Integrative Healing Arts Kingston with Michelle Girouard

Integrative Healing Arts Kingston with Michelle Girouard Specializing in shamanic healing arts, guided journeying and educational workshops in downtown Kingston.

A Year Of Ceremony: follow this link to receive a free month of talks by a series of brilliant leaders in the contempora...
Sandra Ingerman

A Year Of Ceremony: follow this link to receive a free month of talks by a series of brilliant leaders in the contemporary shamanic community.

I am delighted to let you that Sounds Tue is sponsoring a new Year of Ceremony. I am the first presenter in this 13 month series. I personally feel that there is some healing work to do involving the long history of shamanism. It is time to heal some of the shadow and divisive aspects of shamanic work. The session I will lead will be quite deep and maybe even a bit gritty. But I feel so strongly that shamanism has the ability to help us survive the changing times if we bring a new evolution into the work and also join together as a mutually supportive and collaborative community.

How do shamans open the way to the world of spirit? In every tradition, ceremony is one of the valuable tools available for transcending ordinary reality and accessing the invisible realms for healing, protection, and insight.

I invite you to a special exploration of the use of ceremony in shamanic practice where I am featured presenting the Elements of Ceremony

"Ceremony gives us a way to kick your intentions and dreams into action. It helps you focus wholly on your intention, to get your body and imagination and heart-the whole you-into the process." -Sandra Ingerman

I hope you'll join me for this free video and discover the essential elements that make a ceremony effective.

This ongoing program has given rise to a global community of shamanic practitioners dedicated to healing and positive change.

The Spring Equinox welcomes us to plant the seeds of our new dreams into our hearts. Let the momentum of the melting riv...
Why Shamanism Now - A Practical Path to Authenticity by Christina L. Pratt on Apple Podcasts

The Spring Equinox welcomes us to plant the seeds of our new dreams into our hearts.

Let the momentum of the melting rivers flow with a clear and vibrant force, carrying us in truth, radiant in the world.

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'Where are you living? What are you doing? What are your relationships? Are you in right relation? Where is your water? Do you know your garden?

It is time for you to speak your truth.

It is time for you to create your community. Be good to each other. Do not look outside yourself for the leader.

This could be a good time that we're in.

There is a river flowing now, very fast. It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid. They will try to hold onto the shore. They will feel that they are torn apart and will suffer greatly.

Know this: know that the river has a destination.

The Elders say we must let go of the shore. Push off into the middle of the river. Keep your eyes open and keep your head above water.

At this time we are to take nothing personally, least of all ourselves. For the moment that we do, our spiritual growth and journey comes to a halt.

Gather yourselves. Banish the word struggle from your attitude. All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.

We are the ones we've been waiting for.

Cherished relatives.'

From 'Bridges to Earth's New Era'
In conversation with Will Taegel

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Susan Weed, a powerful resource, an incredibly wise woman.
Susun Weed

Susan Weed, a powerful resource, an incredibly wise woman.

Strengthen Your Immune System!
Herbal Allies to Help you Avoid Catching the Flu!

Winter is when we are most likely to catch a cold or the flu. With my help, you can prepare yourself with herbs and home remedies to avoid infection and to build a strong immune system.

I prefer safe antibacterial herbs such as echinacea, usnea, or poke root, which not only kill infection, but also help us keep our immune systems strong. These herbs have an extensive history of countering resistant bacteria and strengthening the body's natural defenses. I also recommend medicinal mushrooms, garlic, and ginseng to help you during the winter season. And, remember that our thoughts affect our health too!

Echinacea root is the all-American immune system strengthener. It triggers production of white blood cells, interferon, leukocytes, T-cells, and B-lymphocytes, as well as directly inhibiting the growth of most bacteria and viruses. Peter Holmes, author of Energetics of Western Herbs, cites it as being effective against anthrax. Echinacea tincture is my first choice for countering infection. (Capsules and pills of Echinacea, if used for lengthy periods, may be counter-productive.) A dose of the tincture is one drop for every pound of body weight. I take this several times a week as a preventative; several times daily when there is active infection.

Usnea, a common lichen, is especially rich in a powerful antibacterial bitter called usnic acid (also usinic acid). I use the tincture of Usnea barbata (a dose is 1-2 dropperfuls), but other lichens show similar immune-enhancing and tonifying properties. There are no side effects reported from use of even large amounts of usnea tincture.

Poke root tincture (Phytolacca americana) kicks the immune system into gear incredibly fast. I’ve seen chronic infection of many years’ standing resolve after only one dose, and acute infection subside in a matter of hours. Poke’s effect seems to be focused on the lymphatic and glandular tissues of the throat and chest, making it the perfect counter to inhaled anthrax, which attacks the lymph nodes around the lungs. Poke is a specific against pneumonia and a protector of the lungs. It contains an antibacterial alkaloid and a special antiviral protein. It magnifies the effects of Echinacea and they work wonderfully well together.

Poke root is powerful medicine - in fact, a potential poison - and the dose is very small. One drop of poke tincture may be taken daily for no more than three months as a counter to possible infection. Alkaloids in poke root tincture can accumulate in the kidneys, making extended use risky. Caution: You can feel spacey and out of your body when taking poke, especially at higher doses. The first few times, take it after dinner and stay home so you can judge your reaction.

Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus) is widely considered the single most effective immune tonic and adaptogen in the herbal realm. Safe and inexpensive, it helps the immune system respond quickly to infection and mitigates the effects of stress. Astragalus root is also an excellent ally for building powerful immunity. Both, or either, may be taken daily for extended periods with no ill effects. I throw several pieces of these roots in every pot of soup I cook.

Ginseng root (Panax quinquefolius or Panax ginseng) is another exceptional ally for the immune system, especially when there is physical or emotional stress. In any form (tincture, tea, extract) it nourishes production of interferon, phagocytes, antibodies, and killer T-cells. So long as you need ginseng, there’s no overdose; if you take it when you don’t need it however, it may produce an unpleasant, jittery, speedy sensation.

Garlic has been used to prevent infection for thousands of years; and it still works! No need to upset your stomach (and loved ones) by eating it raw; cooked garlic retains its antibacterial powers, so long as you eat enough of it. During plague times, healers in some areas wore a "bird's beak:" a stiff cone was made of paper or bark, stuffed with garlic and spices (cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg), and tied on over the nose to help prevent contagion. That's a little cumbersome for modern times, but inhaling the aroma of a cup of spicy tea (there are many blends available, or make your own) could help you avoid catching contagious disease.

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A special Solstice message from my teacher's teacher, Sandra Ingerman.
Sandra Ingerman

A special Solstice message from my teacher's teacher, Sandra Ingerman.

We join together on December 21 to celebrate the solstice.

I have been receiving so many communications from people all over the world. We all knew the planet was going through a huge initiation. And initiations are designed to be perilous to wear down the ego, mind, and body so that we awaken our inner spiritual fire that already knows how to create the necessary changes for all of life to survive. But what so many spiritual practitioners are realizing is that no matter how much spiritual work we are all doing we will be riding turbulent waves and going through the initiation together.

In my January 2018 Transmutation News on I wrote (not yet posted) about the issue of many of us in the spiritual community wanting to see a “win” on moving through the current challenges we all face everywhere in the world. The true nature of initiations is more like preparing a slow cooked meal.

We cannot use the power of our mind or physical body to muscle through to the next evolution of consciousness.

Depending on where you live you are flowing into winter or summer. And nature is such a great teacher about how to flow with change. For everything in nature is in constant movement. Storms, seasons, lunar cycles, and growth impact our life on a daily basis. And once we connect with nature’s flow we connect with our own internal flow and walk moving gracefully with the flow of life.

This solstice spend time in nature, and see if you can awaken your own inner flow. Spending time in nature is so healing to you and all of life as you feed the web of life with your dreams, love, and light.

You can drum, rattle, chant, and dance. But most of all be present to the gift that nature brings to you every minute of your waking life.

Feel the sun shining on your face. If the sun is not out and shining brightly imagine the warmth of the sun bringing a glow to your face. Share your gratitude with the living being we call Sun. Reach down and feel the texture of the earth you are standing on. Stand for awhile on the earth swaying or gently rocking back and forth as you find your inner flow connecting with earth where you live. Give thanks for all Earth provides for you physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Bless the wind as it caresses you. Thank Air for bringing you life and being an ongoing companion with each breath in and out. If you can visit a body of water please do so. If not work with water in your home. Radiate your inner light to any water you can be with. You can radiate light focusing on a bowl of water and then feed it to a local body of water or to the earth. Planet Earth is a water planet, and you are a being of water too. Water flows within and without effortlessly always in the flow of movement of returning to Source – the great sea. You would not be alive without water. Please give Water your heartfelt thanks.

As you do this notice how your body connects to the change in season. The change impacts our inner and outer world.

We will all continue to experience the dissolving of so many layers of old unhealthy patterns and ways of behaving in the world. But you will always be able to trust your inner spirit to hold you and propel into a new and healthy state.

The key is to keep diving deeper into your own inherent strength. As you continue your ceremonial work and your spiritual practices you will notice organic changes over time. The organic next stage of our process will happen over time. We must be willing to understand what we planted in our inner and outer garden that have come to fruition. It is time for us to return to our destiny of being great gardeners within and without on this great Earth. Take the time to examine your inner garden and explore what you seeds you need plant to nurture and love yourself. And then explore what seeds you need to plant to nurture all of life and the Earth. Watching gardens grow through both storms and beautiful weather is inspiring. Gardens grow organically.

The only changes we will see in our inner and outer world are due to the seeds that you plant and nurture. And all gardeners know that growth happens in an organic process in the right time for the plant to germinate and blossom into great beauty.

Whether you are in entering into winter or summer there are always ways to nurture your inner garden. Disconnect from the toxic energies being spewed into the collective. Listen to some soothing music and travel within. That is where you will find peace, rich soil to plant in, and the fire of spirit will light your way. This is such an important practice for all of us to do right now. For spirit will guide us if you let it lead. But most of us are trying to think our ways out of the challenges we are facing. And for tens of thousands of years those who have come before us have taught that by awakening your inner fire you can walk through any challenge.

May you find inner peace by resting in your spirit as we welcome in the solstice. And may we greet each day with curiosity and wonder of all the beauty we can plant into our collective while what no longer serves us dissolves away just like waves dissolve away all the old images, feelings, debris left in the sand. Nothing is permanent. Remember that. Trust yourself. Your spirit knows. Go deeper and you will find all you are searching for lies within.

Sending solstice blessings!

Preparation for the Winter Solstice: Shamanic Fire Ritual Shamanic fire ritual is useful if you feel ready to make an im...
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Preparation for the Winter Solstice: Shamanic Fire Ritual

Shamanic fire ritual is useful if you feel ready to make an important life change and want to cultivate spirit help to support that change in a direct and creative way.

This is something that I can help you to prepare for as a shamanic practitioner.

If you'd like to explore this work on your own, follow the link below to a four part podcast that can walk you through some accessible steps as you prepare for your own simple ritual.

Themes covered in the podcast:
- ritual and ceremony from a shamanic perspective
- working with archetypes
- journey suggestions
- stepping into and owning one's personal power
- releasing the old stories of the past and making room for the new dreams that want to be born

November 28, 2017 - 11:00 AM PST - Co-Creator Network


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