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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.
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My First Egg Cleansing

My First Egg Cleansing
As promised, I am offering a new round of stories to honor my Shaman grandmother, Madre Sarita. We will step away from the early years of my memoir which were featured last week, and into my training with her— receiving her healings and learning the skills to deliver them. This week's honoring began by featuring an old blog which translates the practice of channeling into our everyday communication ,"Communion-ication". Today, I want to...
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A Phenomenal Woman

A Phenomenal Woman
Today would have been the 111th Birthday of my beloved teacher and abuelita, Madre Sarita. So I want to honor her by sharing with you her phenomenal story:rebeccahaywood.com/about/mother-sarita Starting today, I will also be featuring various old blogs that display the touch of her medicine and how it has blossomed within me over the years— from the memoirs of my preparation and training, to my teaching journals and all the personal evolution throughout. This week's listing features a...
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Into Love’s Deep

Into Love’s Deep
RememberingLove’s communionThe breath unseenOf ancestors mournedNew lineages adornedA father at peaceA son rebornMothers’ medicine wovenInto dreams to be wornAnd raised on the trillOf a little girl’s delight“Happy Birthday!”The blessing took flightAnd from eyes in witnessOf two into oneSealed with a kissTheir walk long begunFar from the shallowNow So much love on this wedding day of my dear sister, Melissa, and newfound brother, Chris. This was the fourth wedding I have had the honor of...
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The Human Heart of the Shaman

The Human Heart of the Shaman
This weekend, as I was honoring my grandmother and teacher, Madre Sarita, for Dia de los Muertos, she came through me with such force. It is still working on me and thus I don't yet have the words. But I wanted to at least share this with you. It is the original opening to my chapter for "Shamanism in the New Millennium". I was planning on sharing it last month for the book's one-year...
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Fire Cleansing III: Discovering Immunity

Fire Cleansing III: Discovering Immunity
This is the story of how I found true immunity, as a human and as a shaman, and set myself free from the ‘Black Magic’ of emotional poison and vexed stories that can contaminate our internal world…  EYES TO THE UNSEEN:It was a beautiful Saturday in Descanso, California. Madre Sarita had a full class of healing students and this weekend was all about Fire Cleansing. I was excited to receive her teaching again....
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A Tale of Two Minds

A Tale of Two Minds
This is the tale of two minds, The Domesticated Mind and The Soul Mind, and how, through the Toltec practice of Dreaming, they came into one. So what the heck is the Domesticated Mind, the Soul Mind or this thing called Dreaming? Well, as you may know, I had the privilege of a direct apprenticeship with don Miguel Ruiz, author of the Four Agreements, and his mother, Madre Sarita, renowned Toltec Curandera. So...
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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, Madre Sarita. When she prayed, her words were like a pointed arrow, piercing its target with no drag of doubt upon its flight. I mimicked her energy until I too found faith's force moving...
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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 Madre Sarita, I began to experience my 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 Madre 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 was...
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Fire Cleansing II: Faith in Action

Fire Cleansing II: 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 intensifies and focuses 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 belief, faith...
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Fire Cleansing I: The Simple Science of an Ancient Art

Fire Cleansing I: 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 'magia negra', or 'black magic'. When she saw that one's illness was 'unnatural', meaning that there had been a 'dano' or...
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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 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 skin of...
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Rebecca's Memoir - Chapter 4

That North Star led me back to my dear friends in Vermont where I took a farming job up the road from our house. It was here that I met my first teacher... which came not as one person, but as a group of people who welcomed me into their meditation circle. I joined them for a brief time, learning their chosen technique of meditation. And it certainly was a technique! It was...
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Rebecca's Memoir ~ Chapter 5

Though I didn’t know it, agreeing to travel with my Aunt Maria would put me on a direct path to my teacher, Sarita. At first, all I knew was that the purpose of Maria’s trip was to intensify her apprenticeship with a man named don Miguel Ruiz. Since she was a dancer, I made the assumption that Miguel was a dancer as well. I even went so far as to daydream of somehow...
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