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Every Despacho has its own essence, a theme that seems to infuse its creation. Even though a Despacho arises from a planned intent, elements emerge in synchronicity regardless of any plan. Our Gratitude Despacho could very well have been called A Heart of Gold. What is the essence of a heart of gold? This is the question that arises from ceremony.

How do we weave the elements of gold into our heart to inform the actions we take in the world?

Our Despacho set about surrounded in gold, held in solid integrity. Gold radiates and shines as joy in our heart. A heart full of gold is rich in compassion and loving kindness. Gold is abundance. Gold is prosperity. How can we cultivate these qualities of heart so we are informed by our compassion and integrity to take action in the world? How can we develop a consciousness of abundance and prosperity over lack and scarcity? One place to look are the words on which our prayers were laid.

FORGIVENESS.   NOW.   STRENGTH.   AIR.

Let these words be a steppingstone on the path to a heart of gold.

AIR

In the midst of ceremony I head to the beach. I am surrounded by AIR, immersed in it, in AWE of it. (I will post more on this later.) Notice if a word calls to you, jumps off the page or notice even a word from which you withdraw. Let this word play like a mantra. Let this word seep into your soul. What arises from the blessing of this word? How does this word feed inspiration? Can these words serve in times of struggle? Does one word flow or fit with another? Call to these words. Keep them close to your heart. Let them serve as guideposts on your path.

This is the first practice from our ceremony. The first practice for weaving a heart of gold.

AHO my friends! AHO!

Karen Chrappa
Author of A Structure for Spirit
www.karenchrappa.com 

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Al·che·my [al-kuh-mee] 

  1. any magical power or process of transmuting a common substance, usually of little value, into a substance of great value. 

With my heart feeling much like the ash left after burning our Cuti Despahco, I journey for guidance. “Shamanic journeying is a tool that accesses information at the level of the energetic and puts you in communication with Spirit. Processing and accessing information from this higher perspective re-informs your life in an efficient manner. Shamans work to create healing and transformation at the material level by creating change at the level of the energetic.” (excerpt from A Structure for Spirit)

My heart has been laden with loss since the breakup with my boyfriend. It took a long time to even call him that. I was divorced about 4 years when we met. I was not attracted at first. Our relationship grew slowly. Our time together was a magical mix of deep friendship, erotic lovemaking, poetry, ceremony and heartache. With him I learned to drop the control of manipulation that had previously steered my relationships and surrender to the unfolding of magic. He has been my most dear and divine lover. Now it is over, my heart burnt to ash. Times like these call for a shamanic journey.

A shamanic journey expands our ability to see our life from a perspective both higher and wider than ordinary realms of consciousness. We travel to the extraordinary realms of Spirit consciousness. When we are lost in the day to day survival of living or are trying to heal a broken heart, we are blinded by our fear and our pain. Our vision is limited. The shamanic journey expands our way of seeing. This information, like a blessing, showers down on our life.

A shamanic journey is like following a trail, driven by your intent. You may find yourself walking along the roots of a tree which take you to a river where you are met by a guide who takes you to Eagle where you fly to mountaintops. On this particular journey, my intent was to find what my heart needed for healing. And so it went. I follow the tracks. Eventually I am led to a clearing. My head is shaved, my body scrubbed and covered in mud. I am laid on the Earth. Hands begin chipping away at the black, dead wood sitting at the base of my heart. It cracks open. A smooth, golden liquid is poured in. It fills my entire body. This golden liquid transmutes into a precious metal. I have found, through this journey, what I am looking for. In my heart sits pure gold.

Alchemy. A magical process of transmuting something of little value into a substance of great value. This journey has taken me through an alchemy of heart. The burnt wood and ash at the center of my heart are of little value. Their purpose already served in fire. Through this journey I receive pure gold, a precious metal. Yet it is the broken heart that holds the magical power. Our pain is there to crack us open. For therein lies the gateway to gold.

My heart is not yet empty of grief but its load is lighter.

I am re-informed by a new mantra.

I have a heart of pure gold!

AHO my friends! AHO!

Karen Chrappa
Author of A Structure for Spirit
www.karenchrappa.com

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What might your life look like,

If you were to discover,

At your very core,

A Heart

Made of pure GOLD?

AHO my friends! AHO!

Karen Chrappa
Author of A Structure for Spirit 
http://www.karenchrappa.com

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