EMBRACING THE VASTNESS OF YOUR SPIRIT

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I grew up in these tall soviet style apartment blocks that each resembled one another. My building was in the shadow of another building directly across it that had a playground, and the sun would shine there in the afternoons. My building had no playground and it got no sun.

On one sunny afternoon I was feeling particularly courageous and decided to cross over to the neighbors playground that was basking empty in the sun. I knew I was not supposed to be there. I was a painfully shy 5-year old, and afraid to look up all my young life. So I would walk looking down at my shoes, to make sure nobody would notice me, or make eye contact.

As I got to the playground I settled myself inside a nice sandbox and started building castles. Amidst the castle building, it suddenly occurred to me to look up to the sky, since there was nobody around. This was the first time I had ever truly seen THE SKY!

Suddenly, I experienced the vast and boundless nature of the sky and felt myself dissolving into it. This wave of euphoria of having become one with the sky immersed me in a total sense of peace and ecstasy, and what I can only describe as ‘God Consciousness’ took over me.

I sat there for probably over an hour, my head turned high up towards the sky, and my heart expanding into the billion-fold universe. Sand castles were left unfinished, and the playground disappeared entirely. I was in some type of early childhood samadhi, for I lost all sense of the self, time and place, and my fear of looking up beyond my red rubber boots dissolved in an instant.

Somehow I was inside the sky and the sky was inside me.

I remember what brought me back was my neck starting to hurt, as I could no longer keep my head up. If it wasn’t for that, I doubt I would have ever returned.

To this day, I reach back to this childhood memory when I am afraid to share myself with the world; to expand my playground, and when I am afraid to look up.

The nature of the spirit is boundless like the sky, and so often we forget this when trying to fit it into this small human life. It’s impossible for the spirit to be contained in one place or time, in one single way of being, in one body. Spirit by its nature is free, and mind tries to put on shackles for it.

The message in this little story? Don’t make yourself so small. Share your gifts with the world. Don’t be afraid to look up. Remember the vastness of your true nature.

With Love, Aleeiah

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The Master Number 33

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33 is the number of ‘teacher of teachers’. It is a number that calls for service to humanity. It is a highly dedicated vibration, and people who carry this master number in their charts, have chosen a life of service to others. This means some sacrificing of personal goals and ideals for the greater good of man is required. When the number 33 individuals fully accept and step into their mission, they can overwrite other challenging aspects of their birth chart. That is the power of this number.

Expansion of consciousness is the true underlying mission for 33.

I don’t often see this number in my numerology readings. People who have 33 as their lifepath or destiny number are advanced souls. These are individuals who carry lifetimes of higher lessons from the school of spirit, and have already been teaching others in the past. Their life’s work now relates to broader service to humanity, a higher expression of love, wisdom, and compassion. They are missionaries for spiritual truth. The number also 33 brings with it responsibility, for it requires a selfless dedication to the greater good.

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33 is governed by the planet Neptune, considered to be the upper octave of Venus. This planet deals with dreams, psychic vision, and the spiritual quest for truth. Venus is the ruler of romantic love, while Neptune rules divine love.

Neptune was the name given to the Roman God of sea.

Neptune governs the sea – a symbol often used for spiritual surrender. When someone is going through what is called a “Neptune Cycle” in astrology, they are often feeling as if they are lost at sea. Neptune empties the cup for you, so to speak, so you can get to the bottom of who you truly are.

The master number 33 number spreads light, truth, and the desire for spiritual evolution. The journey with this number may not be easy, but the rewards are high.

To find out if 33 is present in your numbers, and what this means for you, I offer Life Purpose Readings for greater clarity and guidance along your way.

(This article is part 1 of my “introduction to master number series”.)

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You Have Traveled too Fast..

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“You have traveled too fast over false ground;
Now your soul has come to take you back.

Take refuge in your senses, open up
To all the small miracles you rushed through.

Become inclined to watch the way of rain
When it falls slow and free.

Imitate the habit of twilight,
Taking time to open the well of color
That fostered the brightness of day.

Draw alongside the silence of stone
Until its calmness can claim you.”

― John O’Donohue

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The Relationship Code

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Numbers are endlessly fascinating. They reveal lessons we are here to learn, and wounds we are healing. When two people combine their journeys, they become shareholders of each other’s life purpose, and frequently share lessons.

It’s helpful to evaluate what those lessons are, and check in with each other to make sure your ship is sailing in the same general direction.

Numerology offers a guiding post for navigating a relationship.

To give a brief example from my own life, one of my karmic lesson numbers is 4. It’s a number that is missing in my chart, and represents a vibrational quality, and issue I am to work on in this lifetime. Number 4 is about grounding, stability, and building a foundation, among other things. Guess what Lifepath number partners I most frequently choose? Bingo. I see this kind of pattern often in couples charts. It’s not so much that opposites attract, but lessons attract. What you’ve already mastered, most likely is what your partner is here to learn.

(Lifepath number is the most important number in your chart and reveals your current life mission and intent.)

I do individual Life Purpose Readings, as well as Relationship Readings. Looking at your numbers side by side with your partners, reveals your shared lessons, karma, as well as compatibility and overall relationship potential.

My readings are not sugar coated, and I won’t be able to tell you if he is ‘the one’, or if you will marry next year. The reading will give guidance on your mutual work, and may help you understand the mental-emotional background you are each coming from, in a more in-depth way.

Relationship Readings are more involved than a Life Purpose Reading, and each reading takes me about a day to complete. I am offering an introductory rate of $129 for December-January only.

To order a  relationship reading please have your and your partner’s full birth (given) name, as well as birth dates ready. Additionally, I can do a more complete reading if you have your birth time and place info as well.

With Winter Blessings,

Aleeiah

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Dreaming Owl

Art by Susan Seddon Boulet (Shaman Dream).

Dreams are one of the most powerful tools we have as humans to further our evolution. Too often we dismiss the clouds of a dream upon rising. I have been working with my own dream practice for many years, writing down significant dreams, and re-visiting them in my journeys.

A shaman once asked me: “How would you see this differently if it was a dream?” This really struck a cord. Since childhood, I had a lingering feeling that my dreams were somehow more real than waking life. The practice of lucid dreaming teaches us to become more conscious dreamers and creators. What if this was a dream?

Tibetan dream yoga is a method of ‘awakening from the dream’. The practice is to become completely lucid in your dreams. This is done by persistent training – recalling your dreams, writing them down, and utilizing the power of the mind to enter a dream in a lucid state. The reasoning behind dream yoga is that if you are asleep, how can you awaken? When you are awake in your dreams, the potential for greater awareness, and healing, becomes available to you.

The Medicine Owl is starting a new feature called ‘Dreaming Owl’.

This is a FREE, weekly dream interpretation corner done via Facebook. I will choose one dream per week to analyze. You can submit a dream via this form or message me in Facebook. Using a nickname is encouraged, and no email address will be published.

Dreams are often symbolic and metaphorical. The Jungian dream analysis looks at collective archetypes, and this can be useful when seeing the bigger picture is called for. My initial way of interpreting a dream is more intuition based. If something doesn’t feel right, then I will look at archetypes. I believe that getting too brainy and theoretical can be a hindrance along the spiritual path. Thus my approach to dream interpretation is to keep it light and personal, as much as possible.

Ultimately, the only person who can really know what your dream is about is you. I will offer a brief interpretation, that may provide some helpful insight into your dream.

The purpose behind The Dreaming Owl Project is to bring greater awareness to your dreaming, and encourage you to spend more time recalling your dreams, which is the best way to become a lucid dreamer.

Wishing you profound dreams!

p.s I woke up this morning from a dream that told me to start working more consciously with dreams. Analyze that!

Painting by: Susan Seddon Boulet, “Shaman Dreams”.

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Sufi Love Song to The Great Mystery

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When everyone else is long gone, you come to meet me in a secret place.

When I’ve transcended all hope, and forgotten my name, you appear.

You teach me how to sing these love songs, beyond fear and longing.

Without you, my heart circles galaxies in a futile search of the One Being.

Somehow, at the end of this Great Mystery, you remain as me, I as you.

– Aleeiah

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The Medicine and Mythology of Owls

Image by: Christopher Allen

Owls have been around in my life, and beyond, for a very long time. The title “Owl Woman” follows me around. Sometimes I get emails from people asking me about the meaning of seeing an owl or dreaming of one.

Every now and then, I come across people who fear The Owl, and some go to great lengths to avoid being around one.

Maybe The Owl has appeared for you when you’ve been through dark times? Know the old saying: “Don’t shoot the messenger?” i.e., be nice to owls.

What this translates to, is that it’s time for you to truly look at your shadow stuff. Maybe you’ve avoided facing certain truths about your life? If you heard the owl call, rest assured, it can no longer be postponed. It’s time to do the work now.

An aspect of your psyche has been in the shadow for too long, and is now being called to the light. The Owl brings you the gift of uncovering this truth. Having an owl appear in your life points to spiritual work. What is your spirit call? The real work you are here to do?

Out of all totem animals, it is The Owl that leads you fastest along the path of truth. And the path of truth is the highway to enlightenment.

Cultural Owl Mythology

In the American Indian culture, owls have many associations, varying greatly from one tribe to the next. In most native American owl legends, some kind of death and rebirth is called for.

The Dakota Hidatsa Indians saw The Owl as a protective spirit for brave warriors.

Cherokee shamans valued owls as consultants, and honored the bird as sacred because of its night-time vision, and wished to draw that power to themselves, to see in the dark.

The Lenape Indians believed that if they dreamt of an owl it would become their guardian.

The Mojave Indians of Arizona believed one would become an owl after death, this being and interim stage before becoming a water beetle, and ultimately pure air.

According to a Navajo legend, the creator, Nayenezgani, told the owl after creating it “…in days to come, men will listen to your voice to know what will be their future”. In the Navajo belief system, The Owl is the envoy of the supernatural world and earth-bound spirits.

Native Northwest coast Kwagulth people believed that owls represented both a deceased person and their newly-released soul.

In ancient Greece, Athena, The Goddess of Wisdom, honored The Owl as her favorite among all creatures, and adopted it as a sacred and revered adviser. It was believed that a magical inner light gave owls their night vision. Athena, had a companion owl on her shoulder, which revealed unseen truths to her. The Owl had the ability to light up Athena’s blind side, enabling her to speak the whole truth, as opposed to only a half truth.

Ancient Greeks revered The Owl as a protector and a guide for higher wisdom.

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If an owl flew over Greek soldiers before a battle, they took it as a sign of victory.

The Romans had a more sinister take on owls, and believed among other things, that witches turned into Owls. Placing an owl feather near someone sleeping could prompt him or her to speak and reveal their secrets. The Romans largely associated owls with the underworld. (No wonder they battled the Greeks!).

In Celtic myth, the Goddess Arianrhod was said to be able to shapeshift into a large owl, and through its eyes be able to see into the depths of the human soul. She is said to move with strength and purpose through the night, her wings of comfort and healing spread to give solace to those who seek her.

In Indian mythology, some say Lakshmi, The Goddess of wealth and abundance, rides The Owl; while others believe The Owl simply accompanies her. In ancient Indian art, Lakshmi is associated with both Vishnu and The Owl.

The traditional Ainu people of Japan believed that all animals were divine; most admired were The Owl and Bear. They revered The Owl greatly, and believed it mediates between the Gods and men. Talons of the Northern Eagle Owl were said to ward off diseases and cure infertility in women.

In many cultures, owls are messengers of the underworld or represent human spirits after death; in other cultures, owls represent supportive spirit helpers and allow shamans to connect with their supernatural powers.

What is The Medicine of The Owl?

Owls have the ability to see in the dark and fly noiselessly through the skies. They often bring messages through dreams. The Owl can see that which others cannot.

The Owl is a bringer of deep, mystical wisdom, and a carrier of ancient knowledge.

Owl looks upon reality without distortion and acknowledges it, with the awareness that with spiritual insight, she can alter her reality at will.

It is a great honor to have an owl appear in your life, for it is a sign that you have gained enough wisdom to step into some serious spiritual work.

This kind of work is not something you can dabble in just a little bit, or dip your toes in the water without going in all the way.

So call upon The Owl when you want to uncover the truth and nothing but the truth, need deeper inner vision, and are ready to integrate unwanted and hidden aspects of your shadow into light.

Owl photo by: Christopher Allen.

This article also appeared on Shamans Market 11/18/2015

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Numbers = The Secret Blueprint of Life

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“Number is the within of all things.” Pythagoras

 

Have you noticed that certain numbers seem to be following you around? Maybe you looked at the clock and it was 11:11 – for the 11th time this week! Ignore it as superstition or dig deeper?

The esoteric study of meaning behind numbers has its roots in ancient mystery schools. The Greek sage Pythagoras, born around 580 B.C, is considered the father of Western mathematics and much of what we call numerology today. Pythagoras founded a mystery school where he taught the “numerical law of the universe”. Before initiates could be granted access to the mysteries, they had to learn the four sciences of life – arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music.

Many ancient cultures were working with advanced knowledge of numbers well before Pythagorean times. But it was Pythagoras who translated this knowledge into a more mystical language. The evidence of highly evolved mathematical knowledge is prominent in construction of ancient temples, pyramids, and many art forms.

MUSIC = VIBRATION = NUMBERS

 

Pythagoras understood that numerical patterns govern all geometrical ratios in nature. He heard the cosmic hymn produced by stars and planets in vibration. This concept became known as “The Music of the Spheres”, and was closely guarded as occult knowledge, reserved for those who had been initiated into the four sciences of life – all of which in the end sum up to numbers, by the way.

WHY NUMBERS MATTER

 

Everything in the universe vibrates, and we decode vibration by numbers.

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A famous example of this can be seen in the Golden Ratio also known as Phi.

The Phi is a seemingly irrational number sequence (1.618033988749895…) that appears throughout creation and extensively in the human face and body. It’s found in the proportions of many animals, plants, in the solar system and even in stock markets. A recent article published at the American Physical Society reported the discovery of stars that pulsate in a fractal pattern at frequencies close to the Golden Ratio.

Renaissance painters such as Da Vinci used the Golden Ratio in the composition of his paintings. The pyramids of Egypt closely embody the Golden Ratio. It also appears in our DNA spirals, center of sunflowers, the pentagram, pine cones, and countless other places.

Clearly numbers are everywhere but what do they mean? This is the question that gave birth to Numerology.

MYSTERY OF THE NUMBER 7

 

I first discovered numerology by a series of odd synchronities revolving around the number 7. I was going through a rough mid life crisis, and was in desperate search for answers. During this time, everywhere I went and everyone I met, had something to do with the number 7.

The apartment I rented was a #7. The man I dated was born on the 7th and lived in a house number 7. Even the minutest details of my life during this period revolved around associations with the number 7. I was literally immersed in this number daily. After some skepticism and speculation, I decided to investigate this seeming co-incidence further.

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The Seed of Life (consisting of 7 circles) can be found in all major religions and most ancient cultures. It is the basis for Flower of Life and Fruit of Life, which are said to contain the creational blueprint for all elements, molecules, organisms, and everything else in the universe. 

In numerology 7 is considered to be the number of the spiritual truth seeker, as well as the most sacred number, according to Kabbalah and many other ancient mystical traditions. It is a number that simply invites you to dig deeper, to discover truth in all things.

In the old days, if a child was born on the 7th, he was immediately placed in the temple to become a priest. Music in the past was always composed on a 7-note scale. There are seven notes to the diatonic scale still today. The Egyptians confined their sacred songs to seven primary sounds. There are seven visible moving celestial objects: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, Moon, and Sun. Seven Chakras. Seven magic numbers in nuclear physics. Seven elements in alchemy. The list goes on and on. This number deserves its own book!

The primary theme of the “number 7 period” in my life was truth and spirit. Anything that I tried to accomplish that was not in alignment with spiritual values or truth, quickly fell apart. Finally, I had to let go of everything; relationships, apartment I was in, as well as all material possessions. I was stripped bare until nothing but the truth remained. I realized only years later, that the vibration of this number acted as a catalyst to awaken me to a deeper knowing of myself and life. It corrected my course and re-aligned me with the truth of who I really am.

A PEEK BEHIND THE COSMIC CURTAIN

 

Numerology is a way to discover meaning and truth, both personal and universal. Numbers are the foundational blueprint of our reality – every experience, element, being, color, sound, and even feeling – has a numerical vibration.

In studying numerology, I have found that not only are the numbers in our names and birth dates significant, but also the numbers that surround us in our daily lives. Especially, those numbers that repeat.

I have been told by many people that they are seeing patterns of 11:11, 12:12, 333, 444, 555, etc. on a daily basis.

I call these activation numbers. They point to experiences and lessons that must be mastered. When a number repeats itself, it is considered a master number – a number that vibrates at a higher frequency than a single digit. Therefore it is more significant to see a double or a triple digit than a single one.

If you would like to broaden your understanding of the numbers appearing in your life, or simply get some insight into your life, I am available for personal Life Purpose Numerology Readings.

This article also appeared on Shamans Market 7/20/2015.

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Soul Purpose vs. Life Purpose

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I was talking to a yogi friend recently about the Life Purpose Readings I do. He remarked that he did not need any help figuring out his purpose, as he was pretty clear that his mission was enlightenment.

I agree that ultimately everyone’s purpose is enlightenment. However, the paths we take to get there vary tremendously, from one lifetime to the next. The final destination may be the same for us all, but we each need different schedules, trains, and compartments to arrive there.

The conclusion of our conversation was that we all share the same soul purpose, while our life purpose differs greatly.

Your mission then, is to know how you can best work your way towards the final soul destination, this time around. Your soul has been through countless trials and tribulations, accumulating merits and traits that are unique to your journey.

The process of awakening to your greater purpose spans lifetimes, and is not all that pleasant for the ego. It involves peeling away layer upon layer, until nothing but the truth remains. We have to let go of anything that is not authentic to who we truly are. All the toys and shiny prizes the mind clings to  bring nothing but suffering, unless we learn how to let go of it all, with ease.

When I read your numbers and planetary alignments, I see old karmic patterns that have been dragged around from previous lifetimes. These patterns point me to a route that is most useful, and practical in this lifetime, for you to get to the final destination.

It may be that your life’s purpose this time around involves learning how to serve others. Your numerical code will show me in what way you are here to serve. Often I find multiple seeds and talents that are awaiting to blossom. Your life purpose will shift and grow, as you evolve. This is something I also look at in a reading. What you are working on now, may not be what you will work on next year. While the underlying trend usually remains the same, the fashion may change.

I am now offering Life Purpose Readings for $89. The research I do for each reading takes about 3 hours. Completing a reading takes another 40-60 minutes.

A big Thank You to all Medicine Owl readers and friends for your continued support and feedback. May you navigate this life with graceful ease, much joy, and clarity in the process.

Love, Aleeiah

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Creating Sacred Space

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”When we intentionally open up sacred space, we enter into conscious relationship with our environment, with the recognition that all is sacred. I think of it as communion with that which is most sacred to me. By surrendering to this great mystery, I open up for healing and guidance from the unseen..”

Read my latest article at Shamans Market Blog on Creating Sacred Space!

 

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