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 Autumn is good time to look at our outdated beliefs that have hindered our growth and release them as well as everything that is not serving our highest good.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.

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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, Shamanism

Autumn Wisdom

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The waterfall

Harvest and release

The magic of Autumn brings forth the inbreath and outbreath 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.

Art, Creativity, Shamanism

The fiery Volcano within and without

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In the highlands near our biggest glacier in Iceland, Vatnajökull, a volcano erupts in Holuhraun, since September 2. 2014. Our wild and beautiful Mother land lets her fire out and makes a way for the new, a new earth and the new lava makes a new landscape. It is beautiful to look from a safe place but dangerous to be near. The fire energy is both destructive yet building new land and lava on this sand plateau is perfect.

I love this fiery energy in my country, it awakens me and startles me because its energy and weather is always changing. My motherland´s creative powers are amazing and it influences me. Creativity is vibrant and alive, it is ever-changing and needs an outburst. How can we learn from our Mother? It is true when energy builds up it needs to find a way out. When emotional tensions is blogged we feel volatile and uncomfortable, therefore it is never good to block energy flow whether it is an emotion or magma that needs to burst out. Everything needs to flow, the river, the magma, our emotions, our bloodstream, as within so without. Energy needs to flow, nothing is good static, static is stale and stuck. So lets flow with our emotions, find an outlet, dance, move, paint, talk! Lets express ourselves and trust that everything is good! It is good when it is in flow and we know the situation always changes when balance is reached. Mother Earth seeks balance through these eruptions and we need too. The painting I did reminds me of the fiery volcano goddess the needs to release her tensions and creativity. She is volatile yet building new land and her creativity and powers are so vibrant and alive. She is truly creativity in action.

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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

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

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Flowing abundance exercise

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I always gain inspiration from nature both for my art and ideas. Now I feel the call of the waterfall!  I’m  in awe how its power cascades abundantly, ever flowing, endlessly for eons and times yet to come.

Abundance is everywhere in nature, effortlessly showing its energy through the cycles of life. It moves through the seasons, with its ebb and flow sometimes extrovert and blossoming and other times dwelling within, hidden and silent. But the waterfall flows with the river through all the seasons, always strong, vibrant and powerful.

I want to merge with the waterfall, surrender to its flow, not swimming against the current, but become one with its waters and flow with the river into the powerful ocean of abundance.

I remember when in workshop in Andean shamanism we were supposed to meditate by the river and take in the river´s energy, connecting with it through sacred reciprocity or Ayni. It felt powerful to sit still and with intention and focus merge my energy with the river through my breath and feeling of expansion. When I felt I connected I waited for the river to respond back so I felt its energy move through me.

That was purely magical and powerful. That is sacred connection that is so close but unfortunately we have so often lost. I want to share an abundance exercise to reclaim our connection. Everyone can do this exercise and if we want to connect with abundance we can easily do so with practicing Ayni in nature. Here are simple but powerful steps;

 

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  •  Connect with an element in nature that feels abundant to you, it can be a river, a waterfall, a flower or a tree for example and make yourself comfortable close to it.
  • Empty your mind and let your thoughts flow down to Mother Earth, use your breath to help you connect and cleanse.
  • Be aware of the heart energy within you and connect with it through your intention and breath.  When you breathe in you take in light and when you breathe out imagine you are expanding your energy or your light.
  • Expansion. Imagine you are bowl of light that is slowly expanding and you are letting yourself go and you are opening yourself up in a safe way. Breath your heart energy to the element. You slowly feel the expansion and when that happens you can also feel you are the element you are connecting with.
  • Feel the element within you, feel as if you are it! Feel and imagine how it moves through you. You and it are ONE.
  • When you feel the element within you, you have made a connection, and you can wait for a response or a gift it has for you. Be silent and notice, just feeling and being one with it.
  • Take in the abundance that it has for you, breath it in and feel it on a deep level. Connect with the effortless feeling of growth that does not need to push or make an effort to be. It just is!
  • Imagine how the abundance moves through you effortlessly. It is a part of you. Merge and flow with it! Stay with this feeling as long as you wish.
  • When the time is right you silently thank the element you connected with and slowly come back, reduce your energy to normal.
  • Ground yourself, feel your roots and be thankful for the beautiful exchange of energy.

Know that you are worthy of abundance and it can easily flow to you just like the river´s current. The more you connect with its energy the more you can tap into it and feel it within.

Feel the river flowing, not outside you but within you
Feel the fire and heat, not outside you but within you
Feel the flow of air and freedom, not outside you but within you
Feel the earth, not below you but within you
Feel the Spirit, all-embracing

Love and light

Solveig