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Tilling the Soil For A Great Harvest

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Currently we are in a pattern of recapitulation, a clearing of all baggage that is in the way of advancing forward in an evolutionary way. Recapitulation work can be like hard labor as old memories come to bear, mostly memories of difficulty, trauma, loss, resentment, victimization, grief. This is why all the gender inequality and the history of sexual bullying is coming up in big way for individuals in mass to deal with. All the scandal and secret advantage taking that has taken place is being uncovered and accusations are coming to the surface to right the wrongs and air out in a highly public way. Most of these revelations are about legitimate abusive events and a few may not be but that is the way it is when a whole society tries to come to terms with centuries of abuse.

No one is spared this deep clearing work except for the few amongst us who are already enlightened and have done their work of purification already. In the event that you have no history of sexual abuse then other difficulties may surface to be cleared.  Not everything has to have taken place in this lifetime. Much of this baggage is from other lives as well because these patterns run deep. For many this means memories of having been on the other side of the coin and being a perpetrator. This will bring up enormous guilt and shame. Many people are not ready to look at this side of things and so they will continue to try to repress these memories but they will still process them out in indirect ways such through illness, infections, coughs, or just generally feeling miserable. One way or the other it will get cleansed. Of course it is always best to be more conscious about these patterns of victimization and abuse. The trick is not to indulge in all the heavy emotions and just look and see what has been so, forgive, and move on.

Right now the general trend is to blame and point the finger. But all women have been men and all men have been women in other lifetimes and all have been younger souls who behaved inappropriately at one time or another. So when all is said and done one needs to take responsibility for the fact that this bullying exists and is not to be tolerated any more and that is exactly where we are headed. In this respect the United States is still a leader in the world because this country is talking on this challenge first. Many nations who are not quite ready will follow the lead of the United States and gradually this clearing will spread throughout the world. So, no, this is not a flash in the pan and everything will not go back to the way it was. It is a paradigm shift and required so that we can advance in consciousness. This does not mean it will not happen again here and there because we still have many among us who cling to old habits. What it does mean is that it will no longer be institutionalized and allowed to take place blatantly and without consequences.

To use the metaphor of tilling the soil, this process of recapitulation is like trying to develop a garden in hard rocky soil. Turning over the soil in this difficult terrain prior to planting produces all manner of stones and hard clods of clay that require further work to clear and/ or break down. Weeds need to be pulled and huge stumps and roots need to cleared to make the garden. This is hard work in the hot sun, not some kind of mellow delta land where the soil is soft and deep and easy to turn over. All of us have worked land like this over the course of many lifetimes and out of the desperate need to survive we gutted it out and eventually planted a garden that became productive. Now we are at it again but this time the garden is our own psyche. So take heart and do the work or you won’t have a harvest.

The next couple of months have this theme in a big way and so there may be more uncomfortable times ahead. I should probably not say “may.” There “will be” more challenges ahead. Badly behaved or delusional younger souls may behave worse than ever. Prepare for more mayhem but don’t despair. It is merely the dark before the dawn and is actually helping to catalyze enormous and powerful positive changes in the world. Don’t worry that climate change is so out of control that it will make this planet uninhabitable. That is not in the cards, nor is all out nuclear war. However there may be some startling destructive events and great loss of life. Take it in stride. This too shall pass.

Here are some helping guidelines and reminders. What you resist persists so, do your best not to resist what comes to the surface.  Do not under any circumstances indulge in drama around it. This will only prolong the process of purification. Just observe it, notice it, be aware of it and say, “Wow, look at that.” Notice any tendency to feel sorry for yourself, any tendency to feel despair or hopelessness, any tendency to feel vengeful and want to hurt yourself or someone else. Notice shame or guilt, fury or hatred. Do not identify with anything that comes up. Just realize that is all grist for the mill, all old broken furniture moving out of your house. Keep in mind that you are not the furniture, nor are you the content of your life, the storyline. You are more like the house that contains it. The content comes and goes but the space in your house is the context of your life that holds the impermanent content. You are not and never have been the content. The content includes your body and what you think has happened to it. That is just more furniture that wears out and gets removed and taken to the dump. The space that holds these contents is permanent and is riding the infinite moment of now. Focus on that fact. This space cannot be harmed. It is where your power is, it is where your immortality is, and ultimately it is where your salvation lies. Identify with the contents and you will experience that you are burned up toast. That is full of drama, gratifying for the moment, but it will always end up in some form of grim suffering.

Be still and watch. Know that you are clearing something that needs to go just like the stones surfacing on the surface of your garden plot as you turn over the difficult hardened soil. Watch the tendency to overthink things. You will perhaps never understand all the things that have happened to your body. There is just too much baggage there and this garden plot is just too much work to do all on your own. You will definitely need help. So, call on your help. In other articles I have discussed the enormous amount of support and help there is available at all times. Some of that help may come from your friends, your therapist, even family. However the majority of the support and help is invisible, existing in a dimension that is not physical, what some physicists have labeled antimatter that makes up the vast majority of this universe. Here reside your guides, your totems, the great master teachers, those that some people like to call angels. There are all manner of helping spirits there, some in the form of animal spirits, some in the form of plant spirits, some in the form of mineral spirits, and some in the form of pure light. To some of you they may appear archetypally as devas, as Buddhas, as dragons, as angels, or as great saints. In the end it does not matter exactly how they show up as long as you feel they are a loving presence.

If they do not feel like a loving presence send them away. You are always the boss when you ask for help and that is what you must do, is ask for help and often. Helping spirits are not allowed to interfere with your free will so they cannot intrude on your life. You have to give them permission and asking for help is giving them permission. Then they immediately respond to support you with their considerable powers and gifts. If you are too proud or stubborn to ask, you will not receive the help you need.

You do not have to beg or grovel nor should you be sarcastic or arrogant. Get up off your knees and stand up straight and tall. Call upon them. You do not have to know their names or exactly who they are. Introduce yourself by name. Tell them what you need help with. For example it could sound something like this. I am Jose and I need your help right now with X,Y, and Z. I need clarity and I need to know the immediate next step to handle this challenge. Help me to open my heart and receive your help fully. Thank you so much for your help and all you do for me. I bless you.

That’s really the heart of it. You will instantly receive help. Try it. You will pleasantly surprised.

Here is another very powerful technique that is tried and true: Imagine that over your head is a massive extraordinarily beautiful temple. Imagine this temple is infinite in size and is glowing with the most pristine radiant rainbow light of the Buddha, the exquisite golden light of the Christ force, the most powerful light of the mighty I Am presence, the immense light of the central sun of this universe or any other image you want to conjure up that amounts to the same thing. Become aware that inside of the temple are an ensemble of powerful presences of your favorite totems, Spirit beings, great saints and teachers. These could include both male and female presences such as Guadalupe, Isis, Quan Yin, or Yogananda, Jesus, Krishna, or Lao Tsu, an eagle, jaguar, or giant butterfly or a thousand other possibilities. Picture one of them as the chief or central figure in charge. This is sometimes called your root guru.  Let your heart open and feel gladness and gratitude at their presence over you, totally willing to help you at all times.

Now allow all your troubles, challenges, hard feelings, seeming insolvable problems to rise up into the temple to be handled and disposed of by this august and exquisite assembly. Keep it coming. Be thorough and specific where you can and include even those things you are dimly aware of but don’t understand. Give it all up. You may feel actual energies rising up in your body and leaving. They could be whole past lives that were filled with trouble and difficulty. Let your DNA release all its information and memory of all the trouble and trauma you have endured for centuries or just in this life. Feel all the fear, all the anger, all the grief, all the disappointment and failure releasing as you consciously will it to rise up. When you are complete, take a deep breath and release it upward.

Now visualize or sense a powerful ray of intense golden light beaming down from the central figure or a collective set of rays from all the occupants of the temple above you. It comes down enters your crown and fills all the spaces formerly occupied by your difficulties. Some have calls this process redemption. Tell them how much you appreciate their help. Don’t hesitate to cry if you feel like it. Be willing to believe in this process, it is an ancient practice. Give thanks and enjoy. Do this often. It will accelerate your growth powerfully and dramatically.

I hope you use these processes over the next weeks and months and find them beneficial to you. Better yet, use them regularly for the rest of your life. You won’t regret it.

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José Stevens

José Luis Stevens, PhD is the president and co-founder (with wife Lena) of Power Path Seminars, an international school and consulting firm dedicated to the study and application of shamanism and indigenous wisdom to business and everyday life. José completed a ten-year apprenticeship with a Huichol (Wixarika) Maracame (Huichol shaman) in the Sierras of Central Mexico. In addition, he is studying with Shipibo shamans in the Peruvian Amazon and with Paqos (shamans) in the Andes in Peru. In 1983 he completed his doctoral dissertation at the California Institute of Integral Studies focusing on the interface between shamanism and western psychological counseling. Since then, he has studied cross-cultural shamanism around the world to distill the core elements of shamanic healing and practice. He is the author of twenty books and numerous articles including Encounters With Power, Awaken The Inner Shaman, The Power Path, Secrets of Shamanism, Transforming Your Dragons and Praying With Power.