Friday, May 17, 2013

Self-Healing at SpiritQuest


When you no longer perceive that healing is about finding the right cure, you realize you need to create an environment within you in which self-healing can happen.

Once you’ve become acquainted with the concepts of the 7 Self-Healing Steps in my book, The Root of All Healing: 7 Steps to Healing Anything, you might be asking, "How do I make those steps a part of my life?"

As you probably know, it can be challenging to create the inner environment I describe in the book into your day-to-day life. If you are like me, it is easy to fall into the same old habits, and along with those habits, the same beliefs and emotions that contributed to the illness in the first place.

It takes a conscious effort to shift internally. That is one of the reasons I have chosen over the years to participate in retreats and ceremonies. In those spaces it has been much easier to make fundamental shifts that remain a part of me.

Within the collective consciousness of the people that agree to gather, I discovered profound opportunities to gain personal insight into the steps I discussed in my book—question my assumptions, discover the unmet needs within me that still need to be met—and be in a space where I could more easily feel the love for myself and others that met my underlying needs.

In sacred space, I healed the deep wounds and fears I had been carrying that stemmed from sexual abuse. I learned how to lay them to rest, which created an opening in me to feel loved by the Divine—the need beneath all needs.

In that love, I healed and I soared.

People gathering and choosing to live from compassion and caring is powerful healing balm.

This is the reason I’ve been facilitating SpiritQuest for 17 years. I saw how much I opened in healing and awakening through the beautiful Native ceremonies I was privileged to participate in.

So when I was called to hold space for others through ancient ceremonies, my answer was and still is, “Yes!”

As I have shared in other articles and in my book, Nature herself is a powerful healer. Sleeping on or in awareness of Mother Earth for one week is a cure unto herself. Some of my most profound mystical insights have occurred while dreaming in ceremonial space, connected to nature.

This is something our ancestors experienced all the time. And the good news is that these beautiful Native ceremonies can take you into Divine awareness that the ancient peoples—including the medicine people and shaman—understood. You don't have to be Native to receive the gifts of ceremony and Nature. All that is required is an open heart.

Sometimes we just need to give ourselves a new experience in order to make the internal shifts that allow healing and awakening to happen. One of the fastest ways to give yourself a new experience is to change your environment—put yourself into a brand new situation that promotes growth and awareness.

So, if you are ready for a fundamental shift in your healing, I invite you to experience the supportive, loving and life-changing environment for self-awareness and self-healing of SpiritQuest in Nature, hosted by New Dream Foundation.

I look forward to meeting you in person and sharing sacred, healing space at Quest!

For those of you that have experienced Native ceremonies from the plains Indians, these woodland and coastal tribal ceremonies are quite different—oriented in the compassionate energy of the Sacred Feminine.