Introduction to Spirit Medicine

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INTRODUCTION

Welcome!

My name is Omanisa. I’m an Australian spiritual mentor, naturopath and visionary artist.

My country is Mparntwe (pronounced m’barn-twa), a place called Alice Springs, beautiful desert country in central Australia. This is where I was born and grew up, in country owned and cared for by the Arrernte (pronounced a·ruhn·duh) people, the traditional owners of this land. 

For most of my adult life I have been living in Larrakia country, also known as 
Darwin, on the tropical coast of northern Australia. This is where my children grew up, in country owned and cared for by First Nations Larrakia people. 

This module is the first in my Spirit Medicine training course which I designed as a way to pass on the knowledge I have gathered from a lifetime of practice as a healer and psychic. Spirit Medicine blends ancient shamanic practice with modern creative therapies, mindfulness, meditation, visualisation and naturopathy. Spirit Medicine practitioners are modern day shamans!

Shamanism is a nature-based spiritual practice informed by the deep wisdom of indigenous cultures world-wide. When my youngest child went to university to study theatre, she was taught that theatre has its roots in shamanism. Modern theatre evolved out of the ceremonial dancing, singing, acting and story-telling that shamans and shamanic communities use for healing, spiritual connection and the sharing of spirit-wisdom. Shamanism is a deeply creative approach to healing, counselling and spiritual mentoring that often appeals to artistic, open-minded, nature-loving people like myself, especially those who have a natural gift for entering trance states. 

In this first module, I’d like to share with you a little about my story and give you some insights into shamanism and the other modules available throughout this course. 

CAUTION: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised that this module contains images of people who have died.  

 

Lesson One – “WHAT IS A SHAMAN?”

All indigenous cultures throughout history have had a strong spiritual connection with nature, and most (if not all) of these cultures had at least one person in their clan, tribe or village with an extra-special connection who functioned as the priest, counsellor and doctor, all rolled into one. They were nature-doctors who worked with natural/herbal medicines, and magic users with a gift for going into trance states to communicate with the spirit realm on behalf of others. For the most part, these people were responsible for helping their broader community maintain a respectful, balanced spiritual connection with the natural world around them and the spirit realm.

Shaman singing and dancing” Artwork by Om

In modern times, we tend to refer to these people collectively as “Shamans” and to their practise as “Shamanism”, but this terminology has been borrowed from Siberia: in actual fact, every culture has (or had) its own unique words to describe these spiritual practitioners and what they do. Many of these indigenous cultures and the traditional practises they follow have died out. Of the ones that are left, there aren’t many “shamans” still practising, nor new ones being trained. Old ways are dying out, and with them, many people have lost their spiritual connection with Nature. The decline of traditional nature-based spiritual practises have come about due to modern, organised religion suppressing and oppressing traditional nature-based spiritual practises; modern science/medicine showing disdain/disrespect for traditional approaches to medicine; and the influence of modern social values and social structures based on money and materialism.

All of us have ancestral roots that go back to one of more indigenous culture if we go back far enough, and it’s my sense that instinctual shamanic wisdom is hard-wired into all of our DNA at a really deep level. Having said that, some of us feel a stronger calling than others; some of us were raised closer to Nature than others; and some of us had elders who taught or encouraged a spiritual connection with Nature. My personal definition of a modern shaman is someone with a nature-based spiritual practise who can easily access altered states of consciousness to communicate with Spirit.

A shaman is a religious specialist but, unlike a priest, a shaman does not belong to a Church. Personal mystical experience forms the basis of the shaman’s spiritual knowledge such as healing, protecting through magic, and offering spiritual guidance. The term originally comes from Siberia but anthropologists have used it to describe certain individuals in cultures all round the world.

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What does shamanism mean to you?

As a teacher, I’m always searching for that meeting place between teaching core skills and principles while teasing up to the surface each student’s uniqueness, their gifts and skills, their wisdom and the essence of who they are as a healer or psychic counsellor. I also know that my students are my teachers, and teachers for each other. For this reason, I have lots of quotes from students about what shamanism means for them, and I thought you might enjoy reading them as much as we did.

“For me it’s also about recognising that every element of the universe has equal value and works in a holistic system of cause and effect to create balance. It’s honouring the wisdom of the physical environment and spiritual spheres. Shamanic practices have been perfected by indigenous cultures over millennia as a way of connecting to these spirits and elements. For my personal practice, I draw on Mother Earth, elementals and spirit guides, knowledge and rituals from my ancestors, past and contemporary teachers. I don’t think that there is a one size fits all approach to shamanism, rather it’s all about your intent for your practice.” Debby M
“For me it is a deep connection with all that is, in all realms and all aspects. Everything else falls into place when we see all as equals sharing the experiences of the journey. It is a circular process. As I forge the connection, be it gathering herbs, offerings of tobacco, journey to other realms or places in this world, the connection deepens my ability to have these rich shamanic experiences. Then I see through a different set of eyes.” Katie R
“My own version of shamanism seems to be evolving over time as I connect more and more with nature. Random things like bird calls, cloud formations, a glimpse of the moon, the ‘feel’ of the weather catch my attention and from there I seem to get insights and access wisdom if I stop what I’m doing and tune in. I love it! I’m feeling my way so your course is perfect timing.” Jenny E
“The return to Nature as balance—understanding the creative cycles as both destruction and creation on the microcosm (ourselves, our bodies) and the microcosm (world systems) is very healing. It’s where we are able to find the calm, neutrality, harmony, and compassion that allows us to truly create what is most important to us. It is here that there is no “us vs them” only stillness.” Shirley S

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Lesson Two – “BECOMING A SHAMAN”

How does a shaman become a shaman?

Traditionally, this has varied from one culture/tradition/time to another. In some cultures, you are marked for this path if you’re born on a special day, you’re the seventh son/daughter of a seventh son/daughter (or such like), there were special ‘portents’/signs that occurred at your time of birth or your bear a certain kind of birthmark etc. Some are chosen by a predecessor or their village/clan/tribe/community based on a sign, the person’s behaviour/appearance, or an event etc, and put through shamanic training whether they like it or not (ie it’s not always by choice).

In modern times, non-traditional shamans are either self/spirit-taught or they study courses on shamanism (a mix of both is very common). Their training is usually influenced or shaped by traditions drawn from various cultures around the world. The ‘calling’ can include near-death experiences and/or brushes with insanity, sudden spiritual awakenings or psychic experiences, and/or having a gift for going into trance states.

In other words, you yourself can decide to become a shaman and commit yourself to this path. If you feel a calling and act on this in a focused, diligent, determined and disciplined manner, the perfect teachers will come. But do remember, this i a serious commitment to make and may necessitate some sacrifices. For example, what ‘other life’ are you giving up to pursue this one?

My story

I was born into a family with a deep love and respect for Nature and Australian indigenous culture and I have indigenous family members. My parents were hippies influenced by 70’s eastern spirituality, especially Indian culture, which might be why chakras feel like home for me! For a few years on and off in my toddler years, we lived off-grid in a rainforest in Tasmania in a big tent filled with Indian wallhangings and Persian rugs. We were part of a collective trying to protect the rainforest from logging and this land (called Lothlorian by its carers) is still being protected today, while pockets of land all around it are clear-felled every few years.

Without any children living nearby to play with, I bonded with the natural world around me and the giant leatherwood trees became my best friends. Even after returning to live in Alice for my schooling, my empathic love for Nature never waned and the rich imagination I’d cultivated in Lothlorian continued to build and grow. Looking back, I can see how my upbringing helped to shape and foster my natural gift for going into trance.

At the age of 14, I began researching and educating myself about shamanism, meditation and creative visualisation, after discovering writers such as Carlos Castaneda and Lynn V. Andrews. Two years later, a visiting American Indian shaman took me on a vision-quest, an American Indian rite of passage that helps a young person connect with Nature, develop survival skills and maturity, and find their purpose in life, their role in a community, how they may best serve their people.

A lot of modern shamanism focuses on using plant medicines such as Ayahuasca to induce altered states of consciousness but my teacher opted instead to use ceremonies such as a sweat lodge meditation with drumming, along with fasting and sleep deprivation. I stayed awake all night sitting in a sleeping bag in a dry sandy river bed in central Australia and my vision came with the dawn. This was when I discovered my calling to work with colour as a visionary artist and healer. It was my first “Rainbow Shaman” initiation, an attunement that opened my third eye and helped me see Rainbow Ki, the energy of the human aura.

 


Having spider as my power animal marks me as a writer. In some cultures, spiders are said to have taught humans the alphabet, their web-weaving skills being associated with the patterns formed when we write words. 

We’ll be exploring the concept of spirit guides further in Level Two of Spirit Medicine with Om. 


8 years after after my Vision Question, after having moved to Darwin and become a mother, I began working as an energy healer and enrolled in naturopathy. My spiritual mentor at the time was a Larrakia woman who introduced me to my spirit guides, one of whom was Gaia (Mother Nature). Together, my mentor and Gaia gave me my second shamanic initiation. Two years later, with help from my spirit guides, I began sketching and reading people’s auras (their energy/Ki). 

In 2003, I graduated and entered private practice as a naturopath, working alongside a psychologist who mentored my Aura Sketching during my studies to help me develop my spiritual counselling skills. Over the past two decades, I’ve gradually merged my energy work and naturopathic practice together. At the core of all of it is my relationship with Ki (energy) and Spirit, especially Gaia (Nature/the land). As a herbalist and nature-spirit medium, I love working with the subtle Ki/energy of plants. 

Is Shamanism calling you?

Here’s a sharing from one of my apprentices, about the childhood experiences that set the stage for a calling to shamanic practice that she is now passing onto her children.

Shamanism is calling our soul to listen deeply and work with nature. As a young child growing up in the Kimberleys I would always climb and sit with the boab trees. The mountains would talk to me and I would spend a lot of time in caves, climbing and cleansing in the wet season waterfalls. I was always at home in the bush or at sea. I understand now that spirit took me to many sacred sites through out my life to learn how to connect to the ancient wisdom. Through my work I am able to weave in aspects of shamanism into my daily life. I feel blessed I have beautiful children I can teach them shamanism and how important it is to live in nature and look after our beautiful mother earth

LARNI

Spirit Guide Package

Deciding who your power animal is… now that’s a very personal thing. It’s something I help my apprentices discover for themselves after developing the skills needed to do so.

Most people just have one power animal, but we can have many animal spirit guides. If you would like to know who from the animal spirit kingdom is watching over you and guiding you at this time, you can ask me to tune in, sketch your guide for you and convey the visions and conversations I have with your guide about how they are helping you and what they are helping you with. 

Here are some of the animal spirit guides I have sketched for clients and family over the years. 

If you would like to apply to go on the waiting list, please send me a message!

Lesson Three – “THE SHAMANIC PERSONALITY”

Larni is a good example of someone I would consider a natural shaman with wise or old-soul shamanic traits. 
 
I’ve been sketching and reading the aura for over 25 years and I’ve learned to recognise very specific Ki frequencies of light and colour worn by natural shamans. Your aura is your essence or spirit. It’s the non-physical part of who you are, your psyche or soul.

Here’s an Aura Sketch featuring classic shamanic aura colours. Each colour represents specific personality traits. I’m going to describe these traits to you because I’m hoping you might see yourself in these shamanic descriptions, even if it’s only in a small way. Alternatively, might find yourself admiring the shamanic persona and wanting to become this kind of person. If you feel either of these things, the shaman’s path may well be calling you.  

 

A fierce love for Nature You might have noticed these colours are Earth colours, the same colours we see when looking back at Earth from space. The shamanic aura is the same as Gaia’s aura, our Earth Mother, because we are her healers. Earth, for the Shaman, is our home and our larger body, that which we and everyone else are a part of. Shamans are healers who seek to protect and restore the wholeness of Life/Gaia/Nature.
 
Feeling blessed and grateful As a shaman I know I am blessed, simply because I exist here on this incredible planet. Our green mother, dressed in robes of rolling green hills and forests full of life, gives us a home, food, shelter, community and so much more. I give thanks every day for the abundance that surrounds me. A shaman knows the gifts given by Gaia are part of the great cycle/spiral/circle of life and care must be taken to protect, foster and support these natural eco-systems, rather than taking mindlessly, greedily, and not giving anything back.
 
An holistic, empathic, animistic mindset. A shaman thinks in a holistic way, seeing the bigger picture and the way everything connects as one whole. The shaman knows we are all connected, all of life, as one big tribe. We also believe that everything has a spirit, a soul, an aura, a life-essence. This includes non-human animals, plants, forests, rocks, mountains, objects and place. And when you put all of this together, it’s not hard to understand why it’s so easy for us to empathise with the world around us.
 
A green thumb or an interest in herbs/nutrition. Some shamans have a special connection with plants, and may be gifted gardeners and herbalists. They often have a green thumb and a deep love for the plant kingdom. Many shamans have a gift for bringing life into this world, regardless of whether this has to do with helping human or animal mothers get pregnant and give birth, the planting of seeds and cultivating plant life, or using herbs and plant foods to save and improve life.
  
Herbal medicine in my naturopathic dispensary
An ability to enter trance states and step outside of themselves. The empathic ability of the shaman, combined with their awareness that we are all One, enables them to step out of their physical body/reality and “see” reality from a different perspective (eg like a soaring bird looking down from above). The shaman’s spirit isn’t stuck in their physical body: it’s a fluid, adventurous entity that loves to go exploring! This capacity and desire to “see” from perspectives outside of their own enables to shaman to be highly observant and mindfully aware of their inner and outer reality, with the sharp-eyed watchfulness of a hawk, or an owl, or a dingo.
 
Placing value on being grounded and being of service. A Shaman might be able to travel beyond their physical body/reality/perspective but they always keep a part of themselves anchored (grounded) in their physical body and the shared consensus reality of their tribe/community. And they might be hermits who enjoy being alone with Nature but they also know that other humans are a cherished part of Nature and they do what they can to contribute to the wellbeing of the whole.
 
Observant composure and discernment. Shamans don’t waste energy unnecessarily. They are efficient with their actions and words. They stay centred and cannot easily be provoked, tricked, sucked dry or snuck up on. They don’t lose their cool. They don’t gossip and they’re good at zipping their lips and keeping secrets.
 
The ability to adapt to circumstances and “turn lemons into lemonade”. Every single experience, every moment, no matter how dark or painful, is a potential treasure because it can grant us more wisdom. As such, we are always looking for the light hidden in the darkness and the gifts in disguise. For us, “winning” has more to do with cultivating self-awareness and self-command than in becoming rich, having power over others or having status/success in the eyes of others. The Shaman knows true power comes from the perceptual choices we make, the way we tell our stories, the role/character/light we cast ourselves and others in. 
Not letting your ego get the better of you. This means making authentically nourishing and empowering choices, rather than letting your need to feel important/heroic or appear wise/successful/right etc, dictate your behaviour. The negative ego is Trickster energy, sucking us in, leading us nowhere good, and projecting our insecurities and fears out into the world while not owning our own shit.
 
Familiarity with death and loss. Death is the natural prelude to rebirth. The death-rebirth cycle is a magical process of transformation that helps us grow, evolve, and prevent stagnation. Many shamans have experienced trauma, loss and dark nights of the soul; this can be exactly what leads them to the Shaman’s Path. Endings and death are an inevitable part of life, so we accept this whilst also cherishing and savouring life. A typical shaman knows life is short and that they must live in an authentic way which honours this truth.
 

Your Shamanic Aura

If you are interested in finding out about your aura and what shamanic colours you have, you are welcome to book in for an Aura Sketch and Reading.

For those who are interested in studying further with me, or becoming an apprentice, this is the perfect way to start!

Ask me about your shamanic identity and we can traverse your aura and your soul’s history: who have you been before and what are your unique shamanic gifts, skills and potentials?

Lesson Four – “THE SHAMANIC VISIONARY STATE”

As a Spirit Medicine practitioner, a shaman, I specialise in being able to enter slightly altered states of consciousness, trance or visionary states that put me in contact with the spirit realm so I can access higher guidance, information, and healing energy. These three terms, “altered state of consciousness”, “trance state” and “visionary state” all mean the same thing and are phrases I will use interchangeably throughout this module and the Spirit Medicine training as a whole.

These shifts in awareness are the bridge that carries me from normal everyday reality into the spirit realm, or to say this more correctly, into an awareness of the spirit realm. In the next module, we’ll delve further into what the spirit realm is, but I want to drop a preliminary note here, plant a little seed to stir your thoughts, and say that the spirit realm isn’t just accessed via an altered state of consciousness, we could go so far as to say the spirit realm is an altered state of consciousness: state and realm are indivisible.

Don’t worry too much if this doesn’t make sense right away. Spiritual wisdom is full of seeming contradictions and puzzles, much like the classic Zen thought-puzzle about the sound of one hand clapping. I will do my best to provide intellectual, theoretical insights into the mysterious realm of spirit for you to ponder, but the real learning and understanding will come from being immersed in practical experiences that show you what I mean, in ways that words cannot.
 
When I’m in the shamanic visionary state, I see, feel, hear and know things that I cant see, feel, hear, or know whilst in a normal waking state of consciousness. This is where I go when I’m sketching the aura, reading oracle cards, doing a healing, reading a past life, or talking with spirit guides and the spirit of those who have passed. While the word ‘vision’ is a good one to describe this state, it definitely isn’t just about ‘seeing’. 
 
There are differing degrees of ‘depth’, when it comes to the shamanic visionary state. A light state is more like a very vivid daydream, whereas a deep state is more like a proper dream you would have at night. For the most part, I encourage my students to seek lighter states closer to the surface of ordinary reality. The ‘lighter’ the state is, the easier it is to remain grounded and able to comprehend, translate, communicate and remember your visions. Lighter states are also safer and easier to access and navigate. 
 
The entry point into the shamanic visionary state comes via something called the “Flow State” which we’ll learn more about in Module 6. For now, let’s just say there are clever tricks we can use to shift our state of consciousness. Advanced practitioners (experienced shamans) don’t need to use these because we can shift our state at will, but we all start by using one or more of the following techniques. Most of us have experienced a light trance state at some point in our lives. The following list might help you recognise what a light trance state feels like, and give you some insight into what approaches might best work for you!
 
Visual
Think “hypnosis” to get your head around this one. Dreamy gazing, especially when focusing on rhythmic visual movement, can help you shift into a deeper state of consciousness. In Nature, we often find this when watching fire dancing, waves/water flowing, wind moving through the leaves of a tree, the way light sparkles on water, the flitting of a butterfly through the garden, or from watching someone dance or beat a drum. If something is visually mesmerising for you and draws you in and makes you mind go quiet, it can help you shift state.
 
 
Sound
Think of the sound of drums or rattles, or song, or the waves washing in and out, the wind, bird song, singing bowls, bells, rain. Sound is a potent, time honoured, drug-free way to access altered states! Rhythm/repetition is often the key, but sound that evokes emotion can be powerful too. The psyche loves to entrain itself to a rhythm and you can deliberately use this to shift your brain wave frequencies, slow them down into a deeper state of consciousness.
 
Movement and Breath
We can use rhythm on a physical level too. Any rhythmic physical movement can help you shift state, with dance being a famous technique. Mind you, the form in many martial arts can do it, as can yoga, tai chi, chi kung etc. Running used to be one of my favourites! A change in our breathing pattern can help us access altered states eg longer deeper breaths, or shorter/faster shallow breaths. So too can simply focusing on your breath and the rhythm of it. In part, this is about the mesmerising, soothing effect of rhythm all over again, but oxygenation changes to the brain can also contribute to a shift in consciousness. 
 
Sleep deprivation
This is a classic “Vision quest” technique. When sleep deprivation loosens the conscious minds grip on consensus reality, the dream realm can sneak through the cracks and bring spirit with it! Have you ever been a bit delirious or had hallucinations due to lack of sleep?! Keep in mind there’s a fine line between accessing altered states and messing ourselves up (be sensible and careful): sleep deprivation can reduce your sharpness, clarity, productivity and is used as a form of torture!
 
Dream state
Developing lucid dreaming skills is a classic way to access an altered state of consciousness, but you can also access an altered state in that lovely window just before falling asleep and just before you wake up properly. This is a wonderful dreamy state during which you can have better access to your subconscious and your rational mind has less authority over your perceptions.
 
Meditation
Meditation is one of my FAVOURITE ways to access altered states of consciousness, mostly because it involves the development of skill and mastery with awareness. Being able to shift your state at will, is, for me, the ultimate. Any kind of “spiritual practice” or “spiritual discipline” can help you access an altered state. Anything that helps you slow down, be still, turn inwards, or tune into your natural environment in a meditative way, can be a useful tool.
 
Drugs (including natural plant-based drugs)
Drugs, on the other hand, don’t lend themselves so well to the development of conscious skill and mastery. There’s generally a lot less control and personal mastery involved. While this is a time-honoured approach in shamanism, it can be a bit risky and unkind to the body and psyche if we over-rely on this as our window into altered states. Drugs can be useful in opening us up initially, especially if a person has a very rigid, closed mind, but always make sure you do this under the guidance of a health-care professional who specialises in this work. Having guidance and the correct dose will ensure you don’t have a “bad trip” which could cause trauma. I teach my students drug-free ways to access and master the visionary shamanic experience. 
 
Risk-taking and near-death experiences
Adrenaline can help prompt an altered state – not so much in terms of facilitating an inner journey/vision, but more in terms of seeing reality around you through new eyes. In high-adrenal states, we can “see” differently, and experience the passage of time differently (eg time slows down), especially if there is some danger/threat. Almost dying isn’t an ideal pathway to pursue as a matter of course, but it certainly can be the initial awakener. Everything can seem sharper, more alive, sparkly. We might even find the walls between this realm and the spirit realm melt away for a moment.

 

Gaian Healing Attunement

If you would like to receive an initiation onto the shaman’s path, experience some light level trance and observe me going to a deeper shamanic trance, book in for a Gaian Healing Attunement.

This is the shamanic healing modality taught to me by my spirit guide Gaia. Together during this healing Gaia and I will heighten your connection & access to nature’s healing energies. 

There there are two levels of attunement. The first healing attunement clears, strengthens & aligns channels conducting Ki flow from your earth chakra to the hand chakras, to awaken buried gifts & skills.

The second attunement brings the Gaian energy up to the third eye, enhancing clarity, clairvoyancy, and your ability to see the bigger picture. 

Lesson Five – “THE THREE LEVELS OF REALITY”

When us shamans talk together and compare notes, we generally agree that there are three levels of reality. 
 
Level One is ordinary, everyday reality. This is the reality we experience when we’re in our normal waking state of consciousness. Non-shamans are generally limited to the Level. On the odd occasions when they do accidentally venture into Level Two and Three, they don’t usually have the skill or awareness required to traverse the experience meaningfully or safely. 
 
Levels Two and Three are different facets of the spirit realm.  Level One is an objective revel of reality, whereas Levels Two and Three are subjective. 
 

Level One Reality

Level One Reality is the physical, material, ordinary reality we inhabit on a day to day basis along with everyone else. You’ll sometimes hear me refer to this as “consensus reality”, because it’s the shared reality we collectively experience as being tangibly, objectively real.
 
In Level One Reality there are three basic assumptions we collectively hold, an agreed-upon consensus view of reality that helps keep our physical, material reality cohesive and organised:
 
  • Everything is separate from everything else
  • Everything has a beginning and an ending
  • Everything that happens has a cause
 
While these beliefs are quite limited in scope from the perspective of the spirit realm (Levels Two and Three), they are a vital part of what keeps us grounded/anchored in consensus physical reality and they should not be devalued. Without a physical body, you can’t really Be Here Now. 
 
If you ever get a bit confused when exploring spiritual/shamanic concepts/realms, I strongly advise you to anchor back into Level One via these assumptions because they provide stability and good mental health. People who delve into spiritual concepts and the spirit realm without keeping at least one foot firmly anchored in Level One Reality, can come a little undone at the seams.
 
A shaman never loses touch with the underlying reality of Level One. Without the wonderful Level One boundaries that help separate self from other, here from there, and now from the future and past, we can become mentally and emotionally unwell. 
 

Level Two Reality

Level Two is all about energy and energy fields.

 
All ancient, indigenous cultures have a word to describe non-physical, spiritual energy, the invisible “stuff” everything is made out of. It’s that core spark of light and life that animates everything in the universe and joins us all together as One, flowing through, around and between everything that is. Some good examples include the Indian word prana, which might be familiar to those who practice yoga. 
 
This energy comes in many different ‘flavours’ or forms, depending on where it is, what it’s doing and who’s describing it. As a healer, there are many words I personally use to describe this universal energy (depending on the context) such as Aura, Light, White Light, and the Japanese word Ki. I think of Ki as a life-giving, nourishing energy ‘food’, a light that our light-body (energy-body or aura) needs to have flowing through it (much like blood in our veins!) in order to maintain health and vitality.
 

On Level Two, everything is energy/Ki and the assumptions being made are very different to those in Level One:

  • Everything is connected to everything else
  • There are no endings and beginnings
  • All time exists at once
 
Everything in the physical, material realm of Level One has an energetic equivalent on Level Two. A good metaphor for the difference between level One and Two Realities is to say Level One is like a block of hard ice, while Level Two is that same ice melted and evaporated as water vapour. Level Two is Level One experienced in a whole, new, different kind of way!
 
I was raised by elders – my mother, father, grandmother, great uncle etc – whose worldview was shaped by their friendships with the indigenous First Nations people of central Australia, the Arrernte people. My heritage on a spiritual level, as influenced and shaped by these elders, is animistic: I grew up with elders who named and spoke with trees, rocks, flowers, the moon and inanimate objects as though they were people. Animists tend to personify everything around them because from our perspective, everything is Alive, everything has spirit, soul, essence, character. Animism is the indigenous spirituality that lays at the heart of spirit medicine.
 
In Level Two Reality, all time and space exists at once, the past, present and future are all happening at the same time and there is no distance that separates us from each other. This is why a shaman/psychic is able to heal from a distance, predict the future and read your past. 
 
Level Two Reality is the reality I’m in when I’m sketching and reading the aura. While I may be accurately picking up on and reading a person’s essence and personality in the form of Ki, my perception of this energy is a subjective experience. Every psychic’s way of “seeing” is unique. We all have our own personal language of visual symbols, like the colour system I use to represent different moods, attitudes and personality traits. What we experience when we connect with Level Two and Three reality is personal to us, because it’s experienced through the filter of our personal identity, body, mind, history, conditioning and so on. 

 

Level Three Reality

For the Polynesian people, Level Three is the Po. Being born and raised in central Australia, you might occasionally hear me refer to Level Three as the Dreamtime in honour of our First Nations people. And I’m half Scottish, so I’d also like to acknowledge the Celts who refer to the realm as the Other Worlds. But more often that not, I simply use the term Spirit Realm or Visionary Realm. When I’m communicating with spirits (eg dead people, angels, spirit guides, deities etc), I’m in Level Three. 
 
Like other mystics, I’ve discovered three rules about Level Three experiences. In essence, Level Three is a dreamscape which goes by the same rules our night-time dreams go by:
 
  • Everything is symbolic
  • Everything is part of a pattern
  • Everything is what you think it means
 
Level Three experiences are visionary dream-like experiences, and just like dreams, we must interpret them for ourselves, because the content of each ‘dream’ or vision is a symbolic dive into the subconscious of the person having the dream/vision. When I am working with an apprentice and we enter Level Three together while working with a client, both of us will “see” different things, but the underlying metaphor is often the same. 
 
I find a lot of people get confused about the spirit realm because they are so locked into Level One ways of thinking, perceiving and understanding reality and/or they get their realms muddled up. The common mistake most people make it to take everything in Level Two and Three too literally. In spiritual realities, everything is energy, nothing is literal. When we “see” a spirit being with a body and face, with a physical form, this seeing is a visual metaphor in our mind that helps us comprehend what would otherwise be incomprehensible to us. 
 
Level Three has many worlds within it, many places we can visit. The place I go when I’m talking to dead people for example, is different from the place I go when I’m talking to fairies and animal spirit guides. Some shamans feel there are three broad categories within Level Three, what are commonly known as the upper, middle and lower worlds. We’ll touch on this briefly in the module on Conscious Dreaming (Module 5), and go into it in depth in Part Two of Spirit Medicine with Om.

If you’re curious about the kinds of things we’ll be learning in Part Two, you might enjoy a recording I made for my clients back in 2013, where I talk about spirit guides and take listeners through a guided meditation to meet their guides. 

Beginners who listen to this audio generally find their minds wandering. They get  or caught in their heads and struggling with self-doubt because they don’t know how to switch from Level One to Level Three Reality. My graduated apprentices by comparison, have rich visionary experiences and the guides they meet bring profoundly positive change and healing into their lives and the lives of those they are helping as healers, counsellors and spiritual mentors. 

More Modules yet to come in Level One of Spirit Medicine with Om

This module is the first in a series of 8 modules that form Level One of Spirit Medicine with Om. The modules are designed to be followed in sequence, with each new module building on the learning that has come from the one prior. 

If you are a casual student, you can pick and choose and follow your own learning pathway, but you do run the risk of encountering gaps in your knowledge. To lay a thorough, firm foundation at the base of your learning before trying to build walls and a roof, I recommend following the modules through in sequence!

The remaining modules are currently being uploaded. Please check in with me if you would like to be notified when new modules are ready. Here is the full list of modules: 

In this Module, we learn about Ki, the energy realm of Level Two Reality. Topics include the aura, psyche, mindbody, chakras and the Hawaiian shamanic model for understanding the basic, conscious and higher selves. 

Learn about the 6 psychic senses and how they are used to communicate with Ki using psychic perception and intent. These skills provide a firm foundation for communicating with spirit (eg angels, animal guides, etc) in Level Two. 

Self-care comes first. Spiritual mindfulness helps us practice us core skills as sensitives, psychics, healers, shamans and build awareness while ensuring we stay safe and balanced. Learn about centering, grounding, clearing, connection and boundaries. 

Centering is the most important key to managing our Ki energy. Learn how to centre yourself using a range of skills, including “Sanctuary”. The core foundation in staying safe while traversing the visionary realms, is grounding. Shaman’s walk with a foot in both worlds, and one foot is always firmly anchored in Level One Reality! 

Now we learn how to access Sanctuary in Level Three Reality. This module includes training in regards to dream-work with both night-dreams and visionary shamanic daydreams. 

Healthy Ki is flowing Ki. In this module, we learn about energy blockages and how to clear them.

Learn about psychic protection and healthy boundaries to protect your Ki and keep it healthy. 

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