A Shaman’s Guide To Quitting Smoking

(This was posted in the past and no longer indicative of where I am now as a shaman. However, it might be valid information for where you are in your journey so I still have it publicly available. To get the latest updates, visit my YouTube Channel for daily videos, livestreams and more. To book a session or consultation, visit theconcretetribe.com.)

There are many techniques and processes for the very painful act of quitting smoking tobacco. It is not easy and if you are a smoker, quitting should not be undertaken lightly. Smoking tobacco is one of the most addictive things you can do and quitting it is no small feat. As a former pack a day smoker, I can tell you that smoking was part of my life for 20 years so quitting, for me, meant that my entire framework and conceptual reality changed overnight. You will feel beat up by life for at least a four week period which I outline below. Your life will change. When I quit smoking it was like a grieving process and having the flu all at once.

No more taking smoke breaks—which I missed almost immediately. No more stepping outside or taking brief walks with a cigarette dangling from my lips. No more inhaling and exhaling nicotine laden puffs of smoke…that also contain nearly 600 other chemicals depending upon which brand you smoked. No more smoking. And I let that sink in. I was no longer a smoker because I had reached my….

Break Point

This is the point when you decide to quit smoking. An event or a situation leads you to the decision. Sometimes it is immediate and sometimes it is gradual but most non-smokers can tell you that there was the point when they knew they were done with it.

You cannot force a break point. It will happen naturally. You will just reach the point when you know

By:  Patrick John Coleman

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11 Signs You Are A Healer…

Do your ever find yourself thinking, “I feel like I want to be a healer, but how can I tell if I have the gift of being a healer?” Then wondering, “Shouldn’t I pursue this more and if I am a healer? What am I supposed to do with this gift? How will I know?”

What is a healer exactly?
A healer is someone who has a natural ability to raise another person’s vibration.

Simple as that. A healer has an ability, or natural ability, to raise another person’s vibration when they come into contact with them. Whether knowingly or unknowingly, when a person leaves your presence and you feel better than before they arrived…that’s a healer.

Sign #1 – You are drawn to healing. 
You’re just simply drawn to it. You’re drawn to the entire aspect of it in general. You might be drawn towards energy work, Reiki, alternative medicine, or any of the “traditional” healing jobs I mentioned.
When people say, I feel like I meant to be a healer, but I don’t know if I have the ability or the skill, how do I know? Well, that’s your number one sign right there. You are drawn to it.

Sign #2 – You have an urge to develop your abilities and/or psychic senses.

You feel drawn into the metaphysical community, and you have the urge to develop your metaphysical or spiritual abilities. Such as psychic abilities or spirit communication abilities, energy work abilities, or empathic abilities. You’re feeling the urge to develop your spiritual body and the abilities that come with it.

Sign #3 – Your Empathic abilities tend to be on the higher side. 

Most healers are Empaths. Even if they are in traditional medicine, usually they have an empathic connection with their patients. Sometimes they don’t even know they’re an Empath. But if you know you are, there’s a high probability you’re a healer.

Sign #4 – You have an anxiety or panic disorder. 

You would not think that this would fall under the healing category but it does.
People who have anxiety and panic disorders tend to have a very high ability to read energy.

The ability to read energy many times turns into a disorder because people don’t have the proper knowledge to understand what’s actually happening…they are an Empath! And many Empaths are healers.

Sign #5 – You feel like you should be doing more for humanity.

Helping humanity and being more conscientious of the planet. Basically, when you become in tune with your spiritual body, your natural healing abilities begin to surface. And you look at the world a little bit differently. You feel it in your heart, something guiding you towards the urge to be a part of healing humanity.

Sign #6 – You lived a past life as a healer.

Or past lives. You may not even remember this, but you will “feel” it. It’s a part of who you are. Most healers have done some type of healing work in other lifetimes.

So when your vibration begins to raise, your “soul’s memory” of being a healer in other lifetimes, will naturally begin to surface. And it will be like, “Hey, remember we do this? Remember you have this skill? Hey, we should do this more…” It’s familiar, it’s a part of your past, it’s part of who you are…and it feels good.

Sign #7 – People tend to come to you with problems or problems or issues. 

If people tend to come to you with their problems, or open up to you about issues they are having, that’s another strong indicator. It might be strangers, friends, family, or coworkers. If you’re the one who people tend to go to for advice or problem solving, that’s a sign of a healer.

Sign #8 – You’re in the healing field already, or you have a history of healers in your family.
For instance. you might have a lot of traditional doctors in your family. Or maybe you’re in the field of alternative medicine. It doesn’t matter the type of healing, it’s all along the same lines. So if you’re already in the healing field, or you have a history of healers in your family, that’s a good indicator.

Sign #9 – You have physical signs.
Read more          By:  Jennifer O’Neill    https://spiritualgurubox.com/blogs/spiritual-guru/11-signs-you-are-a-healer

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Energy Techniques for Staying Grounded

Staying grounded isn’t only for granola hippies. You might not have heard the term, but you’ve felt the positive effects of walking barefoot in nature. The reason it feels so good is because you’re literally grounding your body.

WHAT DOES ‘STAYING GROUNDING’ MEAN?

Think of the Earth like an enormous battery. One that’s emitting a subtle but constant electric charge. This charge is the reason why ‘grounding’ electrical currents is so important.

Humans also need to be electrically grounded. When you’re grounded you feel centered, strong and less stressed. You have a sense of being anchored.

Being ‘ungrounded’ leaves you feeling disconnected, as if you’re not quite here. Health issues can arise. You might notice an increase in stress levels, inflammation and pain, for example.

From an emotional standpoint, grounded people may be the healthiest individuals you know. They’re reliable, unshakable in the midst of crisis and they possess an unwavering moral compass.

SO, HOW DO YOU STAY GROUNDED?

According to Donna Eden, there are three aspects to focus on when grounding yourself: physical, emotional and spiritual. She outlines simple grounding techniques for each on her website.

Donna also has tips for staying grounded while flying. She says it’s especially important, given the unnatural prolonged separation from the Earth.

Memorize the techniques or write them down. It’s a good idea to have them on-hand whenever you feel yourself disconnecting. Used in conjunction with Donna’s daily energy routine, you’re sure to stay grounded at all times.

By: Angela Horn

Survival Guide for Empaths and Highly Sensitive People

Being an empath or a highly sensitive person (HSP) in the modern world ain’t easy. Everyone is stressed—and empaths and HSPs are the emotional sponges, soaking it all up.

WHAT IS AN EMPATH?

To clarify, being a empath doesn’t just mean you care and feel for other people. It means you actually feel their emotions in your body. It can be sometimes difficult for true empaths to discern whether an emotion they’re experiencing is their own or someone else’s—which can be incredibly overwhelming and depleting.

(Note: while I use the terms “empath’”and “HSP” interchangeably, they are subtly different, as explained here.)

While being highly sensitive to the needs of others can be a truly wonderful quality, it takes some dedicated effort to manage. It’s ironic that empaths are so good at being there for other people and making others feel better—but it’s often to their own emotional and energetic detriment.

Empaths can easily become oversaturated with emotions, leading them to believe they are depressed, ill or flawed in some way. But that’s not usually the case. A sensitive person just needs time to recenter.

SURVIVING AS A HIGHLY SENSITIVE PERSON OR EMPATH

If you’re an empath, you really need to prioritize your self care. Here are a few basics that every highly sensitive person should have in their toolkits.

Practice breathwork

You know that dramatic friend you have who is always in a crisis? As an empath, it’s important to realize that they can be an energy suck—no matter how much you love them. If, while spending time with them, you can feel your energy being drained, focus on your breathing.

Holding your breath only allows negativity to fester and grow, so breathe deeply to ground yourself. Maybe also treat yourself to a little time out. Take a stroll around the block, a reprieve in the quiet bathroom or a relaxing drive to get away from the contagious drama.

Create physical space between yourself and perceived negativity.

Social situations can be really challenging for HSPs and empaths. Highly empathetic people deeply experience others’ negative energies. In fact, they tend to absorb them.

If you find yourself at a party in a conversation with energy-sucker, make an excuse to take a walk outside to balance and reground yourself. Then, keep your distance as much as you can for the rest of the event.

Social situations are already challenging enough. Create a bubble of safe, positive space around yourself to hold onto your own energy.

 

Know your boundaries.

As an HSP or empathic person, you probably tend to try to help people in need, no matter what. But when it comes to being there for people and sharing your positive energy, don’t be an overgiver—it’ll only deplete you.

Be polite, but let people know when you’ve reached your limits. Yes, you want to be there for the other person, but you need to honor yourneeds.

Try to become aware of when your emotional energy is reaching critical levels, and prioritize yourself. Place your oxygen mask on before assisting the person next to you.

Don’t be afraid to say ‘no’.

You simply can’t always be there for everybody. You need to prioritize your own needs, too. So practice saying no.

For instance, one day you’re wiped, but a friend wants to grab a drink and talk about their absolutely horrible day at work. Be polite and honest. Say, “Sorry your day was so rough, but I can’t tonight. I can grab coffee tomorrow and talk all about it, though.” You could even suggest that maybe it’s best for your friend to stay in, take a hot bath, and treat themselves, too!

Saying no isn’t mean. It’s being open and honest. You need to make time for your own needs, too.

Being a highly sensitive person means you need to guard yourself a little more than others. Your powers of sensitivity are a wonderful gift that can really benefit those around you, but you want to make sure that you are not suffering as a result. It may be tough for you, but start putting yourself first.

The Water Priestess

The water calls to us, and some of us it calls out to and then charges us with a task; work for the water. Water is our life; it runs through our veins and it is in danger.  Danger of being threatened and polluted beyond repair. Once in antiquity women were called to tend the waters, to work with sacred springs and holy wells. They used it to sacredly bathe in groves before practicing oracular work and they worshiped and honored those spirits and deity that were born of the sea and dwelt within the water.

Remnants of history whisper of groups of maidens, often nine in number, being associated with goddesses either in their own role as sacred vessels or as priestess or attendants of a sacred body of water. Ireland, Scotland, Ancient Greece, old Norse, Iceland and many more references are scattered throughout folklore and history telling of ancient priestess who are priestess of water or strongly associated with it. Even after the priestess began to die down and Christianity rose to power, the water priestess remained, now in a new guise, one of the Christian Saint. Perfect examples are St. Keynes and St. Hilda both who were young women, performing miraculous acts and having sacred water spring up at their feet. Even still later in the remote villages of Europe, women (and sometimes men) would become well attendants, and for a price perform magic and spells often of healing at the site of ancient and holy wells.Water since the beginning of time has been used to nourish us, to wash us, clean us, and quench our thirst. It has been revered by many cultures and treated as sacred. Today our current political climate is such that our precious water is in danger; danger of being used and abused beyond repair. But it calls to us, it reaches out through subtle vibrations and through voice and song in the quiet patter of rain drops and the fierce force of a wave and it calls to us, beckons to us to heal it, protect it, revive it and revere it.

A straight but broken line connects these water priestess to us today; when the call of the water is heard again by modern spiritual and magical women. Women who are connected to the spirit realm, and often embrace different forms of magical practice such as metaphysics and witchcraft who have been awakened to the words and whispers of the water. Spirits of ancient and hidden wells are calling to these modern priestess in dreams, beckoning them to come and find the ancient well, clean it and revive the old practices. Women are being called to perform rituals to heal and bless the ocean, protect and champion the fresh water rivers that are in so much danger of destruction and we rise. We rise to this call, the water is speaking, the water is calling, and we listen.

Many modern Priestess’, who are trained in magic, energy work, trance, oracular work or divination, have begun to move and form practices at the shore with one collective goal in mind; heal the water, protect the water and revive the old practices that were lost, but still flow through our veins and pulsate with the life force of water. As their eyes fly across the pages of Dion Fortunes Sea Priestess looking for clues to the past, how we should practice and how it shall come to pass.

Rise up watery child

With the power of the Well, Fount and Spring

Hear the Water whisper

Hear the water sing

Children of the water rise,

into women under the Priestess guise.

Practicing rites, teaching the young

Uncovering mysteries that have just began to be sung.

Remember the ways of the water,

Rites of old, spells and stories yet to be told

Waters from the heavens fell

At their feet they bubble and swell

Remember where the water spirits dwell

At sacred spring, fount and well.

And when you have remembered

Hold it close and keep it treasured

Stir the cauldron, fill the vessel

Heal, Pray, Protect and Feed

Become the Water Priestess the world needs

I was one that heard the call and fearlessly I charged into the world with water at my feet and pulsing through my own veins. At times the mission unknown to my conscious mind, but feeling the tug, the push and pull and strong current at my feet; I dove in and I began the work. As my own work began to manifest and I began, at the will of the water to speak, write and teach I found others were profoundly moved by my words, my practice and my charge. Then I began to find others that needed just a tiny push and that could swim deeper than I and still I found others who of their own accord and that of the water began to listen and form their own practices. I met water priestess’ and well maiden and I knew that I was not the only one the water had charged with this mission.At one time water was honored for being sacred, time turned and these practices and ancient knowledge were lost with only puzzle pieces left to be found and pieced back together by those that are haunted by the waters words, do not let the old practices fade from memory, scour a forgotten tome and find the old ways. It is time to practice again, it is time!

Written by Annwyn Avalon

The Phoenix Poem

I sit in my cage every single day,

I want to get out – of this, I do pray.

My emotions are flying here and there,

I truly don’t know how much more I can bear.

My tears overflow with every breath I take,

One more day – I ask, please help me to make.

His words – they sting, deep into my heart,

Sometimes it’s so bad, I wish I could part.

Deep sadness, deep pain in my soul I do feel,

Dear Angels please come and help me to heal.

Out of these ashes I know I will rise,

I will spread my wings, and far away I will fly.

I will grow, I will learn, I will do the right thing,

And the praises of my Guardian Angels –

I will proudly sing.

Created by Victoria Prutschke ©