Welcoming Wind

When I was young I was afraid of the wind.  I heard it swirling through our mailbox on the front door, whistling through the letter slot, whispering secrets about change I did not yet understand.  Today that sound would put me under an enchanting spell, but at 5-years-old it scared me.  I didn’t realize how synchronistically important this element is.
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“Spirit, like breath, like wind is an invisible force witnessed only in the elements it moves.  Spirit, like breath, like wind is a messenger of circulation ~ allowing fresh currents to move through our channels, invigorating and re-orienting us.”

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When I experienced my first Vision Quest, I was met by Wind.  It was a significant time when I had fallen into a moment of surrender under a warm Autumn sun.  I was out there to find my true Self, to release and let go of the collection of grief and pain which I had tucked tight into my heart-space.  I initiated a well-known shamanistic process of burning past memories in the firepit which was placed in the middle of my campsite.  With a naked ego in pure daylight ~ breath moving through me freely ~ I danced around the flames in a freestyle ecstatic wave of sensual energy.  It was important to me to feeeeeel different so I invited clarity, insight and enhanced intimacy with my Self.  I poured my soul out into the blaze as its rage met my anger, sadness, and then guilt.  I spoke my truth aloud and tossed all my ‘not-good-enough’ karmic debris in with an intentional start to…begin again.   My eyes well up with water as I write those words today:  begin again.  I’ve started over so many times in my life I wasn’t sure if I could muster up the energy to convince my inner-super-hero to ‘fight on’ yet one more round.  But like it always does, my Spirit made a keynote showing in the center of my heart-healing.  Thank you God.  If nothing else happened during the quest, I had that, and it was enough.
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After the heat cooled down I laid on my back, eyes up to the sky, on the outer circle of the ring of fire.  I felt a stern breeze come up out of the East, a turning of energy was adamant and initiation had begun.  It was a recognizable force to reckon with…a tall wall of wind that blew through my campsite for about 15 minutes straight!  I took a deep breath knowing in that present moment what was happening.  I stood up and let the gusts of the gale push and pull me.  I puffed up my chest assembling and releasing a full-body whole-soul growling howl to the universe. There I stood, eyes shut fast, heart pounding, hands shaking, legs wobbling, feet unbalanced, all the while breathing intentionally ~ in…and…out ~ waiting with slight trepidation for Wind to have its way with me.  Shift was definitely happening, change was being created, I was locked-in for the ride, focused on surviving the storm and reveling in the wake of an eventual re-calibration.  Whatever the outcome, I was onboard.  Within the cyclone’s center, I heard it so clear:  “Let the past blow away into the past.”  I let Wind blow all the way through me.  I pictured the things that held me down the most, seeing them swiftly moving out of me.  I wept as the powerful ally helped to reveal and heal the deepest sacred stories of my life.
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When the weather cleared, I felt cleansed…exhausted but clear in the message received:  Let the past be the past, it doesn’t belong in my future.  It’s a new day, and it’s okay to let it go.  I crawled into my tent, with the windows wide open and felt Wind dissipate slowly…returning to its mystical realm of wonder.  I wondered what the future held; I wondered about infinite possibilities; I wondered how to love my Self and my brothers and sisters of this world.  I wondered how Wind had lifted me out from the pain of the past and delivered me to a future of freedom within just 15 meaningful minutes.
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Wind prompts us to breathe.  Each breath becoming the fuel of life.  What I wanted that quest to create was a communion with my personal spiritual realm.  When I allow my Self to Breathe and Be I discover how I can transmit inspiration from the unseen parts of me into the physical dimension.  And as I’ve shared before, writing is my chosen vehicle for sharing these experiences, dreams, inspirations, revelations and enthusiasm of how to heal ourselves…even the stuff so deep it conjures a storm of welcoming the wound so we can embrace it then release it to the awareness of what was without it becoming what we are.
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Native American Teachings share, “through our breath we are in relation with all Life, never separate from the Great Mystery.”  Not only does breath carry oxygen throughout our bodies and brains, it integrates our mind-body-spirit connection ~ enlivening their inherent sacred alliance.  Breath helps us to commune; to calm, center, and refine our responses.  Breath is a powerful tool in eliminating stresses and toxins, and overall has a profound effect on how we feel emotionally and physically and on the state of our mind.
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Breathe consciously, breathe deep brothers and sisters.  Follow your Spirit without hesitation.
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I’ll breathe with you:  inhale to a count of five, lift it up through each chakra; pause for five at the top of that inhale; now exhale to the count of five, allow it to drop down deep into your root chakra.
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In numerology, five indicates “Change” … when we consciously engage in breathwork we can create change in a moment of stress, anxiety, fear, or separation thereby shifting our connection to feeling relaxed, centered, loving, and connected.  Do this a minimum of three repetitions and more if needed.  When you feel a relaxed feeling inside, you will know you’ve become centered.  Repeat throughout the day as many times as you wish.
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I’m no longer afraid of wind.  And as I sit and write this, the wild wind is whipping around outside just like that day of reckoning during my vision quest.  So I’m settling in with a cup of seasonally harvested Darjeeling Green Tea with a sprig of rosemary and a tad too much honey *-) while a fresh pot of “Welcome Soup” is brewing on the stove.
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Ohhh beloved Wind you are indeed shaking things up today, I intend for all good things to come our way.
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Blessed be,
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Shannon Paige
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This blog story was inspired by the Galactic Calendars’ Solar Tribe, White Wind.
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#spirit, #rumi, #communication, #breath, #connect, #center, #conscious, #shift, #love,

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