Holding Sacred Space

Written by Sherrie Locke on 10 Qanil, March 2014

The idea and concept of “holding space” has been around since life arose on this planet. From a lion’s pride, to a wolf pack to a mushroom patch, it’s a natural tendency in construct of creation.

We are here today to discuss the space you intentionally hold for yourself, for your loved ones and for any operation or manifestation with which you are currently working. So be mindful, don’t juggle too much and maintain what you are intending.

The point of a ritual is to zero in on what you want to do.

Do you want:
A clean high vibe space?
Protection from harm?
Connection to your ancestors?
A creative or healing space?

Are you opening and holding space for a new creative project or business endeavor?
For learning or saturation environment?
A channel to receive something?
Subcategories, such as knowledge, prosperity, healing?

It goes on and on and on.

How to Hold Space
As I have stated over and over, know your base of knowledge and understanding and work with that to its fullest everyday. If you do not apply it, how can you refine it?

Periodically check your works to see if they still apply. Have they ramped up or down? Do they need more attention or action, or are they toodling along? Are you happy with the results so far? Are there any results?

Adjust, adjust, adjust. Let go of the way you think it should manifest; that’s not your issue! Your job is to hold space, be intentional, be motivated to succeed and ready to act at any moment 24/7/365.

To do so you must be clear about your intentions. If your brain is in a jumble, you are not going to get anything done. The point of a ritual is to maintain focus and clear out blockage to the achievement of your goals. It’s a routine of diligence, of knowing yourself and your motivations.

If you are not clear on these personal factors, in understanding yourself and what makes you tick, what motivates you or awakens your passion, then you might want to hold off and do some personal work before you start attempting to effect change on a broader scale. As they say, clear out your own shit first before entering a lodge or proceeding with a magical working.

It is vital to understand that life is not happening to you, that you are creating it from the inside out.
So start at the starting point, which is “Know Thyself!” In Egyptian culture, the symbol of the scarab says it all, “Man Know Thyself!”

If you do not know yourself and why you are motivated to make certain choices, then you will repeat them over and over again, ad nauseum, until you are finally done with it. Keep it up. Your choice, pain is optional, and I would never deny someone as much pain as they would like to indulge in. I practice tomasic energy work in my bag of modalities, so I am not afraid of bringing the pain body to the surface for eradication.

OK, back to holding space. So you have figured out something you wish to effect change. You have cleaned the space. You have opened a space through intent and ceremony.

You have determined the general duration of the working. You have set certain components to work for you, things such as candles and Power Items.

The space is set, the work is in progress.

For longer term projects, just check in on them at least on an annual basis.

These things run like a software program, either constantly working or all at once with a big push to build energy and momentum.

If you wish to hold space for a loved one, such as in a prayer or healing energy, set a field (space) and picture you and the person together in that space. Call in the energies of the green healing ray, any helpful assistants such as helpful ancestors or other healing or plant energies, and invite them into the space you have created for that purpose. If healing someone who is far away, visualize the space surrounding the person wherever he or she may be.

So go forth, light a candle, do a magickal working to help yourself or someone else, Keep it Light, do it with LOVE, be clear on your intentions and don’t overlap too many things at once. Watch your works increase as you practice. And above all, get to know yourself better and get in touch with what motivates you.

Ho! Mitakuye Oyasin
Blessed Be.

Storytelling, The Native American Way

Written by Sherrie Locke, 5 Akabal, March 2014.

In Tewa tradition, we are renowned storytellers.

Stories are about learning to listen.

Many times the stories are real or told like a campsite tale, but if grandma or grandpa or even a cousin say they have a story, all would gather around to listen. The story would always have a significant teaching but was never presented as something “One should learn,” not even along the lines of, “the moral to the story is….” Nope.

It’s more like the story itself gives the understanding of a much larger picture, a scenario, or a fundamental life lesson knowledge key. Then later if they wanted to remind us, they would say, “remember the story of the woodpecker, or the story of ….”. Sometimes we would tell funny stories and everybody would laughs and laugh, a point would be made without the usual someone telling you what to think or feel. No one would ever say, “That’s not true!” or even ask why.

Other times, we cousins would tell stories of the future (wild fantasies), and we would all be riveted. Then when we were all enthralled in the story, one of our names would come out of the storyteller’s mouth and we would all laugh with glee to hear about cousin Jeff’s future escapades or mine.

Sometimes there were creation stories, sometimes a story about how something “came to be.” Usually right after we saw one. My cousins and I preferred the more metaphysical and paranormal stories, ours many times with a “moral to the story,” which was usually, “Don’t go lookin’ for trouble!”

We told stories that we had heard from other tribes (not Western gossip). If we told someone else’s story, it was usually a great inspiration, or one of those “how things work” stories from grandma. We Tewa are not alone in maintaining our storytelling tradition. Here are links to contemporary Native North American storytellers:

Larry Littlebird               Ed Lee            Butterfly Garcia

Ho! Mitakuye’ Oyasin!

Amulets, Talismans and Other Power Items

Written by Sherrie Locke on 6 Net/Lizard, March 2014

In most first nation traditions of North America, powerful “things” come into one’s life at certain junctures as a person matures. For others, a medicine quest can bring one items of connection and power.

These items could be anything from a root, a feather, a crystal, a stone, a tooth, a claw, an amulet, a piece of jewelry and so on. Sometimes they come from a family member or, an elder, from the earth or even from a store (hey, this is the 21st century).

Some items are more powerful than others; possibly they have been ritually prepared or “fed” in some way by a shaman.

My intention for this brief post today is, rather than to explain the usage of objects of power, to simply address the existence of these beautiful symbols of individual or even tribal power. They help us to learn reverence, they help us to remember, to connect.

Treat your power items with respect, and each time you handle them, do so with reverence for what they represent, how they came into your life and what they have shown up to teach you.

These items may not always be with you, you may not have them forever, but they will be “in you” and “of you” and accessible to you in real-time or for always through connecting and remembering.

Ho! Mitakuye’ Oyasin!

Closing Sacred Space

Written by Sherrie Locke on 6 K’at, March 2014

Every time a ritual or ceremony is performed, there is an intention set as to the duration of the operation. As in:

Is it a space clearing and protection ritual (short)?

A fire ceremony (two-three hours)?

A business (duration of original manifestation and/or duration of the business)?

In the case of a ceremony, the shaman and possibly certain “gatekeepers” have been holding space for everyone involved; the more who are conscious of this, the easier it is to hold space.

Some circles may become rather elaborate, with someone in charge of watching over and monitoring certain movements within the group and circle. As in many tribes, only the assistants would be allowed to speak directly to the shaman, since they have been trained in proper protocol and customs.

When the shaman/leader of the group concludes the ceremony, usually he or she will say, “It is Done!,” “We are done,” Or “So be it!, it is done!” Then the general group is dismissed.

After that, the gatekeepers and/or shaman will “collapse” the space held and end the entire session, giving all back to the earth.

Personal Ceremonies
In the case of personal ritual ceremonies, just remember that you opened a sacred space, so you must close it and collapse it when done. Never leave ritual items lying around. Put everything away.
Ritual offerings may be left.

On the mundane side, yes, even when selling a car, a simple closing ritual can be done to clear your energy from the item, place or object, before it is transferred to the new owner. When I buy a car, I welcome it, smudge it, and remove all items of the previous owner.

Clear and smudge your vehicle at least once a month and ask that it and all passengers be safe and protected. You check the oil, tires and water don’t you? Just add a few things…check!

(In Guatemala, the “chicken bus” companies bring in shamans to bless their buses and drivers at least once a year. The ceremonies, naturally, are performed on E/Eb days, which mean Road.)

When you are ready to sell the car, thank it, clean all your stuff out of it, smudge it to remove attachment, and she’s ready to go to a new home.

Closing Space for a House and Personal Items
Collapse all fields only when you are moving out of a house. Do the same with jewelry or any personal items you are selling, in order to clear and close out your energy.

Note: Certain things cannot be cleared and can be read for eternity by someone like me, so think about that too.

Closing a space is therefore an ending, a closure, pure and simple: you opened the door, so close it behind you.

We are all good at starting things, let’s get just as good at ending them!

Ho! Mitakuye Oyasin!

Candle Burning 101

Written by Sherrie Locke on 6 K’at/7 Kan, March 2014

The point of using candles is to focus your attention by looking into the flame.

If you can’t multitask and juggle more than one subject at a time, don’t overlap or use too many candles at once. Keep it simple at first.

Let us begin with a simple white candle….

Set up an area where you are to burn your candles. Make sure it’s in a safe spot. Also always put your candles on a candle runner or as I do, in a fireproof bowl or dish with sand or fine gravel (I prefer sand). Don’t use dirt since it may burn or smoke with organic compounds.

Choose your candles based on what you are doing and the duration or extent of the operation.

You can use anything from a tea light or a votive candle to any size taper candle. For us “professionals,” the three-, five- or seven-day glass-encased candles are our ritual candle of choice, there are even longer duration ones. You need to be a seasoned candle worker to have that many fires in your home or space, going 24/7 for the duration of the operation(s). Not for beginners!

The idea is to light the candle and let it burn for the duration allowing it to go out on it’s own. If it’s a “hot” one, you may use a candle snuffer, but never, ever, blow out a ritual candle and for sure you don’t want someone else to put it out. So watch what you are doing and be mindful.

There are many ways of monitoring candle rituals for the more advanced candle workers. Black and sooty usually means it’s clearing a lot of negativity.

Drips can be interpreted by the adept. If a candle burns especially weird, you may want to “piggyback it” with another ritual of the same sort until you get a clean result.

So choose your candles wisely. If you have a short period of time, or a short attention span, use a smaller candle. If you are doing a larger more elaborate operation, you may want larger tapers or glass-encased candles so you don’t have to light candle after candle without letting the light go out.

I do not use scented candles, choosing to add what I want to use myself. In order to be efficient and effective when using scents, you need to be familiar with planetary rulership and a few other things to optimize, otherwise you might just be working counterproductively.

In the case of an ancestor altar, you can use the favorite scent or color or anything else that connects you to that dead relative, all planetary rulership bets are off, it’s just an offering.

A safe bet for any operation is to use a white candle. White represents purity, is widely available and is also used in most religious ceremonies globally. In native indigenous ceremonies, the candles and colors become quite elaborate from the colors of the four directions to the subdirections, deities, nahuales and ancestors. As I said, keep it simple at first until you are more familiar with the usages. Better to stick with white all the way around rather than use something that is way off from the goal or intention.

I will present an article on traditional use of candles in ceremonies of the Maya, both Ki’che’ and the tradition I first learned, Yucatec, at a later time. I will mention at this juncture that candles used in traditional Maya fire ceremony are usually tossed into the fire in bundles rather than lit and burned individually.

General Guidance on Colors

This will help you get started. First off, let’s go with green. A green candle would most likely be for HEALING, not money. I must say something about this now. We are not just working candle magick in the good ole US where money is green. As a matter of fact, most national currencies globally are NOT green. So drop that correlation. Green is the color of the healing ray, the heart chakra, with both planetary and angelic rulership, so let’s stick with green for Healing.

Money is Power

Red is the color of raw energy and power, and thus money. Quote from a teacher: “Red is raw power, and energy = money. Also note that it’s very difficult to sleep in a house with a red candle ritual going on in the space, so you might choose short duration red candles for your first operations.

A gold or yellow candle may enhance intellect or even higher mind or thought process. It also activates the solar plexus, the center of the will. And it also helps with digestion.

An orange candle may help with concentration and creative stimulation in relation to a project or art form. It is directly related to the second chakra. Keep it in the higher realms.

Most people may want to stay away from blue candles, particularly dark blue ones as they are for deep emotional processing and could enhance depression if one has buried emotional issues that are not yet ready to be addressed and released. The lighter blue and turquoise can stimulate the throat chakra to enhance clear expression, so these can be helpful for public speakers and those learning to express themselves more fully and clearly.

Purple helps meditation.

Black is useful for releasing negative energies, for certain protection or grounding rituals or for a directional color.

You may have a favorite color. Please use what you like! Try beeswax candles if you can find them.  Don’t worry if you only have something basic.

Light is light; the candle flame is the catalyst for your prayers and intentions.

I hope this article assists you in getting a proper start in Candle Magick 101 and candle devotional offerings. Remember have fun, pay attention and keep it light! Always remember…

Everything you do comes back to you several times over.

Blessed Be!
Sherrie Locke, A∴A∴

On Being Mindful

Written by Sherrie Locke on 5 Akabal, March 2014

I was planning to post a different article today, but this one seems timely. Being mindful is part of being and staying “awake” as they say. Every action creates an equal and opposite reaction, or like attracts like, and so on…there are myriad metaphors from all sides of the equation. Today we’ll discuss being mindful of your surroundings and the impact you have on the surroundings around you.

In order to hold a 5D construct, we need to be mindful of the energy of the space we are holding, both your own and the space we inhabit on a daily basis. I have provided information in previous blogs regarding space clearing and will post one soon on holding space and also one on closing space, but for now let us focus on this particular subject, Being Mindful.

When you go to the time and trouble of setting and holding sacred space, it enhances the positive energy in the entire area. Same goes with the theory that if you have a sacred space, a vibratory wavelength set up you might want to be mindful of inviting or hosting contrary energies. I will explain:

If you are holding space for a certain intention, or projects or a business, or a home, don’t you want to invite only those energies that are compatible into that space?  Well, of course! And if you were protecting your space, would you want to go pick up anyone off the street and bring him or her home to partake of the family meal? Well, some of you will, of course, say yes.

However, at this time we are talking about bringing into a space what you wish to create. In this case, the way like attracts like. When you are anchoring energies for the positive evolution of something, anything, don’t you want to shield it from anything that might disrupt it’s positive and fruitful growth?

Case in point, I live near what is referred to as the Sedona of Central America, Lots of very specialized healers and therapists and the sort. Also scads of tourists in the high season, most here to do ceremony, a healing quest, or further their education in some modality, of which many are available. All that is great.

Across the lake and not a far boat ride is another town with a bit more of a reputation as a party town. So why is there still the mixing and lack of mindfulness not only from the tourist types but also with the locals, do tell.

Don’t get me wrong, a nice private party or a music venue on any given day is a wonderful outlet for everyone, but please, if you plan to start a rave, a drumming circle, or blast techno (which I have nothing against in reasonable hours) please be mindful of first, your neighbors, then the community (the indigenous first!) and even of how you are affecting the area. If you will be mindful of this, it will save you future challenges with people of your community, please work together!

The Human Assemblage Point

Written by Sherrie Locke, 3 Qanil, February 2014

There is a solution to re-center your heart and your life.

Even after years and years of fear and ego driving the vehicle, which is you, on a road you call your life, or the term we use, the “Parasite” driving the vehicle, one may awaken to the fact that something is amiss.

Each time you have an extreme trauma, accident, injury (physical or emotional), or are gripped by true fear, when chemicals are released from the brain and race through your body, take note: the Parasite is driving the vehicle.  Each and every time this happens, the Human Assemblage Point (which we will refer to as the Assemblage Point from this point forward) is knocked off center a bit more.  So eventually the person is in a “twist” of all his or her past traumas, running in either real time or in background programs.  The person is constantly fighting a rearranged version of the original cause or original trauma.

On to the Toltec
A large part of Toltec traditional shamanic practice is to be in a constant state of “holding a split,” which means knowing what the Parasite (your thoughts and brain dialogue) is doing at all times, 24/7/365, awake or asleep. Some other traditional shamanic groups may call this “walking in two worlds.”

After a bit (and a few assemblage point shifts), it becomes easier.  The discipline and level of mindfulness required is beyond most people’s ability to maintain, so it’s certainly not for everyone.

Simply stated, “he,” the Parasite (I refer to it as a male because it is a Yang force) is your brain, all your knowledge and information, how you tick and what you know.  But he is not what you are.  He is the ego, the Id.

You are the soul that lies in the primordial depths and the full expansion of the Universe.  You are an omnipresent, omnipotent being of light, limitless, boundless.  The soul does not need to speak, is not in a hurry, doesn’t worry.

You can assist by being mindful and conscious. Take the position of the observer. You can learn to overcome the effect of the parasite to some degree by being a conscious observer.

My “fuda” Cheyenne stated something so profound to me/us at a shift circle.  She asked…

“If that is you talking in your head, who is listening?”

Telling, huh?  Profound really.

There are traditional methods to adjust the assemblage point.  Traditional shamans use a couple of extremely large and specific crystals. Their training and consciousness is centered, well trained and extremely well grounded.  The presence of the shaman facilitator and, of course, the energy of the Universe we lovingly call the “shift boss” in combination with the crystals pack a very powerful punch.  A huge current of energy comes in and through the shaman, the crystals and the person having the adjustment, it is quite profound.

The Clinical Research Side
I have also been witness to those that have somehow been exposed to this shamanic practice, who have studied or learned somewhere and have therefore gathered a partial understanding of the assemblage point, the principle of how it works and what happens when it is “off,” and even how to make adjustments.

See This Site for More on the Human Assemblage Point

They have then taken this knowledge into a “clinical” environment, with great success and some super tech I might add, but never is it mentioned where the knowledge and tradition originated.  Instead they have chosen to be “pioneers” in clinical psychological research and varied medical research projects and are publishing books touting their groundbreaking discovery and research into the field they “discovered.” I will say it’s likely that their very own assemblage points are still a bit tweaked, or maybe they would have more love for humanity and a bit less interest in fame and fortune. Just sayin’.

Personally, I always go the traditional route.

For now, the sole purpose of this post is to give you an idea of the concept of the Parasite and the human assemblage point so you have an idea and can start to see what I am talking about.  I am not here to explain the mechanics of the procedure from either standpoint; I am simply explaining what it is and how it works.  I will expand more on this subject and myriad others in the near future.

In the meantime, be gentle with yourself, love yourself — your soul loves you!  It’s only the Parasite that makes you feel inferior, fearful or desperate.

Pull of the mask and let your shining light burst forth from the depths of your eternal soul!

Ho! Mitakuye Oyasin!