intuition to guide you in understanding the whole and not just the parts. Let your wisdom arise and be your guide as you trust the acuity of all your senses. Intuition is real and can provide the clarity you need to understand your situation right now. Your relationship, your finances, your job—whatever it is, you can see the truth clearly now.

The Owl brightens your vision in order for you to see in the dark. The Owl can cut through the shadows to illuminate the real truth. Someone may be trying to camouflage his or her real intentions. Deceit, lies, and unclear intentions are exposed with Owl energy.

The Owl also reminds you to be honest with yourself and snap out of any lies or denial inside you. Lying to yourself is the way that you’ll remain lost in a prison of your own making. The Owl appears to ask you to seek the truth in the darkest places within yourself. This will set you free and restore you to wholeness.

All is well with the Owl to guide you. Deep wisdom into human nature is gained through the ability to recognize untruths. This is an important marker on your path.

The Staff

The staff is the symbol of authority. The shaman’s staff is the home of a helping spirit the shaman uses during healing practices. The spirit in the staff helps and guides and supports you physically and emotionally to find the right course of action. It tells you to move the tip of the staff forward so you can take the step you are intended to take.

The staff again reminds you of the impermanence of all things, and that your authority must come from your deep longing to serve.

Now is the time to study your life path, the next step on your journey. As you ponder the step, recognise that you have already decided to take it, what is missing in action. Use the strength and balance the spirit in the shaman’s staff gives you to move from the negative and inaction to the positive and action. Do It Now! 

The Serpent

The Serpent is a symbol of healing and gaining knowledge. Two coiled serpents are part of the Caduceus. The caduceus is the traditional symbol of Hermes and features two snakes winding around an often-winged staff. It is often used as a symbol of medicine especially in the United States. Perhaps the first appearance of a similar symbol, especially in relation to healing, is found in the Jewish Torah, after the Exodus in approximately 1300 BCE.

Emotional and spiritual wounds from the past, perhaps a failed relationship needs healing. Start this week. You do not need the burden of what has failed, but look into why and learn from what happened and the effect on you. Become a new person as a result of the healing. 

Look into learning, online courses, training, books, videos. Choose learning methods where you are in control of the pace. You can learn quickly now, do so! The knowledge you gain will help you be successful. If you have doubts about what it is you are to study. Take a moment to ask “The Serpent” what it is you should study and be patient, the answer will come to you when you least expect it.

The Serpent is the life force of Mother Gaia, Mother Earth. In Hinduism, Kundalini energy is represented as a coiled snake. It is a form of divine feminine energy believed to be located at the base of the spine, in the Muladhara. The Serpent brings our life force to the front for your attention. She speaks of the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden of Eden, and reminds us to shed the past the way a snake sheds her old and tired skin. Serpent offers you forbidden fruit that will set your passion and creativity free.This is a time for rejuvenation and energy and progress, if you will embrace it. Welcome it and the new energy for life that shedding your old skin will bring.

Shaman Energy card Reading for week of 2020/11/30

Shaman Energy Card Reading for 2020/11/30

Every Monday I will post a video and podcast for the Shamanic Energy of the coming week. The reading is a general reading, please take what resonates with you.

I am a Registered Reiki Teacher and Practitioner and a Usui Tibetan Reiki Master Teacher as well as a Shaman. I am a published author of books and online courses on Reiki and Shamanism and together with this YouTube Channel I host a Podcast on Shamanism.

Each Monday I will post a YouTube video of the Shamanic Energy Card Reading for the week ahead.

Mystical Shaman Oracle Cards used in reading. Amazon link. – https://amzn.to/3fRG5Ow

Please hit the Subscribe button and Ring the Bell so you receive notifications

To learn more about my work click here https://bit.ly/3h3E6I0

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For legal purposes, all videos and podcasts are strictly for entertainment purposes. Viewers and listeners have free will and are entirely responsible for any interpretation they place on the readings. I take no responsibility for individual viewer interpretation or actions. Thank you.

This is the Shaman Energy card Reading for the week starting Monday 2020/11/30

Luminous Warrior

The Luminous Warrior has no gender and enemies in this world or the next. Impeccable in word and deed, he or she focuses on their light rather than on what hides in the dark. The Luminous Warrior casts no shadow only radiant energy like the sun and can transform the most terrible enemy into their ally. Power comes not from the sword but from speaking truth at all costs.

Now is the time to focus on your positive traits and make sure they are clear to all around you. The positive in you is your light, your presence and power. The intention in that power is what helps you manifest what you want in life. Focus on what makes you strong, vibrant and full of natural wisdom and beauty. None of us is perfect, do not let worry or negative thoughts misdirect you, or, worry you.  Always, focus on positivity and what you do well. 

When you focus on positive actions and what you do well, you strengthen those traits in you and the universe takes notice. There will be little need for action, as you resolve all situations from within yourself.

Mistakes you have made in the past should not be repeated, whether it’s friendships, romantic relationships or work. Do not let yourself repeat what does not serve you or dulls your presence. If the thought of doing so brings anger, release it. Do not hurt the yourself or the people who are dear to you.

Upper World

To the shaman the Upper world is a place of light, strength and power. It is filled with angels, spirits and souls of those who have ascended. It is a place of divine help, a place to visit when Soul Journeying to find answers to help someone in need. Your destiny holds the map to who you will become and what you will be. The Upper World is a place of potential, possibility and opportunity. 

The Upper world is the place of the Ancient Ones, and their Ancient Wisdom. It is the Upper World where spirits of the dead, your parents, and siblings, your pets and all animals you have loved and cared for go when they ascend to a higher plane.

We are in a time of pandemic and illness. Immense distraction and tests of our ability to stay in our personal light and connected with our possibilities and opportunities. Now, more than ever, this is the time to be alone and quietly concentrate on your great potential and undreamt-of possibilities. It is time to look at your life positively and also to think of the future in the same way.

If you need help, it’s alright to call on your spirits and guides, even if you do not know who they are. Simply ask “all my spirits and guides… please help me with this… ” and speak about what you need help with.

Soul Retrieval

Soul Retrieval is very much a Shaman’s role and purpose. It is one thing a shaman will do to someone who asks for help when they feel lost and confused. Loss and confusion are often indications a part of the persons soul, is missing, or has been stolen. An injury, accident or other traumatic event may have fragmented the persons soul. The shaman will use their skill and knowledge in Soul Retrieval to collect all the fragments and reintegrate them, making the person whole again. In doing so the Shaman banishes the pain that caused the fragmentation.

All of us have events in our lives that take something from us, fragment us. Things that make us doubt, and feel incomplete. This is a message for immediate action, it is time to reflect on those events and what we were like before and after. Do not dwell over old wounds, fears, doubts, anxieties, and problems. Releasing these brings back your essential essence. 

Taming the Wind

A feather comes from a bird. It is a symbol of flight and freedom. It is also used in soul space clearing – a smudging ceremony to push away and banish all essence and spirits that is of lower and darker energy. When you use the feather this way you are calling the Great Spirit, or “Spirit” into your material world. This is a good thing, a very, very good thing. 

Find some quiet time. If you have a feather hold it, if not, think of one you have seen. It is time to start a journal. A journal need not be a book, though that is traditional format. It can be a Word document with each section having a date and your observations, hopes, dreams and thoughts typed there. The journal will include all your thoughts and positive actions, and intentions.

Release fears doubts, anxieties, and worries to bring back your essential essence is a positive, clearing of your spirit and your personal space that influences you. Become a good listener, listen to what is said, not what you think or want to be said. Listening this way helps prevent confusion and misunderstandings. 

Shaman energy Card Reading for week of 2020/11/23

What this is – Hello and welcome to the “The Shaman Podcast”

Speaker –        Mark A. Ashford

                        I am a Usui Tibetan Reiki Master and Teacher for IARP

                        I am a Registered Teacher and Practitioner for Canadian Reiki Association

                        Tibetan Shaman

  1. This Podcast is one of several media available to you to help you understand and develop your awareness of energy healing practices, its history, and traditions. 

Some of the other sources are:

  1. YouTube videos – “Reiki and Shamanism”
  2. Books – in full color available on Amazon.ca 
  3. Online courses
  4. Blogs on Reiki and Shamanism
  5. Click the link at the end for more information on our Social media and more…

So, let’s get to the subject of this Podcast…

Corn represents the mother; it represents sustenance and tangible abundance. Corn is material prosperity, good fortune in a form that fills the bellies, hearts and minds of many. It tells us there is more than enough to go around.

You have dreams and hopes for the future. A farmer knows that hard work is required to help what they have planted grow and be abundant. Your dreams have required hard work to bring them to where they are today. When storms ravage their fields, farmers still go out to help their plants grow. They have faith that they will reap a harvest, even if at the moment they are not sure of it. 

Like a farmer, you must continue working on your field of dreams.

Now the spirit of the Corn. The card comes to honor and show you a bountiful harvest. 

This is the time to reap the rewards of hard work and trust, whether those rewards are financial or the kind of prosperity measured in quality rather than quantity. You are so blessed when this symbol appears. 

Don’t forget to share your good fortune.

Also, beware of shortcuts to your dreams or a fast track being offered to you now. They will not bring the good fortune you think they will. 

Feelings of entitlement or an expectation to get something for nothing. This is a time for gratitude, perseverance, and humility for what you receive. Know that working hard to make your dreams happen fills your dreams with substance and energy. A shortcut does not, it creates hollow dreams and lack of appreciation or understanding of your dreams for you personally. Respect the energy required to make your dreams reality and respect what you have put into your dreams.

Release any insecure thoughts of scarcity, feeling that there is not enough, or worry that someone else could take what is yours. Know that the universe will always provide, but you must be in a relationship with it in order to receive. You will reap what you sow. Take heart; even if you didn’t plant well and have conjured up the illusion of a drought, there is always a new season to begin again.

The Ancient Ones are shamans who defeated death and escaped the tyranny of time. They come from the past and they understand what it means to walk the earth as we do in flesh and bone. Living now in infinity they counsel us after we say yes to our calling. They are available to help us attain our full realization.

The Ancient Ones are inviting you to reach for the future and help birth a new destiny for the Earth. Go ahead; find out who you will become 10,000 years from now. If you accept the invitation, great power and blessings will come your way and allow you to craft a new destiny for yourself. Do not hesitate to bite off more than you can chew, because you have unlimited spiritual resources available now.

The Ancient Ones ask you to examine your attitudes and actions and be sure that they are of the highest integrity. Not forgiving an ancestor (or yourself) is keeping you from the freedom you seek. Remember this is no longer your karma. You can break the chains that once bound you to the family drama and be free of your generational curses. Forgive the ones you need to release. Honor your biological ancestors by lighting a candle to them.

To sacrifice means “to make sacred.” The sacrifice is an offering of gratitude made from the heart, a feast of love prepared for Spirit. In olden days, sacrifices sometimes involved rituals in which blood was offered to the gods. In the Bible, Yahweh preferred Abel’s sacrifice of one of his lambs to Cain’s offering of vegetables and fruits. Quetzalcoatl, the Lord of the Dawn, came to teach that Spirit preferred songs and our prayers to the blood of humans or animals.

Sacrifice asks that you offer to Spirit that which is most precious to you. Your love and devotion, your energy and your creativity. You will be elevated to the altar at which you have been praying and meet the divine at the table with the heavenly feast. You are a welcome guest in this banquet. Your heart is the only worthy offering you can bring. Life has been generous with you in so many ways!

What is the one person or thing that you feel you cannot live without? It is you, yourself. It is time to offer yourself to Spirit so that your life may unfold as it is destined too. You have sacrificed yourself and your dreams for too long in preference to helping and guiding others. Rededicate yourself to your own journey, and the gifts given to you for YOUR journey. You have more than enough. When you “make sacred,” you open the doors to infinite wealth! Do not delay.

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Shaman Energy Card Reading for week of 2020/11/16

What this is – Hello and welcome to the “The Shaman Podcast”

Speaker –        Mark A. Ashford

                        I am a Usui Tibetan Reiki Master and Teacher for IARP

                        I am a Registered Teacher and Practitioner for Canadian Reiki Association

                        Tibetan Shaman

  1. This Podcast is one of several media available to you to help you understand and develop your awareness of energy healing practices, its history, and traditions. 

Some of the other sources are:

  1. YouTube videos – “Reiki and Shamanism”
  2. Books – in full color available on Amazon.ca 
  3. Online courses
  4. Blogs on Reiki and Shamanism
  5. Click the link at the end for more information on our Social media and more…

So, let’s get to the subject of this Podcast…

The staff is the symbol of authority. It appeared in the reading for 2020/10/19. This repeating message tells you have not acted. The shaman’s staff is the home of a helping spirit the shaman uses during his healing practices. The spirit in the staff helps and guides and supports you physically and emotionally to find the right course of action. It tells you to move the tip of the staff forward so you can take the step you are intended to take.

The staff again reminds you of the impermanence of all things, and that your authority must come from your deep longing to serve.

Now is the time to study your life path, the next step on your journey. As you ponder the step, recognize that you have already decided to take it, what is missing in action. Use the strength and balance the spirit in the shaman’s staff gives you to move from the negative and inaction to the positive and action. Do It Now! 

The Heart of Sky is Creation. It is love and the life force making all things possible. 

To the shaman the sky is air, one of the essential five elements. Air is flow, movement strength and force. A strong wind that really has no substance can blow over a strong tall tree as well as a building if it is not built well or insecure.

Think of anger, discomfort, fear, unhappiness, even minor illness such as a headache. Negative thoughts and fears. Those thoughts and fears will make you unhappy, feel down or depressed. Let the wind blow those away and leave your psyche clean and clear, and refreshed.

The sky is also space because through air we see the stars and the void between them, space is also an essential element for the shaman. Let yourself be open to the wonder you are seeing and relax. Let the infinity of space come into your being and give you a sense of limitlessness.

When you concentrate on space your mind is clearer, less cluttered and more energetic. You have less tension; you feel less disrupted. You can sit back and see the big picture and at the same time, seize the opportunities coming to you because you have more space to accommodate them.

The Heart of Sky reminds you that you are a channel for the original energy of creation. Become the paintbrush, the canvas, and the artist, all guided by the Heart of Sky. Set your intention, ethically and clearly, and allow the universe to take care of the details.

You may feel responsible for everything and everyone. Perhaps you think you have to do it all alone. This takes you into a dark hole where you lose trust in the natural order of the cosmos. Shed your lofty sense of duty, and recognize that this is a false prison of your own making. You can open the door and set yourself free in an instant.

Tiny and beautiful, hummingbirds fly enormous distances relative to their size. They migrate between North and Central or South America to feed on the nectar available in the summer flowers. They are fiercely territorial and protect their home vigorously. As the hummingbird drinks its high-octane nectar to fuel itself it shows us how important what we eat is. Only eat what beneficial and nutritious.

The hummingbird bypasses flowers which may be attractive but do not have enough nectar, so must you bypass opportunities that are less than what they seem. Pay attention to the details of offers that come your way.

When you hear the buzzing of hummingbird wings, that is the sound of a hummingbird looking at a new adventure.

Trust that your spiritual guides have brought you to the right place, the right moment, now it is up to you to take bold action and like the hummingbird drink the nectar. Trust that success is assured, even if there are still tests and challenges. Know that all will be well because the All is in the small.

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Reiki Principles and Gratitude

The Five Reiki Spiritual Principles are that for today, I will not:

The Five Reiki Principles
The Five Reiki Principles laid down by Dr. Usui

Reiki Principles and Gratitude, for what we have and what and who we are just as powerful. We are all happy for different things in our lives. Some feed us emotionally, such as relationships and friendships, others are material things, things that allow us to do things, go places and be happy and connected to others and all the living things that come from Mother Gaia.

Gratitude is energetic, we become more grounded and at peace which shifts our energy both internally and externally. 

If you do not see gratitude listed in the five principles, well, I see compassion as a synonym for gratitude. 

A simple morning ritual that tells the universe you are happy, and grateful is simply to say “I am alright.”

Let’s see how to Practice!

Take a few moments each morning to…

  • Play with your pets, don’t just feed and water them, and clean up after them. They give us unconditional love. They need some love back. And, they need some gratitude for being the loving animals they are. We are fortunate to live with them and have them in our lives.
  • If you are attuned to Reiki, you may be aware of your guides, they are with you before birth and will be with you after you pass over. Tell them you are grateful for their presence and ask them to help and guide you through the day to come.
  • Make sure your family, your spouse, and children all know that you are grateful for them being part of your life. 
  • Think of your health and wellness. All aspects of your health and wellness. If you can run do something dramatic such as run a marathon, or cycle a long distance, or swim, be grateful for the body and spirit in you that takes you to the places those sporting activities take you to. I used to cycle long distances, 100km or more. The journey and the places I saw were as important as the end goal. I was then and still am very happy with this wonderful body and all that it does to make those things happen. 
  • Material things such as our vehicle, money and abundance are all important to us. They are expressions of our work and dedication, to our ability to manifest things that help us go about our modern lives.
  • Food and water, our home, the roof over our head. These are nurturing and sustaining us.
  • To be grateful for experiences life gives us. I will always be grateful for my experiences as a scuba diver, being able to see and do things the majority of people cannot, or do not know how.
  • Be grateful for the things that have come to an end. This can be anything or number of things that are meaningful to you. Sadness may surround your thoughts of a relative that has passed over but we should have gratitude for their lives and what they did and how they lived. We may have ended a job and moved on to another, but now is the time to be happy about the gifts that job gave us in challenges and opportunities to personal growth.

My last thought is for Reiki, it is part of my life, an enjoyable part and something takes my mind to it and every day, for which I am grateful.

In the end I am just grateful for all that I think of. The blessings you think while you close your quiet moment do not have to be all of the blessings you have; tomorrow is another day and you can think of other blessings to express your gratitude for then.

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I Forgave

As we move through life, looking back or looking around and saying “I Forgave” is or should be important for us. There will always be situations that are trying and testing, emotionally taxing, and seem unjustified. If we look around as say I do not understand why this is happening to ME!” we have missed the point. 

We have missed why we have been given the opportunity to learn from it. Imagine for a moment a new relationship appears and there seems to be so much right about the other person. Then, there is something wrong that comes to the surface. At least it is disruptive to us, they are behaving as they feel is right for them, regardless of how it hurts us. They may not even be aware of what it is doing to us.

If we do not express our hurt and frustration, they will never know how we felt and the damage they are doing. If we do speak up, they still may not change their behaviour because they see now reason to change, or they may not see what the feelings they are inflicting on us a being damaging.

When eventually we look back and see what happened, forgiving them, even if we do not communicate forgiveness to them, it is important because when we think about them if we have not forgiven them, what hurt us in the past, will hurt us again.

When we have emotional challenges and hurt a blockage, or blockages appear in the Heart, Throat or Crown chakra and will be detected by a Reiki Practitioner. If you are a practitioner or attuned, you will be able to sense these blockages.

The Heart Chakra represents your ability to give and receive love, your capacity to love yourself and your sense of compassion and empathy for all beings

Blocked symptoms include heart disease, lung problems, relationship problems, commitment issues, fear of intimacy, being judgmental and an inability to feel compassion and you’ll struggle to relate to other people. You will be less compassionate than usual and may be impatient. You’ll commonly find it harder than usual to trust, and you won’t feel at peace. Rather, you’ll feel restless and disgruntled. A blocked Heart Chakra can also manifest physically. Some Chakra experts think such a misalignment may be linked to issues like high blood pressure and low immune system function.

Overloaded symptoms include chest pain, breast problems including cancer, self-sacrificing behaviour, codependency, ignoring your own needs in the constant service of others

Balancing suggestions include taking care of yourself, practicing breathing exercises, doing yoga that opens the chest (back bends) or nurture the heart Childs pose and by loving in better balance, giving and receiving love without sacrificing yourself or taking energy from your other Chakras

This chakra is center for communication, sound, vibration and the TRUTH. Clear expression through vocal expression, drawing, writing and/or musical ability as well as good listening abilities are all part of this balanced chakra. Speaking your truth, hearing and UNDERSTANDING the truth in what others are saying are continued strengths here. Honoring the vibration and rhythm of your voice [spoken voice, written voice, musical voice] aids in the healthy balance of your Throat chakra.

The Throat Chakra represents your ability to communicate, express yourself, listen, speak truth, hear the truth, and understand the meaning behind and beyond words

Blocked symptoms include a weak voice, laryngitis, throat pain, neck pain, stiff neck, jaw pain, hypothyroidism, dental problems, writers block, lack of musical ability and problems expressing yourself, there is an inability to say what you really want to say. You may feel like you’re stuck holding onto secrets. Similarly, you may believe that people don’t want to hear your thoughts, or that you can’t find the right words for your feelings. 

Once again, a small blockage may mean you only struggle with self-expression at work, or with a particular friend. Meanwhile, a significant misalignment may mean you constantly feel thwarted in communication. Physically, a blocked Throat Chakra may present with pain in the neck, sensitivity to hormone fluctuations, and discomfort in throat tissue.

Overloaded symptoms include neck problems, hyperthyroidism/ talking too much/ talking too loudly, interrupting, speaking without regard for other people’s feelings

Balancing suggestions include singing, humming, listening to music, writing talking to people, listening to people, practicing silence, getting a shoulder and neck massage.

The Crown Chakra is where the ‘real you’ comes together in that it reflects the human spirit – higher brain function, our connection with the higher power or universal energy, and also our ability to connect to the ‘big picture’ in different aspects of our physical world and how our spirituality, our connectedness is reflected in that. The lotus flower is associated with this chakra as the actual flower is able to extend its system through various depths of water and is rooted in deep, murky, muddy bottom of ponds much as we are sometimes mired in the physical elements of this world and yet able to extend ourselves up to the top of the ‘water’ and produce a beautiful result, connection with our higher Self and Universal Energy. This chakra is depicted with the colour white however is sometimes known as purple.

Represents your intellectual ability, your spirituality, your connection to spirit, God, universe or higher power.

Blocked symptoms are headaches, brain abnormalities, amnesia, feelings of isolation, depression, lack of inspiration and spiritual crisis, you might not see much beauty in the world at all if your Crown Chakra has been disturbed. You may also feel spirituality adrift and experience symptoms of depression. If you’re only starting to develop this type of block, you might just notice a decline in overall excitement or motivation. Physically, a blocked Crown Chakra can also occur at the same time as problems with physical coordination or chronic headaches.

Overloaded symptoms are headaches, addiction to spiritual or intellectual practices, out of body experiences, dissociation with the body, over -intellectualizing and feeling ungrounded

Balancing suggestions include meditating, praying, spiritual study, learning new things, grounding, physical exercises.

Forgiving the ourselves for being part of the situation that caused us hurt, for staying in the situation too long and forgiving them for being the way they are or were at the time.

Forgiveness of ourselves for being in that situation is part of the process. Loving ourselves again and not feeling any blame for allowing it happen, and for lasting as long as it did is another part of the process. 

Only you can love yourself. If you are attuned, engage with Reiki to help you become friends with yourself again and then love yourself.

Carry a crystal and hold it in your hand or between your fingers often during the day and sit quietly for those moments if you can and concentrate on your inner heart and the love you have for yourself.

Rose quartz – semiprecious gem used for jewels and also in esoteric and alternative medicine

Rose Quartz Crystal-Heart Chakra

  1. known as the “Love stone”.
  2. opens Heart Chakra to all forms of love, self and other
  3. lowers stress
  4. soothing and happy stone
  5. brings gentleness, forgiveness, compassion, kindness and tolerance.
  6. raises self-esteem and self-worth
  7. emotional balancing stone
  8. aids in healing emotional wounds and bringing a sense of peace and calm
  9. removes fears, resentments, guilt and anger
  10. eases and aids in releasing childhood traumas
  11. helpful and protective during pregnancy and with childbirth
  12. helps in healing the heart, the circulatory system, fertility, headaches, kidney disease, migraines, sexual dysfunction, sinus problems, throat problems, depressions, addictions, earaches, slowing signs of aging, spleen problems, fibromyalgia and maintaining an ideal weight. 
  13. color – pink

A stone of unconditional love and infinite peace. Promotes receptivity to beauty in all levels – including love and self-love. An emotional healer, releasing unexpressed emotions and heartache soothing internal pain and opening your heart so that you become receptive. If you have loved and lost, it comforts your grief.  Invokes self-trust and self-worth. Excellent for trauma or crisis, it acts as a rescuer and provides reassurance and calm. Draws off negative energy, strengthens empathy and sensitivity and promotes necessary change. 

Aquamarine Crystal – Throat Chakra

  1. known as the “stone of courage” than can bring great power
  2. assists with quick intellectual response
  3. brings inner peace and self-love
  4. helps with shielding auras
  5. brings Angels for guidance and protection
  6. excellent crystal for meditation
  7. dispels anger and fear
  8. assists with past life recall
  9. beneficial in bringing about good luck
  10. calms communication issues
  11. being attuned to the sea, it protects travelers on water
  12. helps in healing chronic fatigue, the endocrine system, eyes and eyesight, fluid retention, headaches, intestinal disorders, the nervous system, phobias, teeth and gums.
  13. color – greenish blue

Aligning all Chakras however clears the throat chakra and opens third eye also. A wonderful stone for meditation, it shields the aura and encourages service to humanity. Breaks self-defeating programs and leads to dynamic change. Useful also for closure on all levels, understanding underlying emotional states and interpreting how you feel. Clarifies perception as it removes extraneous thought and filters information reaching the brain.

Clear Quartz – Crown Chakra

  1. known as the “Universal Crystal”
  2. is a power stone
  3. is the most recognized of the crystals
  4. enhances energy by absorbing, storing, amplifying, balancing, focusing & transmitting
  5. channels Universal energy
  6. beneficial for manifesting, healing, meditation, protection and channeling
  7. harmonizes and balances environment
  8. energizes and strengthens healing qualities of other crystals
  9. can be used to amplify healing energy and to perform diagnostic healing
  10. dispels and clears away negative energy
  11. enhances spiritual growth, spirituality and wisdom
  12. increases inspiration and creativity
  13. assists with concentration, studying and retaining information
  14. used in crystal healing to fortify and strengthen all systems of the body
  15. helps in healing arthritis, bone injuries, depression, intestinal troubles and also improves mental and physical energy, stamina and physical strength.
  16. color – clear, white

Powerful healing and energy amplifier. It absorbs, stores, releases and regulates energy. Works at a vibrational level attuned to specific requirement of the user, it takes energy to most perfect state possible. Deep soul cleanser, enhances metaphysical abilities and attunes to spiritual purpose.  Quartz harmonizes all chakras, aligns the aura and cleanses third eye chakra to enable truth to be seen in Self and in situations, and signs and symbols to be recognized and understood.

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This post is taken from our Reiki Level II Student Manual

This post is taken from our Reiki Level II Student Manual

Mark is a Registered Reiki Teacher and Practitioner under the Canadian Reiki Association – CRA. Click here for more information and to book a remote session

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End of the year

It is November. Soon we will enter the twelfth and final month of the year. In that moth we will celebrate many things, including the longest day of the winter, the Winter Solstice.

It is a time for looking back on the past year and forward to the new one. Both require our gratitude, gratitude for what has passed, the good things that have come our way and the way we dealt with the trials and challenges of the past.

What we have learned from the challenges of the past year is both a time for reflection and gratitude. Reflection to recognize what the challenges were, and the outcomes of the way we dealt with them, and what we learned about ourselves as a result. What we learned is not just the moment-by-moment actions, thoughts and deeds of what took place but after the challenge was over what we learned about ourselves and the effect of the challenge on us.

As you look forward to the New Year, there are so many unknowns, even what we do know may change as we move into the details.

First-Footing is a tradition in many parts of the world, from Britain to Sweden, Serbia, and Georgia. There are many variations on what is required to perform a successful ritual. They are described in an article in Wikipedia, search for “First-Foot,” or click here.

But all have some things in common. The person coming into the house in the first few minutes of the New Year should bring with them things that traditionally represent good fortune:

Coal – symbolizes fuel to burn for cooking food and heating the home.

Bread – symbolizes food for the family

Salt – symbolizes the seasoning of food to make it more enjoyable and palatable, but it can also be used for preserving food items such as fish

Fruit cake – a rich fruit cake is a luxury item and symbolizes wealth and celebration. Purchasing the ingredients, cooking and consuming them at a celebration of some kind is good fortune.

Whiskey or alcohol of some kind symbolizes, wealth, good fortune, success and things to celebrate. 

Clothing – is particle but also symbolizes wealth, new things to clothe ourselves with

Candles – symbolize light to take us through the dark nights remaining in winter but also the evenings of the New Year to come. 

Money – of course this is wealth but also opportunity, if used correctly and for that purpose.

These traditional symbols have come down to us across the centuries. Across those same centuries has come Reiki. Reiki is part of our traditions at this time of year. Its healing energy has supported us during the year that is passing and it will strengthen and help us in the year ahead so long as we ask for help and allow the aid it sends to permeate our bodies, our thoughts and our deeds.

So, lets perform a simple ceremony of gratitude for what has past and for what will come.

First, cleanse your home of any unwanted energies. Go to each room of your home with smoking bundle of sacred herbs, usually white sage. I will usually have a window open, or a door, just slightly to allow the exit of any energies that should not be in the home. 

I will usually say something like, “Only beings of Light and Love are allowed in this space, room, hallway, vestibule etc. all others must leave. Now!” I add emphasis to the word Now because I want any such spirits to leave right away, not at their leisure. As I speak, I wave the sage wand in the air so that the scent is disappeared in the room. 

Be aware that cupboards, behind doors, closets, attics and cellars must also be cleared. 

Incense, light your favorite incense to bring warmth and pleasantness into the home. Light two candles one for the New Year, one for the Old Year.

Sit quietly and clear your mind. If you are attuned and are aware of your guides, invite them to draw close to you.

Invite Reiki energy to join you and also the Archangel Michael to protect a self-Reiki session which you now start performing for yourself. Always remember that you need help and sustenance and healing before you can help anyone else, even a child.

Take your time healing and allowing Reiki energy to enter you and healing anything that needs healing, but especially your mind. Use Reiki energy to help you guide your mind and keep egoic mind from churning on things you cannot change and draining your energy by this useless effort.

Turn your attention to the past year and all the good things that have happened and all the challenges. Look briefly at what you have learned and what you have been blessed with and how you have changed and grown as a result of all that has happened.

Do not dwell in any detail on anything. There is the possibility your busy mind will start churning on the details if you do and that is not what we need.

Now turn to the New Year ahead. Consider all the good things and the changes in you. Think of the year ahead. The year ahead is an opportunity for all kinds of changes in you, new events, new gifts, and opportunities. Also, appreciate the learnings you will achieve from the challenges that will come your way and be prepared to accept them for that.

At the end of the personal Reiki session, thank Reiki energy for being with your though the past year and affirm your belief and feelings for Reiki for the New Year. If you are attuned to Reiki, draw the Reiki Per Symbol and Personal Matters symbols on the palm of one hand with the index finger of the other three times each.

Close the session by thanking Archangel Michael for standing guard over the session.

While we have thought in terms of the New and Old years as the calendar turns over, this Reiki ceremony can also take place at your birthday that marks a year of your life passing and a new one starting.

I wish you all have a wonderful holiday season and a fabulous 2021!

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Shaman Energy Card Readings for Week of 2020/11/09

What this is – Hello and welcome to the “The Shaman Podcast”

Speaker –        Mark A. Ashford

                        I am a Usui Tibetan Reiki Master and Teacher for IARP

                        I am a Registered Teacher and Practitioner for Canadian Reiki Association

                        Tibetan Shaman

  1. This Podcast is one of several media available to you to help you understand and develop your awareness of energy healing practices, its history, and traditions. 

Some of the other sources are:

  1. YouTube videos – “Reiki and Shamanism”
  2. Books – in full color available on Amazon.ca 
  3. Online courses
  4. Blogs on Reiki and Shamanism
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So, let’s get to the subject of this Podcast…

The Beloved. Spirit exits in each and every one of us. We are in love when we recognize Spirit in another. That is when we truly fall in love. As we mature and we are able to recognize Spirit more deeply in ourselves, we begin to see it more deeply in others and can understand it in them.

Spirit in another is not surface or ego love. Let the other person show their true selves. Give them time and yourself time to understand each other. If they are only acting as a mirror, reflecting your own surface desires and hopes, and you do not recognize this, you will endure false emotions and hurtful love which will damage both of you for some time to come.

Open your eyes and proceed cautiously in a new relationship.

When Standstill appears, we are asked to pause. We are moving too fast, or we are moving in the wrong direction. Now is the time to stop, look around and observe your situation. We need to sit down if we are standing or lay down if we are sitting. If we are stuck and not moving forward, we need to rest. Non action, is action, if we use the time and the energy it gives us correctly.

Standstill may also appear when nothing is happening, we are not progressing and there is a feeling the universe has forgotten us and is not sharing anything with us anymore. Remember, no one or thing can move constantly without rest being required. Allow yourself to rest now. 

Rest is also peace. Allow peace to flow through you as information and facts come to you. When they do, consider them peacefully and generously and relax as the wheel of fortune spins in your favour. For now, enjoy the beauty that is pausing before more action. Enjoy it. Control the egoic mind stop it from burning your precious energy and creating worry, doubt, anxiety and fear. Let the universe bring all the parts together for the highest good. Go and play, recharge, and take the focus off whatever has stalled. Life will get busy again for you sooner than you think.

Recognize that the egoic mind also likes to engage in endless analysis – analysis paralysis – that leads to no action but consumes vital energy. Analysis paralysis blocks you and those around you. Now is the time to consider whether you are going in the right direction in a relaxed manner. You have been given this time to stop a project, to exit before damage and without any cost. Your thoughts and deeds at this time are elegant and balanced because nothing is interfering with them. When something doesn’t go the way you think it should, remember the following: what is yours cannot be taken away.

The Sorcerer is the basis of dark power. Dark power is destructive, it is the part of the human psyche that is self-centered, jealous, and harms others, or seeks to harm others without any regard for them. It symbolizes the unconscious beliefs and ideas that foster separation, conflict, and scarcity.

When the Sorcerer enters your circle, you’re being called to look at how your beliefs around scarcity and self-centered fear manifest in your world. 

Examine the destructive part of your psyche that misuses power or harbors feelings of resentment, vengeance, lust, greed, bigotry, or hatred. 

Maybe because of your actions, or, purposeful inaction, you have harmed someone. The Sorcerer is here, now to challenge you, change your approach, your thinking, your habits, your wishes and goals. You have a second chance. Correct your course and practice not blaming others for the darkness that lives inside you. Make peace with it and choose another way.

Have you been feeling out of sorts because you’ve been faced with your own character flaws and the pain that you inflict on others when you are out of alignment? Radical self-acceptance is called for now. 

You must reconcile these darker aspects of your nature so you don’t behave irresponsibly and cause more harm to yourself and the ones you love. It’s time to come out of denial and accept responsibility for your words and deeds. 

When you meet the energy of the Sorcerer with humility, this destructive power transforms into grace, grace you can use in service to the higher good. Perhaps it’s time to make amends. Do it. It will set you free from the shadows and let you step into the Light.

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