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Celestial Shaman Intensive

CELESTIAL SHAMAN INTENSIVE

MAY 3-5 2019

Sweethome Retreat Center

Chapmansboro, TN

  This workshop offers three days of intensive training to help you confidently step into your role as a celestial shaman. The classes are held in a natural setting and in the chapel at Sweethome Retreat Center, located about half-way between Nashville and Clarksville, Tennessee. Get to know other practitioners who are assisting humanity in the ascension process. Our interactive approach allows you to ask questions and share your experiences as you receive teaching in a classroom setting that includes ceremony, drumming, and dancing. Activate your shamanic gifts and personal light codes with co-facilitators Yvonne Perry and Amy Carroll. A certification of celestial shaman training will be given to those who complete the 3-day workshop. About the Facilitators Amy Carroll Celestial ShamanAmy Carroll is a spirit channeler, Reiki Master Teacher and a full mesa-carrying shamanic practitioner. In 2018, Spirit began telling her how to adapt Incan Shamanism so that it would appeal to the modern generation. They told her to call it “Celestial Shamanism” and to write a book educating the next generation of shamans. Amy has a Bachelors in Metaphysics from the University of Metaphysical Sciences and is currently working on her Masters with the intention of completing the full Ph.D. in Metaphysical Sciences. Amy  mentored with Ahni Atkins, who is a shamanic practitioner and amazing medium with extensive training at Lily Dale and the venerable Arthur Findlay Institute. Amy’s contribution to the Celestial Shaman Workshop will include teaching on these topics:
  • Energy Hygiene– Not Taking on Other People’s Bad Juju
  • Protection
  • How to Connect to and Listen to Spirit
  • How to Set “Triggers” to Get to Theta State Quickly and Train Your Mind to Connect
  • Discernment to Make Sure Who You Are Connecting with IS from Only the Highest Realms and That All That Comes Through Is True and Clear
  • How to Connect with your Higher Version of Soul and Your Celestial Team/Guides
About Yvonne Perry A starseed walk-in and shamanic practitioner of galactic light codes, Yvonne Perry accesses the wise guidance of advanced celestial beings of light to help people integrate multidimensional soul aspects and shift into their most loving selves. Holding a Bachelor of Science in Metaphysics from the American Institute of Holistic Theology Yvonne understands the “homecoming” or ascension process of the soul. She offers light language activations, galactic transmissions, and coaching for walk-ins, empaths, and those seeking to merge the higher self with the body and personality. Yvonne is the author of  Light Language Emerging ~ Activating Ascension Codes & Integrating Body, Soul, & SpiritWalk-ins Among Us ~Open Your Personal Portal  to Cosmic Awareness;Whose Stuff Is This? Finding Freedom from the Thoughts, Feelings, and Energy of Those Around You; and Shifting into Purer Consciousness ~ Integrating Spiritual Transformation with the Human Experience. Yvonne will teach “The Role of a Cosmic Shaman.” Topics in her sessions may include the following:
  • Anchoring & Activating Light Codes
  • Clearing Entities, Crossing Souls Over, & Resetting Divine Matrix Codes
  • Empowerment & Authenticity
  • How Feelings & Empathic Gifts are Used for Guidance
  • How to Maintain Your Vibration and Access Higher Fields/Bandwidths of Consciousness
  • Mastering Your Personal Matrix
  • Paradigm Shifting of Collective Consciousness
  • Re-scripting Akashic Records
  • Shamanic Drumming & Light Language Activation
  • Soul Retrieval & Aspect Integration
Sweethome Retreat CenterOur goal at SweetHome is to provide a unique spiritual experience of friendship, family, and fun. Enjoy a walk through the woods, connect with nature, enjoy the gardens, meditate in the chapel, share meals, and chat with other participants. Our community-living environment offers family-type lodging in shared spaces (two guests per room/queen bed). Linens, shower/bath and basic toiletries are included. The retreat price of $777 includes overnight accommodations and vegetarian meals for Friday lunch through Sunday lunch. Take advantage of a $100 discount by paying in full (in one transaction) when you register before April 1, 2019

Why I’m Setting Intentions and Not Resolutions for 2019

It’s that time of the year again – where we commit to changes that we probably committed to last year but got sidetracked by “life” or whatever. Jan is also when I start my new shaman classes and begin working the south wind again. We’ll be going through south wind for the next three months. The south wind archetype is the snake, which teaches us to shed the things not in our highest good like the snake sheds it skin. Like the serpent, we emerge a better version of ourselves. This previous blog post gets into the nitty gritty of the south wind archetype and how it can transform your life. You can also follow #southwind and #southwindchallenge on instagram.
This past year I made huge changes. I’m going to be making more in 2019. However, this year, instead of making resolutions or setting goals, I’m setting intentions. Here’s why:

Goals Reside Outside Our Control

As shaman, we learn to be unattached to outcomes and operate from a place of personal power. That means, we control the things WE can control and let go of the things that we can’t control. We can’t control what other people do. We CAN control whether or not we react to it and how we react to what that other person does. How does this relate to goal setting and resolutions? 
First, lets look at what a goal is. Ahhh…goals…that check list we gauge our productivity by! What happens when we reach that goal? We check it off the list and set another one! It’s a never ending list, isn’t it? Also, goals are black and white. You either did or you didn’t achieve them. Like that saying “Close enough only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.”  What happens if we don’t reach that goal? We get down on ourselves for not trying hard enough to achieve it. But how much control did we REALLY have over whether or not that goal was achieved? Did it depend on other people or circumstances to line up? Did you really fail or just miss your mark? When you set a goal that depends on outside influences, you place the control over whether or not you succeed outside your self. You are not in total control over whether or not you achieve that goal. You can put in the effort but at the end of the day, it may not be completely within your power to achieve it.

Intentions Lie Within Our Control

Intentions, on the other hand, live within your Control. As shaman, we know that all things are connected energetically. Intention is energy directed toward achieving a specific outcome. We control where we direct that energy. Living with intention is a lifestyle, not a to do list. We wake up and work toward that end outcome every day. We direct our thoughts and actions in a positive manner that results in arriving at the intended destination. When we live with intention, we’re also leveraging the power of the Universe’s law of attraction by putting out the vibe “Hey, I am living my life as if this outcome has already been achieved.” The universe/higher self/spirit- whatever you choose to call it will line up exactly what you need to manifest that outcome. 
So how do you change a goal or resolution into an intention? Let’s use probably THE most popular New Year’s resolution: To lose weight. Goal setting experts will tell you to get real specific. How much do you want to lose and in what time? What are you going to do on a monthly/weekly/daily basis to reach that goal? You might say I want to lose 25 lbs in three months. You make a plan to go to the gym 5 days a week and eat a specific diet. You download apps to keep you accountable. You are all in and the pressure is on to do it so that in three months you can look at that scale and see it reads 25 lbs less. WOOO that’s a lot of work!
What if instead of all that, you just set the intention every day (when you start your day) to make healthy food choices for your body and to move it at least 30 minutes. Just for that day. Healthy choices can mean anything from eating paleo or keto to just cutting out sugar. Whatever – you consciously decide to be kind to your body, feed it what it needs and not consume the stuff that hurts it.  If you live with this intention, I guarantee you that you will lose weight. And you form a lifelong habit of caring for your physical body. 
And that’s what we’re going for with intentions vs goals: developing habits that result in improving our lives, whether that’s in our career, relationships or physical health. That’s why I’m setting intentions this year and not resolutions or goals. 
I’ve made a challenge for my students that you can join in, if you’d like. I’ve challenged them to pick ONE goal or resolution on their 2019 list and transform it into an intention. We’ll be posting to Instagram and facebook using #southwindchallenge #sacredjourneyhealing

Three Ways to Make Meditation Fun

I have ADD and it was not easy for me to concentrate long enough to “get into” that no-mind meditative state. I get bored easily. My mind wanders. Then I’d get frustrated at myself because my mind would wander. Then I’d analyze WHY my mind wanders and that lead to an entire Alice in Wonderland trip down the proverbial rabbit hole. Needless to say, with the self-condemnation and constant mind activity, it wasn’t a pleasant experience. So I avoided it. Which wasn’t good because in any spiritual practice, meditation is mandatory. Then I learned something that was life-changing: The no-mind method of meditation was developed by corporations to help their executives not think about how stressed out they were at work. God forbid should they realize they hated their jobs and quit! The solution was to teach them to go to the state of no-mind, where they empty their brain and think about nothing. Especially how much they hate their jobs.

Well, I don’t know about you but I’m not a stressed-out corporate executive and I don’t need to escape from a miserable career. So WHY am I meditating like I do?!

I had to find a way not only enjoy meditation, but look forward to it. Here are the three things I did (and you can do) to do that:

Find the Technique that Works for You

First, let’s talk about what meditation actually IS. I want you to redefine what you think meditation is. Getting the brain into a meditative state is akin to getting it “in the zone”. That is, so intently focused on that one activity, idea or “thing” that everything else falls off your radar. You are singularly focused.

Three words, people: World of Warcraft. Yes. I can play that game for HOURS and consciously believe I am living in Azeroth, completing quests with fellow gamers. I am focused. I am happy. I am aware of what I am doing while in this state of mind. What is meditation, if not that?! When I need stress relief, I log in and I meditate. So don’t be hard on yourself if video games are your thing. If it gets you into that happy, focused state of mind, it’s beneficial.

Gaming is one way I meditate but sometimes I just need to go inward. That requires another meditation method. I found the one that works best for me is the seed of thought technique. This is where you take a concept or idea (like “peace” or “love”) and then focus on it. If a thought arises, follow that thought like a breadcrumb trail and see where it leads. Don’t judge, just go. For me, this version of meditation is actually more relaxing and lead to more self-discovery than the no-mind method. I didn’t judge myself for not maintaining an empty mind. I just observed and noted.

Use Tools

Another technique I implemented was the use of tools. One of those tools was the book and accompanying audio “Getting in the Gap” by Dr. Wayne Dyer. It made me understand I didn’t need to sit lotus style for hours with a blank mind to benefit from meditation. You are going to have thoughts pop in and out. It’s about consciously residing in that “space between” one thought and the next. Being aware that you ARE in the gap. This audio meditation will teach you how to move from one thought, to the next then back to that space.

Establish a Routine
Routines are huge for people with ADD/ADHD. If I don’t have the important stuff on auto-pilot, it doesn’t get done. So I make sure I work out, meditate and journal at the same time each day. I also use “triggers”. Things that signal to my mind and body that meditation is about to happen. I start out with the same music. I also have a ritual I do with sage (the smell is the trigger) and grounding. After doing this repeatedly, with one specific song and the smell of sage, I can instantly be in the theta brain state.  You can train your mind the same way.

My last piece of advice is this – don’t stress over not being in what you think is the “meditative” state of mind or that you’re not doing it “right”. You’re going to have thoughts arise and that’s ok. If you’re having problems staying in the empty space, that’s ok too. The point is, ALL meditation is beneficial, no matter the length of time. With a repetitive routine, your mind and body will know meditation is supposed to happen and it will naturally go there. So, find your favorite technique, establish a routine, get some tools and actually enjoy meditation!

 

Music for Meditation

Back in October, my friend Julie and I went to a local arts and crafts fair – where we found the jewel I’ll share with you today. Chris Ferree is a Cherokee musician and NAMA nominated artist who’s studio is in Shelby, NC. I had been looking for some more native american flute music to mediate with because the flutes and drums raise your vibration.

Lo & behold — there’s Chris’ tent, playing his beautiful, relaxing music! He had several CDs for sale. Some were very relaxing, some were upbeat. All were beautifully done and perfect for meditation. You may hear his music as background music for future guided meditations I plan on doing for you guys. But I don’t want you to wait that long to benefit from Chris’ music! Click to visit CD Baby, where you can listen to samples and pick up one of his CD’s.

For upbeat music around the house, I play “Invocation”.  It’s “influenced by Robert Mirabal, Bill Miller, and Mary Youngblood, among others. ‘Invocation’ is rooted in the traditional, while balancing on the edges of world and classical.”  For relaxation & mediation, I play his compilation CD “Walk Between Worlds”. “This CD is filled with eclectic visual arrangements and signature flute that will carry the listener to another place and once there, you will want to stay for a while.”  Yes, you will.  An no matter which album you choose, you can’t go wrong. It’s like chocolate and bacon–it’s all good : )