Current shifts in geopolitical, economic and global climates, and wildly varying interpretations of the Mayan calendar have created a lot of speculation and concern over what will happen in 2012.
On New Year’s I conducted a public Peruvian despacho ceremony, and as is usual I received guidance beforehand on the types of items that were to be included. Most notable was an insistence on a particular bunch of roses. They were a lovely creamy yellow-orange color, however they were not looking well – they were dying. Spirit insisted, so I brought them and three beautiful yellow Fiji mums (also requested) to the register. The roses looked so bedraggled the florist did not want to sell them to me. Fortunately she knows what I do, so when I explained that they were required for ceremony she gave me a steep discount and thanked me for the work that I did.
On the way home I was told why Spirit wanted those particular roses, “That which has become faded can be transformed and bloom again.” So, I trimmed the stems, fed them love and Reiki and trusted that they were exactly right for the ceremony whatever their appearance might be. And lo, and behold, by the time of ceremony some of the faded and dying roses had perked up and begun to open, others were drying out, but all radiated energy.
And I was also given a message to share with the participants: There was too much fear around the coming year. We needed to let go of fear, embrace transformation with joy, and have fun during ceremony.
During the ceremony senior cat Kiya helped a great deal, inspiring us to laughter. Like Goldilocks and the Three Bears she went round the circle, trying out one lap after another to find just the right one until she decided that the best vantage point with the most opportunity was mine. And she settled in just as I was getting ready to add the animal crackers that represent All Our Relations. As I would speak the message of that particular animal Kiya’s paw would shoot out and try to snatch the cracker from my hand and into her open mouth en route to its placement in the despacho. She wanted to eat them, not only because they are tasty, but also because they were highly energized. She was particularly interested in the cougar, naturally!
When the despacho was almost complete some of the roses that had revived were placed in it. With the addition of candy confetti and shiny purple “Happy New Year” paper cutouts the despacho looked very festive, and the two beautiful and large yellow Fiji mums looked like fireworks of light pouring out of it. Energetically it felt much the same, and my semi-feral cat Sand agreed. She walked through the group of people, and jumped up on a chair in order to be cleared with the despacho, something she had never done before!
And then yesterday I was guided to the discovery of an article written by Mayan Elder Carlos Barrios which affirmed in greater detail the message I had received. Here is an excerpt from What the Mayan Elders are Saying About 2012:
“The world will not end. It will be transformed.”
“We are no longer in the World of the Fourth Sun, but we are not yet in the World of the Fifth Sun. This is the time in-between, the time of transition. As we pass through transition there is a colossal, global convergence of environmental destruction, social chaos, war, and ongoing Earth Changes.”
He continues: “Humanity will continue, but in a different way. Material structures will change. From this we will have the opportunity to be more human. We are living in the most important era of the Mayan calendars and prophecies. All the prophecies of the world, all the traditions are converging now. There is no time for games. The spiritual ideal of this era is action.”
And in the article Elder Barrios goes on to speak of the need for unity, which reminded me of the shamanic journey that Windwalker took me on in Windwalker’s Message for the World.
During the journey I was told, “What has been sundered must be made whole again or all will die.” And I realized that a similar message had been offered in the symbolism of the roses, that which has become faded — nay, may even seem to be dying — can bloom again through joy, love and ceremony.
Happy New Year!
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Rose De Dan, Wild Reiki and Shamanic Healing LLC, is a mesa carrier in the Peruvian shamanic tradition. In addition she is also a Reiki Master Teacher, animal communicator, author of the acclaimed book Tails of a Healer: Animals, Reiki and Shamanism, and creator of Animal and Reiki Art. As an animal shaman, she views her role as a healer as one of building bridges between people and animals, and of empowering them to reconnect with Pachamama, Mother Earth.
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