Last Thursday about 40 of us gathered at the beautiful Rill Farm to begin this year’s Ritual modules, with the SEER process. Assisted by the beautiful Sian and the lovely David, Ya’acov was about to teach us all how to go retrieve
Systemic Essential Energy, which we had leaked, lost, dropped or generally mislaid during experiences which we had found difficult . It is generally understood, in both the therapeutic and the shamanic paradigms that trauma and distress which we have experienced in our past and have been unable to
fully express at the moment of its occurring becomes locked in the body or lost somehow as freely available life energy, often causing what the shamanic paradigm calls soul loss.
The good news is that we can recall it, thereby
retrieving what has been lost, often during moments of pain, restoring strength, energy and integrity to our circle of reality, body, mind and heart.
As is always the case the Great Choreographer had assembled a stalwart crew, all having made time in their busy schedules to provide each other with whatever requisite mirroring we all needed. You couldn’t have planned it.....unless, of course, you are the Great Choreographer, in which case you just sort out the travel arrangements....
We had been asked to prepare in several ways; by writing our personal story (as someone who has been writing for over 20 years, I strongly recommend the healing power of writing to anyone who might be unfamiliar with it....just put pen to paper...it’s a kind of dancing with ink), making a list of situations we wished to resolve and creating an object which represented our strengths, weaknesses and overall intention for healing that week.
The longer I’m alive the more I realize that everything, we do, think, feel and intend, affects everything else. Although,
once again, I was present in the group with the dual role of participant observer and researcher, and even although I am trained as a shamanic practitioner myself and have been fortunate enough to have retrieved many of my scattered
fragments already, I still went through a very intense personal process last week. Thankfully, I am long past my victim phase and it was important to me to write my story in a way which reflects the beauty and the magic which is my life, as well as acknowledging what still needs some work. A large element of the whole process was working with our support group in order to share these stories, as well as the unfolding of the week’s work. In truth, some of the mirrors I saw there were a challenge for me and I began the week wondering whether I was avoiding some of my pain by choosing to edit some of the more traumatic factual events of my life. I concluded later that this was a concern rather than a truth and was delighted to observe the energetic power of my words when having described my overall essential soul essence as wild unfettered laughter, my support group were rolling around the floor before I even got to read that to them. BE VERY CAREFUL HOW
YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF. IT SHAPES LIFE!!! I also shared with people that my overall intention for the week, apart from getting some good interviews was to have a REALLY good laugh. And so it came to pass. Remember, we can choose to have fun. Imagine what it would be like if we all did. Heaven on Earth, that’s what interests me. I don’t want to wait till I’m dead.
The other fascinating strength of this particular body of work is that, as well as working with the Movement Medicine
mandala, it includes all the current resources of the dancer doing the work(play) and allows an opportunity for the body to engage with a deep physical process which enables a very full “clearing” of whatever the original upset was. If you can
imagine the amazingly powerful combination of having your story witnessed, with the pleasure and support of the dance,
the space to let go as fully as you need to and the spiritual framework to call upon total assistance, then you’ve got the
SEER process. It is both a very powerful and impressive tool and a method which offers wholly integrated healing .
Speaking to my 5 year old son on the phone on the Sunday morning, just before I entered into what would be a very deep process, he said to me, “I’ve got a joke for you Mum, What do you call a diamond with no colour in it? “I don’t know, what do you call a diamond with no colour in it?” “A see through diamond!....I’ve got another one for you Mum, What do you call a see through diamond?” “I don’t know, what do you call a see through diamond? “A diamond you can see through!” Referred to in traditional shamanism as being a hollow bone, the level of clarity to which he so wisely refers is a place of presence and being, which requires an ongoing commitment to the polishing process. The more of our emotional toxins we can take responsibility for cleaning up the more possible it becomes to see and act from the strong eye of the heart and to respond simply, lovingly and elegantly to whatever is around us.
My deep thanks to mandala man Ya’acov...you the (sha) man...to my interviewees past and future, to my dear old friend Sian whom it was so lovely to see again, to my husband for fort holding, to Scott and Inma at Exeter University for being courageous enough to take me on as a student(eek), to Roland for his sweet support, to Susannah, especially for Party for God, which has been a musical life line for me this last month, to the people and land at Rill, to my support group who mirrored what needed to be seen, to all who journeyed alongside and above all to life past, present and future.
Ali Young is both a published poet and academic, with book chapters in collections on
embodiment published by
Routledge, as well as a
variety of academic papers.