Divination

“A problem cannot be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.”
Divination as exploratory space

T here is a saying in plant-spirit medicine work that ‘you may not get what you want, but you always get what you need’. That need is determined by a force beyond the ego-bound personality. When what we need and what we want are aligned, destiny flows.

Readings take place in a scared space where the past, present and future are malleable. By moving beyond time, we can track energy blocks to their source and make a course correction from the point of origin. It allows for deeper lying shifts that move us to towards the state of consciousness of the resolution, not the problem.

In this creative space, we can explore the optimum timeline, or best trajectory, based on what a client desires when it is aligned with a higher purpose.

We can explore how disparate experiences have perfectly moulded us for our next evolutionary step. It presupposes that nothing happens by chance and no experience is wasted.

By shining the light of one’s own consciousness on stubborn issues from a new perspective, shifts can occur spontaneously. Instead of a healing, this is a form of remembrance and an invitation to become more of who we are.

ANDEAN DIVINATION

I am inspired by the tradition of divination used by the Q’ero of Peruvian Andes. The Q’ero safeguarded their knowledge by retreating high into the mountains and beyond the reach of the Spanish colonisers. In recent decades they have come back down to share their medicine with the world during the prophesised shift of the ages – the taripay pacha: the time of meeting ourselves again.

The Q’ero mystics use a combination of coca leaf and stone readings as a means of determining where energy is flowing — and where it is blocked — on a map of consciousness. Using the medicine guides of serpent, puma and condor as the active organising principles of the lower, middle and upper worlds, they are adept at tracking across all frontiers of the mind and spirit.

These maps reveal what aspects of self are dying and being shed; what aspects are being reborn; what aspects are in the shadows of consciousness; and what aspects have already taken flight into the visionary space. Empowered by this knowledge, we can make judicious changes on that same mythological map that will then flow through into our lives.

Prophecy not prediction
The word ‘prophecy’ originates from the Greek term propheteia. It means to “speak forth”, and in the context of the Bible and Torah, to speak forth the mind and will of god. Although fore-telling is an aspect of the gift of prophecy, it is derivative of the ability to deliver a divinely inspired message: forth-telling, not fore-telling.

Fortune-telling collapses time around a specific movement and doesn’t allow for further changes to unfold. The nature of energy is movement, so attachment to a particular outcome – a foretold outcome – is to invite stagnation and deny the very fluidity essential to its realization.

The same state of consciousness that generates the dream cannot, by definition, bring that dream into being. The dream is multidimensional, flowing, ever moving, ever adapting. That’s why dreaming is an art and the dreamtime a space of infinite possibility. The key is to see its realization as just another moment of unfoldment. The dream will change again, perhaps before it is realized, perhaps after – but never in the shape we had imagined.

Prophecy is inspiration, an invitation to participate in the dream but not possess it.

Martin Luther King Jnr was prophesying when he said: “I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood…” If we were to domesticate this dream, we might call it an aspiration. But King Jnr’s voice from the lectern at Lincoln Memorial is echoing still, in the cadence of a dream beyond time and space.

Prophecy is the declaration of a living, breathing dream that seeks to express itself in ever-widening arcs. Prophecy is inspiration, an invitation to participate in the dream but not possess it; to set it free, not to imprison it in the gilded cage of our desires.

We all prophesy: it is the language we share with the divine. As the prophet Joel said in the Torah – and quoted by Peter in Acts – “And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall dream dreams…”

The “last days” of the old world are upon us. When we prophesy, we dream our new world into being, personally and collectively. The lay of the cards are a dynamic interchange of energies, whereby we draw from this rich shared heritage, not just to interpret the signposts but to change the very map of our destiny.

Forth-telling, not fore-telling.

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