Shamanic Q & A


What if you want to forgive someone but find you just cannot? Is there any value to wanting to forgive them?


This is how forgiveness begins. Real forgiveness is sincere and involves genuine compassion but sometimes that is a tall order, especially if what you perceive as their crime against you or a loved one is particularly heinous. When there is no forgiveness you want revenge, to punish them, to make them pay. Wanting to forgive them is a good start because it usually means you are willing to let revenge go. Maybe you can’t forgive them today but you have let go wanting to kill them or hurt them. You have somehow perceived that revenge will truly accomplish nothing but misery. The next step is seeing them as a projected part of you. The truth is you could have committed that crime in another time and place. You’ve been there and learned that lesson. Now they are learning that lesson. You will learn new lessons that you would like someone to forgive you for when the time comes.

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Full Moon Update 8-13-11

The full moon is Saturday, August 13 at 12:58 PM Mountain Daylight Time.

This is a day for gratitude, gratitude and more gratitude. This may be challenging if you are in a place of being challenged. Trust that gratitude is the best antidote for feeling small, limited, insignificant and irritated. There are heavy influences now that are bringing out aggressive behaviors and reactionary activity in others. You yourself may be feeling a bit off and not know why. Don’t take anything personally and spend some time in awareness exercises and being present. Make yourself energetically available to something wonderful landing in your lap without planning, effort or obsession. In this way you move your attention away from what might be wrong and towards what you are creating that is right. And stay away from those who do not support you.

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August Forecast 2011

The main theme for August is Wake Up and Pay Attention

Subthemes are Responsibility and Presence.

This does not mean becoming more hyper-vigilant or controlling but rather becoming more present and taking notice from a place of expanded awareness. Most of us have narrowed our experience of life and ability to respond down to a very narrow band, being asleep or unconscious about the greater part of it. If we didn’t, we would be overwhelmed at what we have put up with and continue putting up with.

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New Moon Update 7-30-11

New Moon is at Saturday, July 30 at 12:40 PM Mountain Daylight Time.

Practice boundaries and discrimination on this day. Be protective of your time and your energy. Spend a good deal of the day either alone or doing exactly what you want to do, revisiting your goals and refining your intentions. Or spend it with those you really trust, wish to be around, and find energizing to you instead of depleting to your energy. Watch for tests that come up in this regard. You may find yourself having to be firmer about saying no to something you had been less firm about previously.

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A New José Stevens Article

Fires, Flooding and Responsibility

The smoke from several huge fires hung menacingly over the New Mexico horizon like a toxic shroud. The forests, still burning out of control, for a time threatened the Los Alamos nuclear labs with incineration. Other fires raged in Arizona consuming over half a million acres there while Texas burnt as well. In many parts of the country floods devastate the landscape, threatening a nuclear power plant, flooding huge tracts of homes and businesses. Few places are free of the threat of one kind of disaster or another. Times of purification are here.

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Full Moon Update 7-15-11

Full Moon is Friday, July 15 at 12:39 AM Mountain Daylight Time (Thursday night).

This is a good day to take for yourself and for honoring yourself. Ask yourself what you want to do. Do it. Be creative, expressive, impractical, spontaneous, fun, colorful. If it can be with community, all the better. Let your guard down and look forward rather than think about the past. Banish regrets and any other negative feelings. There is no room for them on this full moon.

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July Forecast 2011

The main theme for July is Birth.

As I was contemplating the theme for the month, several words came to mind: Breaking, breakthrough, cracking, expansion, explosive, triggered and initiation. None of them felt exactly descriptive of the theme but rather of the process of getting to the theme. When I asked again I received a potent image of an egg cracking and a small chick emerging into the world. The theme of Birth came to me in such a beautiful way it brought tears to my eyes.

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New Moon/Eclipse Update 7-1-11

The new moon with a partial solar eclipse is Friday, July 1 at 2:54 AM Mountain Daylight Time.

This is the third eclipse and the bookend to the intense time of change and realignment. This promises to be the most intense of the three eclipse times. There is a whiplash effect that could either bring dramatic and unexpected change or it could give you the burst of energy you need to launch what you have set in your intentions. Whatever the case, meet this force head on and enjoy the ride. If you feel derailed or scattered by events, make sure to spend some time in quieting the mind and meditation. It will serve you far better that any worry anxiety or stress.

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A New José Stevens Article

The Guatemala Test

panajachelSometimes, even after doing everything right, Essence throws curves at us just to see how we will manage them. This is the tale of such a test and perhaps an example of one way of managing it along with lessons learned. After an extraordinary trip to Huallay, the stone forest in the Andes of Central Peru, my daughter Anna and I stopped in Guatemala for a reconnaissance trip, to do the pre-planning before taking our two year program group there to work with Mayan shamans. In Peru our group had worked with the Q’eros, the powerful Andean Paqos or shamans who we have been learning from. After a series of wonderful ceremonies at fourteen to fifteen thousand feet, we felt strong and filled with light. Our hearts were open and our sense of connection to Spirit was strong. So Anna and I figured we would bring this good foundation with us on our research trip to Guatemala.

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Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse Update 6-15-11

Full moon and total lunar eclipse is Wednesday, June 15, at 2:14PM Mountain Daylight Time.

This is the second eclipse in the triad of eclipses. The energies are strong in pushing for a new alignment. Any resistance will result in great discomfort energetically, emotionally and possibly even physically. The best way to use this full moon time is to be still and be receptive to a new alignment. Find that still point of peace inside you where nothing is happening. Practice your internal alignment and anchor your vertical axis. Pull the charge out of your external points of reference and bring that energy into your solar plexus. Be with yourself and be in acceptance with whatever is happening out there in the world.

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