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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.

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The Sacred Journey of Healing Oneself is not all Love and Light

The phrase “Love and Light” is used across the modalities of holistic healing, nonchalantly used in various situations, such as signing off, sending vibes to those who wrong us, the list goes on. 

It is used as a generic answer to the more challenging questions. How can we overcome times of darkness? Love and Light. How can we raise our vibration? Love and Light. How can we chase entities out of our energetic fields? Love and Light. 

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Although there are many times when sending love and light vibration to a situation is the correct course of action, particularly if it towards someone who has done you wrong as they struggle with their own karmic lessons and struggles in life. However, I feel it is sometimes used to as a barrier to true healing. As a shield against the necessary lessons we must learn. As a protection against the “darkness” that we are so afraid of admitting is within each and every one of us. 

Like the concept of the yin and yang, within all of us there is an aspect of darkness in our light, and an aspect of light in our darkness. What we perhaps fail to understand and acknowledge, is that darkness, although it is by definition an absence of light, does not, by definition, mean bad. 

In fact, darkness, is an absolute necessity to our own personal development and growth, on a physical, mental and soul level. On a physical level, we need the dark part of the day to encourage our bodies to rest. We begin our life in the womb, and there is certainly no LED lighting or sunshine in there. We SHINE and BLOOM in the sun, but we GROW in the darkness. 

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On a mental level, we benefit from times of darkness to make us aware of what is not serving our highest good at this present time in life. Periods of darkness encourage us to retreat, and spend time reflecting inwards, slowing building the courage to make essential changes in our life. 

On a soul level, travelling to the areas of darkness within us, allows us to gain perspective on the karmic lessons we are facing. To piece our soul back together after past trauma, to take ownership of our actions, behaviours and emotions that are not supporting our highest good or our soul path. 

When I first stepped upon the shamanic path, I felt that I was here as a light being to ward of the forces of darkness, my soul and vibration driving through the darkness like a light saber. I fought the darkness. Sometimes I won. Sometimes I made the lesson much more difficult to learn. I envisaged the path as “us” against “them”. I misunderstood the whole point of the game. 

Because that is what it really comes down to. A game, a great divine lesson plan, a dance between the light and the dark, the highs and lows. The objective is not to defeat one dance partner and tango alone. The objective is to learn from both aspects, and to maintain a beautiful and harmonious balance, a gentle melodic flow between the two. 

Dancing with the darkness taught me so much about myself and the way the world works. The way nature works. The storms and the rain, bring darkness, but they are necessary to maintain life. They cleanse and purify and nurture, even though they can be harsh. Sometimes we need to address the darkness within us and ask; “Does this serve me to maintain balance in my life?” Or “Is this showing me an aspect of myself that I need to heal and let go?” 

The sacred journey of healing oneself is not all love and light. It is a world full of beautiful melodies, harmonies and undertones, of all that is, all that was and all that will be. Our human adventure allows us to play around with the lines of melodies to create a perfect harmonious song, the symphony of our own soul. 

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Sacred Connections with Power Animals: The Serpent

Throughout the realms of modern medicine, ancient philosophy and traditions and mythology, the serpent has held a significant presence and role. 

In today’s world, as we wander down shop streets, we see the symbol of the entwined serpent, which originates with the Greek mythological “Rod of Asclepius”, Asclepius being the God associated with healing and medicine. In his honour snakes would be used in healing rituals and be allowed to roam free among the ill in their sick beds. 

The serpent has been long associated with healing and renewal. As the serpent sheds it’s skin, it sheds what no longer serves it. It heals and releases what it needs to in order to maintain vitality and health. 

It has been considered a sacred and powerful animal for thousands of years in the shamanic traditions. It is often called upon to hold sacred space in the south direction, the direction associated with the earth in some traditions. 

As with all of the teachings that have been handed down to us from our ancestors, we must connect with them and interpret them in a way which is applicable to our everyday modern lives. What can we take from the essence of the serpents teachings which we can apply to our daily routines. 

  1. Shedding the Past:

Many of us wrap our past and pain around us like warm blankets on a cold winter’s day. Although we yearn for the freedom that comes with walking freely without carrying that extra weight, we fear the emptiness that comes with allowing that cover of past remnants to fall to the floor. By connecting to the energy and teachings of the serpent, we can slowly work on “shedding our skin” I.e. letting go of the heaviness that surrounds our past and letting go of what doesn’t serve us in this present moment. The serpent has been a symbol of renewal, and eternal life, due to it’s ability to shed it’s skin and emerge as one again. It teaches us that there is life after letting go of the past, and by doing so we are gifting ourselves with a fresh lease of life. 

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2. Flexibility

The serpent is far from rigid. It twists and turns, coils around its nest and trees. We can learn a lot by simply observing the behaviour of the serpent. When we have goals or projects that we would like to achieve, we can learn to be flexible, keeping focused on reaching the final goal, rather than being rigid and restricting ourselves to a single path to getting there. 

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3. Caution and Awareness

The serpent moves slowly, cautiously, being acutely aware of its surroundings. Connecting with the serpent energy teaches us to be aware of our current surroundings. We are reminded to take things easy and approach our current situation with caution. We are taught to take a moment to reflect on the accuracy of the situation, the truth of what is really going on, to reassess our direction and path. 

The serpent is often associated with the root chakra, our connection to the earth and our connection to our sensual self. It is also associated with fertility. In the path of personal healing, we can connect to the essence of the serpent as an archetype, to heal our root chakra and begin our awakening and our reconnection to self. When we heal, we heal from the root upwards, and often carry heavier energy and blocks, sometimes lingering from our childhood in the lower chakras. Try meditating and connecting energetically with the serpent to begin to heal the root causes of disharmony in your life. 

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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.