Sanse Espiritismo is a system for being a space of light.
Sanse Espiritismo is a system for being a space of light.
In the days past people placed their faith in the healer and witch-doctor. She came from a tattered past, and invoked kindness in the living, and safe passage for the dying. Souls in “purgatory” could become elevated and therefor released from the abyss and into a new direction. From the dedication and ceremony of the priestess arose a mystical art we now know today as Sanse.
Here we are at the threshold of a new generation of mystic spiritual workers who call themselves practitioners, witches, mystics and priestess. But, the dedication and need for love is missing from many of these peoples hearts.
Love motivates mysteries to make an uncomfortable journey from the other realms into our presence. When this takes place, god/goddess manifests in the flesh of the practitioner for a brief moment of time in order to heal sick, make karma clear and resolve racism, classism and segregation. The most profound doctors of unity.
Can you see how being anything other than in a state of forgiveness and light would have the practitioner be unable to carry the spirit realm on their back?
This talent to be a merchant of high will and light reflects poorly on the spiritist communities around the world today. They have no need for love in this manner any more because they think this grand gift is owed to them or handed to them any old way.
Sanse teaches you to contain a light, let that light burn bright. This light must be handed to you by initiation. Initiation is essential for the trials to begin.
Initiation opens the doors to your trials to become fodder for growth. Without initiation you have not begun the journey of dedication to be carved into a being of love.
Love can not be contained or owned, it flows through an individual and can be passes to another to ignite the light. When you hold onto it, it gets extinguished and dies. Initiation can not save you from your own greed, however it begins a journey of self discovery meant to be cast by the priest / priestess, and endured by the initiate.
You are not promised anything except for exactly what you need to overcome, your inner most demonic snares and follies of your own human nature.
Forgiveness is the key, but more importantly is for you to become strong in this power by rite and fire.
Peace from The Priestess.
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My inspiration this month is Shamanism… I would like to inspire you.
You are the focus, you are learning, you will pay to receive and then take what you have learned and sell it.
I would like to inspire you to be a different kind of student. A Shamanic student.
I became a Shamanic student in the forth the grade. Since then I have never had any Shaman at any moment or time teach me to be a student of this nature. I have never been given a lesson directly, I have never undergone any ceremony or celebration knowing fully it’s job or purpose, and I have never been given a timeframe for my teachings.
I have sat silently in the corner while work was being done with no explanation for years and was expected to ask no questions. I have seen horrifyingly scary happenings and was given no reason why… I was expected to have full faith and trust at all times. I have been woken up in the middle of the night and taken out to who knows where with no reason as to why. I have had my will tested physically, emotional and psychically. I have undergone things I can not say for oaths I have taken.
I have loved each of my teachers dearly, feared them and respected them. Being asked to sit silently in observation is a gift, being given the rite and passages in ceremony is a gift, being a student means being present and awake.
See, it is not the timeframe a lesson comes to you like a clock ticking it’s way towards midnight. It is how long can you learn something over and over until you receive the real lesson.
This I will give you for free right now. The real lesson under each lesson is this, you must learn to do nothing, so you can do something right, then you must be refrained from providing it, so you can see that you have the key and it is not yours to give away.
Then you must have knowledge for many years before you are given the right to apply it, if you do, it will then be taken away from you. So you can see the truth, and that is, you are of no value, the client as well, the remedy as well and then you just might learn to be Shaman.
Unimportant, not valuable and silently sitting. Because we walk in the other world and nothing on this plane matters.
See, to be a Shaman you are always a student, you will always be quiet, poised, learning. If you are teaching, leading, selling, preaching, without being humble and under your teacher, we know you do not know the heart of the Mystery and therefor we know that you can not heal. In order to heal someone you must walk in the other realms taking this one as very unimportant.
Many Blessings and Love to my Teacher
Being a Mambo
I am going to tell you a truth about the most secret and precious aspect of spirit work.
Every day I wake up and meet the new day by the side of my spirits, in the altar room with a cup of coffee and the soft candle light drawing in the new sun onto the sacred items I have for the spirits. I take a deep breath and feel the sunlight renewing my life force for this day, a day I am grateful for.
I open the prayers and listen to the whispering sounds of the chitter-chattering voices as they funnel through the veils of time to me. Deciphering the day’s work, readings, client needs and trainees’ problems. I open my mind and heart to the work ahead of me, performing the appropriate rituals for the day’s work.
I give readings, advise remedies, help loved ones and make spiritual baths. Come evening I will pray and protect myself and my family. Before I close down the magical work for the night, I make offerings to the spirits for their help.
In a day, I walk through the minds and hearts of so many. At nighttime I dream of everyone I am working for. Their pasts, their deepest fears, I will live their darkest secrets and feel what it is like to be them. This gives me compassion.
When the spirit needs to come through my body in possession to help someone, it feels like being dropped off a building. It can take up to three people to support me and several days to recover.
By the rite of the trail of spirits coming into our presence by passages performed daily for thousands of years, handed down from one magician to another in an unbroken chain, there is a line to the Divine and the spirits which follow.
As a channel, our duty is to perform the spirit’s will. Unwavering. Because we are working all the time, helping to elevate, clear and free people from the loneliest of places, we know darkness and we can see it everywhere.
Every day we wake up kissing the sunlight in the altar room, welcoming the voices that filter through. Those of us who are called to be spirit workers are proud of the spiritual path and all it has to offer.
This is our blessing, to live a life connecting to the Mysteries and our God.
May you be blessed as the Spirits and Mysteries walk with You.
Priestess and Mambo Shoshana
Supporting the Temple
People are always asking how they can support and help build the temple. This is a good question because when you support the temple you also support the spirits and they do give back. See, in the days of old, people would come into a temple and cook and clean for the Houngan and Mambo, this would give us the time we needed to perform our work, prepare our arsenal of supplies and offer ceremonies.
This connection and hands on training would build over time. The more you offered the more you would learn. Eventually you would develop an understanding of the spirit world and then were invited to perform mediumship for others. After some years you would be wise enough to help a priest or priestess in possession, a very important job!
During this period you would move from helping with the chores to mixing the herbs, making the lamps, collecting the foods for the spirits. By this time the spirits would begin to believe you respect them and they would start communicating directly with you. An asset to the temple you would have become.
It is my commitment to serve in the traditional ways. I myself moved 3000 miles to live next to my Papa for this reason. I gave everything I could and learned so much. Because of my dedication and service, I became a Mambo and Vodou Priestess.
Not everyone can make this kind of sacrifice for the spirits. But, here is a list of ways you can build your connection and serve in the community wherever you are:
- Take classes
- Become a member
- Send donation / supplies
- Come and spend time at the temple (we will put you to work)
- Tell others about the temple
- Know what we are doing. As a member you will be informed on work you can do during ceremonies that will benefit your life.
As always God Bless
People have celebrated the summer solstice for over 4,000 years. Mega alters dedicated to the changing of seasons are located all over our world. In Europe, and India, in South America, and Nepal, in Australia, and Africa. Every culture gathers in ceremony to acknowledge the changing of season and the longest day of the year.
For us, in our beautiful Sanse tradition, we could use this day to celebrate the Soley Division – the Division of the Sun. We have less emphasis on the seasons themselves because Sanse is a tradition which is used day by day, calling on particular spirits for help in our daily needs. I feel this is a good opportunity to bring together the annual worship of the Sun and our own Sun Deity for a cool lesson in the art of spirit medicine.
We hear so much about the other aspects of spirituality and witchcraft, like the moon, our psyche, or casting intentions.
A less known and less worked with energy we use in Sanse Espiritismo is Sun Magic. In our tradition, we have seven groups of spirits. Within each group is a family of innumerable spirits. These 7 Divisions together complete the spiritual path, leading one on a journey from the 1st plane of earthly power, through each level of power, and entering the final 7th plane, the Soley Division. This final phase of enlightenment allows us to encounter oneness with the Divine.
We reach the Soley Division as our last challenge in human consciousness and human awareness. Our challenge here is to fortify and strengthen ourselves by casting away our notions of God, Goddess, our beliefs and projections of spiritual biases. When we step into this abyss, we encounter our final tests before reaching the radiance known as Grand Soley.
This requires facing our greatest fears, distinguishing between false guidance, illusions and truths. The Soleys do not enter into relationship with a practitioner until they are ready, and few rarely are. Why? Because we fear our greatest fears, it is pretty much that simple.
On the other side, we meet our beloved deity of the sun, Grand Soley. He is not as it would seam. What comes from this relationship is both simple and very rich. A sense of fertility, virility, warmth in the mind from wealth and prosperity. Power to heal illnesses – if you are a healer. A feeling of deep joy, and a blast of solar power difficult to describe.
Within the Soley family resides a small group of spirits we keep as a mystery until people are ready for those teachings. We cannot just hand this power over to people, it must be cultivated through succeeding with the other 6 Divisions. As my teacher Papa Hector Salva says, “A lot of people think they are connecting with the Sun Division, but few really are in contact with this family of spirits.”
As the solstice comes over our planet, let’s offer up one fear as an offering to the sunlight. One fear to our sacred sunlight as a way to invite this Earthy power into our hearts.
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Spirit Medicine recipe
First: Pour a glass of water at the break of day. Place it outside in the sun for a blessing.
Second: Take an orange and fill it with your hopes by holding it in your hands and praying over it. Place next to water.
Third: Write down on a piece of parchment paper the fear you want to face and overcome. Fold it, place it in a second glass of water next to the orange.
Fourth: Mindfully pray to the sunlight or Grand Soley for guidance and support. Let sit overnight.
The next morning say an opening prayer:
1. Take the water with the fear in it, holding the water up to the sun, call on the sunlight or Grand Soley. Ask him to remove this fear from your body and mind.
2. Pour out in a bush or beneath a tree. Ask the plant to absorb all the emotions of the fear for you. Offer the plant a gift for its work. This clears your body, mind and emotions. Next we will cleanse your spirit. 3. Open the orange with your fingers, squishing all the pulp and juice into a bowl. Say, “As I open this orange, so do I open my connection with the Sunlight or Grand Soley.”
4. Pour the blessed glass of water in with the orange juice and pulp.
5. Optional – add some fresh basil for a blessing.
6. Rub this all over your body. First neck down, then feet up. Use the orange as a tool to rub the juice on you. As you rub down, ask for all the things you want cleared from you to be cleared away. As you rub up, ask for all the blessings you want to come to you.
This cleanses and heals you as the sunlight pours over your skin through the blessed water and orange.
Remember this is not just power of positive thinking. You are acting in accordance and with a power in nature and calling on spirit to help heal and clear you. Be sacred, pray from your heart. Find time to continue to pray out loud thanking the spirit for the spirit medicine given to you every day.Have Fun!
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