From Alberto Villoldo:
A man I knew lived for a time in a house that was built from a kit sold by Sears and Roebuck’s catalogue many decades ago. It was solid, small, and practical, and it suited him for a time. But as the years went by and his circumstances changed, he outgrew the little home. Its charms were lost on him, and he longed for a house more appropriate for the life he was living and the life he wished to create.
Should he find another home he would surely outgrow someday? Should he build a new one? And what if that one turned out to be unsuitable years later when his life changed again?
Just as this man who lived in the “kit” house, you have the capacity to choose a new destiny rather than the one dictated to you by the events of the past and the DNA you inherited from your parents, grandparents, and ancestors. Often, however, people are so mired in their pasts that the “what ifs” of an unknown (probably better) future keep them from moving forward.
Why You Feel Uneasy About “Moving”
Trauma in childhood is associated with social ills such as drug abuse and sexually risky behavior to psychological problems that range from depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia to deficits in attention and impulse control. Recent research shows that adverse childhood events can even affect gene regulation and expression because long forgotten memories can remain etched in an individual’s Light Energy Field (LEF) and the neural networks in the brain. Even experiences that occurred when an infant was still developing in an oceanic womb can affect the LEF and neural networks.
The LEF serves as a blueprint for what happens within the body. Disturbances in the energy can manifest as cancer, autoimmune disorders, pain, inflammation, or other imbalances and ailments.
Neural networks are often like blueprints as well, dictating the forms and structures of the psyche. The anger you feel in response to a missed airline flight or a perceived slight by a coworker may be very old anger that lays dormant in your neural networks and expresses itself in the present whenever it is triggered by a too-sensitive warning system for danger. The threat is not to your person but to your pride and sense of self. Yet, you shout or retreat with the intensity of a rabbit running from a coyote or a ram attacking a rival head on.
Brooding, retreating, and scheming become art forms as you learn to respond to life as if it has a personal vendetta against you. We all do this, although some of us develop better mechanisms of denial than others do, a favorite being to blame our circumstances and other people. “If only he didn’t…If only she wasn’t…If it weren’t for my terrible luck.” We write stories to support our sense of entitlement to resentment, jealousy, or depression about the gap between what our lives were supposed to be and what they have become.
When neural networks determine your emotions and the thoughts that surround them, a mildly irritating situation that should frustrate you for only a few moments can become a source of rage and aggression or fear, repression, and depression. Your future becomes dictated by the past as you become caught in the web of cause-and-effect.
Breaking Free From the Old “House”
If you are to break free of suffering from the same old problems you’ve struggled with for years, many of your neural networks – the blueprints for structures of thought, feeling, and behavior – will need to be replaced. But who will be the architect who draws up new blueprints? And will this architect maintain a fear-response system that serves you well in times of physical danger without constructing a palace of pain that traps you in old responses to new situations?
You have the capacity to choose a new destiny rather than the one dictated to you by the events of the past and the DNA you inherited from your parents, grandparents, and ancestors. You begin to draw a new blueprint when you consciously recognize that you have been using blueprints that no longer serve you.
Here at the Four Winds, we help you with that new blueprint. Time and time again, we see tremendous, freeing change in the lives of people who decide it’s time to move to a new blueprint. As you begin sketching a new blueprint, you’re actually generating new structures in your brain as you start to detoxify your body, your thoughts and your emotions. The sketch is filled in further when you employ shamanic practices for communicating with the invisible world, the realm of all creation where every tool is available to you.
The old habits and stories of persecution begin to fade as you draw new lines, imagine new rooms to inhabit, and conceive of an entirely new structure for your life. With the invisible realm of Spirit nurturing, guiding and inspiring you, you feel confident in what you are building for yourself.
Just as we choose to live in one house or another, we live for a time here, and then there, letting go of the familiar and stepping into the unknown with faith and curiosity. We can learn to be like the hunters and gatherers of ancient times, the nomads who trusted in their abilities as builders, creators, planners, and dreamers. Their faith came from knowing they could rely on more than their wits or the structures created by those who came before them. They could speak with the force that moved the rivers and pushed the seedlings up through the soil. They could listen to the advice of the clouds and the sun, the tides and the herds, and find the wisdom at the intersection of the visible and the invisible. And on that spot, they could build a new home.
Readers, when you sense it’s time to start drawing a new blueprint, consider our introductory course, Munay Ki: The Nine Rites of Passage, wherein you actively transform and upgrade your luminous field. See details and campus schedules.