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Samhain – The Thinning of the Veil Teaches Us To Reflect On Our Own Personal Boundaries

Samhain is upon us, the Celtic New Year, and a time when the veil between the worlds is at it’s thinnest; a time of year filled with tradition, folklore tales and deep insight into the beliefs and rituals of our ancestors. 

In Ireland, it begins with Oíche Shamhna, or Hallowe’en as it is better known by. Our ancestors believed that on this night, the deceased crossed over into our world and walk among us. They began to dress disguised as the dead, in the hope that they would not be recognised as humans by the spirits of the otherworld. A great bonfire would be lit for the whole community, and from that central fire, the fires in each home would then be lit. 

The month of Samhain, which begins on 1st November, marks the beginning of the Celtic New Year. This indicates that the time is upon us to return inwards, a time of rest, reflection and setting intentions and goals for the year ahead. As the life force of the trees and plants return to source, back to the womb of mother earth, so too do we retreat inwards, resting and gathering strength for when the days begin to lengthen once again. 

The thinning of the veil brings to our attention the importance of healthy boundaries in our lives. If you have healing to do around boundaries in your own life, you may find yourself challenged at this time. You may be faced with situations of aggression, or feel as though you are being pushed past your own limits in your work or home life. You may be receiving signs to address this issue in the form of messages, symbols, or unusual events. Although this may all feel overwhelming at the moment, trust that what is being brought to the surface, is done so in order for you to heal and grow. 

Embrace this challenge by taking time to reflect on the boundaries currently in your life. Are you being too lenient in some situations? Does your work-life balance require reassessment? Are there people in your life that bring you a sense of heaviness and disharmony? Setting healthy boundaries is not an easy task, however it is an essential one. Sometimes we allow fear to get in the way, fear of the consequences of standing up for yourself at work or in relationships. However, the greatest consequences come with not setting boundaries at all, creating a toxic internal environment which can lead to anxiety, stress and further illness down the road. 

Our ancestors celebrated the time of Samhain as one of the most important events of the year. There was, however, a bitter-sweet element, similar to what we experience when addressing our own issues around boundaries. On one hand, great fires were lit and important activities were undertaken. On the other hand, many feared the dead that walked among them, hiding their appearance with ghoulish disguises. They treasured the thoughts of sharing the earth once more with loved ones, but also performed rituals to ward of evil spirits. Similarly, working on the theme of boundaries in our own lives can bring emotions of happiness and freedom, but also a great fear of what backlash may come from it.

"The fire represents a force of darkness and light, an element with the ability to grow and expand rapidly, creating heat and life force, and also an element of great destruction, with the combustive ability to destroy anything in it’s path. "

The fire is a wonderful element to work with when establishing, or reestablishing boundaries. It allows us to bring light and warmth to any situation or difficulty we may be facing, and destroy that which we no longer need in our life, transmuting it instead to light energy. It gives us the power to shine a great light from within us, in times of darkness, expanding outwards into the community when required. 

Once you have established your boundaries, the next step is to sustain them. This begins with retreating inwards, strengthening the idea of these boundaries within yourself. Setting intentions and growing the energy of these boundaries from a place of compassion for yourself and for all involved. Once you have sustained the concept of these boundaries within yourself, like a sprouting seed, expand upwards and outwards, expanding this concept into your life and into the areas required. With the inner strength and conviction to sustain them in your life, you will notice a huge difference in your energy levels and emotional state at the end of each day. 

In this way, paying attention to the traditions and teachings of our ancestors can bring great healing and growth into our own lives. Although the rituals and ways of celebrating Samhain may have changed greatly over the course of thousands of years, the central idea remains as relevant today as it was in the very beginning. So this year, as we embrace the festival of Samhain, as the veil thins and our ancestors pass among us, take time to listen, to appreciate and be guided by the wisdom of your lineage and loved ones who have passed over. 

Remember, just as you are as one with the earth, so too are you as one with the teachings of your lineage, with your ancestors who walked before you, and with all those who will follow your footsteps and will walk this path after you have crossed over. The only thing that separates modern day human lessons and experiences and those in the ancient past, is the illusion of time.

Oíche Shamna Shona Daoibh agus Beannachtaí

Legends of the Incan Civilisation: The Rise from Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in South America, and the highest navigable lake in the world, lies between modern Peru and Bolivia. It is a sacred place, steeped in history, tradition and legend, and is considered one of the highest vibrational spaces of the Andes. 

Today, many travel from far and wide to visit the Island of the Sun, the home of Inti, the Island of the Moon, the incredible floating islands of Uros, Amantani, and Taquile. 

Legend speaks of the God Viraccocha, who rose from Lake Titicaca and created Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo, the first Incas. He gave them a golden staff, which would go on to be used to mark the Cusco and the cen tre of the Incan Empire. 

Lake Titicaca is also said to hold a mysterious lost city deep below the surface of the water. There are some theories that this may be an Atlantian city, some say is a temple site, and others are undecided. 

What is clear, is that this energy radiating from this lake is remarkable. I was fortunate to journey to connect to Lake Titicaca in 2018, and it was an incredible experience that sent me whirling into a deep personal healing process. 

Lake Titicaca seems to draw one in, with its magnetic energy fields and deep emotional presence. As we sailed across to the beautiful island of Amantani, I felt as though I was being drawn back into the womb. I was overcome with divine feminine energy and I felt truly connected and one with the earth in that moment. 

Lake Titicaca is the birth place of the Incan civilisation, a civilisation which maintained a strong and harmonious connection with nature and earth. When you choose to connect with that space, you are committing yourself to a reconnection and rebirth in harmony with both the divine masculine and divine feminine energies. 

On the island of Amantani, there is a beautiful walk up to the temples of the Pachamama and Pachatata, the divine masculine and feminine energies of the earth. As you connect with those energies, it is as if you are making that decision once again to be born, reliving the development process you experienced in the womb. You are in the symbolic womb of the world, and you are being born to the divine masculine pachatata and divine feminine pachamama. 

img_0842Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo rose from Lake Titicaca and connected with the dry and fertile earth of the Andean mountains. They walked and walked until they reached the mountain of Wanakawri. From there Manco Capac threw the golden staff and it landed on beautiful, fertile land, which became known as Qosqo (Cusco), the Tahuantinsuyo, the ancient capital city of the Incan Empire. 

When you arrive on dry land after your journey to Lake Titicaca, and land upon the fertile Andean earth, you become your own creator of your own inner empire. You take with you that deep connection with the divine energies, that sacred guidance and direction from Viraccocha with the golden staff. You begin to make your own journey, each day taking a step forward until you reach your centre, your fertile ground, where you become in harmony with all that is. Within that deep heart connection with yourself and the earth, you grow, you thrive, you expand your own infinite divine energy. 

If you feel drawn to the experience of Lake Titicaca, I am co-ordinating a sacred journey with KawsayPacha Experience, Peru to experience and connect with the ancient Incan and Q’ero traditions and teachings under the guidance of Nicolas Pauccar Calcina from September 21st to October 5th 2019. This journey will take in the sacred and archeological sites of Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu and the region of Puno and Lake Titicaca.

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Be Yew Elemental Journeys

Every Monday at 9pm IST (Irish Standard Time)

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In a hectic world, it can be difficult to find the time to join a group meditation. Yet, the importance of community and the part it plays in healing and growing cannot be undermined.

That’s why I decided to create an online platform where we can meet as a community every week to meditate, journey and connect with the essence of the elements and whatever else presents itself to us as a community to heal.

The meditation will take place on zoom and is only accessible to those who pre-register for the session. You can register up to a few moments before the session starts by contacting me and I will send you the meeting link. You can choose to just join one session, or receive a weekly link to the meditation. I am presenting Elemental Journeys as an offering of gratitude to the community, there are no costs involved in participating.

To receive an invitation link for Elemental Journeys, you can contact me via the contact form below. Otherwise you can contact me at info@yewelementals.com or +353 85 22 348 22. 

Two Step Healing Online Sessions

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Tailored Elemental Healing

The core concept behind Be Yew – Elemental Energy and Sound Healing is to provide you with the tools and knowledge you need to remain balanced and connected to nature and to yourself. 

At times, we are knocked off balance. We develop energy blocks, through stressful or upsetting incidents or environments, empathically absorbing energy from our environments or stagnated energy lingering after a physical illness has passed. Whatever the source or reason, these blocks appear in our energetic field or chakras as a trigger for us to focus inwards, heal and for personal growth. 

The initial energy reading, will be done using which ever tools I am guided to use for each individual. These may include diagnostic tuning forks, journeying or other shamanic tools. This will be done prior to the 60 min one-on-one session.

As each person is different, I will compile tailored exercises to aid you to work on your own energy blocks, which will be completed over the course of seven days and explained to you during the initial session. 

On day seven, I will do a follow-up energy reading, and offer you support to rebalance and maintain energetic equilibrium. 

Exchange:

Initial Energy Reading prior to session + Initial Session 60 mins €50                           

Follow – Up 30 mins €25

Contact: +353 85 22 348 22 or  info@yewelementals.com to book an appointment.

 

Integrating Imbolc into a Modern World

Imbolc, was celebrated in ancient Ireland since pre-celtic times. It marked the cross-quarter day between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. Today, many combine Imbolc with St. Brigid’s Day on the February 1st, but astronomically, it can lie within the first week of February. 

Imbolc, means to be “in the belly”. Its a time that refers to the approach of spring and a return of life to the land. The plants begin to grow again, it’s lambing season, vitality has returned. It is also associated with the Goddess Brigid, who gifted the world with fertile land whenever she lay down her cloak and was a represented fire. The idea of the divine feminine, encompassing fertility, rebirth, warmth and growth is at the forefront of this time of year.

In today’s world, particularly for those living in large cities and towns, there is a certain disconnect from nature’s natural cycles and we tend to slide from one season into another without paying particular attention to the process. 

By rediscovering that connection to the natural yearly cycle, and by paying attention to the way that nature deals with the changing temperatures, seasons and environments, we can learn to be more in sync with these changes and apply natures tools to our own self healing and self management. 

Winter is a time for self reflection; it’s a time for looking inwards and decluttering our lives as we release old energy, and let go of what no longer serves us. As the plants and many of the animals return underground, into the belly of the earth, we too symbolically return to the womb. 

As the new year approaches, we plant seeds of intention for the coming year. While we are still focusing our energy inwards, we find the energy centre within our selves – and like the seeds settle to germinate within the earths underground nest, we too plant our intentions to germinate within our energetic centre. 

Now the time of Imbolc is here. The seeds are well and truly planted, and they are growing and expanding upwards. As the vital force of the plants awaken once more, shoots are created which begin to travel towards the top layer of the earth, preparing to break through into the light and warmth of spring. So too must we awaken our own vital force from deep within us, focus on our goals and intentions for this year and channel energy and support into those seeds, so that they too will gather strength, grow upwards and break into the light and warmth of success. 

We are reminded that winter is coming to a close, and it is time to prepare for a time of vitality and growth. Take some time out over the coming days and reflect on the intentions that you set for this year. If you haven’t already made some, think about some new goals or projects that you would like to begin and develop. Reflect on aspects of yourself and lifestyle that you would like to improve. Would you like to work towards a healthier diet? Or perhaps offer more time to spirituality and self-love? 

Or simply, just sit and connect into the energy of this special time of year. Give gratitude for having endured the winter and for having the privilege to experience the changing of the seasons, the welcoming of spring and a time of rebirth and growth.

Acknowledge. Embrace. Be. 

Connecting with the Q’eros

Sacred Connections to the Land and Traditions of the Indigenous People

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There is something pure and clean about the Andean medicine. It is simple and so deeply connected and in synchronicity with the elements and nature. The tradition medicine has been maintained and preserved throughout the centuries by the Q’ero community, descendants from the last of the Incas, who fled to high altitudes in the Andes to escape the Spanish Conquistadors. There they live, at an altitude of over 14,000ft in simplicity, with no modern conveniences. 

In the 1970’s, the community was discovered by an anthropologist who recognised them by their unique textiles. From there began the exploration into the wisdom and ancient teachings that the Q’eros had protected and guarded over the years. 

The native language of the Q’eros is Quechuan, which outdates the Incan Empire itself. The Incan Empire is well remembered for its fine architecture, which in some archeological sites appears to be downright impossible given the tools they would have had at the time. Another characteristic of the Incas were their dedication to agriculture and the daily homage they paid to the Pachamama, Inti and the Apus, what we often refer to as Gaia and the Sun. The best land was used for agriculture, which was their measurement of wealth. The land deemed less worthy of cultivation, was then used to build their homes upon, which, even for the royals, were small and humble.

Offerings and Values

The Q’ero tradition focus’ strongly on the exchange of energy and gratitude. Before entering a sacred site, permission is asked and a small offering is made. Despachos are intricate ceremonies which are used as a greater gift to the Pachamama and the Apus in return for health, success of a project or for a bountiful return come harvest time. Each time one sits down to eat or to drink, a small offering is given to Pachamama and Inti as gratitude and as an act of service.

As wealth and class is measured by agricultural success, those who have a greater understanding of the land, the animals and the elements, produce the greatest return and are held in high esteem.

The mountains are deemed to be sacred and the link between those on earth and the ancestors. This is why they are known as the Apus. Many are given their own name and God-like representation, with their most sacred mountain being known as Apu Ausangate. Those who study in the P’aqo, or priest tradition, complete much training and rituals, before ascending on the final mountain to become initiated into Pampamissayuq or Altomissayuq. 

The collective goal towards higher global consciousness

Why are the teachings of the Q’eros so important to the western world?

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In the western world, there is a great disconnect from nature and the natural cycle of human life. We have become dependant on technology and many of us spend ninety per cent of our time indoors, with artificial heating and lighting. As theories of the consequences of global warming and pollution filtrate the media and government, more and more people are searching for a way to return to a simpler and more organic way of life. The simple fact of the matter is, we have a significant imbalance when it comes to the exchange of energy or Ayni. We are taking and destroying far more than we are giving and creating. It is a trend which cannot last for much longer. 

The Q’ero P’aqos teach us to live in harmony with the earth, and in harmony with ourselves. It teaches us to take responsibly for the roles we play in life, our reactions and emotions, and the impact we have on the earth. We are guardians of the earth, and with their knowledge, we can actively work to preserve the natural beauty and environment that we live in. They understand the art of agriculture, of living in simplicity, an art that our ancestors too had perfected. The traditions of the Andes are not there to teach us something new, something our genetic DNA does not already know. Rather it is there to help us to remember and revive so that we may learn to live more in coherency with our own true essence and that of the earth.

Commencing the Camino

More and more people are beginning to realise that Peru is much more than a touristic destination and a place of historical relevance. Many are opting to travel to Peru as a place of pilgrimage, to learn, heal and grow as a person. Many are guided to start connecting with the ancestors, their wisdom and traditions, to reconnect with the teachings of nature and to live a more balanced and holistic life, taking full responsibility with ones own growth and development. 

The teachings of the Andes are so pure and simple in their essence, that  we as westerners can implement them into our day to day lives easily. It may take us a long time to have the same understanding of life and the way of the natural world, but the simple rituals, like daily offerings, taking five minutes to acknowledge the presence of your ancestors and their guidance, expressing gratitude for the guidance and abundance we receive and learning to take responsible and control of our body and mind, can all be understood and applied by each and every one of us. How far you travel down the path of understanding is up to you. 

Journey of Initiation to Cusco, Sacred Valley and Lake Titicaca, Puno September 21st to October 5th 2019

In September, we will be making the sacred pilgrimage journey to connect with the origins of the Inca civilisations and the original teachings of the Q’eros. 

 

Connect to the ancient wisdom of the indigenous Q’ero Nation, through the teachings of renowned Q’ero Priest and Shaman Nicolas Pauccar Calcina, direct descendant from the last Inca. He is the author of “The Language of a Q’ero” and “The Last Mountain”, the documentary “Humano” and creator of the KawsayPacha school in Cusco, Peru. 

We will visit stunning and sacred archeological sites from the time of the Incan Empire, connecting with the sacred energy and learning about the ways and traditions of the Incas and their people, including Machu Picchu. 

We will then continue on to Puno, to connect to the origins of the Incan civilisation, the womb of the earth from where Manac Capac and Mama Ocllo rose to go on and establish the ancient Cusco and centre of the Incan Empire. 

For More Information:

E-mail: info@yewelementals.com

Tel: +353 85 22 348 22

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