Photo above is from one of the Prayer Circles I led for Standing Rock in Fall 2016 on Long Island, NY. The white staff is the prayer stick I bring with me to Prayer Circles and when I go into nature to do prayers and offerings on my own. It is tied with blue prayer ties, or khadags from the Siberian tradition. Photograph Copyright Alex M Wolff 2016.

Photo above is from one of the Prayer Circles I led for Standing Rock in Fall 2016 on Long Island, NY. The white staff is the prayer stick I bring with me to Prayer Circles and when I go into nature to do prayers and offerings on my own. It is tied with blue prayer ties, or khadags from the Siberian tradition. Photograph Copyright Alex M Wolff 2016.

My shamanic path...

In 2007 a close friend told me that I had to meet a lady she knew because, as she put it, the lady did what I do. "What do I do?" I asked, curiously and with a giggle. My friend couldn't explain (aside from witnessing birds come to me and other unusual "magical" things when I was around) , so she told me to just meet her. The lady was a healer and I was in need of healing, so I scheduled a session with her, expecting that I would receive energy healing while she did all the work. That was far from what ended up happening. As soon as the session began, I started "seeing" things. I "saw" animals all around me from the different directions. I heard things. I felt the cold wind blow from the north. I went places with my eyes closed. She referred me to another healer who I worked with over the phone. They were shamanic practitioners who told me that I had "wounded healer" energy. I didn't quite understand at first, but eventually it all began to make sense. 

I had an active spiritual life since I was a child, but my path became clear when I found shamanism in 2007. Before that time I participated in events through the Long Island Open Circle (LIOC). When Druidry felt like a better fit, I joined the ADF and was one of the founders of our local ADF Protogrove, Paumanok Island Protogrove. Although they are beautiful paths, I knew that shamanism was the right one for me when it came knocking on my door. For years I had done channeling, automatic writing, card readings (some without the need for cards), psychometry, communicated with animals and trees, worked with staffs, found things for people by having a vision about it when they asked me where it was, seen orbs of light and faint figures come to me the night before I learned that a friend or family member passed away. Things like that. But these were just some of the tools that would be required for my truest path and there was much more I was being called to learn and do.

As I continued working with the shamanic practitioners I met in 2007, they did healing for me and also began to teach me. They gave me homework. These healers and teachers were from the Peruvian tradition. I began journeying regularly and did private rituals that were spontaneous and guided by spirit, providing me with deep insights and teachings. As I healed and learned and began my own daily practice, the physical world around me opened up. With each big shift that happened within me, a big shift would also happen in my life. It was not something I would have believed unless I experienced it for myself. It was humbling and fascinating. My plan was to study the Peruvian tradition like my teachers had, but that was never an option so I knew that another path might be calling me. Years later I met a teacher who studied the Norse tradition and I was also called to the Siberian tradition through an ancient ancestral helping spirit who works with me to this day. My main teachers now are the Spirits. A more detailed story of my initiation into shamanism can be found in an article I wrote for Issue #94 of Sacred Hoop Magazine.  

Walking a shamanic path is not a passive one. Personal growth and healing is absolutely crucial before beginning to do this work for others. My Helping Spirits and I are a team and I would not attempt this work without them. There IS no work without them. Spirit always leads the way. When we work in alignment with Spirit and follow the guidance that is provided to us when we are open enough to ask, listen, see and feel, the most wonderful miraculous things can and do happen.

After years of deep work, healing, study and daily practice, I am now a shamanic practitioner. I consider myself an animist and the Norse and Siberian paths that have called me align with my ancestry. I currently lead journey circles, prayer circles, teach shamanic journeying and facilitate healing for others, including our Mother Earth - all with direct guidance from Spirit. If you would like to work with me, please visit my page http://www.robynbellospirito.com/circles-sessions-workshops/ to find out how to begin. 

Peace, Love and Blessings to All!

Robyn