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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.

Harnessing the Power of Storytelling

Harnessing the Power of Storytelling
Many spiritual seekers aim to silence the mind and frown upon the stories it tells. “I am not my mind. I am not the story.” No, but you ARE the storyteller and there is great medicine in owning this. On Shameless Feminine Speaks “Sabotaging the Sabotage”, I shared a pivotal moment of confronting my doubt. Though instead of simply telling it to shush, I commanded it to tell a story with me. “Ok,...
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Summer Solstice Invitation

Summer Solstice Invitation
Happy Summer Solstice everyone! This image reminds me of a cherished painting of my abuelita, Madre Sarita. It depicted the Eye of Providence with the all-seeing eye radiating within a pyramid. (Do you see the eye here?!) I loved that painting and spent hours meditating upon it. For me, it represented the eye of the dreamer—mine and that of the divine infinite—and it opened my spiritual eyes to see beyond form and into...
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My Secret Church

My Secret Church
In light of Notre Dame, I thought I would share this piece I wrote a while back about my “secret church” and its ‘demise’. Perhaps it will offer some comfort to those feeling the loss of their sacred site. Perhaps they will feel the loss, like I did, as an expansion and return to the essence from which it came... and to which called us there in the first place. All things fade...
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Perfect Pain

Perfect Pain
I have been riding a wee bit of a death spiral (she says facetiously). Apparently, the Mother is asking me to give up much more than I anticipated. Beyond my home, my marriage and all the selves that resided within them, She is excavating parts of me that I thought had already returned to the light and others that I hadn’t realized needed to. She is reaching deep into my core—uncovering hidden trauma, releasing...
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I Ask & I Recieve

I Ask & I Recieve
I ask and I receive. Sometimes we don’t even bother to ask. Other times, we forget to wait for a response... or we simply don’t believe we deserve one (which kinda means we never REALLY asked, right?). I have a new student who wanted to join our upcoming Healer’s retreat, Shamanic Healing Practicum, but wasn’t sure how to afford it. She was about to close the door on it. I told her what...
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Building an Altar

Building an Altar
I like to tell a story with my altars and let the building of it become a healing in itself… INTEND: Like a good story, I start with an intent or theme. Mine was to connect, heal and balance the feminine within me and in humanity. GATHER: With my intent at the lead, I wander my home in search of objects, elements, medicine. Some are clear right away—the how and where they fit in—whereas others...
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Imagination is the Doorway

Imagination is the Doorway
Imagination is the doorway... to everything! Really? Really. Gosh, there is so much that I could say here— how we imagine ourselves into being from our physical health to our financial—but for now, I will discuss the healing magic of our imagination… Beyond great stories and revolutionizing innovations, imagination is a means of manifesting the anything we desire, including healing. Of course, we must put action behind our dreams in order for them...
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Retreat Journal ~ Teotihuacan 2017

Retreat Journal ~ Teotihuacan 2017
Day 1: So good to be 'home' with my Papi! We had such a beautiful first day with the group, dreaming Teo through the eyes of the Healer. We started our day with Madre Sarita's practice of communing with the elements, praying with them and using the energy of the Sun to bless and purify water as a 'balsam of healing for humanity'. Then into Teo to commune with the elements within...Atetelco -...
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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, 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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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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