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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.

Womb Autonomy: Teotihuacán, 2023


Standing in the Plaza of Water, we prepared ourselves for the deep womb work that comes at the Healing Well in the Temple of Women. This was unprecedented— to visit the Temple of Women on the first day of a journey. But it was what the ancestors of Teotihuacán asked of us.   We began at the Pyramid of the Moon and the home of Chalchiuhtlicue, the goddess of earth water—lakes, rivers,...
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Teotihuacán: A testimonial to the power of this journey


I love witnessing the bloom of one’s heart unfold—the plume of their petals reveal, the stretch of their delight, and the hush of awe as they return to themselves in mid-flight. It’s not too late for you to take flight with us in October! “Sacred Space” is going to be full of healing opportunities… Egg Cleansing, Fire Cleansing, and Soul Retrieval… all in the powerful container of Teotihuacán’s sacred sites AND during...
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The Human Heart of the Shaman: Part 4

The Human Heart of the Shaman: Part 4
A shaman’s power is called to action by the compassion born in their suffering. Learning of Sarita’s personal calling created a necessary shift in me. It showed me her human side which gave me hope that, despite my boring suburban roots, I too could become as powerful as she. It also opened my eyes to how deeply one’s personal calling influences their eventual practice and the gifts they bring to it. Sarita’s specialty...
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The Human Heart of the Shaman: Part 2

The Human Heart of the Shaman: Part 2
A shaman is a bridge to the divine mystery within all things. Living with Madre Sarita revealed the human, the woman, the mother, and even the little girl. We would fall asleep to her favorite novella and wake at 3am to pray; tend to a morning of clients and sneak off to the casino to play. She embraced her humanity and her divinity as one, and that’s what she instilled in me. Though...
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