By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – If you only read a partial of this ancient teaching / practice, which took me a lifetime of dedication to remember, fall into remembrance, then live, practice and work through, moon after moon cycle, going deeper into the spiral of self awareness and then teaching it to my apprentices and seeing the same results with them (since the late 90s until today)… then read only that it works, it helps contribute to our “self awareness” through our feminine side (the emotional body) rather than mental body. Those who combine holistic healing as a healthy way of life with it and spiritual disciplines, this cyclical practice of the moon goes deeper and more expansive.
Buddhism is for the mental body and trains the mind, this practice is how we train our emotional body, its relations with the self, the soul and dreaming body. The issues in life we have emotionally can also be structured, its a chaos energy structure and the more we practice it, the more we become emotionally grounded and aware.
The basic foundation of monthly lunar intention and awareness practice is very simple:
Goals are our relationship to
everything OUTSIDE OF THE SELF
(in your life that you interact with);
Intention is our relationship to
everything INSIDE OF SELF
(and these mirrors of our relationship
to your self and others that surround us).
My work with intention, dreams, the emotional body and my soul is a long story, too long to write the subtle experiential life-processes to transform, die and be reborn over and over again. Just like the Sun Goddess, in order to let go and recreate and regenerate the self with each “one” new moon and “one” full moon intention every month. The sun god or sun cult was about the sun rising each morning and setting each evening.
Moon work is the opposite, its the interior emotional and soul rising at dusk and setting at dawn, focused on the inner world rather than the outer. Half of humanity is a receptive, the inner guidance, the other half of humanity needs the outer world to guide them. Therefor walking this world from intuition, awareness and healing (which is about “let go”) is a self harmony practice, recognizing and doing an active principle to understand our disharmony from simple, to complex as we go through each decade in life.
Think about the reasons why or what you want to change in your life in regards to your intuition, your strong emotions and see that struggle as a positive journey. Everything reflects back to us in our life whether we pay attention or not, so this lunar work, both the negative and positive mirrors help us to accept who we are and chose health over fear. To create on the new moon is much easier than to let go on the full moon, but the two cannot be separated in the wholeness of a cycle.
MOON CYCLES, DREAMING & INTENTION WORK
Moon work is reflective, not direct, a cyclical phase of repetitiveness that repeats every four years, eight years, twelve years etc. on our waking and dreaming path. This practice aligns with the highs and lows of our emotional and karmic life with the natural moontime. As an emotional practice, we work with what is both concealed and revealed in regards to our hidden and elusive soul and that soul’s relationship to our emotional life. This is why creativity and self expression is so important.
I enter my 27th year of practicing my monthly Lunar / Dreaming cyclical practice, and through the intentional structure, it has supported me in three decades of change, increased awareness, connecting the emotional feelings to my rational thought and logic, and is much more powerful than meditation alone. Meditation is definitely for the mental body, and can sooth the emotional body but does not heal it. The emotional body is based on flow and the mental body is based on stillness. Mastering both in a lifetime is for those who wish to heal, heal karma, become aware and increase their intuitive nature.
Every single moon cycle with my dreams, my intention, my dedicated self healing path was to awaken, not to the world, but to my own reality and reality with the consciousness of nature, since I am a shaman. I wanted to heal my karma when young, and to understand symbolism and synchronistic-symbolism (living signs) and how it works in our daily emotional life as a real and “living” path with the 13 moons.
My work is a guidance to stabilize the rhythms of inconsistency of our life that are so far away from nature’s rhythms. It establishes a foundations of our emotional body’s stresses, diseases and fluctuations, inner child issues etc, by rising and increasing self awareness with a steadfast and grounded simple practice. Its a practice and when combined with (sobriety) and wholistic healing, it even guides through what surfaces with that when change is needed in life. For those not under great change, its a preparatory practice.
This Lunar Dreaming work is divided into 3 aspects:
1. The living feminine (our emotional life);
2. The inter-personal life (emotional life with other people);
3. The eternal and elusive soul life connected to our emotional life; and how that
silver chord is connected to the real issues we have or struggle with.
A. My body (earth)
B. My emotion (water)
C. My soul (fire)
(my mind, air)
Tree of Life – Our active physical life or our sun nature, is our waking life, the life of our mind and body and the mundane world that it lives in. Trying to put this square into a round reality of emotional and soul body doesn’t really work. The sun nature consists of duality which is a positive and a negative, and without that there is no signs or syncronicities.
Our “Sun” is how we process ordinary reality – through our “Sun Filtering” which is our belief systems about what is truth and what is “our” truth, which effects our values or lack of. The sun life effects what we think is real and how distortion and fears changes this reality, or the woundings of the child, teen or young adult. This is where all the foggy clouded judgments were formed in our innocent and openness of the child. This is where we leave this and learn the ability to let go in order to heal.
River of Life – Our Emotional life responds to life and to our personal life and everyone in it. It also rules our intuition, feelings, joy, sadness or its self destructiveness, self sabotage, codependency and addiction (of anything in life). The healing processes so the awakening process can occur, involves our memories, our remembrance and our emotional resolve and releases through healing work, emotional disciplines and through letting go that intertwine monthly to build an emotional foundation. Sensitivities and Empaths also fall into a deeper receptive and emotional quality of an energetic life.
Lunar Fire and our Dreaming Life – The elusive “Soul” is extremely hid from us because it only lives in the non-physical reality of our being. It leaves every night to dream, it holds our karma and our light. 20% of our soul is within us at birth and the remaining has always lived outside the self beyond the veil in its own reality. It also includes the soul’s bondage by karma over lifetimes and our animism souls.
It isn’t really accessible directly until the mental body has completely mastered stillness and no thought at will has been mastered, this allows us to slow time down and like the animals, the soul lives in the same states of that non-action or stillness. The mind’s interference and emotions that need healing, are the greatest challenges to begin a relationship to the soul life. Without the minds survival techniques, to control every aspect of fight or flight, its impossible to connect with the mystery of our soul in a conscious way (that 20%).
Our mind and emotional bod’s addictions and the minds addiction to categorize things, requires sacrifice to completely master the mind. Without that, the soul and its expansiveness cannot truly be understood, much less experienced in real and cognitive ways, because its a reality that is both reversed and flipped as a mirror.
Fire and soul lessons in life are “karma” and are the most painful life lessons in your lifetime. It is our dream life that can give some relief until the soul has been opened too soon by drugs, shamanic plants, rape, alcohol, pot or any other illusion causing substances. Purity and Sobriety is absolutely mandatory to master for any real soul work to be done. People use the word soul, but they do not know the differences between mental projection and mental astral body projections in dreaming vs what the real soul is and does. The unconscious mind must be mastered first.
We cannot heal anything, that we
are not aware and conscious of…
This practice of Lunar intention is to begin a slow journey to master the self in order to begin to understand that everything in the spiritual path is not really about the other and that self mastery is one of the keys to enlightenment, not vibration. The soul has its own vibrations, be it our karma (shadow souls) or our light (higher self or divine soul) or even our animism souls that can be stolen by the shadows of other people.
Moon work is extremely slow because its so ancient and without any rush for an outcome or goal like the mental body’s stories through history. With dreaming work, its a support to understand our shadow and karma in a safe way, not some visionary touching of spirit that does not serve us in the end.
Healing our waking life, our real emotional issues and real relationships, our past wounds as children and the purity of our physical body is more important than anything the mystery can offer us in the ways of being healthy or divinity of nature showing us mystery. Those are all tests to pass.
Our journey and our difficult disciplines to pursue purity (including sobriety of pot, drugs, shamanic plants, alcohol etc which all lowers our vibration and dulls our luminous soul body) are some of the first steps to gain stability with the expressions of the pains of our emotional life which all empaths, emos, sensitives need to understand.
All pain at the source within – comes from our previous karma of our accumulated past lives that were “not the good ones”, and each time we touch that emotionally it can be a horrible pain or a repeating pain in cycles of life’s relationship stresses, or addictions etc.
LUNAR PRACTICE & DIRECTIONS :
ONE NEW MOON INTENTION AT A TIME
This practice is extremely simple and brings complexity of the self to the surface one moon at a time. One could practice it for a year or 40 years to get clearer and clearer on our perception’s illusions and our perspective’s projections which in the end are not truth. We seek to be in more empty states to develop the observer overcoming the minds inconsistencies and inability to focus. Of course its important to add other disciplines, accessing the gifts of other healers and discipline in our spiritual life that adds to this practice.
We start with ONE New Moon Intention on the day of the new moon. If you set your intention with more than one, then you will be too distracted to see how its answered by life. Also stay away from words like “All, Everything, Universe, anything that is big” keep it small, personal and simple. The intention you set is ONLY ABOUT YOU, not anyone else and this is because self-awareness is about you. It comes from within through you into your conscious self and into your waking life.
After you set the one intention, you will see over the following two weeks before the full moon (or the developed awareness to see) what experiences that arises from your original intention – and its usually the “opposite” of what you think it is. This is because the moon is reflective, there is you and then there is the truth that you have to witness and accept or come to terms with, one small step at a time at each moon cycle in order to heal.
Example – Lets say you have a continual fight with your sister, partner, parent or friend… I set my one intention as on the first moon of spring: I am peaceful.
Rather than focusing on my friend or their issues, or our interpersonal issue when we are together, or what the two of us have brought up together in our argument or feelings of being wounded, I focus only on what I need to heal, in this situation. Most worry about self an others in an upset, this practice is to slowly year after year with the moon practice to pull you away from that kind of no-boundary energy in emotional issues. The practice gets stronger because the practice is monthly with the moon. If you are not very emotional, the same results occur with stress, frustration, dark thoughts etc.
Then for the following two weeks until the Full Moon, you will begin “slowly” to become aware of what upsets you, what is triggering your emotions, or what bothers you in real life experiences at a more “root” issue. This is an “awareness” practice – because what we are not aware of, we cannot change or heal.
Remember, each moon cycle each month has a different energy and vibration and it would take at least two years of doing this every month (moon cycle), to really begin to pull the veil back a little bit, to see the invisibles happening within the self in relationship to your behaviors in your ordinary mundane life.
Change and responses to our life is always growing and there are always new cycles and layers revealed to us along our spiritual journey. We only have so many experiences in our 20s and 30s and when we enter our 40s and 50s, life turns up the spirit-heat, and starts removing layers of where we have been unconsciousness (whether we want to see it or deal with it).
Life and this work I teach is a slow journey, when it comes to emotional and soul work, and its important that life has is set up this way because its potent. I based my work on my 20s through my 50s and each layer and level become aware through the same root practice. The longer you practice it each month, the more is revealed so you can heal. We cannot heal anything that is not revealed about the self, to the self.
What happens in cyclical work when its grounded and structured, as the years go by, we can work on the same exact issues that we have but we enter deeper and deeper. This is how soul and emotional body healing works. Because our emotions are also entwined with memory and remembrance, when its paired with our dreaming and “good” symbolism work it gets more potent and pure.
Each subtle change will be revealed in different ways, depending on the energy of that particular moon cycle after moon cycle. But its the same issue surfacing over and over like a dream that repeats its story. When we are ready, to take one step in our eternal life (our soul), we do this kind of work so we can really get down to heal and address our emotional issues.
ONE FULL MOON RELEASE INTENTION
When the Full Moon comes in two weeks after the new moon – then you set ONE RELEASE INTENTION on the day of the full moon, to let go and release something within, which was based on what surfaced with the new moon intention. It takes a while to get the practice and you can make it as sacred as you want. But the goal is to keep it simple.
Goals are our relationship to the outer world, Intentions are our relationship to our inner world, and that is the main difference. When this practice is walked along side your other healing work or spiritual practices, it reveals the hidden self to us. Buddhism calms and breaks the mental body down, out of its out of its harsh grip or control of a well worn and grooved path, by making us aware of the minds busy sides of static, noise and constant thoughts.
This practice is only about your emotional well being, and how this effects our soul that is untouchable. Its not about anyone else, except the mirrors of those who come onto our path each month as a reflection of our own shadow or our past life karma. This practice helps you to become ‘aware of your projections onto others’, your emotional resistance (fears or self sabotage), intuitive blocks and the responding mirrors (other people) and how that effect our emotional balance and imbalances each moon cycle.
Our emotional energy and soul energy are just… energy bodies, one feels and one does not. The soul is an untouchable and unrecognizable (astral body) even for those who astral travel (because lucid dreaming and astral travel are confined to the mental astral body). How we awaken to the multi levels self is how aware we are willing to become and that is not always pretty or nice when we recognize our own shadow or behaviors. Otherwise, every alcoholic or pot addict would stop drinking or smoking at will.
Not happening without great struggle, because the addiction has overcome the awareness body of the inner soul self and she is left weak and abandoned. Love addiction relationships are the same, anything where we are bound by habit and unawareness. We are unconscious more than we can possible imagine until we begin a dedicated journey of any kind, but this kind of practice is “emotional intelligence” and the loosening of the “subtle body” called the soul.
LUNAR PHASES WITHIN THE FOUR SEASONS OF NATURE’S YEAR
Lunar Cycles – Each Moon cycle is approximately 28 Nights (28 x 13 moons = 364 nights in a year). In nature’s Seasonal year, there are “3 moons” for each of the four seasons (three moons of spring, three moons of summer, etc.) – with one extra moon cycle between the end of winter and the beginning of the spring equinox which is the actual 13th moon.
As emotional beings we must contend with our karma in smaller ways, that are precisely timed in their calm or chaos cycles. These cycles return the burdens of our past life deeds and play out in many simple to complex ways like physical disease, mental illness, and emotional instability including illusions all the way to bipolar and schizophrenia.
The emo-soul flow gets blocked in our memories of our emotional systems until we approach and heal them from a journey into our past (this lifetime) and the woundedness which we have all suffered. That is the wounded psyche or what we shamans call, the fragmented aspects of the soul (of this lifetime). There are soul fragments also from past lives but that is much more complicated. We do what we can, and we are even under the natural age cycles and fated cycle in doing such work. Remember, the Mind-Body reality, its perimeters and jurisdictions are not the same as the Emotional-Soul reality, its perimeters and jurisdictions and perceptions.
At each moon’s cycle, the subtle energies of nature and our own soul (which is different than the emotional body), begins to flow or has been blocked from lifetimes of karma even at our birth. I learned how each moon cycle was very different in its effects, its energy, its thick or thinness of energy and its effected on each individual person. Around the tenth year into this monthly simple lunar path and its disciplines I saw an awakening process that was coinciding with this work, with my other spiritual path. I also shared it at my monthly goddess circle, then moon circles and lastly, my dream circles.
Building a Monthly Lunar Foundation
In the invisible aspects of our life, which are our feelings, our soul, our intuition, our dreams, our psyche, including our personal illusions and illusions in our dreams, we also build a foundation and that is working with the moon, the cycles of the (energetic) reality of that invisible.
In ancient alchemy, the Mental body and the Emotional body (and the lesser soul that we incarnate with), are called the Sacred Marriage when they are no longer at odds or in battle, and these two bodies are housed in our Physical body and bring health. The lunar life through the night’s dreaming life, and the purification of the shadow self (karma) as a process is what fragments this flow. That is simply called self sabotage, unconscious behavior, projections, neurotic behaviors or addictive behaviors and a host of other dis eases that are mental or emotional resulting in the sicknesses of the physical body.
The Simple Practice
Each New Moon, the first step is to set only “One New Moon Intention” … on the day of the New Moon.
The second step in two weeks after the new moon is setting: “One Full Moon Intention Release” from what appeared on your path for two weeks.
The third and last phase is the “Contemplation of the Dark Moon” period that prepares the new intention for the next New Moon.
On each New Moon, set one inner intention (about our emotional life, our creative life, our perception life or the healing of a struggle or sickness). A “Goal” is you in relationship to your greater (exterior) world, and an “Intention” is your relationship with your (inner) world. We work with intention.
When you set your New Moon, then wait for the signs and synchronicity to begin to appear (and they will). For many, this practice is first building awareness to be able see the signs and synchronicity and then eventually to weed out what isn’t important of all the signs.
When the Full Moon arrives two weeks later, we set “One Release Intention” based upon the signs and your responses to it, of what surfaced from our new moon intention. On the full moon, speak out with I RELEASE…. or I LET GO OF…. (something that no longer serves your highest good, that is about only you.)
Then during the duration of the two weeks “after” the Full Moon, this is the time of contemplation and the processes of “awareness” occurs. It is the releases in our life that brings more clarity. We bring one small awareness to us, each month.
Foundation of the following New Moon, one month after another…
The most powerful days of signs and synchronicities are the three days before the new moon, and with practice, we begin to recognize the signs that will play out the entire month. If you do any spiritual work like fasting, or meditation retreats, try to do it the week when the dark moon shifts into the new moon. The amount of information will be doubled. This all takes a lot of practice for the more advanced Lunar Practitioner, but year after year we get one more drop of awareness. A mountain moves an inch every ten years, and so too, with real awareness (consciousness) mental or emotional body.
For most beginners, its more a dedication to begin to see results. Within one year, you have set 13 actual intentions and 13 release intentions that are symbiotic. The next seasonal year, you begin a second layer of the same issues that arise, with the next 13 new moons and so forth. This is a stabling process and practice and we cannot heal anything we are not ‘aware of’ – not mentally, but emotionally. The mind follows the emotional body but in the patriarch that has all been reversed along with philosophy to fragment core emotional truth.
Only my apprentices have practiced the ‘more complex 2nd through 8th stages of this practice’. But at my circles I have taught and still teach, just mastering the first stage is complex enough.
Moon Cultures & Sobriety = Emo, Empath, Sensitive and Dreamers & their Astral Bodies
Last and certainly one of the most important aspects of the dreamer, intuitive, and emotional body and soul body is sobriety. This is our eternal body, unlike the intuition of the psychic or medium who works off the intuition of the mental astral body.
The Moon cultures were a living culture and not based on mind-body at all, but body and soul. These were the cultures of prehistory art, dreaming, shamanism, creativity, food, music, dance, sobriety (pre-Dionysus cults), which were rituals around the lunar cycles that included maidens, mothers and grandmothers. Since then, we have all lived without a real ancient awareness practice of our emotional and soul body before the 3rd century and have accrued much karma in our past lives.
The purification of karmic lives require us to experience the visions of pain returned into our body, of those we had hurt in past life relationships, be that a antiquity soldier or family issues. What remained after that was the motion, but not the enlightenment aspects of the inner spiral walk that the moon cycles can lead us to, which is first and foremost, emotional rhythm as a healing practice to eventually enter emotional intelligence through nature’s consciousness.
If we drink or smoke pot, we disrupt our emotional body’s natural rhythms and flow and each decade that this has occurred its required about half that time to purify. Example, if you started smoking pot or drinking at 15 and are now 40, the rhythm of your energetic magnetic (soul cycles and emotional body cycles) have been “dried out” and no longer work with natures’s rhythm and emotional intensities. Think of the energetic astral body of our soul and emotional body as a cloud, its moist, movements, and continual flow like a large set of clouds in the sky.
These substances dry out of soul cloud body into small, millions of dried or hardened granular sand that are no longer moist nor unified. Your mind may work with your life and nature and “think” that these are intact, but when you need the power of your soul the most, we fail in not only making large changes in our life but overcoming addicts, behavioral issues etc. The Soul offers us superpower when life hits us the hardest and the “subtle” is revealed between illusions, soul blindness and emotional waves of detoxing.
This is because our magnetic energy bodies are complicated and painful when touched and they get “lost” because pot reduces and dries out the moist “cloud body” of the emotional and soul bodies. Alcohol spikes its rhythms until they are completely off balance. If one does both, it takes about 8 years of sobriety to release what was not seen in awareness of issues or loss of the past. The memory body of the emotional body is emotional energy and the remembrances is the soul body.
These magnetic energies are a great resource that many shadows have tried to steal within our astral light (of our astral, chi or unified chakra body), not only from us in waking life, but also in our dreams at night but luring us away with useless mental, university and mind cult distractions of love and light. Keeping boundaries healthy of our receptive body (soul/emo) requires that the mental body and physical body be clear and aware that the emotional body is subdued even when it shouldn’t be. And aware that the greater self (the soul) has been put into bondage even before we reincarnated.
If mother earth ignored her moon, her tides would not be consistent nor would the germination of her seeds of plants get started. So the moon is important both physically and energetically. Moon is the ancient keeper of the seasons’ natural flow, coinciding with woman’s natural emotional cycles and her bleeding cycles – which were the original time keepers of this planet. This was replaced with the Sun calendars around the time religion came into power.
To work with Phoenix as a client or student, by skype, phone or in person, even within this particular practice or others, please write to Eldermountaindreaming@gmail.com for more information regarding that. Here is a list of what Phoenix does as a healer, dreamer (shaman), teacher, astrologer, seer etc: https://wp.me/p6B4GV-7oB