When I teach personal transformation through the shamanic path, a foundation of spiritual boundaries comes first. And because, we are deepening our relationship and intimacy with the Land as a sentient being, we must first start with respect and reverence, and the foundation for that comes through boundaries.
Here are some ways that you can really show your respect and deepen your reverence for the Land on which you live and work and play, as well as places you visit.
ACKNOWLEDGE the first custodians: Know who the First Nations are on the unceded territory where you live. The ancestors of the First Peoples are present, along with the energetic imprints of songs, ceremony, daily living, and stories, so as you walk or play or work, say hello, share your gratitude.
INTRODUCE yourself and your people: Tell the local ancestors about your ancestors and where they are from. This fosters reciprocity between the ancestors.
Ask PERMISSION! If you are doing any spirit work anywhere, be sure to pre-check with the Land spirits.
This especially important if you’re facilitating or hosting a group. The studio or park may look wonderful and have all you need, but if the Land is energetically disturbed it’ll impact your offering. If you can’t go in person, then check through distance. If it’s a “no” respect that. If it’s a “yes” then see below.
In deepening our relationship and intimacy with the Land as a sentient being, we must first start with respect and reverence.
Your HOME: I won’t go into detail here cause it can get complex but essentially it’s this: when you move into a new place and want to foster a connection with the Land, ask the spirit of the place about it’s favorite meal and then create an offering. Find a big leaf and wrap into it all the goodies the land has asked for and bury it deeply so Mama Earth can have a lovely meal.
This is a powerful way of saying thank you for being supported and living harmoniously.
Give OFFERINGS regularly: It’s a way of giving back for all the beauty you’re surrounded by. Great gifts include flowers, tobacco, oats, sugar, rosemary. Don’t leave chocolate or anything that could harm the local animals.
Be AWARE! All places fall into the continuum of energy, from heavy and chaotic to refined and ordered. You can feel this as you move through them. There are sacred spaces that have the sweetest energy, and there are those which are fragile, heavy, and disturbed. So, when you move on the land, if you sense a place is fragile or disturbed and not comfortable with you being there, then move on.
Don't be a CONSUMER! Gain permission BEFORE you take that pretty shell. If it’s a maybe, it’s a NO, so leave it. If it’s a YES, then leave a gift to build reciprocity.
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We would like to acknowledge the ancestral, traditional and unceded First Nation territories of the Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh), kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Stó:lō Nations on whose territory we live, play, and work.