Becoming your own Shaman–checking in with the Spirit Guide


For over three thousand of you who have written me with your dreams you have probably noticed my caveat at the end of each interpretation.

“Please note that the interpretation(s) that I provide are not the ultimate meaning of the dream. Every interpretation is but a hypothesis and an attempt to read what is often an enigmatic narrative. You the dreamer will know what meaning(s) would be your own truth by what you feel in your heart. If it resonates as true, then go with it; otherwise discard it in part, or in its entirety. I can only offer what the dream would mean for me if it were mine.”

My point is that each of us has our own inner wisdom, our own Spirit Guide that has informed our creative energies and guided us through our life regardless of whether we’ve listened or not. No Guru, or Priest, Rdreamtime.jpgabbi, Imam, shaman, psychologist, therapist, or dream analyst can tell you who you are, or guide you on the path that is uniquely yours.

And that is my purpose for this Blog, the website and the books–to help manifest your, and my, becoming our own sham
an, our own intercessions with God.

When I say, “You the dreamer will know what meaning(s) would be your own truth by what you feel in your heart.” I’m suggesting that this resonance is a product of your inner Spirit, Self, and Soul. This is not to say that the interaction between other Spirits or Self’s isn’t useful, or deepening. Experts have “other” points-of-view, but not “the” point-of-view, so the dreamer must actively include their own wisdom and not just be the passive recipient of someone else’s hypotheses.

It is said that the Shaman, or Priest for that matter, believes in the reality of their Spirit Guides whether they be Wolf-Goddess, Rainbow Snake, Jesus, Mohammad, Shiva, Buddha, or Abraham. They all reside in the reality of the imagining of humankind. At a profound level they are not just figures outside ourselves, they are all representatives of our true essence–they are our core wisdom shining before us as we look into the mirrors of their eyes. In short, they are us!

Through dream, trance, or meditation they come to us with ancient wisdom if we only had ears to hear. We are all born with the talent for this hearing, but as with any gift, or talent it needs to be studied, developed, and practiced in order for the song to be heard as it is sung in its purest form. And not just practiced through the mind, but also through the body, heart, and the soul.

Okay, it’s time to consult your Shaman.

Stand quietly for a moment before your mirror, empty your mind, and look deeply, lovingly, compassionately into the eyes of the person reflected. Try to forgive him, or her, all their judgments and criticisms of you.

“Put your thoughts to sleep, do not let them cast a shadow over the moon of your heart. Let go of thinking.” ~Rumi

Take a few moments to do this….


There is an amazing spirit watching through those eyes, smiling, and knowing. Knowing you as nothing else knows you. Knowing that you came into the world complete, whole, with nothing left out, and perfect. For a few moments just imagine the truth in that….

Now try to remember why you’re here–not just standing before the mirror, but why you’re in this world at all. Chant softly “Why am I here?” “Why am I here?, “Why am I here?”, “Why am I here?” deepening with each repetition and listen with no editing.

It’s that first thought that floats to the surface, no matter how trivial, small, or hugely big that is often the answer to the inner query. It’s only the ego-self that is judging the thought; the Self has no such judgments. For it, everything makes a difference, everything is important and it’s why you’re here. You might write it down quickly because the ego-self likes to fade to unconsciousness right about here.

Be aware that you’ll probably have to do this several times in your life because the ego-self is easily distracted and is constantly chasing squirrels and its own tail in the belief that the catching will bring true happiness, unless of course chasing squirrels and tails is your true purpose, then chase with intention and abandon–never do anything passively i.e. participate in your life, don’t just be the audience.

“If you knew yourself for even one moment, if you could just glimpse your most beautiful face, maybe you wouldn’t slumber so deeply in that house of clay. Why not move into your house of joy and shine into every crevice! For you are the secret Treasure-bearer, and always have been. Didn’t you know?” ~Rumi

(I’ve seen a number of translations of this quote and used a different one than the one here at the end of the last chapter in The Dragon’s Treasure.)



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