Shaman 101 - D
The exercise to clear and balance your chakras is deceptively simple.
In essence, there are only a few major steps:
2. Call your power animal, and explain the purpose of your journey,
which is to visit ONE chakra that may be blocked or out of balance,
and to fix whatever the problem is.
3. After arriving at the location you have chosen and assessing the
chakra's condition, decide with the help of your power animal what
needs to be done. If any fighting or heavy work is necessary, allow
your power animal to do it for you, since s/he is equipped to function
effectively in this situation.
4. When the chakra is clear and functioning, ask your power animal to
assign a guardian animal to this chakra. This will be a guard against
intrusion from outside forces.
When you are introduced to this guardian, get acquainted with them,
tell them what you need of them, and listen to what they tell you. At
a later time, when some invasion is attempted, they will alert you to
the conditions, allowing you to control the situation.
5. Thank your power animal and any other guides or guardians for
their help, and return to the cave entrance, and then to normal
Before you go on with this exercise, a few examples of both the
working of this exercise and the results might be in order.
Obstacles you might meet in the tunnels are such entities as ugly
bugs, vicious reptiles and slime or fungus-like growths. You will
(more rarely) see hostile animals. You don't need to be afraid of any
of these things. Merely circumvent them if you can. If you cannot,
your power animal will take care of them. Other problems include
chasms and floods and such. Just keep in mind that these are not
actually threatening to your life or safety - they are indicators of
problems or hostile "spirits" (energies) need to be handled. Your
power animal is the best source of information on how, and when, to
Occasionally, you may find that, although you complete the journey to
your cave or whatever, your power animal or your guide refuses to
take your farther. This happened to me when I had the flu, and
thought I could leave it (and the boredom) behind by journeying. My
guide met me at the entrance, and told me I didn't have the energy to
do the journey without endangering my physical body. So much for
that! A few days later when I was feeling better, I had no problem
going on with the journey.
Some examples of what you can expect to achieve with these exercises.
From my own experience -
For most of my life, although physically healthy, I have been plagued
with monstrous menstrual periods. Cramps for up to a week, and heavy
bleeding for 7 or 8 days was not unusual. Pain medication and
weakness from blood loss was a normal, although unwanted - part of my
monthly calendar. Needless to say, this put a large obstacle in my
When I began working with my (male) power animal, I also began to
realize that I had suppressed my female energy due to conditions from
my early childhood, where my only role models were men. I asked my
power animal to find me a female ally, and on that journey, I met a
female eagle, and a female (perrigrine) falcon.
When I journeyed to open the sacral chakra, hopefully to solve my
monthly problem, my power animal and I travelled there alone. When
we got there, the tunnel was a rusty dark brown, and boarded up, with
only a chink in one of the boards that allowed a trickle of energy
through. My power animal took on the task of tearing down the dam,
allowing all of the energy to come through and wash out the old
debris. While he was occupied with this, Eagle appeared. She took me
up above the dam and showed me how to control the energy flow without
blocking it. Six days later, I had the first almost pain-free, 5 day
normal menstrual period of my life - at age 40!
A friend's story -
A friend of mine had problems with a girlfriend. When he was around
her, or thinking about her, he seemed to want nothing else. Yet,
when he THOUGHT about what he found attractive about her, he found
very little he liked! Using the journeying technique, he found that
his heart chakra was inhabited by a little copy of her. In effect,
she was "short-circuiting" his normal functions by invading his person
for her own ends*.
By ejecting her, with the help of a power animal, and posting another
power animal as a guard over this chakra, he gained control of his
own heart again. He wanted to give her another chance, but after
several more invasion attempts she decided she couldn't see him
again, and he's since found someone to love who has more respect for
(*This is always a no-no. Every person has a right to keep their
bodies inviolate. For example, heal someone only if they ask
for it, or if you tell them you want to and they agree that you may.
To invade someone else's person without permission - regardless of
your good intentions, is just plain wrong! When you find this kind
of invasive person in your life, GET RID OF THEM! Usually if you
clear them out of the chakra, they soon disappear from your physical
world situations as well. They are only interested in manipulating
people, and will find an easier victim.).
I have a friend who is a professional athlete. Every time he would
get his career to a certain point, he would sustain an injury that
put him out of business for a short time - just long enough to set
his career off track. Using the journeying technique, he traced his
problem back to elementary school. Chubby and shy, although quite
intelligent, he allowed the other children to bully him, just so he
would have friends. Although he's grown into a handsome, talented
man, inside his 2nd chakra was a gaggle of children, reminding him
that if he asserted himself, he would be ostracized. Rather than
excelling in his sport, he was sabotaging his own career to childhood
taunting! His answer to this dilemma was a classic example of creative
humor: ousting the pack of children, painting the chakra tunnel bright
orange, and hanging framed covers from Sports Illustrated (with his
picture on them) all over the inside!
As you can see from the above examples, these exercises can be of
benefit to nearly everyone in their physical world "every day" lives.
Results tend to be creative rather than the "pow-zap" kind of
miraculous. Remember to take advice (symbolic or otherwise) with
grace and a sense of humor. (You will take a bit of teasing
- your power animal, while on your side, will still find
some of the problems that beset you to be funny from their point of
view! That does not stop them from doing their best for you!)
When you have worked with each chakra in turn, a last step would be to
make sure they are open and in balance with each other. The overall
system should feel harmonious - not too much of any one center
manifesting overall. Once you have a feel for the powers you have in
action, you can adjust the size and vitality of each chakra, closing
slightly on overactive ones, and opening and energizing the quieter ones.
By all means, try using this technique when you are happy and welll,
not just when you are in need of something. Every use of the chakra
exercises strengthens your ties with the web of energy/life in the
world/unit. Mother benefits, as much as we do, and all of Her spirits
Balance and Blessings
-=Satinka Istari 12/89