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The Lost Paradise: and how to reclaim the path. Shamanism

March 22, 2018

Our early ancestors were much more fortunate than we are. Their camps were very close to the great silver birch which stands at the very centre of the universe and holds up the sky; whose roots lead down to all the halls of the underworld and whose branches stretch up to all the seven heavens. Since it was but a short walk to the Tree, it was a simple matter for anyone and everyone to climb to the heavens or follow its roots to the realms below. The marvels of heaven and the underworld weren't hidden from our ancestors. Compared to us, they were like gods.

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One day , however, a terrible thing happened. A man vowed to cut down the Tree. Perhaps he wanted to prove that he was as powerful as the gods. Perhaps he had learned something in his travels up and down the Tree which had turned him against the gods. No one can quite remember,· it was a very long time ago. Anyway, he took his axe, and, summoning up all his strength, struck a great blow at the base of the Tree.

At this blow, the entire universe shook, and all the inhabitants of all the different worlds were thrown into consternation. At the second blow, a tiny crack appeared in the Tree, and the gods called an emergency council. The chief of the gods declared that man had been given too much power and was now threatening the very order of the universe. If the Tree were to be saved, it would have to be veiled from human sight and sense. So the mighty gods combined their wills and, uttering spells of great power, they removed the Tree from the circles of the world. Even the paths that led to the Tree were hidden.

Since that time, only the dead and the shamans can find the paths that lead to the Tree.

The Decadence of the Shamans [Alan Cohen] 

This is perhaps allegory but also it is literal as well, I do believe it was easier for all our ancestors once and so yes they were fortunate. And the axe that was used by man to cut the tree was Ego and the veil the gods used was to trick man into believing he is separate from everything and master of all was the over rational mind and its belief that we are separate. (form everything.)

BUT the skills the shaman uses are still available to us, on a physical level I choose live very close to pristine forests, rivers, mountains & caves. Here I am able to commune with spirit. I am also able to access the Mythic World Tree to visit the very heavens and the Underworld! How? By the archaic arts of shamanism, by the use of the shamanic drum to altar my consciousness, so as my helping spirits may guide me “there”. The shamanic drum is also called the spirit horse. The beat on which one rides into these realms, riding the sonic push of repetitive rhythm, quieting and subduing the rational mind, opening the spirit to allow one to climb and descend. Giving access to other ways of perceiving our varied worlds, opening the sacred gates to the multiverse.

If you would like to learn these methods, I can arrange to teach you.  Anthony Ashworth 

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"Dogoto" to heal without medicine

March 15, 2018

Ancient African Geomancy "Dogoto" to heal without medicine

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This is an extract from a paper and lecture I was asked to present as the guest presenter of two International conferences, the first in San Diego USA and the second in Italy.  

China has a well-recognized geomantic tradition in Feng Shui. Most, if not all ancient cultures have some kind of geomantic tradition. But what of the great, dark continent of Africa?

Anthony Ashworth went on a pilgrimage to his homeland Africa with the express desire to find out if the Africans, as a group of peoples, had any significant tradition in Geomancy or sacred space. He was more than surprised to find a living tradition as rich as China, Tibet or India. For this tradition, which does not have a name as such, Anthony coined the term "Dogoto" a Zulu word meaning to "Heal without medicine ".

What potential archetypal knowledge infuses all ancient building traditions?

What, if anything, can we learn about these traditions that may inform us, as to the core environmental needs of humanity? Are there core similarities between the various Geomantic traditions, and can we endeavor to define a non-cultural or multi-cultural Geomantic system outside the boundaries of religion and or culture? 

What may more subtle factors support human beings other than physical shelter and aesthetics?

What do we really need to consider in the design and decoration of our places?  

 

Credo Mutwa       

Sangoma (High Sanusi) Credo 

What, if any, concepts tap into a deeper, more ancient understanding of place, perhaps only realised and appreciated by us in the deep recesses of our subconscious.

These questions inevitably led building designer Anthony Ashworth to a study of the world’s geomantic and cosmological design systems. Firstly to Feng Shui, the most popular and arguably one of the most coherent systems, then deeper into the past, to India’s Vastu Shastra, the forefather of Feng Shui. This led to an appreciation for the place of ritual and ceremony and its encoded knowledge, which led yet further back into our roots in the indigenous traditions and shamanism. Ultimately leading back to humanity’s shared and now proven ancient birthplace, our primal Mother Afrika.

 

Academic research into African geomancy & building traditions revealed very little.

Seeking information directly from the source necessitated a research trip to Africa, to study with the Sangoma, traditional shaman, holders of the old ways. This led to one outstanding teacher, Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa, Zulu High Shaman, Knower of the past and future, Keeper of all African tribal beliefs. Credo unlike most other Sangoma was willing to share what many Africans still consider sacred and secret knowledge. So, as on a pilgrimage, Anthony traveled back to Southern Africa, the place of his birth, for the first time in 40 years, to sit at the feet of a great African Master.

I credit a great deal of the African knowledge and concepts contained in this paper, directly to Credo Mutwa, as gifted to me as I sat at his feet and then charged to share this knowledge of Africa with others. Credo is a great man, I have had the privilege to sit with a number of great spiritual teachers in my short life. Credo is, in my opinion, an African equal to the likes of the Dali Lama, the Pope or a great Yogic Swami. He has all the traits of a great master, unassuming and humble, polite to a word, totally centered, with a profoundly wonderful wit.

He asked nothing of me and gave so very much.  

Credo Mutwa Quotes

The common threads, between the ancient traditions of African and those of the Eastern and Western traditions, astound me and the similarities seem to be far more than the differences.

 

The African spiritual and geomantic systems, their messages, myths and methodologies, all share much in common with more well known cosmological and subtle energetic design systems.

Africa shares an understanding and emphasis on concepts such as: the Earth as a living organism, our role as human beings as protectors of that Earth, the concept of gnomic centre, the Axis Mundi, the importance of the directions and how they carry differing energies, classification and hierarchical division of differing subtle energies into the elements such as earth, fire, water and air; the effect of colours as a spiritual and energetic force, how materials generally and in buildings have both good and harmful effects on the human system, and how shape and form in structures effect and inform us, to mention but a few.  

 

The traditional African is very deeply connected to the earth and to a sense of place.

They see the earth as their primal and living mother. This is not dissimilar to the beliefs of other more recognised indigenous peoples such as Native American and Australian Aboriginal. In fact, they even share many root words, for instance, “Kuri.” in Zulu and in Australian Aboriginal is the very same word meaning whale.

 

This deep connection brings a very full awareness of the influence of one’s place and space, on one’s life. Especially informed are the Sangoma, keepers of sacred knowledge. With an apprenticeship of between ten to twenty-five years, they may be likened to African Druids. The trees and all nature are their sacred teachers and provide their medicines and wisdom. The Sangoma works on behalf of the community, as a medium, a bridge between the seen and unseen, between this world and the parallel “other worlds”, between the all-important ancestors and the individual. The ancestors are seen in a similar way to Chinese thinking and other indigenous cultures, to be able to influence the subtle forces of the universe, to bring rain, influence health and all aspects of life. The African first looks at what spiritual or energetic force may be causing negative issues in their life before they attempt a physical cure. This is a living tradition most Africans still actively live every day. Geomancy and geomantic divination are an integral part of everyday African life.    

 

We create our homes and then they create usWinston Churchill

 

Like the Geomantic traditions of the West, Feng Shui, Vastu Veda of India, and many other ancient traditions, the African is concerned with sacred space and the manipulation of the environmental energies for the physical, emotional, psychological & spiritual well being and healing. The Sangoma’s, (Credo Mutwa’s at least), understanding is as great or in some aspects even greater than most I have studied.

 

Architects, designers and other place makers such as Feng Shui practitioners, can take great solace in the following revelation from Credo. In Africa, building designers or place makers are considered to be very karmically advanced. In Credo’s words: “very close to God’s hand”. The manipulation of our environment as built structures is seen as being of critical importance. They, the place makers are therefore considered very spiritually evolved and are considered to have no more than five remaining reincarnations on this earth, until their ultimate release and enlightenment. All of which “should” be good and positive reincarnations.

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Sacred Geometry and ‘not so sacred’ geometry.

The traditional Zulu dwelling is the thatched and wattle and daub timber framed Beehive hut. According to Credo this is a very deliberate shape. The curvilinear geometry of the dome, circular plan, and soft edges evolved and was maintained, in order to help heal injured warriors. After battle and injury, the warriors spent time in these environments enabling them to heal very rapidly. He also pointed out that the ancient Celts, amongst others, also built round houses of similar shape and construction and for the same reasons, and that Native American Tepee’s with a “cone” geometry, have a similar effectiveness. 

 

Celtic Round Houses were made of wattle and daub with thatched cone-shaped roofs. They usually had a single entrance, aligned according to cosmological principles. The majority were oriented towards the east. All remarkably similar construction and form to Zulu huts. The Roman invaders of Britain frowned upon the local building techniques as described by Vitruvius who lamented that ‘burnt brick’ would be so much better. Perhaps beginning the eventual demise of this type of earth construction in Britain.                                                                 

Dogotomeans to heal without the need for medicine. Credo applied this word to the traditional Zulu domed huts. A “ne” at the end of the word denotes a thing or a place. So a place that heals a person without the use of medicine is Dogotone. I suggest this could be used as an appropriate labeling, for their rich building and place tradition. How many modern buildings would we be happy to apply this label of healing too? Ultimately, is this not the concern of all geomantically-influenced buildings, to help, rather than hinder the human condition? Currently, most modern buildings and the materials used to construct them, the poor understanding of the designers and lack of awareness of the clients create, or at the least contribute to, illness and dis-ease rather than actively supporting, let alone helping to heal the inhabitants.            

Again, echoing such traditions as Feng Shui and Vastu Veda, Credo told how building shape is paramount to the vibrational energies their shape sets up, influencing and containing the energy. Credo spoke with great passion about this and lamented the current trends in world architecture. He drew particular attention to the squared off, sharp-edged, rectangular building types of today along with all the straight lines, planes and square, sharp windows, doors and openings. He considers this type of dominant design to be profoundly negative. In his own very strong words

“Bloody murderous buildings, sending us mad”.

According to Credo Mutwa, in the Zulu and other African traditions, very similar to the teachings of Feng Shui, sharp edges create negative energy and negative pressure waves or negative “Chi”, known in Feng Shui as "Shar Chi" or poison arrows. The African tradition goes further to say that all sharp corners to all surfaces should ideally be somewhat rounded off. Believing that the western obsession with straight, boxy architecture, interiors, and furnishings, is creating a negatively charged environment, that has ultimately led to (or contributed to) a downfall of positive consciousness, creating psychological, physical and spiritual health issues for us all.

Many ancient buildings although often based on regulated and squared geometry, are at least softened in their application and construction. Deliberately or by handcrafted building techniques and or the applied three-dimensional decoration, effectively taking off the straight cut. Many modern building styles are obsessed with so-called ‘clean and hard lines’, minimal textural surface treatments and are often referred to as ‘Zen-inspired design’. I would beg to differ. My study of Japanese Wabi Sabi, the Zen of things and place, shows me that there is nothing Zen about this style, quite the contrary. Wabi Sabi is about soulfulness, materials that age with the gracefulness of time and that reveal spiritual truths, not an obsession with minimalism and planar glossy surfaces.

Credo cited the dominant building types of civilizations such as Rome and Babylon as very precise and sharp in form and edge, with hard squared fenestration (window & doors openings). He described these cultures as “bloody-minded.” Hitler’s fascist architecture had these characteristics. Credo says the actual Architecture of the infamous twin towers of New York’s 911 may have, in some way, attracted negativity and helped to single them out? 

Since my talks with Credo in 2003, there does seem to be some trend away from the box in civic and large-scale architecture. Unfortunately, contemporary domestic architecture seems to be ever more “the box” as the desired model. 

Within the context of this paper I am not able to go into explicit detail about all that I have learned about African geomancy, However, I will now, at least give quite some detail on one interesting case study. 

It is worth considering, alternate forms for our buildings. An adobe style, with rounded internal and external corners to buildings, the corners of doors and windows etc. It may be a more gentle, feminine alternative to the masculine, cutting box.


 

Tags: feng shui, shamanism, vastu, zen home


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Take your Spirit for a walk. : It's free.

March 14, 2018

Lifestyle
Activities to do when your broke Whether it’s the end of the pay period and you’re running low on cash, or you’ve decided that your middle name is now “Frugal”, it can be hard to keep yourself entertained. Here are eight activities that you can do without thinking about selling a kidney.

Reblogged from an article https://www.mydeal.com.au/blog/post/feeling-frugal-fun-activities

Bush Walks, But Better


Do you feel disconnected from the world, and you need to take a break from city life? Anthony Ashworth, Vastu Feng Shui man, offers his advice for those who want to go out in nature. “Spirit walks in nature Forest Bathing 100% free. In Australia, we are lucky to have an abundance of bushland near or in our cities, so take yourself into nature on a Spirit Walks, the Japanese call it forest bathing. It’s more than a bush walk, it’s where you go into nature more consciously, you start by announcing yourself and your intention to be in the bushie :

"I am Anthony I am here to connect with the spirit of the bush and receive healing" ask permission of the spirit of the forest to be there, then walk very slowly and watch, slow & deepen your breathing down.

Use all your sensors, listen, smell and feel the forest, sit down and do nothing for at last 20 minutes or more in one spot (no talking) then go hug or at least place your hands on the tree and then speak with that tree and see if it has anything to say, you might get quite the surprise? Meditate on a rock & connect your soul with the soul of nature our original mother, get your toes into the soil or into the creek. Being in the forest brings us peace of mind, peace of soul and peace to our overly abused wallets too.”

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“Nature” and Etymology

March 8, 2018

What is at the root of this word. Nature.

 

Etymology

Many shamans and spiritual luminaries I have studied with, look to Etymology for clues to spiritual truths. The famous African shaman Credo Mutwa, brought this to my attention, when spending days sitting humbly with him, soaking up & receiving his Afrikan wisdom.    

Etymology is the study of the origin of words and the way in which their meanings have changed throughout history. A chronological account of the birth and development of a particular word or element of a word, often delineating its spread from one language to another and its evolving changes in form and meaning.

The word “nature” originates from the Egyptian word for deity, the formative spirits or elementals, and the other than earthy realms.

Neter means Nature , simply put that before vowels(the corruption) existed it was Ntr . So The Neter Gods , Nature Gods The ancient Egyptian word “netjer,” sometimes also spelled “netcher” and, somewhat astray, “neter.” It is transliterated as nTr, where the “T” represents a prepalatal stop usually rendered in Western speech as a “ch” sound. 

Nature and being in nature is inexorably linked with spirituality, shamans have know this for tens of thousands of years before the Egyptians.

Wallis Budge, the great Egyptologist, recognized something fundamental about the word natura: "Another definition of the word [NTR], given by Brugsch, means 'active energy that produces and creates things regular recurrence; which gives them new life and gives them back their youthful vigor. 

Schwaller de Lubicz explains that in the ancient temple civilization of Egypt, our most ancient form of symbol, did not simply designate quantities but instead were considered to be concrete definitions of energetic formative principles of nature. The Egyptians called these energetic principles Neters, a word which is conventionally rendered as "gods.

The symbol or hieroglyph for this nTr was a banner or flag like character which was based on the banners placed outside the temples.

Being in nature may return us to our own true nature, show us the nature of things

Return us to our natural state, so being  close to nature, brings us close to spirit, close to deity, spirituality and our own true spirit

Nature Spirits and the Spirit of Nature, seems ever more a fitting descriptor for my little FaceBook page.

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What is a nature spirit ?

March 8, 2018

 
"In mythology, nature spirits, or deities are composed of etheric matter. Their job is to build and maintain the plant kingdom while working in conjunction with the devas and elementals. ... Adherents may literally consider such deities to be divine beings that control particular natural phenomena."
Photo by Anthony Ashworth. taken on a Spirit Walk 
 
That's a definition I found online, and here directly links to deities as well, which is a little odd in my view. I think they mean Deva's, which are Vedic angel-like beings, responsible for creation amongst other roles.
 
But the word Deva's is now used to describe bigger landscape nature spirits? Nature Spirits are much broader than just being associated with plants, they are associated with all nature from plants to rivers to rocks, to crystals mountains and caves, forests & entire complex landscapes. Plants tend to be more readily relatively accessible, but I'm sure many of us have felt the spirit of a river or waterfall haunt our consciousness.
Nature spirits are also be named fairies, and gnomes and sliths and the like. Shamans and our ancestors have taught us we can connect and learn from these Nature beings, big or small complex or simple, and who reside in a world that is ours but just outside ours at the same time.
 
We can even partner with them as I do during Space Clearings, land healing & shamanic healing, to help harness energies and bring forth balance.  Part of what I do on Spirit walks is connect people in with these invisible realms and beings.  Also, see my blog post of the root of the word "nature".   
Anthony Ashworth 

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The Wings of Africa & the Spirit message of Rhino

January 7, 2018

The Wings of Africa & the Spirit message of Rhino

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The subtle element of FIRE carries qualities, qualities such as those of transmutation and purification, Passion for life and creativity.

So yesterday with the intense summer heat, the fire energy seems to have sparked a surge of passionate creativity in me.

and from that process, a spirit message emerged that & I needed to hear heed and embrace.so the fire speaks to me. 

I felt a push by spirit, a push by the heat of the fire, this came forth as a desire to create, design, make a new smudging wand. Sweating, I got out my large feather collection, I collect them as a walk in the bush or even the suburbs. On a large table, I got out a few sacred wood wands, I had had for a while, ready to create a new tool when inspiration rose up in me, some glue hemp string, coloured silk cloth, cowry shells crystals, gems etc.

 I opened myself up and said inwardly, let spirit guide me, in this process.    

An unexpected result came forth, a trident Smudging wand. I’ve never seen one before, nor even thought of making one, but here it is and she is beautiful and powerful. She is called "Wings of Africa"  and contains the essence of Africa where I was born, along with a powerful Shamanic creature, a mythical flying Rhino. African mythology is full of wonderful mythical beats. The White Rhino ( originally"whyte" which means powerful)  is one of my totems and a spiritual name, and as given to me by the Credo Mutwa a renowned Sangoma a chief Shaman of the African tribes. The actual name is not given here as one should shroud ones spiritual power names and not share in public.

 

 

Below are some of the spirit attributes of Rhino 

  

As an earth element animal, the Rhino will also help you maintain a connection with the Mother (earth) and mother Africa, for me having been born in Africa this connection is profoundly important.

Rhino brings with it not only power but also the Whyte Rhino was a harbinger of prosperity, Credo told me. If one saw this sacred and protected animal on the way to hunt or trade it meant good fortune & much abundance would follow. Our ancient ancestors, over 80 thousand years ago, worshipped the great mega Rhino as the spirit of power and the power of the golden horn.

 

Take a step back and delve into the deeper more spiritual meanings of your current life situation. Know that you are powerful.

-Rhinoceros - says

 

Rhinoceros is letting you know that you need to look more closely at everything around you because things are not what they seem. Are you seeing lack instead of abundance? This animal is here to remind you to appreciate the expansive bounty that surrounds you. Stop and give thanks to the infinite miracles occurring in every moment of your life. Use your spiritual eyes, not your physical eyes to see the truth and maintain a close connection with “Mother Earth” as you expand your inner knowledge to a whole new level.

 If Rhinoceros is your Animal Totem:

You are for the most part a solitary and wise person choosing to spend a great deal of time alone. You enjoy the comfort of your own company and are comfortable with yourself. You have a very close relationship with the ancient wisdom of your soul and have a lot to share about what is real and how to live. For the most part you are a self made success and an achievement seeking powerhouse in your chosen field.

“If the rhinoceros is your totem or come to you as a spirit animal it is your responsibility to take heart of the underlying symbolic message the rhino has for you "nothing is as it seems." The rhino is your companion to help you on a soulful journey in recognizing the truth with your spiritual eyes - not what your physical eyes as Rhinos have poor eyesight and a profound sense of smell.

“Our physical human eyes see something special and magical in the rhino horn - we can initiate that powerful strength, protection, and success internally. Indeed, mystics tell of having visions of an illuminated (sometimes golden) horn the rhinoceros thrust through the veil of ignorance - ripping the veil open to let loose all the opulence and riches (enlightenment) of all mankind's desire. Our physical human eyes see something special and magical in the rhino horn - we can initiate that powerful strength, protection, and success internally. Indeed, mystics tell of having visions of an illuminated (sometimes golden) horn the rhinoceros thrust through the veil of ignorance - ripping the veil open to let loose all the opulence and riches (enlightenment) of all mankind's desire.” http://www.whats-your-sign.com/animal-symbolism-rhinoceros 

 

 

#shamanism #shamanising #shamanizing #spiritAnimal #spiritguide #totem

 

 

 

 

 

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Nurturing your own spirit with Nature medicine.

October 17, 2017

Nurturing your own spirit & self with Nature medicine.

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I woke up feeling a little down, having gone to bed over thinking and worrying about concerns and problems in my life. I got up and sat in my mediation nest, a beautiful, nurturing soft place of cushions and a warm, quiet blanket.

During my mediation I realised I had fallen back in the human condition of allowing my mind to focus and dance with my problems - allowing it to take me to places of worry and negative emotions, rather than appreciating all the really great things I also have in my life.

 

My glass was fast becoming half empty, rather than half full.

 

I felt into my heart and I felt it was shutting down, by perceived hurt, criticism, sorrow. We all have times in our lives that seem hard. Grief can kick in and whilst it’s good to feel into these times & honor them, we can also allow them to take us over.

 

So I decided I needed that which I know best helps me:

to reopen my heart to seeing the sunshine rather then focusing on the shade.

 

I needed some Nature Medicine.

I needed to take myself on a little Spirit walk for my soul.

 

I grabbed the car keys, my wooden flute and my little dog. Five minutes later we were walking amongst the gum trees between deep, red earth wombat holes, along the river toward the wetlands.

 

I felt myself wanting healing. I so wanted to feel better. “I’m in Nature, I should be feeling good, I should be connecting,” but No, my monkey mind had come on the walk with me, poo.

 

So I relaxed and stopped trying to connect, stopped trying to feel better. I just started to really look at what was around me, smell what was there, hear what was present. I grabbed a hand full of tea tree leaves, crushed them between my palms and inhaled deeply. Aunty Wendy an indigenous elder, says this stuff is bush medicine for her aboriginal mob for when they are feeling anxious. I smiled and was reassured by this memory. Even traditional indigenous peoples got anxious sometimes. I tend to Romanticise the life of our indigenous ancestors, as they lived so closely connected to the land, in apparent paradise. However they, like me had things on their minds: “I’m worried the wife feels I have not brought back enough meat that last hunt. What of that other tribe and what they may be planning. “

 

My dreamy mind was brought back into the now, as I stumbled on a gum tree root and I looked up at a shining blue black Raven cawing loudly overhead.

 

When Raven shows up I know things will happen.

 

Walking helps to move me and moves my emotions, but I also know that sitting still in Nature is a very powerful practice.

So I found a warm spot, with a beautiful view down over the lake and the water bird infested, shrubby islands. I settled the dog, warmed my wooden flute in my hands and played a Pan like drone, softly to the wind, to the water and to me.

I had stopped.

 

The harmonic music soothed me, as I felt connected to other than me, and that resonated back into my heart. The birds listened and then sang along. The wind played the trees and a wire fence breezily hummed. I closed my eyes for a while and went deeply inward.

 

As I opened my eyes, two huge ancient birds floated in from the blue sky, to plane down upon the water with giant webbed feet.

The Pelican. An old wise friend, one I had not seen for a while. They can disappear into the great, blue beyond, seemingly for years at a time, as can our hearts.

 

I recalled the alchemical myth of Pelican. Seen higher in esteem, even than the majestic Eagle. Pelican is the greatest of flyers. It takes a huge amount of energy for them to get off of the water, but once in flight they soar upon the unseen up-currents for hours & days, able to traverse continents, almost without effort. With this ability to fly into the stratosphere endlessly and effortlessly, they are a symbol of Great Spirit.

 

A symbol to aspire to: Effortlessness.  

 

And yet the Pelican is also depicted in the alchemical diagrams as having multiple chicks. The chicks, being symbols of our many aspects of spiritual self. She is compelled to peck at her very own breast, making herself bleed and pour blood from her own heart in order to feed her fledgling chicks - an ancient shamanic and profound wisdom symbol.

 

Even the very greatest adept of effortless flight, needs to sacrifice to self, in a painful symbol, of self love, giving of self to self and in order to nourish our spirit selves, our own inner growing children.

 

Here I was, in the bush by the waters, being reminded, nurtured by nature herself, sacrificing my time, my busy day, my sorrowful bleeding heart in order to feed & nourish my soul.

 

It completely astounds me that almost without exception, when I consciously go out into nature for healing and connection as opposed to just going for a walk in the bush, nature, great spirit, provides me with the nutrients I need. To see Self or some aspect of myself, reflected back to me, coloured by verdant wisdom and earthy grounded insights.

 

Nurturing one’s self, one’s spirit, as the Pelican mythically does, in order that we may fly more effortlessly through life, is important. Making time for Nature to nurture us, as a mother nurtures her children, is an art lost to most.

 

An old aboriginal Uncle, unfortunately I don’t recall who, but I think that’s OK, as in my mind he’s become archetypal wisdom & represents all indigenous people. When asked, “What is the most important thing you can do to help white fellas understand the deep connection to country that aboriginal peoples feel” he replied:

 

“Sit down on the ground in’da bush, for 2 hours. Shut up, be quiet.”

 

This answer was so profoundly simple. It left an indelible mark on me.

 

Remember to honour yourself & nurture your own spirit. No one else can like our own ancient mother, Nature.

 

Anthony Ashworth is a Shaman and House Whisperer. He takes people into pristine nature on what he calls Spirit walks and guides people with shamanic techniques, to easily reconnect with nature and with themselves.  click for information on Spirit Walks  

 

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