A shaman is an intuitive healer. The word shaman literally means “one who knows”.  Shamans connect with the spirit realm through altered states of consciousness for the purpose of directing spiritual energy back into the physical world, usually for the purpose of healing. Dance or movement is one way to achieve this altered state and begin your journey. It is also a powerful form of communication that surpasses language barriers helping to communicate the language of Spirit where words fall short. 

Samhain is the third and final harvest festival falling on October 31st in the northern hemisphere. In the wheel year, Samhain signals the beginning of the darker half of the year. On this day the veil between our world and the unseen is the thinnest. Historically speaking, this is the day when many cultures choose to honor and connect with their ancestors. 

Growing up Halloween was my absolute favorite holiday. As a child, I even loved it more than opening an abundance of presents on Christmas morning. I’m not entirely sure why, or at least I don’t know how to accurately put it into words. Maybe it’s the time of year - crisp air, pumpkins, apple desserts, mulled wine and falling leaves. The best way I know to describe it is that on this day, everything feels the most alive. I’m sure it’s also due to the thinning of the veil, allowing me to feel the fullness of all that is unseen and sensing the presence of those who are no longer with us. 

Last night I had a dream about a large old building that was getting ready to be demolished. I’m pretty sure the building represented my old life. I got everything out that mattered and then I watched it fall. When I woke up I started looking through old photos and ran across this picture from two years ago. My husband, a few close friends and I were attending a conference called “Evolving Faith”. That conference marked the beginning of the end for me and it was a last ditch effort to try and hold on to the beliefs that seemed to be crumbling around me.

For as long as I can remember I’ve always been fascinated by the moon and large bodies of water. My earliest spiritual experiences were beholding the beauty of the ocean or laying under the stars on a camping trip. A little over a year ago I started tracking the moon and aligning my life to flow with her cycles. In the process I’ve become even more taken by the fact that no matter how much or how little we see if her in the sky, the tides still come in and go out like clockwork.

Sometimes I feel like I’ve spent most of my life on this never ending quest to find other people like me. Someone with the same spiritual gifts, perceptions, and experiences. Anyone who might speak the same spiritual language that I flow freely in. I think that maybe if I found someone like me, that it would somehow validate my journey, validate me as a person, and make me feel less weird. But I have yet to meet that someone. And what I’m beginning to realize is that I’ve been searching for me this whole time. I’m here on this planet to teach and to share my unique gifts and perspectives. Doing so requires me to use my voice, to come out from behind the curtain, to do hard things. 

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