Friday, February 20, 2009

Secret 7 - Consulting with Guides

Has it been a whole week since I posted? Too much other stuff has gotten in the way.
But I can say that I have been consulting with my guides!
This part is very personal for me, and I know my practice is not for everyone, but here goes:
My spiritual path has been a quite circuitous one of exploration of lots of different ideas: Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Transcendental Meditation, and Unitarian Universalism.
I have always wanted (and needed) a spiritual support group, and I have been lucky enough here in Princeton to be a member of a very supportive and active congregation in the Unitarian Church. I lead a creative journaling group there, and participate in art shows, have workshops, women's groups, etc.
But my main support, coaching, wisdom, connection to the mystery that is this life has been my private path of Shamanism.
On my website there is a long explanation, so I won't go into it here, but I have to say that the spiritual guidance I get through this practise is why I can make my art and stay sane.
I know connection with Nature Spirits through repetitive drumming is not everyone's way of being in the mystery, but it sure has been mine.
In fact, my art now is done in support of my Shamanic practice, and not the other way around.
Good movies, novels, poems, other inspiring artists also speak to me, but the real information and support comes from this practice of consulting my Spirit Teachers and asking them direct questions, and YES - getting answers.
Human support is also essential and an integral part of connection, and I have some great friends and family who stick by me.
But the true inner voice of the Shamanic teachers I work with are the reason I am here, doing this art.
Read more here if you care to:

"Truth resides in every human heart, and one has to search for it there, and to be guided by truth as one sees it. But no one has a right to coerce others to act according to his own view of the truth." --Mahatma Gandhi


  1. Oh MY! How absolutely, engrossingly stunning is your piece of art today! I gazed at it and sighed, it's so beautiful!

    I am so happy you found your root guide. It shows very much in all you do :)

  2. This art is absolutely gorgeous!!
    I love it and I loved reading your insightful post today.

  3. It's great to read that two of the bloggers thus far have animal guides and use shamanism to help them along their paths. It's a great reminder to me to remember my connection to animals which is strong indeed!

    Wonderful art! Thank you!

  4. That was very interesting. It makes me want to explore more of your website!

  5. Shamans -- been around since the beginning of time .. no?! ... something we should all take a LISTEN to.......

  6. Your spiritual path is of great interest to me. For I have been accused of being a FBN (fly by night)
    Yet we must all follow our own path. I am so glad that you are happily on yours.

  7. I love the colors and fluidity of your painting.

  8. a very enlightening post, Ms. Em and a stunning piece of art to match. Powerful image and journey!