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Shamanic Dismemberment

What is shamanic dismemberment?

It is a process through which a shamans spirit animals, guides, teachers, and relations tear the shaman apart in a journey. This is often a fairly traumatic experience, it must be, after all, it is done by our guides of power to strip us of all that no longer serves us in our quest for spiritual enlightenment and development. Typically the first time this happens it is a very emotional, and frightening experience. This process involves your power animals and guides tearing you limb from limb, removing your flesh and gnawing, and ripping your body apart. You will be completely devoured and ripped to shreds until you are no more. Your guides will then rebuild you at the end of this process and put you back together a new person, rising from your ashes just like the mighty phoenix. The first time you do this, or experience this is usually once you have built a very strong bond with your power animals, guides, teachers, and relations, and can be considered an initiation of sorts into the life of a shaman.

This is typically not something that a person just beginning down the path of shamanism should do, however it is likely that this may happen on its own while you are practicing journeying, and as such I hope this article can help those who may have had it happen and were unprepared or those who have not yet experienced this. This is also a process that can be learned and can be repeated, many shamans go through a dismemberment annually in a ritual to rid themselves of all energies, thoughts, emotions, addictions, etc. that no longer serve them for their highest good on their spiritual path.

My first experience with shamanic dismemberment:

The first time I experienced a full dismemberment was after a period of fasting, and deep journeying with the aid of my drum. I had been working in my astral temple with my guides when they beckoned me into a bathhouse in my temple. (I will do a subsequent blog post on creating your own astral temple.) The bathhouse appeared to me as a great room made of stone, I entered through a stone pathway and there was a solid stone wall to my left, with two large pools to the right, and a solid wall ahead of me. Lit torches lined the walls casting a flickering light filled with shadows and a brilliant yellow glow. I turned to face the pools which seemed to be bottomless, the one on my left was filled with icy cold water and the one on my right was steaming hot. I felt a strong pull towards the hot pool, so I undressed and got in. As I lay in the pool floating on my back I was surprised to find there was no roof on the bathhouse and found myself staring up at the night sky, black with numerous shimmering stars poking holes in the curtain of night. As I gazed upon the beautiful scene of flickering lights I found my consciousness expand outward more and more until I felt I was a part of the universal consciousness, I felt one with everything in existence and a certain sense of peace and calming took me over….. quickly followed by an overwhelming sense of fear as Eagle spirit appeared and screamed as it chased me back down to my astral body in the bubbling hot pool below, I fell fast and hard and as soon as I hit the pool Eagle sunk his talons into me and began tearing my flesh from my body beginning with my face. Screaming in agony, I began to cry as emotions were being peeled from me like the sting of an onion on the eyes. More animals joined eagle in tearing me apart and feasting on my body, wolf ripped out my innards and began to feast on them, badger ripped my legs apart, and coyote and raven feasted on my bones and what was left of me when the others were done. This was the most terrifying and frightening experience I had ever had up until this point, the pain surged through my body for what seemed like hours and then, all at once, a calm, warm, pleasant, loving feeling swept over my being and my consciousness was pulled out of the bathhouse to a raging bonfire outside, and the sun began to rise into the sky. It was here that my power animals put me back together, piece by piece, each shredded piece of meat and flesh at a time, from the feet up to my head and down my arms, putting me back together like a bloody puzzle until I was whole again, and in place of all the pieces that they removed for good, they put new gifts of various brilliant gems and fire, and light. They then asked for an offering and I threw my old skin, which I found discarded beside me on the bright green grass covered in blood and black ooze, into the fire and burnt it in their honour. My body began to shine with a bright blinding glow of light, from my very core outward. This is when I was able to come back to consciousness into my waking body, where I found I was covered in sweat and shaking, the entire process had taken 2 hours, but it felt like an eternity. I walked out of that room a very different person than I was when I went in.

Helpful tips and reminders:

I hope that the details of my experience can help you to confront your dismemberment when it happens to you, whether you are thrown into it or if you take it on by choice. If you choose to follow the shamanic path, a dismemberment is likely to happen when your guides feel that you need it most. It will be a truly powerful and life changing experience. Once you have experienced it you may then begin practicing it as often as you feel guided to, it is a process that many shamans do numerous times in their lives. You may also create your own journey to do this if you feel you are ready, I highly recommend you become adept at journeying, meditation, and basic shamanic practices before attempting this so that you have as many tools at your disposal to help you out. Be sure to take care of your body physically if you choose to push yourself to this experience. Helpful tools are fasting, exhaustion, drumming, and a dark room where you have as much sensory deprivation as possible.

I hope this article was enlightening and helpful, and good luck in your journeying!

Azariel Flame
Reiki Master, Shaman, Teacher
Ignite the light
www.ignitethelight.ca

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How to accept distance healing and attunements

I get asked this question quite often, “How do I accept your distance energy work or attunements?”, so I decided to make a blog post about it for easy reference. The process of accepting distance healing and attunements is actually rather simple. If you have experience with meditation, visualization, and energy work in general, then it will be a snap. Below are the steps I recommend to my clients to get the most out of a distance energy treatment or attunement.

1. Dedicate a minimum of 15 minutes to this experience, the more time the better, I typically try to aim for an hour when I receive them myself, as that is what I have become accustomed to. If you only need 15 minutes, cool, if you prefer 30 minutes, cool, if you need 52 minutes and 18 seconds exactly, also cool.

2. Make the set and setting your own, and make it comfortable! Create any amount of theatre you need to get yourself in THE ZONE. Whatever this may mean for you. I personally like a nice hot bath, with some salts, frankincense, and a solitary burning candle in the pitch black room. If your place is sitting on the bus on the way to work, or laying in your bed, or sitting in lotus position by a waterfall, then that’s awesome! Do whatever makes it feel great for you.

3. Get yourself into a nice relaxed position, close your eyes and begin to focus on your breathing. Deep breathing is very helpful here, make sure you are breathing deep into your belly. You should feel your belly rise and fall with each deep inhale and exhale. If not, then your breathing too shallow. Focus on your deep breathing for a few minutes until you get nice and relaxed. Remember to keep breathing deeply in and out this whole time, and for the whole process to follow.

4. Put your focus on each body part, with the intention of allowing the feeling of relaxation to settle in. Beginning with your toes, feel each toe relax deeply, let the stress of each muscle dissipate. Then each foot, then your lower legs, calves and shins, then your upper legs, quads and hams, then your buttocks, then your abdomen and back, then your chest and shoulders, then your arms and hands, then your neck, face muscles, and head. Let the tension release from each muscle from the tips of your toes to the top of your head, and let each muscle in your body relax fully.

5. Now that your whole body is relaxed it is time to call in the energy. All my energy work will be sent to my clients via the Chi ball method. Which is a ball of energy that I have filled with a specific intention, attunement, or healing request. Begin by stating very loudly in your head something to the effect of “I call in the chi ball that Azariel has sent to me now, may it enter my body, mind, and spirit at full power, for my greatest good, and the greatest good of all.” Now visualize a brilliant ball of energy coming down from the sky. This ball may appear any colour, or be any shape that is relevant to you, it may not be a ball at all. This is perfectly okay and normal. If you end up getting a red rose, instead of a white ball, that is OKAY. Just trust it will appear to you however it needs to. Now visualize the ball of energy descending from the sky into your crown chakra, and working its way down to your heart chakra. Once it is at your heart chakra, visualize it exploding out to the top of your head, the tips of your fingers, and the tips of your toes, filling your entire body with brilliant energy. Continue to breathe in this energy and feel it fill your entire body, mind, spirit, and aura and continue to let it pulsate and do its work for as long as it takes. You will know when it is done because you will get a thought in your head of “it is done” or you will simply feel when it is time to be done. For some people they will feel the energy dwindle after a time. However the process ends, will be entirely unique to you.

6. Now take some time to ground yourself. You can do this by visualizing a cord of energy leaving your navel and going to the center of the earth and attaching itself to the earth, then visualize any excess energy going through this cord from your body to the earth as a gift to the earth, retract the cord from the earth back into your body when you feel you have sent all the excess energy away.
Another grounding method is to visualize your feet growing like the roots of a tree into the earth and all the excess energy draining from your body into the earth. When you feel all the excess energy has gone to the earth, visualize the roots retracting back into your body and your legs going back to normal.

7. Once the process is complete, take some time to write down any notes you may have about how it made you feel, any impressions it gave you, thoughts you may have had, or anything you feel is relevant and important.

Thats it! Easy peasy!

I hope this has been helpful, if anyone has any questions feel free to send me an e-mail for further clarification.

Until next time!

Azariel Flame
Reiki Master, Shaman, Teacher
Ignite the light
www.ignitethelight.ca