Home                                                                                                 Go to Shamanism

 

The Yogi and Shamanic Practices
by Julie Hoyle

 

Share |

 


Strange, shamanic practices came to me unbidden, entering my life dramatically in February 1989, through an unexpected awakening of spirit. The source of that awakening was an Indian Yogi, dressed in a simple loincloth who I later discovered was known as ‘Baba’ and was the revered Saint, Bhagawan Nityananda of Ganeshpuri. Even for a young, western, Catholic woman, with a propensity for traveling outside my body, this was radical and life changing in a way that could never have been anticipated.

When this dramatic opening of consciousness occurred, my husband and I were living in Nassau, the capital island-city of the Bahamas. Loving the beauty of our tropical home we were active and busy, yet I was unhappy. Challenged by chronic back pain, I knew deep down, that while I was searching for medical intervention, there was an inconsolable longing not being relieved in the outside world.

It was at this time I was invited to attend a nearby meditation center. I went, thinking it would help in alleviating stress and along with it, the pain. It did, but in a way that was completely unexpected. After three visits, I went home one night and had a lucid dream. In the dream, I entered a hall, to find a dark -skinned Buddha-like man, wearing only a white loincloth. Without uttering a word, he tapped me on the top of the head and from that simple touch a powerful energy began pulsating through the crown and into my body.

Focusing on the ingoing and outgoing breath, the energy built and built until I was forcefully drawn to waking and I sat up violently exhaling “Huuuhhhhhh.” In that moment, I knew my life had been changed forever. This impression proved to be true. The mantra “Om Namah Shivaya.” (I bow to the Truth within me) began forcing its way into conscious awareness and rising up in dreams, bringing me to illumined lucidity.

Exploring light-filled worlds, I suddenly found myself in the ecstatic company of Saints, Shamans and Enlightened Teachers from diverse paths. On one occasion, I walked along a dark corridor and discovered a graceful old man, with piercing blue eyes, white hair and a pointed, flowing beard. Dressed like a monk in a long orange, his presence was extraordinary. Looking deep into my eyes he told me,
“I Am You. You are me.”

Later, I discovered that the man was the Catholic mystic, Father Bede Griffiths who had created an ashram in India based on the study and unity of all paths and traditions.

On other occasions there were lucid dreams I was informed were ‘tests.’ In one, I was standing before double doors and was asked, “Are you sure you want to do this?” Answering, “Yes!” the doors flew open to reveal two rows of angry, hideous dark beings holding fierce weapons. Nothing was said, but I knew what had to be done. Stepping forward, I walked between them, allowing them to slit open my stomach, gouge out the eyes and break open the rib cage in order to tear out the heart.

Allowing fear to dissolve in the steady repetition of the mantra, once they were done, my dream body was raised up and eventually dissolved into light. Coming back to waking, I heard the message, “You have passed the test. You have overcome fear. Now you know you are neither the physical nor the dream body. You are Light.”

In other lucid dream ‘tests,’ my body was pecked and eaten by crows and in others, thrown into fiery pits. Many years later, I discovered that “Om Namah Shivaya” is the mantra of dissolution and that meditating on one’s own dismemberment and death are typical practices in the Tibetan Shamanic tradition. True to what these early initiatory dreams indicated, in later experiences, I found myself transformed into a Tibetan Shaman. Wearing ritual robes and armed with rattles and drums I was empowered to fly above groups of monks and lay-people giving initiation and healing.

The lucid dream state has also carried me to worlds inhabited by South American and Native American Shamans. In one, dream I found myself with Hopi Shamans, who drummed, chanted and shook their rattles before turning to ask me,
“Which powers do you choose?”
I replied, “I choose the gifts of prophecy and healing.”

With that, the Master Shaman warned,
“Be careful with these powers, they are dangerous.”

Understanding his teaching, I answered, “Yes I know. With grace, they will be used wisely and only when necessary.”

Over time, the touch of Nityananda has forced me to face what has most terrified me, both in the waking state and in the world of lucid dreams. As aspects of the shadow have been integrated and I have embraced my own light, I have come to experience the underlying Truth and Oneness of all paths and all traditions. When we truly know ourselves and unify all aspects of being, it is the most worthwhile work that we can do. And it is the greatest, most precious gift we have to offer the world.

 

Copyright-2010 Julie Hoyle

 

 

Have a comment or question? Visit our Shamanism Forum to start or join a conversation. 

 

Share |


About the Author


Julie Hoyle is a natural intuitive, writer, artist and trans-personal hypnotherapist who lives on Grand Bahama Island. Her profound spiritual awakening is detailed in her book, ‘An Awakened Life- A Journey of Transformation,’ and she offers ‘Living in Alignment’ online courses at: www.livinginalignment.org

Contact the author: truealignment@yahoo.com.

 

 

Add a Comment   
    Recent Comments
01-06-2018 08:39:22
مخاطبان محترم برای خرید محصولات eltex ethernet switches و فروش access switches (سوئيچ اترنت التکس) میتوانید به سایت eltex access switches دیدن فرمایید لازم بذکر است میتوانید خرید انلاین واینترنتی سوئیچ لایه 2 التکس اقدام فرمایید متقاضیان عزیزبرای تهیه محصولات eltex Ethernet Access Switch MES2124M وخرید اینترنتی و انلاین Ethernet Access Switch MES2124M به صفحه سوئیچ 24 پورت التکس مراجعه فرمایید از سایت خرید اینترنتی اکسس سوئيچ MES2124MB التکس دیدن فرمایید|برای دیدن محصولات و تجهیزات Ethernet Access Switch MES2124MB مراجعه نمایید|علاقه مندان برای قیمت و هزینه ELTEX Switch MES2124 MB وارد بشوید|جهت تهیه اترنت اکسس سوئيچ MES2124MB اقدام نمایید برای دیدن قیمت سوئیچ التکس 24 پورت فیبر یا sfp به روی لینک کلیک کنید |برای دیدن تجهیزات اترنت اکسس سوئیچ mes2124F به صفحه مراجعه نمایید|علاقه مندان برای خرید اینترنتی و آنلاین Access Switch MES2124F وارد شوید|جهت خرید محصولات Ethernet Access Switch MES2124Fاقدام نمایید   برای دیدن قیمت تجهیزات سوئیچ 8 پورت التکس به روی لینک کلیک کنید |برای دیدن سوئیچ التکس با 8 پورت 1G به صفحه مراجعه نمایید| علاقه مندان برای خرید اینترنتی و آنلاین Access Switch MES2308 وارد شوید|جهت تهیه محصولات swich eltex MES2308 اقدام نمایید برای اطلاع از هزینه و قیمت switches با 24 پورت PoE به روی لینک کلیک کنید |برای دیدن تجهیزات سوئیچ التکس اترنت 1G لایه ۲ به صفحه مراجعه نمایید| علاقه مندان برای خرید اینترنتی و آنلاین PoE Switches MES2124P وارد شوید|جهت تهیه محصولات eltex MES2124P اقدام نمایید
By :eltex
11-30-2017 12:15:44
Norton Antivirus Support Number Norton Antivirus Support Phone Number Norton Antivirus Tech Support Number Norton Antivirus Tech Support Phone Number Norton Antivirus Technical Support Number Norton Antivirus Technical Support Phone Number Avg Antivirus Support Number Avg Antivirus Support Phone Number Avg Antivirus Tech Support Number Avg Antivirus Tech Support Phone Number Avg Antivirus Technical Support Number Avg Antivirus Technical Support Phone Number Avast Antivirus Support Number Avast Antivirus Support Phone Number Avast Antivirus Tech Support Number Avast Antivirus Tech Support Phone Number Avast Antivirus Technical Support Number Avast Antivirus Technical Support Phone Number Mcafee Antivirus Support Number Mcafee Antivirus Support Phone Number Mcafee Antivirus Tech Support Number Mcafee Antivirus Tech Support Phone Number Mcafee Antivirus Technical Support Number Mcafee Antivirus Technical Support Phone Number Panda Antivirus Support Phone Number Webroot Antivirus Support Phone Number Kaspersky Antivirus Support Phone Number Avira Antivirus Support Phone Number
By :leesmith

[1] 2 3 4   >>

Tags

Spiritual & Healing Practices | Healthy Lifestyles | Community | Arts | Find Practitioners & Orgs | Forums
Online Learning Center | Costa Rica Retreat Center | Submissions | Editors | Terms and Conditions | About Us / Contact Us

 

Disclaimer. Each category is under the supervision of dedicated editors who are passionate about their topic and believe that raising people's awareness is one way to make a difference in the world. You may or may not agree with all that is presented. Since respectful discourse is an excellent way to learn and grow, we welcome comments on articles and your participation on the Forums.

  © 2008-2018 ATH     REGISTER      LOGIN Design by MacDaddi | Developed by AWE