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Musings of an Awakening Spirit

Stories, poetry & general musings of Rebecca Haywood, a modern-day Shaman with a penchant for bringing the divine into the human experience.

Crying Prayers

Crying Prayers
I used to think that in order for my prayers to be effective, they required absolute faith.  I had spent years overcoming the voices of doubt and mastering the embodiment of faith that I witnessed flowing so effortlessly from my teacher, Mother Sarita.  When she prayed, her words were like a pointed arrow, piercing its target without even a hesitation of doubt.  I mimicked her energy until I too found its force moving...
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The Day the Sun Stood Still

The Day the Sun Stood Still
Tomorrow the December Solstice begins.  Those in the southern hemisphere celebrate a summer sun at its peak while us northerners greet the shortest and darkest day of winter.  Wherever you stand on this day and whichever season you savor, it is a time for stillness and redirection - a perfect preparation for the New Year. A Solstice occurs twice a year and marks an apex of proximity and a shift in the sun’s...
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The Death of Prince Charming

The Death of Prince Charming
In today's society, the search for true love often trumps the search for God but each is a worthy quest that, with the right map, will bring you to the same place— you.  I struggled for years in my relationships with men and with God. Though I was raised to be an independent and self-sufficient woman, I secretly sought completion. I pushed and I pulled on their love. The part of me that felt broken...
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What is True Now?

What is True Now?
What is all this talk of ‘living in the now' and why is it a key to an authentic and joyful life? Well, it goes beyond a simple spiritual slogan.  The fact is, the only place from which we can affect change is in the present moment — not the past and not the future, for they don’t exist.  Sure we project ourselves there constantly, replaying regrets and hoping for a better future,...
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The Keys to Happiness

The Keys to Happiness
Like crickets in the night, Spirit is all around us and is in constant communication with us.  Its song guides us through the darkness and into our ‘field of dreams’, orchestrating its aria in response to our deepest desires; and when we follow its call, we live in grace with the movement of the moment and in alignment with our life’s purpose.  The how of it rests within our heart.  Mother Sarita taught...
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Communion-ication ~ Part II

Communion-ication ~ Part II
In part, direct communication relies on the messenger’s communion with themselves and with the intent of their own words. In learning the art of ‘channeling’ with Mother Sarita, I experienced my own words in a way I never thought possible. After raising our vibration through meditation and prayer, we would sit in silence together until she felt the presence of what she called my ‘Spirit Guide’.  At this point, whether I was ready...
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Communion-ication

Communion-ication
Let’s put the communion back into communication. I began translating for Mother Sarita and her clients after a mere two weeks of working with her and with only a handful of Spanish vocabulary. She told me I could and so I did. I put all of my attention into her, our eyes locked in a steady gaze, and the words began to flow out of my mouth.  Though I could hear her, I...
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Fire Cleansing: Faith in Action

Fire Cleansing: Faith in Action
The heart of this ancient ritual comes to life when we bestow our faith and awareness upon its inherent healing power. Like a magnifying glass, faith and awareness intensify and focus the energy, producing profound and sustained healing... but how do we wield such a tool as healers and as heal-ees? It is difficult to describe faith or how it is conjured. For it is like breathing- it just is. Often misconstrued as...
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Can I Get a Witness?

Can I Get a Witness?
The spiritual path teaches us to love unconditionally, but what about BEING loved unconditionally?  Though we inherently receive the love we give, there is a distinct power in being witnessed by the eyes of love.  In the loving reflection of another, we have an opportunity to dissolve self-judgement and thus to love ourselves more deeply.   We may practice self-love and even experience genuine happiness, but often there is at least a piece...
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Healing Our Wounded Inheritance

Healing Our Wounded Inheritance
The blankets of the sweat lodge had begun to move with the cool breeze of the desert night, bringing my awareness back to my body.  I lay there in the darkness alone; the ground wet with the steam of sage and copal.  I was in the primordial mud; in the stillness of the beginning of it all.   The Temazcal, once filled with song and prayer, had carried me to a deep place...
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Fire Cleansing: The Simple Science of an Ancient Art

Fire Cleansing: The Simple Science of an Ancient Art
Of all the tools Madre Sarita endowed to me, Fire Cleansings are my absolute favorite. They reach into the deepest layers of self, from the physical to the spiritual, and draw out lifetimes of negativity. In Sarita's mythology, a Limpia de Lumbre was her medicine of choice to address what she called 'magico negro', or 'black magic'. When she saw that one's illness was 'unnatural', meaning that there had been a 'dano' or...
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Almost Free

Almost Free
If you have ever been to Teotihuacan, Mexico, you are well acquainted with the many vendors that call the ancient city of pyramids their office. Some more dedicated than others, brave the hot sun as they circle the dusty plazas in a peacock-like display of their goods. Others linger like sleepy dogs in the shade, springing to life at the approach of an unsuspecting tourist. Whatever the species of vendor, they all share...
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The State of Union

The State of Union
Each year, the President delivers his State of the Union address— a report on the condition of the nation and a synopsis of his agenda. As I watched this year, I began to ponder our own inner state of union. Though the talk of body, mind and spirit saturates spiritual dialogue, we often overlook this union and hold aspects of ourselves as separate. We leave them to attempt communion with the intermediary of...
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How Big Are You?

How Big Are You?
In an age where many strive to starve themselves into a smaller jean size, we often underestimate the benefit of our grandness.  The grandness I speak of is not one of physicality, but rather the span of our reach.  Like a stone being tossed into a glassy lake, we each have a radius of impact upon the world and that impact continues beyond the visible ripples at the water’s edge. I recently learned...
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Politics of the Mind - Part I

Politics of the Mind - Part I
Though I once felt that politics and spirituality went together like oil and water, I now see that the political arena offers the spiritual seekers among us a great mirror for the way in which we use our mind against the truth of our free nature.   The mere structure of our ‘democratic’ process, organized into executive, legislative, and judicial branches, reflects the references in our minds through which we process any decision,...
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Politics of the Mind - Part 2

Politics of the Mind - Part 2
The Executive Branch of our mind, which we could call the ego or the identity of self, is wounded by a sense of separation from love.  Though our American government clearly needed to enact a separation of church and state, we as individuals thrive when we align our wills with the will of Love, or Spirit, or God, as you may call it.  No matter what one believes about the existence of God,...
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Politics of the Mind - Part 3

Politics of the Mind - Part 3
The Judicial Branch springs forth in our mind, but with a very different version of our Lady of Justice prevailing.  Her sword of reason is dulled by duality, her scale is skewed toward injustice, and her blindfold is woven by the frayed heartstrings of a victim.  For she, though beautiful as ever, is born in our heartbreak.  Before our heartbreak, we had no concept of injustice.  Life was simply cause and effect with...
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Politics of the Mind - Part 4

Politics of the Mind - Part 4
Regardless of how your personal scales of justice tilt, we all have dangled at least a toe in the waters of victim-stance and it is from this viewpoint of defense that we create our set of laws through our internal Legislative Branch.  These ‘laws’ represent the beliefs in our minds with which we navigate our lives.   In a domesticated mind, the beliefs are innocently formed in accordance to the common beliefs set...
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Rebecca's Memoir - Chapter 1

A new chapter emerges from an old story in which now I feel as a ghost, returning to a life that is no longer mine.  Was it ever mine to claim or was it a gift lent to a young girl in search of her truth?  In all certainty it was a gift; a gift of many gifts.  Like a Chinese puzzle box, each compartment was a treasure which revealed the key to...
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Rebecca's Memoir - Chapter 2

I remember the first time I sat and gazed into her eyes in that tiny healing room in San Diego, California.  Like the room, her little body didn’t seem big enough to produce the amount of light radiating from her presence.  I recognized her eyes instantly.  They accompanied my dreams on many a cold night in the previous Vermont Winter:  A mirror reflecting not the young face of my youth, but the sun-worn...
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