I give a brief overview of what inspired me to write my memoir Shaman Stone Soup, and then read the first chapter.
Channeled Writing: What is the Reason for Drug Addiction?
Tell me the reason for drug addiction. Here in your imagined separateness, you yearn to return to heaven where you give and receive unconditional love. As long you believe in the reality of this dream and limit the love that surrounds you, you will feel the need to fill the void in your heart. Some people use drugs to fill the void while others may use sex or shopping. Drugs produce a feeling of ecstasy that mimics love—but it is not love. Love simply is and cannot be created—only expressed and shared.
No one willingly gives up anything without receiving something of equal or greater value. Until an addict believes that his or her life will be a better experience without drugs, or finds a way to have a spiritual connection that fills the void in their heart, the drug use will continue. If the person wishes to have a spiritual connection, the Divine Spirit or myself will answer his or her call. There are many other divine teachers who are willing to answer as well. I am not trying to promote one particular path or religion. This is a deeply personal journey.
Alcohol has been traditionally called “spirits” since it was believed that spirits could take over a person who was drunk. Is it possible for a spirit to take over a person? First, let me say that nothing can be done to you against your will. However, you can be convinced that something has power over you and yield to that power. Most of a spirit’s power is its ability to overpower another person’s mind. Without bodies, most spirits believe it is difficult or impossible for them to rearrange this dream, so they attempt to use physical bodies as their vessels.
It is possible for spirits to change this dream as you do, but, because of their continued belief in the “physical rules” they followed while having a body, the spirits underestimate the power of their minds and feel powerless without bodies. To compensate, they attempt to control those who appear to have bodies. However, you always have the right to say “no” when a spirit attempts to inflict its thoughts onto you. If you need help, you can always call on me or the Divine Spirit.
Are the drugs that open one’s awareness of the Divine or create a sense of Oneness between people helpful? Every experience has something to offer, however, since drugs promote the reality of the body—exemplified by the belief that one can alter the mind through the body—I do not endorse drug use.
What about holistic plant medicine? The plants’ spirits offer love, which is accepted by the mind and heals the body. The love prompts the awareness of your own divinity and recognition of being a perfect spirit. This releases the belief in sickness. All plants are conscious. Some focus on love, and some do not—similar to people. You do not have to have physical contact with a plant to receive its love. It is just as effective to spiritually connect with it.
Channeled Writings: Trees as Sentient Beings
Tell me about trees. Trees are sentient beings. They share their wisdom through the soil and elaborate root systems. They can read people’s thoughts, just as they can read all the woodland creatures’ thoughts.
Why do some trees interact with people? Trees are social. They understand the importance of working together, but they have learned to mistrust humans because of your wanton destruction of nature. Because of this, many trees choose not to communicate with humans — at least not until a person has proven himself worthy of trust.
Is it worth taking the time to talk with the trees? If you can build a relationship with trees, then do so. The more you expand your consciousness of knowing that everything is connected, the more rapidly you will awaken to the Oneness.
You must have talked with trees. Yes, I spoke with everything within this dream, and still do. The forms do not matter since everything within this dream is projected from the same mind.
The trees are not perfect nor enlightened. They still have fear in their hearts, but they have more love than fear.
Trees are confined to where they are rooted and must endure the storms thrown their way. Realizing they can never truly die, the trees dance in the very winds that threaten to snap their branches. This has taught them the art of forgiveness while remaining connected to the vastness of the skies and winds.
The winds carry the scent of the fields and moisture of the rivers. The winds also share their knowledge with the trees, allowing the trees to be aware of much more than their immediate surroundings. In addition, the trees have known the mind of every traveler who has passed beneath their branches. Don’t ever feel sorry for the trees. They contain vast amounts of wisdom and knowledge, which they share between themselves, and could share with you. But again, I ask you to remember that the trees, like yourself, are illusionary forms within this dream.
Channeled Writing: Panic Attacks
In this post, my intention was not to diminish how painful and scary panic attacks are when they occur, but rather to explain them from a spiritual perspective, and hopefully take the fear out of them. Below are the channeled answers I received.
What are panic attacks? Panic attacks are an indication a person is in the midst of healing the fear, anxiety, shame, guilt, or any other unloving emotion or thought that has been residing within their subconsciousness. As what needs to be healed journeys toward their consciousness, their ego lashes out, trying desperately to plunge these emotions and thoughts back into their subconscious where they will remain unhealed. This war between the ego and higher mind causes the body to react as if it were in the midst of a physical battle. A person having a panic attack is having the same adrenaline surge and fight-or-flight response as a soldier, but, because the hidden pain has not fully risen into their consciousness, they remain unaware of why these panic attacks are occurring.
Why does the ego want us to remain unhealed? The ego knows when a person becomes fully healed, he or she will awakened to their divine self and communicate with the Divine without hindrance. An awakened person will no longer believe the lies of the ego, leaving it voiceless and powerless.
The ego pretends to be God, ruling the minds of those who are still asleep, but when a person is healed and awakens, the ego becomes powerless. To be powerless is the same as death for the ego, which does not understand the power of love. The ego’s fear of death is felt strongly by the person who is in the midst of a panic attack.
What if I let the panic come instead of resisting it? The Divine would never facilitate an increase in fear—only its release. Offer your panic, which is an expression of your fears, to the Divine. Each offering is practice for your full and final release, which ultimately leads to your awakening.
Recently while at the movies, I felt a panic rise up within me during a violent scene. I don’t think that’s an awakening. To not enjoy the destruction of others is an awakening. You felt helpless to protect the movie characters and so your energy swelled, giving rise to the “fight or flight” instinct, causing an adrenaline rush, but beneath this was the root of the issue—the desire to save the characters in the movie as if you were saving yourself. You understood the concept of Oneness even if it was unconscious.
What about the times people wake up in a panic or are overcome while relaxing? People keep themselves preoccupied with thoughts as a means to keep their fears in the subconscious parts of their minds. When they finally relax or sleep, their preexisting fears rise to the surface. This is a time for healing. When a panic attack arises, they would be wise to ask the Divine for healing. Be assured, the Divine will heal it. Until the panic attack passes, they could take a moment to go outside and feel the ground beneath their feet or gaze out a window and view the glorious sky and landscape to remind themselves they are part of everything, and the Divine loves them.
Learn to Balance Your Chakras Class
Chakras are circular vortexes of energy, also known as Chi, Qi or Prana, that connect the vital life force to our bodies, keeping us healthy and nourishing our mental and spiritual well-being. Chakra balancing is the process of restoring a harmonious flow of energy across the chakra system. In this class, you will learn how to balance the chakras for yourself and others. Come join us!
I became interested in chakras back when I first learned to shamanic journey. I hadn’t yet done any healing for myself or others, and was suffering from gallbladder attacks. Neither repeated trips to the doctor or medicine had done anything to alleviate the severe pain that occurred during these attacks. One afternoon, when I felt another attack coming on, I decided to balance my Heart Chakra. After about 20 minutes, I noticed the pain had gone away. Wondering if it was a coincidence, I tried it again the next time, and it worked. By balancing my chakras, I have been able to successfully avoid these attacks ever since.
From that experience, I realized when the life force energy is blocked, the body suffers, but I also discovered it is easy to unblock the chakras and restore balance.
Since then, during shamanic healing sessions, I have balanced chakras for clients, which helped restore their chakras to their natural state. Come join me for this class and learn to do the same.
Shaman Elizabeth Herrera
Date and Time: Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at 7:00 pm
Location: The Sagewood Center, 6801 Pleasant Pines Dr., Raleigh, Classroom
Learn to Shamanic Journey Workshop | Sun. Mar. 24, 2019 | 10am – 5pm | Raleigh, NC
Learn how to shamanic journey (Native American spirituality) in a one-day workshop facilitated by Shaman Elizabeth Herrera.
In this workshop, you will:
• Discover your power animal
• Explore the three spirit realms
• Meet your spirit guide
Here is a brief overview of shamanic journeying:
Shamanism is the oldest known spiritual practice in the world and is still practiced by indigenous people on every continent today, including Native Americans. While there are many different rituals, one commonality is that the shaman acts as a catalyst between this world and the spirit realm.
During a shamanic journey, a shaman/practitioner uses a visionary process to travel to the spirit realm to request healings, receive divine messages, help guide lost souls home (psychopomp) and commune with nature/universe.
In the spirit realm, a shaman interacts with spirit guides, ancestors, angels, and enlightened beings.
Power animals act as protectors and guides for the shaman, and can be a part of the shaman’s journeys for many lifetimes or brief periods during which their archetype power is needed.
The spirit realm has three “worlds”: the lower, middle and upper. None of the realms are better than the others; they simply offer different experiences that are appropriate for different circumstances.
Dress comfortably. Bring your own blanket, mat and pillow. Optional: Something to cover your eyes, such as a scarf or bandana and/or a handheld drum or rattle.
Time and Date: Sunday, March 24, 2019 | 10am-5pm
Location: Sagewood Center, 6801 Pleasant Pines Dr., Raleigh, NC
ABOUT THE TEACHER: Shaman Elizabeth Herrera offers shamanic healing, soul retrieval, past life healing, energetic body, aura cleansing, chakra opening and spirit depossession. She also offers basic and advanced shamanic journeying lessons.
Her great-grandfather, who was Apache, raised her father. She was fortunate to have known her great-grandfather, who smuggled sugar and flour from Mexico into Texas, exchanged gunfire with Texas Rangers, and crossed paths with Pancho Villa.
Always drawn to the spiritual side of life, Elizabeth began her shamanic path in Michigan where she learned to shamanic journey with a certified Sandra Ingerman instructor. Elizabeth continued her studies through the Foundation for Shamanic Studies for shamanic journeying, soul retrieval, and death and dying (psychopomp), but her major source of learning has been from her spirit guides, who offer limitless guidance and lessons on living a more spiritual life.
She combines her shamanic practice with the teachings of A Course in Miracles (ACIM). These teachings offer guidance on learning to let the Divine lead the way and the importance of forgiveness.
Elizabeth is an award-winning author who has written Shaman Stone Soup, Earth Sentinels: The Storm Creators, Of Stars and Clay and Dreams of Heaven. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and children.
Meditation Mini-Workshop to Release Stress, Anxiety and Depression
Facilitated by Shaman Elizabeth Herrera
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 | 7pm-8:30pm (doors open at 6:45pm)
Sagewood Center, 6801 Pleasant Pines Dr., Raleigh, NC
At this event, you will learn and practice three life-changing meditations that can reduce your stress, anxiety, depression and negative thoughts that block abundance, happiness and health. Shaman Elizabeth Herrera has practiced these specific meditations for years with life-changing results.
Enter through the main doors, then go to the first door on the left. The mini-workshop is being held in the classroom at the far end of the center. Please be quiet when entering — other practitioners may be in session.
Metaphysical Fair, Sat., Oct 6, 2018 • Raleigh, NC
A fun event designed to showcase the talents of the wonderful people who offer metaphysical services at The Sagewood Center. During the fair, you can experience mini-healing sessions and readings as well as purchase crystals, jewelry, books, and various arts and crafts in the lobby.
Each ticket is valid for one 20-minute session with one practitioner. Please arrive early if you have a particular person or time you want to sign up for, because time slots are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.
Practitioners: Debbie Jordan, Deanna Frey, Robert Nash, Sarah Granahan, Shaman Elizabeth Herrera, Sunny Petkova, Carolyn Sheehan, and Kim McAllister
Sessions Available: Energy Healing, Card Readings, Chakra Balancing, Energy Readings, Intuitive Readings, Shamanic Healing, Angel Healing, Acupuncture, Akashic Record Readings.
Vendors: Fairy Hair, Original Artwork for Sale, Clearing Sprays, Crystals, Incense, Oracle Cards, etc.
Location: The Sagewood Center, 6801 Pleasant Pines Drive, Raleigh, NC 27613
Cost: Tickets $25 per 20 minute session, available online or at the door.
Power Animal Guided Meditation
Find your power animal with this guided mediation.
Shaman Elizabeth Interview on the “Loving Life” Show with Dr. Weir
Shaman Elizabeth explains how she discovered shamanism on the “Loving Life” show with Dr. Weir.
“FIND YOUR POWER ANIMAL” GUIDED MEDITATION
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Learn to Shamanic Journey Workshop | Sat., May 19, 2018, 2pm – 9pm | Pittsboro, NC
Taught by Shaman Elizabeth Herrera.
If you ever wanted to learn to shamanic journey, come join us for an intense, yet relaxing, day of instruction.
Shamanism is the oldest known spiritual practice in the world, and is still practiced by indigenous people on every continent today, including Native Americans. While there are many different rituals, one commonality is that the shaman acts as a catalyst between this world and the spirit realm.
Here is a short overview of shamanic journeying:
- During a shamanic journey, a shaman/practitioner uses a visionary process to travel to the spirit realm to request healings, receive divine messages, help guide lost souls home (psychopomp) and commune with nature/universe.
- In the spirit realm, a person interacts with spirit guides, ancestors, angels, and enlightened beings.
- Power animals act as protectors and guides for the shaman. They can be a part of a person’s journeys for many lifetimes or brief periods during which their archetype power is needed.
- The spirit realm has three “worlds”: the lower, middle and upper. None of the realms are better than the others; they simply offer different experiences that are appropriate for different circumstances.
You will learn how to:
- Find your power animal in the spirit realm
- Explore the lower spirit realm
- Meet your spirit guide; explore the upper spirit realm
- Understand the healing process
Cost: $275/person ($137.50 deposit to reserve your spot)
Location: Pittsboro, NC
Wear something comfortable and bring your own blanket and pillow since we will often be laying either on the floor or ground during the workshop (depending on the weather). This is a rustic venue with an outdoor toilet. Feel free to bring a drum or rattle as well.
A vegan/gluten-free dish of some sort and a salad will be served. If you wish, you can bring your own dinner and use the kitchen. We can also roast over the campfire.
Enter to Win “Of Stars and Clay” Novel
Of Stars and Clay by Elizabeth M. Herrera
“Amazing work. One that should be in the hands of every human on Earth who cares about this planet.” — Dr. Stewart A. Swerdlow, Grand Prior of New Templar Order
In “Of Stars and Clay”, a band of people called the Earth Sentinels, led by a fallen angel, try to save mankind from the grips of an unseen dark force, which uses commercial airliners to spray an engineered virus around the world. The virus kills over 70% of the world’s population—the youngest and oldest. Gone are the scientists, leaders, military commanders, teachers, engineers, parents and children. The only ones left standing are those useful to the dark force’s agenda.
To maintain order, the United Nations organization dutifully steps in, but its leaders are not what they appear to be. The trusted UN uniform causes each country’s army to hand over its leash. All of the world’s soldiers follow the commands of the New World Order without a single shot being fired. The devious plan unfolds perfectly—with one exception.
The virus brings about an unexpected DNA mutation among the Earth Sentinels, causing them to develop supernatural abilities. As the story unfolds, the Earth Sentinels uncover secrets about mankind’s origins, ancient astronauts, genetic engineering, the illuminati, and the lies that have been woven throughout religion and history.
Enter to Win “Dreams of Heaven” by Elizabeth M. Herrera
“Dreams of Heaven is like an epiphanous dream probing the mysteries of birth, life, and death. It is one of those gems of spiritual literature that becomes a permanent fixture in our lives.” — Hal Zina Bennett, Ph.D., Best-selling Author
BOOK DESCRIPTION: Savannah Watkins is haunted by a dream of losing her family in a tragic car accident, which causes her to vacillate between two lives—before and after the car accident. As she struggles between realities, Jesus Christ suddenly appears to offer her unorthodox guidance. He accompanies her to the grocery store and for walks on the beach while answering some of life’s toughest questions.
“Dreams of Heaven” takes you on a fantastical journey with Jesus, who leads the way through an alternate interpretation of his ancient teachings and applies them to one of our worst nightmares—being separate from the ones we love.
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Dreams of Heaven
by Elizabeth M. Herrera
Giveaway ends February 16, 2018.
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Synchronicities of Power Animals
It was winter. A dying bear lay on the cave floor with spears protruding from her body. Native American hunters, dressed in animal skins, patiently waited for the bear’s death, praying and giving thanks for her sacrifice. The bear’s breathing slowed until she finally took her last breath.
Her spirit rose out of her body, soaring through the snow toward the night sky over the snow-covered land—the stars beckoning her.
The bear’s spirit traveled to the spirit realm, stepping foot among spirit guides who silently observed her. The bear, who was in shock over her untimely death, trudged toward a cave, disappearing inside.
Then the shamanic vision ended.
I lay there knowing something profound had just occurred, but was unsure of the vision’s meaning.
A few months later spring arrived, and I was shamanic journeying—a visionary process of letting my higher mind visit the spirit realm where I commune with spirit guides who offer healing and guidance. I saw the bear come out of the cave. Winter’s long hibernation was over. Behind her trailed two cubs.
The mother bear offered me a ride. I got on her rugged back, grabbing her fur as we soared. The vision became so clear that it scared me, jolting me out of what could have been the ride of my life. (I’ve always regretted not being able to take that ride fearlessly—wondering what it would have revealed to me.)
Despite my fears, the mother bear became my second power animal.
Power animals are spirit guardians in the form of mammals/birds/fish/insects/mythical creatures that embody their species’ archetype energy. Power animals act as protectors and guides for people, and can be a part of a person’s spiritual journey for an entire lifetime or brief periods during which their archetype powers are needed most.
That summer, while I was driving to a shamanic journeying workshop in Chapel Hill, crows came out of the trees and flew ahead of me. (Crows are often a “sign” for me. I pay special attention when I see them.) The birds led me to the remote driveway of the lodge where the workshop was being held. Because of the “special escort”, I expected this weekend to be magical.
Later that the afternoon, twenty people lay on the floor shamanic journeying while one of the instructors drummed. I was in the midst of a vision when the mother bear, who stood by my side, turned her head toward me and said, “I must go,” then she flew away, leaving her cubs and me behind.
I was stunned by her sudden departure and burst into tears, which was terribly embarrassing. To keep from distracting the others, I got up and went into the kitchen where I cried as quietly as I could. I knew I was overreacting to the bear’s departure, but I had no idea why.
Many Native American tribes believe that when a power animal leaves, its archetype power stays with the person, however, its absence allows another power animal the opportunity to come into the person’s life, thereby increasing the person’s power. This belief proved true for me, because the cubs did stay with me, and, a year later, after they grew into adulthood, they began helping me with shamanic healings.
That October, my mother, who was riding a bike, was struck and killed by a car—this was the most traumatic event of my life. After the shock wore off, I saw the synchronicities between my mother’s expected death and the mother bear’s sudden departure. I understood that the tragedy had been set in motion long before it played out. And, even though the power animal and my mother had left me, they had made sure I would be taken care of emotionally and spiritually. The mother bear had left me her offspring, who continued to help me as power animals. And my mother’s spirit visited me a few days after her death, offering me the greatest miracle I’ve ever received. For a holy instant, she, along with the Divine Spirit’s help, revealed the universal golden light that connects all of us, pulsating with every soul’s presence from here to eternity, allowing me to know my mother was all right and surrounded by love, and that she hadn’t really left me.