Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Opening Sacred Shamanic Space

Shamans generally open sacred space, or call to the directions, before ceremonies and Shamanic work. I thought I would share with you the method by which this is done. To call the directions, start facing the South. You may use your rattle or bells and many Shamans spray a Shamanic tincture to bless each direction. Face each direction as you call to it, for Mother Earth touch the ground, and for Father Sun look to the skies.

To the winds of South, land of the Serpent
Wrap your coils of light around us,
Teach us to shed our pasts, as you naturally shed your skin,
Teach us to watch upon the Earth softly, as softly as your belly touches the soil,
Teach us to walk the Beauty Way.

To the winds of the West, realm of the Jaguar,
Oh Mother Jaguar, luminous one,
We ask that you protect our medicine space,
We ask that you mulch any heavy energy and protect us as we walk in Shadow,
Teach us the way of Peace, show us the way beyond death.

To the winds of the North, space of the Hummingbird,
We call to you Hummingbird
We call to you grandmothers, grandfathers,
We call to you Ancient Ones,
Whisper to us in the wind,
Send your secret messages to our hearts,
We honor you who have come before us and you who will come after.

To the winds of the East, sky of the Eagle
Oh great Eagle,
Come to us from the place of the rising Sun,
Keep us safe under your great wing,
Show us the way to soar to our destiny high above the mountains where you live
Teach us to fly wing to wing with the Great Spirit.

Mother Earth
We've gathered here for the healing of all of your people
The plant people, the stone people,
The fur-legged, the two-legged, the creepy crawlers,
The finned, the furred, and the winged one,
We've gathered here for the healing of all of our relations.

Father Sun
Father Sun, Grandmother Moon, People of the Star Nations,
Great Spirit,
You who are known by many names,
You who are the unnameable one,
Thank you for bring us together and allowing us to do this work.

Shamanic space can be opened for meditation, for personal work, and to invite Spirit into what you are working on. However, you should remember to close sacred space after three days. To close Sacred Space, you may repeat the opening ceremony or turn to each direction (including Mother Earth, and Father Sun) and thank each one for their protections and help.

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