Over the past few years I have been graciously held in the hands of teachers who have had a profound impact on my life, facilitated deep soul healing within me and have helped me cultivate and nurture the seeds of the shamanic ways within.
These teachers have shared their lifework with me. Work that has come from their pursuit of incredibly hard work, dedication and they've carried and cultivated what has been passed to them from many teachers before, selflessly passing it forward.
I want to honor and thank those who have taught me, as well as the lineages, families and beings that these teaching have come from. I am forever grateful to have received what has been shared with me and I want to express that full heartedly.
Katie-Keath Silva was my grace of the Gorge. They tucked me under their wings as an apprentice and I studied with them Shamanic Healing, Womb Healing and went through a ceremonial training with them and Ann Drucker to hold traditional Yucateca Maya Full Moon Women’s Ceremonies in the name of the Goddess Ix Chel. They shared with me the Maya ways that were taught to them from Miss Beatrice Torres Waight, a dear friend and Maya Medicine Woman as well as Don Jose Tamay, a Maya Shaman from the Yucatan of Mexico.
I had never encountered someone who so selflessly shared the gems of their life work with such an open heart and divine trust. Katie-Keath introduced me to Ix Chel, the Maya goddess of the moon, the womb, women's healing and much more. They held space for me to remember the shamanic ways and to ignite what was within me to do healing work with other women and myself.
Katie-Keath taught me to commune with the spirits of the plants and use them for healing. Camilla Blossom Bishop introduced me to the realm of flowers, their spirit and ability to heal. I use essences every day and have found a deep love in learning to make them communing with the flowers themselves. I thank Camilla for bringing that into my life.
Christine Selda came into my life recently though it feels much longer. I began a Shamanic Yoga Teacher Training and medicine wheel with her in February and came out with a deep connection to the mountains and the earth in a different way than I ever had. She taught me that ayni is the underlying principle of all, living in right relationship with all beings and the land we walk on. She’s taught me the power of mantra and mudra and to see asana as a dance, an offering to creator, to the sun, the mountains and the earth. She taught yoga as a way to open my energetic channels so that I can hear spirits call, so that I can make my body strong enough to withstand spirits will to flow through me.
My perspective of life and my way of living has shifted. My energetic body has shifted. The healing that I experienced in her presence freed my soul from things I thought were bound to me for the rest of my life. My gratitude is infinite for that and my time with her changed me in the best kind of way forever more.
Now, I have come to a time of integration. Mulching in the things that have cultivated this shamanic awakening and digesting them in a way I can honor the roots, and find my authentic path of allowing it to move through me humble and free.
To the long line of light carriers.
With love, Abby
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Katie-Keath Silva, Ann Drucker, Miss Beatrice-Torres Waight, Camilla Blossom Bishop, Christine Selda