Shamanism

Flowing with the cycles of the seasons

 

Spring

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Plant your dream

The magic of Spring brings forth new growth, sprouts and light. The earth mother awakens and stirs and rises from her deep sleep of winter. The energy burst forth from her deep belly and gives energy to her children to be reborn. When we flow with the medicine wheel in circular fashion the sun rises in the east as well as the spring giving rise to new beginnings. During this time we can sprout our dream seeds, work on our dreams, ignite our creative flame and nurture it. It is a time of new beginnings. Spring is time to rejuvenate, nurture ourselves and be reborn into our authentic selves.

The growing light gives rise to shine our light into the world.

 

Summer

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Blossom into your potential

The magic of Summer brings forth blossoming energy of light, beauty and abundance. The energy of the earth mother is extrovert, spreading joy, colors and vitality through and to her children. It is a time of peak vitality and energy with the sun at its highest spot bringing light and heat awakening all our senses. In the medicine wheel the summer is in the south direction giving rise to innocence and trust. Here is a perfect time to find the power of now, and work with the energy of nature and the elements through meditation, dance and earth connection. Its a perfect time to dive into our creative potentials as our inner fires rises up.

We are ready to be powerful as we stand strong in our own light, ready to be seen as who we are.

 

Autumn

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Harvest and release

The magic of Autumn brings forth the in breath and out breath of life, the flow of give and receive. We receive the gift of harvest, what we have sown is given to us. At the same time what is ready to be released is given away. The old has given its gifts of beauty and the cycle continues, the leaves fall away. It has served its purpose. Everything must go through its cycle of transformation, it is the natural law and that gives balance to earth mother and her children. In the  medicine wheel we look to the west, towards the setting sun, the death of the old and towards the transformation and our emotions. It gives rise to our intuition and our dreamtime. Autumn is good time to look at our outdated beliefs that have hindered our growth and release them as well as everything that is not serving our highest good. It is a good time to find our balance in body, mind and spirit and while releasing also receive the gifts and acknowledge what is working well in our lives. It is a time of de-tox, cleansing, self-knowledge and appreciation.

We are ready to shed the old to embrace our newfound strength.

 

Winter

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Self-Reflect and embrace who you are

The magic of Winter brings forth self-discovery and insight. It is the time when earth mother retreats her energies into her inner core, while her children rest and relax into the womb. Winter is perfect time for reflection and deepening. In the medicine wheel it is the direction of the North that gifts us with insight and wisdom, the cycle has run its course ready to spiral up in a newfound wisdom from its previous growth period. It is a time when the shadow is deep and the darkness of the womb and cosmos is obvious. Therefore springs forth all creation, from darkness into the light. We can assess our inner wisdom, look deep into our shadow and be defined by the light like a star. It is a path of strength and courage and if we are willing to look within ourselves with honesty and humility there will be a great benefit, a quickening and a deepening on our spiritual path. When we can truly self-reflect we will notice that we too are part of the beauty of the Northern-Lights and the stars high above.

We are star among the stars, shining brightly in the darkest of hours.

Sólveig katrín

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Art, Creativity

The divine feminine

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The theme of the divine feminine keeps appearing in my paintings these days. I feel how the presence of the Great Mother is ever flowing through the paints when I surrender and let her be my guide. It is a calming experience and a feeling of total trust. She is the Great Creatrix here on this planet, where the elements swirl together, chaos and balance mix into Oneness in an ever flowing dance in the web of life. I feel how the elements in this painting are mixed together creating ocean of energy waiting to be used to create new life, healing, flowers and trees, greens and oranges, gifts from the womb of creation, filling up our senses.

“Let the new in my live grow into beautiful blossoming path. Let the beauty way be my guide and may my heart beat the drum of love emanating loving vibrations around the world, touching all.”

With peace and love

Solveig Katrin

Art, Creativity, Finding your path

Embrace all that you are

valkyrjaEmbrace all that you are, come forth with your winged ones, your spirit helpers and allies and awaken the wisdom and strength within. Call upon your guides as you are never alone. You are always protected and safe. Take flight dear one to your innermost dreams and passions, let it be your guiding light into your shining path. Let the path descent upon you as you follow your dreams and become all that you are. You deserve to let your light shine and become the brightest Star that you are meant to be. Grow and glow into your potential and everything will be taken care of. Trust that you are guided, guided by your silent soft voice of your inner knowing and your inner joy. Follow your joy, your passion as you are meant to emanate joyousness in your life. Experience positive vibrations and see how it spreads and energizes everyone around you. Spiral into a new state of being, move into the higher dimensions and become the Co-Creator in your life.

With blessings and love

Solveig

Art

Abundance- Enjoying little things in life

2-DSCN7137Abundance flows in different ways, it is not all about having enough money, but enjoying and celebrating little things in life. There are so many things we can enjoy in life that are for free. We can bask our senses in beauty and pleasures and we can fill up our world with colors, patterns, smells and touch that heighten our senses and give us sense of thankfulness and aliveness. In these moments our vibration rises and we truly feel blessed. We start to open  up to receive good in our lives and then the Universe aspire to give us even more. These are the moments when we become the co-creators with the life-force energies. In these heightened moments we surrender to the Now and become filled with positive feelings. When we begin to experience and notice these little blessings in life more positive experiences begin to flow to us. This is the starting point for more and more abundance to flow into our life.

May blessings and abundance flow to you and remember to smell the roses***

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Solveig Katrin

 

 

Art, Creativity

Returning light

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There is magic in the returning light in the Northern Hemisphere after dark winter months. Although it is still snowy and winter here in Iceland the days are longer and we can feel the inner fire slowly awakening.

This painting is from magical place, a glacier in Snæfellsnes Iceland. It is a place where you can truly recharge and be empowered by nature. It is an energy spot and some people believe it is one of the major chakras of Mother Earth.

I send you light from the energy vortex in Iceland with this painting.

Blessings

Solveig

Art, Creativity

Entering the gateway

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Nature is my teacher and inspiration. It can become a gateway to deeper wisdom and teachings if we just allow it to speak to us. I had the privilege to experience this communion with nature when I went to visit beautiful beaches in Snæfellsnes in Iceland. It is a very special place with high energy vibrations. I have often visited these places but this special afternoon in October something special showed itself in the cliff rocks by the beach and how light played with its formations.

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I felt the sacredness of this place and the wisdom it holds in its rocks that have stand the test of time for eons, always still and observing, being formed by the elements and the ocean. I saw the old wise ones in the rocks and it felt like they were an ancient record keepers of sacred wisdom. I felt in awe how beautiful and sacred our earth mother is and how we can perceive her light and wisdom if we just observe and take in the beauty and stand still with the land.

I had to paint this sanctuary and it is a soul art medicine to to be able to take that energy into the paintings and stay with it and let the colors guide me forward.

Much love and blessings

Solveig

Art, Creativity, Finding your path

Creativity as a Spiritual Practice

 

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By Solveig

We are all born creative. I am not more creative than you are. I have it activated! We have to activate our creativity.

Being creator is honoring that we have a part of creation within us, we are a part of the Creator. I see in the divine in me and I see the divine in you. I am divine! I am a fragment of God! I am a Creator. So we are Co-Creators with the Divine.

We have to listen and acknowledge that we are powerful and sometimes we are afraid of our own power.

Realizing this power within, we become creators  and we start to create our lives. We are not a puppet on a string. We have had many centuries of powerlessness, we have been powerless and felt power over but now we have to take our stance and become responsible for our lives and our creative abilities. We have to move into our power!

We are powerful! We are creators!

Namaste!

 

Art, Creativity, Shamanism

A Healing Story: How Nature and Shamanism is making me whole

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By Solveig

I am on my shamanic path weaving ancient wisdom into modern daily life. After taking the road less traveled, studying shamanism, life has taken me into adventures and healing especially deepening my relationship with Nature and  Creativity.

In the past I have been seeking wholeness since I remember, as my fellow earthlings, and from young age I felt a drive to seek answers in spirituality. I have tread many ways up the mountain, tried yoga, healing, nutrition, meditations and spiritual books and more, and it has helped me a lot, but somehow I was always dealing with the same issues, insecurity, self-doubt and sometimes dullness in life, missing the spark and magic.

However last four years has been a turning point for me as I have in shamanic studies been able to focus my intentions and dive deeper into my core and passion. I almost feel as if I have reclaimed my roots and therefore I have been able to grow up to Spirit. It feels wonderful. I remember how spirituality left me sometimes ungrounded and lofty, somewhere out there, wanting to be spirit not human. What am I doing on this earth, I questioned? I have had my challenges in life, lost my sister when I was 18 and father when I was 28 and I have had to work my way through grief and loss. Life is a school and learning experience and I am thankful for all the lessons I have learned so far. Now somehow life challenges are less dramatic and make less impact on me and I can easily become the watcher, just observing like I can soar above it like an eagle and not judge, just observe and be. It fills my being with such a freedom and it is beautiful. Shamanism has been able to ground me so I can fly. It encompasses totality of my being; I am body, spirit, emotions and thoughts, and from there it takes me around the sacred medicine wheel and spirals into the core. There I can sit connected, feeling centered and still. I don´t miss any part of my being-ness out there. I am totally myself, here within me, within the sacred circle of my being.

I feel I am becoming more like the mighty Yggrasill, the sacred Tree of Life from the mythology of Snorra-Edda the pagan Nordic Spirituality. I am growing into myself, into my core expanding and being whole with everything there is. I am more grounded with one foot in Spirit whilst the other rests in daily life, this is a way of the balanced person who can be centered and connected to both dimensions of life.

Nature has become my teacher.  I have moved closer to Mother Earth as I have reclaimed her as my mother. I have longed for her and missed the deep connection that I know in my DNA, my ancestors had. There is so wide gap in todays society between man and nature. Healing that gap has healed me. I can go to Mother Nature to cleanse and rejuvenate, and she can easily cleanse all the heavy energy that has accumulated within me. She gives me strength when I climb her mountains, she gives me flexibility when observing her strong plants that adjust to the environment, she gives me feeling of surrender when I float in her waters, and she gives me growth and strength when meditating with her mighty trees. These are just few examples how Nature has taught me.

I have also begun to flow through the seasons with her. Move with her rhythms, and followed her energies. When I do that everything is easier, I don´t have to push the flower to bloom, I have to wait for the right timing. I am a part of her, and we are her children. If I ask for signs I just have to be still and listen.

Diving into shamanism has truly enriched my life and I feel more grounded and secure in my being, I feel the gap between Mother Earth and me is healing and as her child I am growing into being the Co-Creator that I am meant to become. I am still learning everyday, as growing into wholeness is a mighty tasks, many roads can lead me off track, but with intention, focus and open heart, I walk my path as a warrior of light.

I am so thankful for this connection and I feel the connection deepens everyday. This is my healing story. Gratitude and Blessings

Solveig

Creativity, Shamanism

Summer inspiration and magic

Summer is coming to an end and autumn is soon laying its magical color carpet over nature. I have been away in the country for the most of summer and not been able to blog a lot this summer, but I am back again with lot of inspiration and creative news for soulful creative people. To do this feels vital for me. I feel I need to get away from normal routine and have my own retreat where I can rejuvenate and recharge my batteries. I stayed two weeks in my family’s summer cabin which has no eleDSCN6112ctricity nor hot water. I had the most magical time there and did prayer stick out of wood and a talking stick. I love to make sacred art out of wood. I even found beautiful branch for making my power bow, which I painted and is going to remind me of my intentions and dreams and help me keep focus upon my target.I connected on a deep level with nature and its symbolism through staying silent in meditation and observing. I connected to the animals around me and got magical gifts from the animal kingdom. I received swans feathers and wing for my sacred art and tools and power stones. I am very thankful for this time.

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After magical time in nature with my family I started to prepare transformative creative retreat in the highlands of Iceland, Thorsmork. It is an exquisite nature oasis between the mountains and glacier and the power there is immense. We made a sweat lodge in a viking way, building the base with stones, soil and grass and the sweat lodge ceremony was beautiful. The day after the sweat lodge we recharged through yoga outside in nature.

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The sweat lodge
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My beautiful co-workers at the retreat
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Embracing the power mask

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We prepared people to go on a vision quest where they walked alone in nature, treading their own path asking for guidance and symbols to speak to them. That was deep experience for people in this beautiful place and many connected on a deep level with nature. Later I led vision journey through drumming where people connected to their power animal and reclaimed their power face. The group did their power masks and at the same time releasing their false masks.  Everybody decorated and painted their own power mask. The ceremony was powerful and people connected on deep level.  After that we danced around the fire with the masks celebrating and ended in chakra dance where everybody released and felt happy in dancing through the chakras. This was all so powerful and magical and we the instructors were also left with open heart and connectivity with our tribe.

It is so profound when people open their heart and share their innermost being-ness with others totally being authentic. I am deeply thankful for experiencing this feeling of connectivity and community with kindred spirits.

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Sitting around the fire singing, drumming, sharing and laughing enhances community and deep harmony between people. If we could just do more of that in today’s society. Our ancestor had their heartfelt councils and ceremonies around fires and it is beautiful  and sacred experience. In our retreat we used swan feather as our talking stick which is passed around. When you hold the feather, you speak from an honest and open heart and nobody interrupts. It is sacred communion to listen and share so deeply and be able to speak from the heart with one another.

Shortly after the retreat, I was so blessed being able to partake in the opening ceremony of a medicine wheel, in the Icelandic highlands. Jesse Blue-Forrest Peacewalker and Sandra Moondancer from Canada had been circling Iceland building five medicine wheels. One in each direction, with a goddess wheel in the middle, which was going to activate all the others. These were built in Iceland for world peace, and the goddess wheel was lighted at the same time Yoko Ono lighted the Peace Tower in the island of Videy in Reykjavik. At the opening of the medicine wheel there was a peace pipe ceremony. It felt powerful to witness and to connect with the sacred Cherokee peace pipe. I feel so blessed.

 

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Here is the radiation from the peace medicine wheels in Iceland spreading peaceful energy around the world.

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With Love, Peace and Blessings to you

Solveig

 

Creativity

Blossoming Creativity: Intuition and alignment in nature

By Solveig

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I have a blissful memory from childhood where I am barefoot in nature, surrounded by green birch trees, moss, walking in the grass between the birch towards the stream, overlooking lava field and a river.  I was in my power place, a place that has grown to be my favorite place on earth, a sanctuary of natural beauty and wonder, a little summer cottage in the country. I was playing with my imagination, being native Indian, called Indiana, building my shelter on the hill out of wood and branches. I felt playful, balanced and happy.

I have had the privilege to go there every summer of my childhood and also my adult years, taking my own family for a nature retreat.

After stressful period in work and life, I went there last week and within days I was in my natural state of being-ness and harmony. I took off my shoes and socks and started to feel nature, both on a slippery stones on the lake´s shore, in the wood, climbing the rocky hill and just take in the beauty. I guided the children to find my old shelter and we rebuilt it a bit, and they changed their name and became knight and princess in wonderland. Life is a magical place of wonder and joy. Soon we all felt it; nature, creativity, imagination, playing, laughing, finding sticks and feathers, and magic stones. I was back home, back into alignment with nature and myself, oh joy it felt so good.

IMG_0902This is our natural state, childlike state of wonder and joy, feeling in alignment with the environment and also with our inner nature. Here imagination and creativity is activated, alive and vibrant like nature itself. If we could just follow this wisdom from childhood and tune back into it, we would feel happier, lighter, more balanced beings.

I felt I was being fine tuned to my natural vibration, as if I was a radio station that hadn´t been tuned on the right channel.  It was like a click to alignment, and the feeling of wonder and happiness took over.

We are so overloaded in today society with external stimuli and stress. We forget our natural state of being, like we hopefully all felt in childhood. We are natural-born creative beings, full of imagination, joy and curiosity. In this state we can feel we are the co-creators in our lives. We can easily manifest our intentions and dreams. We can rebuild and remake and create a new…

In this reawakened state of alignment I listened deeper to my intuition and I felt I could talk to nature and be a part of it. I asked for signs and got answered. I prayed and wished for something and it manifested instantly. I was in awe. I asked for swan´s feathers and even a swan´s wing for my shamanic ceremonies and two feathers floated to the shore and the day after I walked upon a dead swan, a give-away. I was in magic wonderland, and it reminded me on that when we are in alignment with our inner nature we can create and manifest! If you wish for something and want to manifest it you have to be in this natural state of being, and we can all tune in.

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I also felt how I was tapping into source of creativity, ideas started to flow; I painted in nature with the elements, made a prayer stick and created a power tool made out of branch.

Nature gives us a gift of balance and creativity. Mother earth heals and revitalizes. After time in nature we start to feel within as we are regarding outside ourselves. We tap into the blossoming creativity that is all around us and it works its magic through us if we let it. We start to notice the beauty around us and within us. We follow the guidance from signs and symbols in nature, the wild intuition ignites a hidden gifts and language we otherwise would not notice. We start to be a part of the whole web of life, not isolated and alone, but a part of its weaving. We become co-creators!

Lets take a step towards the circle of magic and dream our dreams into reality, that is our destiny. We just have to tune in and find the alignment.

In nature

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We see beauty, we become beautiful

We see creativity, we become creative

We see balance, we become balanced

We see wonder, we become wonderful

We see soul, we become soulful

We see abundance, we become abundant.

 

We are what we regard, and what we think and feel; our inner world reflects our outer world and vice versa.

I hope you get the change to surround yourself with beauty in nature and start to acknowledge the beauty and creativity that lives within you. Sometimes we need to fine tune to our channel to find our unique tone.

Blessings

Solveig