Shaman Energy Card Reading for the week of 2020/08/03

Each week, I draw two cards from the Mystical Shaman Oracle Deck and provide my interpretation of the energy for that week.

The Vision Quest

Before we start our quest, we need clarity by spending time alone in nature. A walk in a park, spend time on a park bench watching the world race by rather than being part of the race. This is the first step to clearing our minds to gain perspective on our lives.

The earth under your feet is one of the Five Spiritual Elements of Tibetan Shamanism. Earth is stable. If you are angry at something or someone, focus on the stability of the earth element to reduce your anger.

If you find a bench next to water, all the better. Water is a Spiritual element. If you are angry or frustrated. Slow down, relax. Let the element of water remove your tensions and take them away. Be like the water in a container, quiet and passive, allowing the situation to flow over you.

Get moving… Spirit helps those who help themselves, this is the time to give direction and force to your intention and ask the spiritual elements for a guiding vision for your life.

The Hummingbird

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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Shaman Energy Card Reading for the week of 2020/07/ 27

Each week, I draw two cards from the Mystical Shaman Oracle Deck and provide my interpretation of the energy for that week.

Pachamama

Pachamama is also Mother Earth, Gaia. She loves everything on earth, all that is growing, plants, flowers, trees, grasses as well as stones, ricks and the water that flows over the earth. A shaman connects with the spirits of the trees, flowers, stones, water and air as they seek information to heal someone, a tribe, or a community.

This week, eat carefully and balance your meals and what goes into them. As they say, a little of everything is good, too much of one thing is not. Be nourished by what you eat is the message. Take some time to be happy and light hearted, take pleasure in art or movies or music as this is an expression of your appreciation for the life you have. Be nourished by what you experience. 

Show how much you enjoy the earth, and all living things by letting Pachamama witness you do something such as planting something, caring for plants and animals that might not otherwise have been cared for.

The Seer. 

The Seer is a shaman. The shaman journeys to Hidden Realms to discover information that is available only to those who have the attunement to do so. For the rest of us, this information comes through our intuition. Intuitively we make a decision that one thing is wrong and another is good. Trust your intuition. Watch for the truth, seek the truth and respect the truth. To see the truth, use your intuition to read between the lines of what you are told, what you see or what you read.

As you follow your intuition, it maybe that everything does not progress in a straight line to the goa you intrusively feel is ahead for you. Intuition does not follow a straight line, be patient and allow things to work out as they are intended to. Let your intuition tell you things behind what you see at face value.

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Shaman Energy Card Reading for the week of 2020/07/ 20

Each week, I draw two cards from the Mystical Shaman Oracle Deck and provide my interpretation of the energy for that week.

The Wind. 

Air. Air is one of the five sacred elements in Tibetan Shamanism. It is flow, movement strength and force. 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.

Air drives sailboats and planes fly on it, and in it. So, do birds and the scent of flowers and seeds seeking a new home in the earth in which to grow. 

Air is freedom, flexibility, ease. Let it lift your spirits with the energy and freedom it offers. Think of air and its ease and internalise it, when you are in a situation that is constricting, limiting, think of air and let it blow those things away and lift your mood and your intention.

The Witness. 

The Witness is someone who watches and observes without taking action or becoming enveloped in what they see. 

The witness cultivates an inner stillness that allows them to see everything from a higher perspective with objectivity.

The inner stillness of the witness allows them to become a mirror to whoever is seeking advice of them. The mirror, objectivity, and stillness help the witness to provide who is asking for advice to receive their answers.

Mark is a Usuit Tibetan Reiki Practitioner, author, teacher and trainer. He writes and posts regularly on Reiki and Shamanism.

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The Five Spiritual Elements in Tibetan Shamanism

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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

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Today, we are talking about Five Spiritual Elements in Tibetan Shamanism

The five elements in Tibetan Shamanism are space, air, fire, water and earth. In Tibetan philosophy, these elements are symbols of the fundamental forces that compose all phenomenal appearance. These elements create an organized system and are also central to Tibetan Buddhism.

Tibetan prayer flags are bright and beautiful, but their colours aren’t just for show. Each hue signifies an element — and the flags are always arranged in a specific order, from left to right: blue, white, red, green, yellow. Blue represents the sky, white represents the air, red symbolizes fire, green symbolizes water, and yellow symbolizes earth. All five colours together signify balance.[1]

Tibetan Shamanism: ElementsColours
Space / SkyBlue
AirWhite
FireRed
WaterGreen
EarthYellow

A person is a blend of these elements, and to be truly healthy, the energies in these elements need to be balanced within the person.

These five elements – space, air, fire, water, and earth – are symbolic of the fundamental forces that are integral to all phenomena. As the body is developing in the womb, earth provides support, water provides cohesion, fire causes maturing, wind and air cause development, and consciousness, the element of space, provides spaciousness to form the body.

In Tibetan Buddhism and in Tibetan culture, life is seen through these five elements, which continually increase and decrease in relation to one another. This view forms the basis of medicine, astrology, the calendar, and psychology, and it underlies Tibetan traditions of shamanism, tantra, and Dzogchen.

Earth

The earth element is the densest expression in form, the most materially present, and is related to qualities of stability, hardness and heaviness. 

To meditate and connect with Earth find a place where you can be quiet and sit. 

For myself. This is a favourite bench close to a large lake. The lake will speak to the element of water which comes later. In the warm weather I will be wearing sandals and I will take them off and allow my feet to rest on the ground.

Clear your mind of all worries and try to shut out or simply ignore people and even animals around you. Connect and draw from the earth energy under your feet. I found that even in the cooler fall weather, the ground was “warm” to my bare feet. I also found that pains I had felt in my feet and lower legs went away and stayed away.

This connection to the earth is also known as a grounding exercise. You are grounding yourself and your psyche to something solid, the earth element. 

If you are unable to find a suitable place to connect with earth, if you have plant pots in which plants are growing, rest your finger tips or your hands on the earth and concentrate on how it feels. 

Earth element is stable. Always stable. If you are annoyed or angry at something or someone, focus on the stability of earth element to reduce and eliminate your anger.

Water

In my earth exercise I sat next to a large body of water, without knowing it, I was completing the water exercise at the same time.

While I was fortunate to be close to a large lake, the water in your bath, your shower, or the water you drink. All will help you feel and understand the water element.

Water, even a glass of water has enormous power and potential. It may be cool; it may be warm. It is deep, and peaceful until agitated by a spoon stirring your glass.

Water is the beginning of cohesive form; it is fluid and takes on the shape of any vessel it is in. Place drops of water close to each other on a flat surface, a little movement and the drops will come together and effortlessly combine. 

There is no struggle, one drop does not negotiate with another as to whether they should combine or not. Two drops simply become one. 

Your body is mostly water, connect with the element water, especially that in your own body. If you are in your bath or under your shower, feel how comforting and relaxing it is. If you swim, it will hold you up.

If you are angry or frustrated. Slow down and relax. Let the element of water remove your tensions and take them away. It is comforting, and like earth, it brings stability to you. Be like the water in the container, quiet and passive, allowing the situation to flow over you.

Fire

The place where I sit, the place that shows off the consistency and strength of earth and water also happens to be a very sunny place. I can sit there, close my eyes, feel the earth and listen to the water while the warmth of the sun beams down on me.

In winter, sit before a fire place with a fire burning, if you can. If you cannot burn fuel, a stove, a heater, even your oven while you are cooking is giving off fiery heat – careful not to burn yourself!

Concentrate on the feeling of heat on your face, arms, legs etc. bring the feeling of heat into your body, through the blood, it flows around the muscles, sinews, ligaments and organs.

In your psyche, fire helps your grow by ripening and maturing your thoughts and feelings. It burns negatives and negativity. Fire speaks to creativity and energetic achievement. Typing on a computer speaks to fire! It brings reality and new interesting things into being.

Fire is also related to digestion and nourishment the result of which creates the fuel to help your muscles move and stay strong.

If you feel dull, uninspired, listless or unmotivated. Think of the energy of the fire element and bring it into your body, into your limbs and your intention. 

Air

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.

Again, by the lake where I experience earth, water, and fire, I can also feel wind on my face. It is moving unseen and unheard from the water to the land and yet I feel and sense it. 

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.

Air drives sailboats and planes fly on it, and in it. So, do birds and the scent of flowers and seeds seeking a new home in the earth in which to grow. 

Air is freedom, flexibility, ease. Let it lift your spirits with the energy and freedom it offers.

Think of air and its ease and internalise it, when you are in a situation that is constricting, limiting, think of air and let it blow those things away and lift your mood and your intention.

Space

Space is above our heads, we can look up on a clear night and see the stars, the moon, and the space between the stars. Let yourself be open to the wonder you are seeing and relax. Let the infinity of the space you are looking at come into your being and give you a sense of limitlessness.

Space – opens any tight, constricted places inside of you and dissolves away worries. The more and more you integrate with space, the more you are open to opportunities and the bigger your horizons become, you feel less limited or confined.

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.

Imbalance of elements

Imbalance can manifest itself in the physical dimension. A person with too much earth might be fat or overweight. They may feel devoid of energy and be lazy, dull or depressed. 

They maybe forgetful, slow, or have very little progression in their personal or spiritual development.

The imbalance of the elements from the Dzogchen perspective is subtler. A person may lack stability in meditation, lack awareness of their connection to the base, lack concentration, lack understanding of sunyata.

Maybe a person is very unbalanced in a sense of the elements in Dzogchen, but he or she might not notice it because there’s nothing particularly wrong physically or psychologically.

If you often feel confused or encounter problems, it may be a lack of stabilizing earth. A lack of creativity means you are lacking fire. A lack of openness if you feel as if life is stopping you from speaking up is a lack of space. Someone who is inflexible lacks air. 

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