Ancestral Knowledge lives within’ is a deep thought and one of the cards in the Good Vibes deck.
When I went to Pisaq, Peru for the first time in 2007, I knew I had been here before. While in a Despacho ceremony, I saw myself as a young girl climbing barefoot through the hills. Then my little brother (who, in this life, is my older sister) and I were in a cave. I knew we had no parents, and that I must take care of her.
Then the Condor showed up and the vision ended.
As many of you know, I pride myself on being a ‘feeler healer’ and do not usually “See” But this experience left me with deep GRATITUDE for my Ancestral knowledge and past life experiences.
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A Journey of Transformation —
As seen in Radiance Magazine July/Aug 2017
I was in no way prepared for the awakening that was about to occur…
It was the summer of 2007. My mother passed away the year before and her death devastated me. I was in fear around finances and had yet to land a job in the field I was working so hard towards.
The last thing I felt I should be doing was running off to Peru on a spiritual journey.
But I had such a profound healing experience with the amazing Shaman from Chile, Marcella Lobos, that when she suggested I go with the Four Winds Society, I tuned in and listened.
When we landed in Cusco, the music that came on the plane was my mother’s favorite song by the artist Enya and I knew then that I had her blessing.
The moment I stepped upon the land I could feel a peaceful vibration. The air was clean and crisp, the people smiling and friendly. I felt as though I had gone back in time, and in a way I had.
We all got on a big bus and headed to the Sacred Valley. As we passed the snowcapped mountains (called the Apus) I could feel their energy and strength in every fiber of my being. We learned about the medicine men and women of the Andes, the Q’ero. I heard the word Ayni for the first time and the idea of reciprocity as a Universal law. I understood being open to give and receive is at the core of their teachings.
Although I had not yet fully claimed my role as Shaman I could feel the call begin to rise and was honored to be answering.
When I came home from that trip to Peru my life unfolded in unimaginable ways. Insecurities that had once plagued me began to disappear. I was finally connecting to my spirit guides and trusting my intuition like never before.
Two years later, I was guided by spirit to open my home as the Orange County Healing Center. I began leading groups to the sacred sites of Peru and England. On New Year’s Eve 2009, I lead a group to Peru to anchor in the masculine and feminine energies. While the Peruvians were dancing in the streets we headed up to the Temple of the Moon in the pouring rain to install medicine rites under the stars. It was magical and I feel honored to have been there.
~Shaman Isabella Stoloff
A lot can happen with an experienced shaman in five days during the transformational summer solstice, especially when you’re sitting on powerful ley lines in an enchanted land…
If you’re not familiar with Shaman Isabella, she is a powerful healer in Southern California. She leads Sacred Site tours around the world and is a real life shaman. She works out of the Orange County Healing Center and the story of her life has empowered many to believe in themselves. Being with Shaman Isabella will help you realize that just because you have been through hardship doesn’t mean the rest of your life is bleak. She has a bright spirit and a depth that touches the core of your being. If you’re wanting to transform your life, this England Retreat will allow you to get in touch with the fire that is in each of us. It’s a big decision to travel to a distant land but many people are choosing retreats over regular vacations because they find them much more enriching.
So what can you expect at the retreat in England?
Experience Healing Ceremonies On Sacred Land
Group healings can be more powerful than personal meditation or one on one healings because in a group the energy is amplified. In this retreat, the group healings are going to be conducted on sacred grounds where the energy is already elevated. Many retreats are led in these locations because the energy of the land is conducive to healing and connecting to other realms of consciousness. Many people are able to use the heightened group energy to connect with past lives and heal on a very deep level.
Explore The Mystical Town of Glastonbury
This retreat will not be full of activity and running around. You will get to settle into the town and really focus on your personal healing and shed the layers that are the hardest to see in yourself. The layers of the ego take time to identify and when you’re in an intentional healing mode for days on end, real transformation can occur. Glastonbury is a magical place visited by many spiritual people throughout the year to deepen their connection to the earth and our ancestors. Imagine how exciting it will be to walk up the the hill to Glastonbury Tor, where monks discovered King Arthur’s grave.
Intentional Group Healing
As the group comes together in this special place in England, the intention for healing will be very strong, stronger than you can create on your own because the land itself activates healing. Visiting places like Stonehenge can help you because there is a thin veil between other realms on these vortexes. The land has energy and we are intricately tied to it. Because this land has been a sacred healing space for so long, it has a vibration that can activate your healing. Group consciousness in a city is very strong and makes healing more difficult but in the peace and solitude of the English countryside, your mind will be able to relax and your soul will be able to speak to you. As Isabella holds space for your personal transformation, you may heal deep wounds you have never recognized and things that have been holding you back from making the life changes that you have been wanting.
Connect To Nature During The Summer Solstice
The summer solstice is a time when the energy is ripe for real emotional growth and releasing of pain. The solstice is a time for wisdom and inspiration. The summer solstice is about newness, fertility and balance. It is a time to celebrate the light within and a connects us deeper to the earth energy. The solstice represents fire and growth. Just as the natural world is full of newness, our consciousness is also filling with new ideas and inspiration. The retreat in England is careful placed during this celebratory time.
Release Expectation and Journey Into The Unknown
Sometimes going outside of our comfort zone can open up new areas of creativity in ourselves that are untapped. When we learn about a new culture and mythology we may see ourselves in a new light. We may realize we haven’t given our skills ample credit or fostered them. We may realize that we have limited ourselves in certain ways. Taking a journey into the unknown builds confidence and allows us to create new ways of thinking and relating to the world that we like and that we prefer.
Inevitably, you can predict what your experience might be but truly you cannot even comprehend the openings within your heart that can occur because they are such strong experiences. Your healings may be subtle and gentle or they may be intense and full of energy. The unknown is where we go to become vulnerable, to learn and to realize that we rely on each other to grow in past, present and future. If you feel the calling, there is a reason. All will be revealed, just don’t tell the story before the curtain rises or you may miss the best part.
Remember, Shaman Isabella is a professional healer who has changed the lives of many people. She has studied the ancient modalities of medicine men and women who have been deeply helpful and respected in cultures for ages. The healers are often consulted on major decisions and called upon in times of crisis. If you are experiencing hardship, wanting to change your life or seeking something you can’t describe, you don’t have to do it alone. It can be a magical journey with friends and in a safe environment. It can be fun and truly thrilling! Let your light shine and enter a new land, a new vibe and a new chapter in your life, one of empowerment, wisdom and true friendships. Having a mentor like Isabella is a gift, studying with her is something that can truly change you on a cellular level, the mysteries of the earth are waiting to heal you and comfort you, you only have to let the love in.
If you are like me you are what I call a “feeler healer”. Since we can feel what is going on with our loved ones and the planet, this can affect our mood. Many of us are experiencing this right now. Some great tips are to stay in the moment, enjoy what’s right in front of us and stay grateful. If we stop for a moment and live our life to the fullest we will be less likely to get caught up in the emotion that is running our planet.
Let us learn together how to hold space for our planet. You may ask yourself, what does it mean to hold space? I look at it like a large expansion of our beings to encompass and support that which we are holding space for.
See yourself in a golden bubble and open your heart, think of stability and support, imagine you are surrounded by your guides, and tune into your inner universal wisdom, breath into that space. Then imagine the expansion happening, send your golden light to any place on the planet you feel your support is most needed. This is the way we will learn to connect and co-create together!
Are you the type of person who has always trusted yourself? Then this is not the article for you. I am here to speak to those like myself, those people who gave their power away and trusted everyone BUT themselves. Those of us that thought everyone else’s opinions were better than their own.
For many years I was a victim. I placed myself in situations where others controlled my life. I felt I always made bad decisions and so I stopped making them. I would ask at least 3, if not more people what I should do and then I would pick the one that sounded best.
In 1991 I began to step into my power and went back to school. This was not easy. As a single mother of 3 trying to manage was incredibly difficult, but I did it. Something inside of me was crying out to be heard, and although I did not know it at the time, this was the beginning of my spiritual awakening.
I read books on positive affirmations, and made new choices in the way I thought about myself, I did a lot of writing. I even burned some of it not knowing at the time it was a shamanic tool for release. I began to feel better, but I still did not trust my decision making process. No one had ever talked to me about my intuition or how to access it.
In 2006, my whole world changed. As I entered the world of Shamanism I found I was a feeler healer, as I know many of us are. Learning how to trust my intuition became a daily practice. I would make decisions based on how I felt. If I was wrong, I would not beat myself up, I would simply say, “That was a lesson”. Each lesson helped me to gain a better understanding of myself and how I worked.
I began treating myself like my own best friend. I spoke kindly about myself and to myself, and became hyper aware of my thoughts, words and actions. I became totally honest with everyone around me, most of all myself.
Once you become totally honest with yourself and take inventory of your life you can look around and see what is no longer working for you. In today’s world there are so many choices, and so much technology, we are getting further and further way from whom we really are.
Find yourself in the moment and ask yourself what truly makes you happy. Is it the new gadget, app, bigger house, or car? Are you looking outside of yourself to find happiness?
We can only truly be happy when we go inside ourselves and look around. Take a moment and breathe. Listen to your mind. What is the one thing you worry about the most? This is the thing you are giving your power away to. Stop giving it power. Breathe and shift your consciousness. Only you have the power to change your mind. The moment you decided to trust yourself, and become more conscious in your everyday living, the happier you will become.
Take stock of your life and how you want to live it. Clear out the clutter and get back to the basics. YOU are the most important person… YES you! You are the only one who can provide yourself with the comfort and care you deserve.
Once we start being kind to ourselves our intuition grows and we make decisions based on what’s best for us.
Make a commitment to yourself. Write a contract to be more loving, honest and compassionate with yourself. Those around you may have a hard time with the new you, but the real friends will stay around and admire your personal growth.
Trusting ourselves and teaching our children to do the same will grow a generation of leaders and our world will be a better place to live.
Shaman Isabella Stoloff founded the Orange County Healing Center. She has a full time practice and travels all over the world teaching and leading ceremony.