The future of healing is ancient. Dis-ease on all levels; physical, spiritual and emotional, is connected to forgetting who we are; failing to re-member our true identity. We forged a contract long ago, before our birth, concerning our soul’s mission. This concerns the lessons we would need to learn and the gifts we would impart in order to contribute to life on this planet, and reach our highest emanation. Many believe that the goal is to merge with the oneness; a form of enlightenment or ascension. When we remember who we are, and re-align with our life’s mission, there is a deep sense of clarity and relief! Things begin to make sense as far as what we are drawn to, areas where we excel, as well as certain circumstances that have presented themselves in our lives such as relationships, obstacles and opportunities. When we begin to take action in accordance with our mission, there is a sense of passion and fulfillment and things begin to flow with greater ease.
There are several ways to foster this remembrance of one’s higher purpose. We must learn to listen to that quiet inner voice that says, “yes!” We must listen to that sense of knowing that gently, and sometimes fervently attempts to steer us in the right direction.
We are all familiar with the practices that help us to become aligned; meditation, yoga, tai chi. chi gong, receiving bodywork such as reiki or message, as well as spending time in nature, to name a few. Direct contact with beings who dwell in the spirit realms can often radically aid the process of aligning with our soul’s mission. Unfettered by the limitations of the physical body, spirits offer a perspective that crosses dimensions, spanning lifetimes. These spirits can provide detailed information concerning our life path.
The particular method of divination I was called to perform is largely inspired by the spirits of gemstones. In addition to the healing powers of the energy these gemstones possess, there are actual spirits one can speak to directly. My connection to gemstones has carried through several lifetimes as I recall past lives when I was, in one case, a mountain! In another instance, I was a stone temple that was a place of ritual and worship.
Presently I use gemstones to help illuminate the spirit realms when I work with others to balance their energy fields and glean insights from guides and ancestors. Recently, when working with clients, I have been led to focus my inquiry on the soul’s mission. And, always in the most astounding and poetic fashion, I am guided on a journey that reveals the person’s deepest essence; the elements that will replenish and strengthen the spirit, often in the form of rituals and other pursuits. Past lives that reveal present conflicts or talents may also be brought to the fore. Information that can assist in rebalancing physical ailments may also emerge.
During one reading, a woman was encouraged to immerse herself in soil. She later confessed that she has always had that urge, finding herself drawn to earth and clay. Another woman was instructed to douse herself with ocean water each day; just a few drops on the neck, like perfume! This, it was explained, would help to invoke her divine feminine essence which is a profound source of power for her. She later acknowledged a strong connection to her feminine qualities, with a particularly powerful desire to strengthen her identity through motherhood. During these readings, I am actually brought to the place where the individual has attained a high level of spiritual development, and the various means for that attainment are revealed. This first woman emerged tapping away on an old fashioned typewriter whilst dancers performed on stage before her. After the reading, she reveled a desire to write plays, as well as her passion for dance. It was through her connection to the soil, plants and flowers that her spiritual power would be harnessed. Indeed, I was shown that she would soon be talking to flowers. Within the next week she found herself connecting with the spirits of the vegetables she brought home to eat!
Spirits reveal the person’s highest emanation, engaged in the life and tasks that represent the very reason this soul embarked on this particular journey here on Earth. When your soul is finally in it’s element, you beam with a sense of power and joy. If you choose to truly jumpstart your life, carrying out the steps that are suggested to maintain your alignment, you will have initiated a journey of great fulfillment with the possibility of boundless rewards. For when you are aligned with your deepest mission, as it is said, the universe conspires to help you. And the spirit realms have boundless resources to assist you! The earlier we can connect with our soul’s mission, the easier it is to shape our lives. It is for this reason that I have also developed an after school program for children, to teach them various healing and creative arts and align them with their life’s work`.
And so I invite you to identify and pursue your life’s mission. It is truly the gift that keeps on giving!
-Seshat The following Article appeared in CALABAR Magazine’s July/August 2007 issue:
African Shamanism and Healing in Brooklyn Julie R. Spooner, Ph.D.
Two years ago, I set out to establish an African-centered healing center in Brooklyn. As a holistically-oriented psychologist, I longed to set up a group practice with other holistic healers along with a yoga center. As I began my outreach efforts to recruit healers, I found myself inundated with folks who practice the more esoteric healing arts. One woman spoke of being a shaman who does soul retrieval, another spoke of past life regression, another spoke of DNA reconfiguration, kinesiology, muscle testing and the like. Initially I resisted, determined to collaborate with more well-known kinds of healers such as herbalists, acupuncturists, and chiropractors. As the trend continued, I finally surrendered and began to learn of these seemingly endless forms of healing. Soon I would get a soul retrieval myself. In this method of healing, a shaman travels through time connecting to disembodied portions of your spirit that were lost through trying experiences. I consulted a woman who came highly recommended, though she lived in another part of the country. Since the work is done in other realms, the location of the practitioner is irrelevant. Shortly after experiencing this healing, I ended up connecting with the practice of shamanic journeying. I began to travel, in spirit, often across time to other dimensions. Initially I received numerous initiations in these realms when several beings dismembered me in various ways. When this is experienced in other realms, it is not a painful process.
Early into my journeying experiences I was led into a double-sided pyramid structure known as a merkaba, with the sun as it’s ceiling. Soon I was to travel into the sun, and experience the exquisite garden of healing that lies within. This paradise corresponds to the garden of eden, as it has intense healing properties and it is the source of all life. I also learned how to perform extractions on myself, removing harmful entities from my etheric body. Through the process of removing these objects, I was shown several past lives; one when I was enslaved, one when I was a mountain, and another that took place in medieval France.
I have also connected with extremely powerful guides. Tehuti, the scribe of the gods in the Kemetic (ancient Egyptian) tradition, made himself know to me nearly two years ago. He is also the god of wisdom. Tehuti has blessed me with many sacred teachings. During our first encounter he appeared in his usual form, carving into a stone tablet. As he carved, light peered from the symbols:
When you read the words of Tehuti You perceive truth. It is direct revelation And you travel across dimensions.
It has been an honor to be in his presence and to be imparted with his wisdom.
The gifts I have been given as a result of entering the path of shamanism are too numerous to mention. I have also ventured across the veil to talk to those who have recently died, as they impart messages to the living. And I have been shown healing methods that were used thousands of years ago, such as the use of energy grids enhanced by crystals.
While my “regular” therapy practice continues, for those who are open I have been able to incorporate my shamanistic practices. In particular, I have begun to do healing work with the spirits of gemstones; a method known as crystal layouts. When I place the gemstones I am able to see spirit guides and the spirits of the gems interact with the person’s etheric body and spirit. This leads to a profound level of healing, across multiple dimensions. Those who have experienced it have reported a sense of balance as well as certain shifts in consciousness. Thus, in addition to psychotherapy I have begun to offer crystal layouts, as well as to incorporate the wisdom of my guides into my work.
Needless to say, the Sakhu Healing Arts Center was indeed established, as an extension of my private practice. It is a sanctuary serving the African diaspora with yoga, meditation, healing circles, workshops as well as cultural events and an after school/ summer youth program. I just completed a workshop series on shamanism and I hope to soon continue this series. I am also looking for those who are interested in studying the wisdom that has been imparted to me by these illustrious spirit guides; an institute of shamanic studies, as requested by Tehuti.
It is truly an exciting time to be on this planet!
Dr. Spooner (Seshat) offers gemstone readings, psychotherapy, meditation classes, an after school program, as well as workshops in matters of the spirit. Contact her for information on an upcoming workshop on Aligning With the Soul’s Mission.She can be reached at (718) 773-3338 or firstname.lastname@example.org.