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Karma Dreaming * Advanced Shamanic Astrology

I have studied Astrology from many perspectives – history, new psychics, the language of DNA, symbol and psyche, pychology, prediction, past lives, and so on. Underlying all of these is the theme of Shamanism, and the way it brings the birth chart alive.

A shaman in indigenous cultures means one who is a “bridge between worlds”.  Shamans travel across time and space, linking minds, bodies, souls, and animals in a healing, transformative way.  In Astrology, the shamanic element lies in connecting spiritually with the karmic patterns shown in the birth chart, thus connecting with the client’s Akashic Records. It is very likely that we carry our Akashic Record is encoded – as a spiritual DNA – within our physical DNA – but more on that in another post!

In perceiving and describing Karmic patterns in the birth chart, the Shamanic astrologer initiates the client into what I call Karma Dreaming for it is through the power of naming that we bring the karma of the client within transformative range of his or her Higher Mind.

I’ll talk more about Karma Dreaming below…

In Shamanic astrology, we assume that the Circle of the birth chart is a field of energy which, among other things, contains the field of experience which has opened up for this lifetime.  The birth bhart also reveals how this field of experience is emerging from a deeper field of experience in other lifetimes.

So the birth chart is recognized as that great symbol, the Mandala, for its power as an organizing and transforming “limit” which keeps expanding – from a sacred Center – as we grow.

In reading the birth chart, the Astrologer pushes the buttons of its symbols to swing open the great doors of a Library – the Akashic Records. Here, the key stories of the Soul’s many lifetimes rest, coiled in Memory. These stories are highly personal, but often are poured into the mould or template of an Archetype – one could have a strong Cinderella theme in one’s life, or be caught up in roles like that of Lady MacBeth.

As we awaken spiritually, we begin to sense and to see how these powerful symbolic stories match up to patterns across our lifetimes, and especially in this, the current lifetime.  As part of that awakening, we become aware of the Higher Self, always within us, always watching, always offering the intuitions, alerting us to synchronicities, inspiring us to something better, out of the blue.

When we engage with our birth charts, we are opening to an Initiation begun by the Shamanic Astrologer.  We are becoming our own Shaman, which is another way of saying that we are becoming consciously connected to, and able to participate in directing, the knowledge, grace and power of our Higher Self. We can create symbols, and interact with them to alter Reality.

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A Mystical Rose For Healing

In my mother’s work as a channel, or medium, in the very early 1960s, she and her group were taught some fascinating truths about reincarnation, karma, and dream analysis, along with techniques of healing mind and body – borne out much later by scientific and medical research.

It was in a series of early meditations – taught to her by her guides – at our country home Hillshore that my mother was first shown a short simple method to create and use a beautiful image to replace ugly, painful, fearful ones. Mom’s experience was lovely and most helpful, so I am passing it on here.

My mother loved flowers and had a large rose garden to which she added year after year. One morning in meditation, she found herself doing something quite fascinating – as I mentioned, one must let all this happen spontaneously. “Someone” was explaining (like texting, not an actual voice) that she could create a rose image and use it to “tape over” harmful or negative images/event and the emotions arising from them.

I should note here that this was different from our usual daily meditations in which we experienced a very informal and spontaneous form of something akin to Active Imagination.  More on that in other posts!

On this occasion, mom began to work on building a more universal, magical image – the Rose – which could be pulled up on the mental screen and applied on short notice to almost any disturbing experience one might encounter in daily life. This might be a graphic, ugly scene in a movie, book, of TV, an upsetting scene with someone close, a repetitive phobia, unhealthy urge, anxiety, the sight of a hurt animal or person, and other forms of what we would call PTSD.

(It seems clear that what Mom was about to learn how to do is part of the science of neuroplasticity, the Brain’s ability to change itself. We know too that “what fires together wires together” in the Brain – we get negative “associations” and can’t shake them – hence flashbacks and triggers which make old trauma present to us in the Now.

By teaching the Brain new associations, new pairs of firings, one might say, the Brain rewires itself and “learns” to drop old negative automatic associations by replacing them with new positive ones…This is what Mom’s guide meant by “taping over…”)

Mom spent considerable time actually building the Rose. In the first several meditations she was encouraged to simply just visualize her favorite rose (I knew it well) a gorgeous salmon-pink, just barely in bloom, fresh in the morning sun. She then seemed to take it apart – dwelling lovingly on every petal, and especially on the leathery dark green color and texture of each leaf.

Finally, she visualized it reassembled, in perfect form – an image of pure Beauty on several levels of sensual experience – smell, touch, vision, and on the level of Mind, where artist perfection takes us to spiritual realms.

In time, she was able to use this healing technique at will, summoning up her Rose in full, dewy, aromatic detail, holding it firmly in her mental vision until it filled her mind. Then, calling up the disturbing image which needed to be erased, mom would superimpose upon it the Rose, holding it there till the ugly image had dissolved.

Mom told me she occasionally “refreshed” her Rose – repeating the visualizing process. It would simply show up in a meditation, and she noted – almost as an observer, the way both mom and I often felt in meditation – that she was once again visualizing her Rose so that it took form once again in careful, slow detail, before her Mind’s Eye.

I do encourage my readers to try this – and don’t be surprised if the flower or image that presents itself to you is something other than a rose, for your Higher Self will know of just the right symbol for you! But a rose can be where you begin, and if you are patient, and don’t try to direct the process, things will unfold from within you…