We love when we can do Shamanism in our practice. This is just some nice rituals we try and do every morning, we can, in the am, or before or after meditating. You might make it your tradition too. We thought we would share some of the traditions and practices Shaman cultures and practitioners do to help start the day off right.
It feels really good to do this and it will help you center for the entire day. We feel the difference when we don’t do it!
The Shaman Cultures believe in the four elements, the energy forces that form the building blocks of all creation. These elements are often depicted as being associated with the four primary directions.
The East is associated with the element of Fire. Fire represents enlightenment, the ability to see things from a higher perspective. The Sun, rising in the East, brings with it fresh insight and awakening, all qualities of Fire. The East is also associated with spring, thus with new beginnings. The realm of Fire is the realm of spirit. The colour of Fire is yellow or golden.
To the South we find the element of Water, Water is about the willingness to learn new things, to be flexible and to approach the world with the willingness to learn new things, to be flexible and to approach the world with a childlike sense curiosity. The South is associated with summer and youthfulness, a sense of exploration where some of the the innocence of childhood is still maintained. It is also associated with the emotional realm. The colour of the South is Red.
The West of the wheel is associated with the element of Earth and its primary quality of transformation. Earth thus has to do with things becoming. The Element Earth is also seen as being associated with introspection and receiving answers from within. Other qualities of the Earth are stability, nurturing, solidity and manifestation. In terms of seasons Earth is associated with autumn and adulthood, a time of stability. The realm is associated with the West is the physical. The colour associated with Earth is black.
The Northern quarter of the wheel is associated with the element Air. Air is associated with clarity and renewal. Air thus stands for new beginnings and clear vision about which path to take. Air is also an element of constant activity and is seen as invigorating. The element of Air also relates to the realm of mental activity and is associated with the colour white. In terms of the seasons of life, North relates to winter, or old age, the time when we look back on our lives and notice the projects we have brought to fruition.
The centre of the wheel is associated with pure Light. The centre of the wheel is our own centre, the inner Light of illumination, love and harmony. In the centre of the wheel the four elements are in perfect harmony.
Earth or She is the sustainer of all life and cares deeply for all her creatures. Above is the realm of Father Sky, the sun which brings light and life to all.
It is important to consider the above only as guidelines. Shamanism is about personal experience, not belief and theorizing. Take some time to connect to the elemental energies of the different directions and feel what works best for you.
Beginning the day-attuning to nature:
The simple ritual that follows attunes one to the forces of nature. Starting the day in this way sanctifies the entire day and ensures that we remain always open to the voice of Great Spirit.
- Face the East, preferably looking at the rising sun. Greet the sun and thank it for bringing new life. Deeply inhale the rays of the sun, Inti, and feel yourself being energized by the golden radiance.
- Still facing the East, call to the spirits of the East, the powers of Fire and welcome them, asking for their support and guidance throughout the day. Deeply inhale the power of Fire.
- Face the South. Call to the spirits of the South, the powers of Water. Ask for their guidance and support throughout the day. Inhale and feel yourself being filled with the elemental energies of the Water.
- Face the West and call to the spirits of the West, the powers of the Earth. Inhale deeply, feeling your connection to Earth. Ask for the guidance and elemental energies of Earth throughout the day.
- Face the North and call to the spirits of the North, the powers of Water. Ask for their guidance and support throughout the day. Inhale deeply, filling yourself with the elemental energies of the Water.
- Stand in the centre and salute Mother Earth and Father Sky. Thank them for their blessings and ask that they guide you to be of greater service to them throughout the day. Breathe deeply, drawing the energies of the Earth up and the energies of Sky down, allowing them to meet in your heart centre.
- Still in the centre, talk to your companion in spirit, asking them to protect and guide you during the day.
The Second part of the ritual comes from the Hawaiian Huna tradition.
- Still standing in the centre, place your hands in prayer position. Say silently “Align lower and middle self.” Pause for about a minute with your awareness directed within.
- Next state: “Align middle and higher self.” Pause for a minute.
- Next state: “Align lower to higher self.” Pause for a minute.
- Give thanks to your three selves and to all the elemental energies you have called on. Continue with your day.
I hope you enjoy this and you can do it, even sometimes! 🙂
We do incorporate Shaman in our distant and in person sessions. There is more information on the healings sessions pages, if you are interested in Shaman Combination Healings.
Love & Light,
Rita Rooks, Reiki Master & Natural Energy Healer, Shaman Healing