Managing your energy – see the pictures of your life

I have had quite a busy period and this morning after all the rush and bubble was over, I took stock of how I was feeling.  What was my energy really doing?

I felt like a kettle that had been boiling for days and days.  As we know, a kettle will boil dry and eventually not work anymore if it is on constant boil.  This was not comfortable energy I was in and not useful for me wholistically.   I needed to relax and switch off my kettle and enjoy the cup of tea.

Quite often when we find ourselves in situations that are draining, we will blame our partner, family, work, the busy period of life etc.  No one is to blame.  These are just your reactions to life.

Many tribal people used stories as away of imparting wisdom, seeing the truth and new choices in a situation. Within the stories were archetypes and behaviours we may recognize in ourselves.  There would also be answers on what to do, how to do things differently or to make different choices moving forward.

So as the Shaman in the city, I look for the ‘metaphors in situations’ or the ‘pictures in life’.

I had a friend call and say he was so busy, it was never ending and he was overwhelmed.  The metaphor I saw was: he was running marathon but at a sprinters pace.  So of course he was tired, exhausted and didn’t feel he would make it to the end.  As we chatted I  introduced this story of running the marathon at a sprinters pace,  there was an awareness of why he was feeling this way and an awareness of needing to slow down the pace.   Sometimes just having a new picture of the situation helps release energy in the body that is not useful.

So don’t boil your kettle endlessly.  See the picture, tell the story and let it go.

At times just a very small break out of the energy you have created is enough of a release to manage your energy.

Now off to enjoy that cup of tea on my balcony and breathe.

Tracy xx

Transformation – Breaking out of your cocoon

Yesterday I journeyed with some wonderful people to facilitate their ‘making a drum’.

Drum makers enter the day thinking they know who they are – unrealized potential.      They leave the day transformed into who they really are – awakened.

Drum making is a powerful experience. All medicine making is powerful and transformative.

Most of us start our day by ritually having a shower, putting on our make up or shaving and getting dressed for work.

When making medicine, we too have a ritual, it is creating sacred space.  I created our sacred space by bringing in, the four directions, four elements, sun, moon, sky, mother earth, great spirit, our ancestors, guides and animal totems.  Here it is represented in the photo.  This ritual is preparing for the transformation.


Here is where the transformation journey of the larva to the butterfly begins.  All of us have potential within us to transform ourselves, but not just once, many times.

At the start of drum making, we meditate to meet the deer, who has gifted us the hide we will use to make the drum.

We then commence cutting out the hide and the lacing, to make the drum.   Old thoughts, emotions and behaviours come out for us to release, knowing they are being healed.  It is useful to recognise these emotions and know what they mean for us.

For the larva it is about building the cocoon and going within.  It is about being in the dark, with aspects of ourselves that we may have avoided, don’t want to face, that need healing.

Next starts the process of binding the back of the drum, by tensioning the drum head over the hoop.  This is challenging and more phsycially demanding than people realize.  It is time for the butterfly to break out of the cocoon.  No one can help the butterfly, for if they do, the butterfly will not have the blood or life force energy in their wings to fly.  So undertaking this process with the hide knotting and losing ones way, is part of what happens as we bind the back of the drum on our own.






As the end comes near and the final tensioning of the back of the drum occurs, a new found sense of freedom emerges for the drum makers.  A transformation.  The drum has taken form, it has beauty and power.  Drum makers know the struggle they went through to create their drum. So it is with pride they show their drums to others.  They recognise what the journey of transformation is.

So as my drum participants left the day with their drum in their hands, they were not the same people.  They were all transformed, awakened with a new found belief in themselves.  Look at them sparkle, they are ready to fly.

So transform yourself, break out of your cocoon and empower yourself in your life.

Tracy xx