Tips on how to make Important decisions

Decision making Myself and friends around me seem to be facing many challenges and big changes as the moon energy of new beginnings is manifesting on the physical level. Decisions need to be made at this time and sometimes when we cannot see exactly where we are going it is challenging to know if we are making the right ones.

If you are one of those people that need to make a decision here are some tips to help you clarify what is important:


  1. The most important thing is to find some quiet time to just stop and be with yourself. It is very difficult to get clear when there is external stuff going on. You are important so make the time and know that you are worth it.
  2.  The key to getting clear on issues is to be clear on what you want to achieve. What is your intention and ultimate goal?
  3. Ask yourself where you want to be in two years time/five years time. Don’t hold back. It can be difficult to accept who we truly our and how powerful we can be.
  4.  Really acknowledge the greatest vision of yourself – even though you may seem further away from it than ever
  5. Use automatic writing techniques to discern your inner voice from your fear.
  6. When you are faced with two directions, go with the one that FEELS right, even if it’s the most irrational choice. We cannot always see the bigger picture so TRUST yourself and your inner knowing.
  7. Have Faith that your intention will be manifested, however impossible the situation may seem to be.
  8. Be true to who you are, despite resistance from others. Only when we are happy with ourselves and our lives can we spread happiness to others.
  9. Share your decisions with those whose feedback you honour and respect. They may say something that brings clarity to your situation.
  10. If you really don’t know flip a coin. You’ll know whether the coin is right or wrong. It works every time

Let me know if you have any other tips to add

Love and Blessings

Rebekah Shaman xxxxxxxxxxx

Photo courtesy of Estelle F

Hugging Trees – A Ritual

Hugging trees – A ritual to thank the trees

Tree Hugging ritualFor many, hugging trees is the past time of hippies but when we communicate with the trees and share our energy with them, we share our energy with all the trees in that area.  The more we are in intention when we hug trees the more powerful the ritual is.

The more we hug trees the more we become accustomed to their energy and they to us.  Now more than ever, we need to be hugging our trees and reminding them just how much we love and respect them.  Many of the trees are getting diseased and ill living in the polluted environments we have created and need our energy to help heal them.

When a tree is cut down for wood and timber, it is felt by all the other trees, because all trees are interconnected.  The trees are in crisis now as we continue to fell huge forests of ancient species, as though they are easily replaceable, but they are not!  The huge replanting of sustainable forests can never replace our ancient trees that create a whole different ecosystem for life to flourish by its carbon sink.

Living in the city it seems easier to hug a tree because they are so sparse, it seems as if they are crying out to be hugged and loved by humans.  City trees are the hardiest, providing us with co2 and moisture and birds.

When you hug a tree you are communicating your thanks and gratitude to the tree for all its support and love.  Feel reverent and respectful.  Without trees we would not be able to exist on this Earth and we must now show our love and admiration to all living things that keep this world habitable for us.

When we hug a tree and send it all our love the energy spreads down the trunk to the roots and deep into the ground, rippling out to the other roots of other trees and spreading throughout the forest.  Likewise, the energy travels upwards, to the branches and leaves of the trees that touch the other trees and your energy vibrates throughout the forest, wood, park.

There is no right way to hug a tree, but the more you do with a serious intent the more powerful this ritual becomes.  Put your arms around the tree, and allow your body to merge with the tree.  Feel the tree supporting your weight and slowly let go of holding on.  Release any emotion you may be carrying into the trees.  They are strong and supportive and are here to help us.

Sometimes the trees have messages for us, especially if we have a dilemma or a decision to make.  The best way to hear the message is to allow yourself the time to connect with the tree by imagining you pouring your energy into the tree and the tree reciprocating.

Once you are feeling in tune, ask the tree your question.  The key here is to have no expectations of what will come up.  The more open you are to any answer you will receive the more the tree can support and help you.  Once you feel better send your prayers of love and gratitude to the tree.  Hugging reduces stress and calms the mind, makes us feel more connected and at peace.

For many this is a new way of experiencing nature but in my many years of being a tree-hugger, I have been guided many times by the trees to make decisions that I did not have the clarity or the wisdom to make.

The next time you pass by a tree that you feel is glowing at you take time out to give it a hug.  You will in turn get a tree-energy boost that nourishes the soul and reconnects us with the natural world.

Image: Cosmic Tree M. J. Mott


Iboga – Opening the Mind

IbogaI thought I’d write a bit more about Iboga, as I have received a comment from my Iboga blog (see 5 Universal Laws of Nature) enquiring about the properties of the plant. There is a misconception that the hallucinogenic in Iboga is DMT.

According to Wikipedia Ibogaine is an indole alkaloid, a long-acting hallucinogen which has gained attention due to its application in the treatment of addiction – especially opium. It occurs naturally in Iboga, a plant that can be found in the Gabon. It is considered one of the plant medicines that can open the mind through vision journeys. If you have set your intention and are focused the Iboga can answer the questions you have been seeking.

Iboga is represented by the Bwiti. Bwiti is at the same time a religion, a worship of the ancestors and a brotherhood which allows any Tsogho to discover the Supreme Being Nzambe Kana (Nzambe = sky, Kana = ground), a spiritual energy like a global creator, synthesizing in itself all the supernatural spirits connected with the worship.

Iboga heals the emotional wounds that we experience through our childhood and teenage years. It re-opens them and gives us the opportunity to see our part in the trauma and then find forgiveness. It can also cure us of any addiction.

Iboga is for seekers that are ready to go into their darkness and pain in order to shed light on their traumas. It takes a lot of courage to face our fear and heal those incidents that are holding us back. It heals the victim and helps us to re-empower ourselves.

The plant medicines that are now available to us in the West, such as Ayahuasca, Iboga, San Pedro, Peyote and mushrooms are gifts from Mother Earth to help us on our paths towards conscious evolution.

I would be very interested in hearing about other peoples experiences with Iboga or any other plant medicine.

Love and Blessings

Rebekah Shaman


Iboga Picture by Veronika Logar

Ayahuasca – the plant of conscious evolution

I am in Iquitos for the fifth time in sixteen years. I first arrived in 1998 after Don Juanito called to me in a vision while I was working as a cultural and activities manager in a hotel in Machu Picchu and told me he was waiting for me. Desperate, and feeling forsakened I followed the vision to the Amazon, where I found him and became his apprentice of Ayahuasca and Peruvian, Amazonian Shamanism.


Despite coming here years ago, the energy and connection with my shaman family, Ayahuasca and shamanism has got stronger and stronger. I am now realising that Ayahuasca is a vine, that works like wine in that to get the best out of the medicine you have to let it mature for a few years. Now, sixteen years later, I feel I have matured enough to start sharing my story on a deeper level. So I have returned, to complete what was started and to begin a new chapter.


Ayahuasca tourism is now flourishing in Iquitos, as more people are being called to drink this plant medicine. It is the call of nature herself because this is the essential medicine of our times, a medicine to shift consciousness, a medicine to wake us up out of our trance like state and see what we are doing to this wonderful planet and to ourselves.


My understanding is that somewhere along the way our DNA was damaged and we disconnected ourselves from Mother Earth. We have forgotten that we are a part of nature not apart from it. This schism in our connection has led to the current crisis we are now facing.


Humanity is in serious trouble, as we have reduced our natural resources to financial gain without any consideration for other living things and the very elements we need to stay alive, like water, and we are leaving a trail of destruction and devastation for our future generations.


However, we are so trapped in this system it is going to take a shift in consciousness to wake us up to the terrible nightmare we are in and realise that things need to change. This is why Ayahuasca is spreading around the world so quickly. It is Ayahuasca that is waking us up and reminding us who we are, and how each one of us must take personal responsibility for what is happening.


According to the Peruvian shaman’s Ayahuasca is the medicine that gave the knowledge of plant medicine to the shaman eons ago. The banisteropsis caapi vine grows from the ground into the sky, connecting the sun with the earth and giving us the life force to shine bright.


In the west we have forgotten this most important of messages, having killed off our shamans, healers, herbalist and witches with the rise of Christianity. But now it is time for change, and Westerners, like myself, are having to head into the Amazon to remember who we really are.


Ayahuasca opens our hearts and minds so that we can start loving again; loving ourselves, loving others and loving all living things. Only then can we transcend the selfish, me, me, me state that is only obsessed with personal gain, and remember we are all one, we are all connected, we are the world.


When we reach this state of consciousness we naturally change our behaviour, and when more of us do this, change can happen in an instant.


For those who haven’t read my book “The Shaman’s Last Apprentice,” and not aware of my story, the photo below is of me and Pashco in the Amazon. She is the shaman´s wife and was a great influence in my training on all levels. I am so grateful to her, and Don Juanito and the family for agreeing to take me on as an apprentice, setting me firmly on the path of shamanism, and for giving me the gift of Ayahuasca, the plant medicine that awakens consciousness.


Find Resolution with a Relationship Amnesty

“Amnesty is as good for those who give it as for those who receive it. It has the admirable quality of bestowing mercy on both sides.” ~ Victor Hugo


Last night my beloved and I ended the night with a spontaneous ‘Relationship Amnesty’ and very fitting for the Libran new moon today, as Libra helps us to negotiate and communicate fairly and honestly.


A ‘Relationship Amnesty’ is an opportunity to speak your truth to your loved one without fear of the consequences; to clarify workloads and tasks that need doing, re-assess the distribution of labour and clear up any misunderstandings, resentments and arguments.


It is a space where you can both talk maturely, as adults, and say what you are really feeling, without the drama and emotional outburst. We are just mirrors for each other, and we can move forward and find solutions to the issues that are creating negative emotions such as anger, resentment, fear etc. when we have permission to speak the truth without being a victim. Clarification and honesty heals rifts, melds hearts together and helps us find solutions and pathways towards each other.


It is a liberating tool for people who are living more shamanically, and therefore, more consciously. When we live more consciously, we come out of the victim and blame game, and take personal responsibility for our actions. We know that it is futile to try and change someone else and that the change we seek is our own inner change.


However, you must both be in agreement to honour the Amnesty. It cannot work if one person is apprehensive or does not want to, or if you are too attached to being a victim. You must both be ready to accept responsibility for your own actions and recognise what needs to change from within.


This Libran new moon is all about balance and relationships. This is an excellent time to harness the power of this moon and have a Relationship Amnesty. It doesn’t just have to be lover, wherever there is conflict a Relationship Amnesty is a very powerful way of finding conscious resolution.

The Power of Pluto



So the Full moon has worked its magic again and another reminder that everything is interconnected when we are in flow. This is the homework I have from my Monday writers class. The further downward you travel, the closer you come to the Power….Discuss


It was perfectly in the flow for me. A few days before I  was writing a blog about Pluto and the effect his retrograde was having on us but feeling a bit blocked. When we were given this sentence I had to laugh…it just summed it up perfectly and gave me the clarity to get unstuck.


Pluto, the planet of illuminating darkness turned retrograde on Friday April 12, 2013 at 20:35 pm GMT within 11 degrees of Capricorn and will remain in this position until September 20, 2013.


Despite Pluto’s renegation to a dwarf planet by the International Astronomical Union it still holds a powerful influence on Earth.  Pluto represents the the shadow side, the underworld of our unconscious and urges us to face what is hidden in our personal and the collective subconscious, in order to become empowered.


When Pluto retrogrades it’s energy becomes more intense, urging us to face reality.  It brings supressed truth to light, often creating unpleasant rips in the status quo.  It dissolves outmoded beliefs and patterns of behaviour that are no longer serving us. At a collective level it can show us where old belief systems are no longer valid.


We are now in the 13th Baktun, according to the Mayan, and a new consciousness is sweeping Earth. We are beginning to understand that we must look inwards if we want to effect external change. Fortunately, the moon, planets and nature are helping us with this evolutionary process.


We can’t change the direction our trajectory is going if we keep on trying to heal the symptoms. As Einstein said, “You cannot solve a problem with the same level of consciousness that created them.” And he knew a thing or two about indigeneous culture and the way this planet works.


The cancer is too far gone to just try and cure the symptoms of it. We now have to go to the cause of the issues and change it from there. We must all take the journey downward, within ourselves to bring us closer to the power, our true power. And only from that place can we truly create change.


This Pluto retrograde is giving us an opportunity to strip away the illusion and denial by recognising what is toxic and poisening us, whether it be a relationship, job, health issue, addiction, or extreme emotion (anger, hate, resentment, rejection etc), on a personal, individual level. War, government, business, monsanto, political figures, celebrity, etc, on a more collective level that affects us all.


It is only when we see what is killing us and making us ill, that we can change it by choosing a more healing, joyful way.


The time is Now!


Love Rebekah Shamanx

Copenhagen Summit – a Lunar Perspective

Hello Fellow Light Beings

It seems to be no coincidence that the Copenhagen Summit falls over the Gemini Full Moon to the Sagittarius New Moon. The Gemini Full Moon illuminates our inner fears around security while the Sagittarius New Moon reminds us to remain optimistic and see the adventure in this game called Life.

At this present time the future of the planet now hangs in a certain kind of balance. We are all waking up to the affects of our lifestyles on the environment, animals and each other, and realising that things need to Change.

The fear holding us back is the fear of Change because we are all so programmed into this system. Many of us are feeling jittery because we are out of touch with our true desires. We have been blinded by useless things that never bring the peace of mind we crave to find. Distracted to buy more and more stuff but we never seem to have enough so we throw away to buy more crap just to fill the empty gap but nothing fills the deep dark hole that consumes us body, mind and soul.

We are feeling lost and disconnected, not only from ourselves but from Mother Earth – Nature – this wonderful planet we call HOME.

And yet, we are trashing our front yard… with no regard for the consequences. Our intense unrelenting consumption of natural resources is creating a future that looks very bleak for our future generations.

World leaders will soon gather for a Summit in Copenhagen that both reflects where we are as a race of humans and where we want to go. Many of us are feeling helpless to the whims of others that may not have our best interests at heart.

So we have only two choices… Remain paralysed by fear and do nothing, represented by Gemini’s illumination of our security issues, or embody the Sagittarius Energy of the archer who shoots his arrow high into the sky, trusting in himself, the arrow, the bow, and the wind that it will reach it’s target.

The Sagittarius Moon gives us the courage to follow our dreams and actively seek what we want to experience, which Ghandi echoed in his famous quote: “Be the Change you want to see in the world”.

We still have time to change things around – we are not too late, but it is time to start now!! Whatever your intuition is telling you at this time – JUST DO IT!! and enjoy the adventure…

We can change everything if we chose to follow our deepest passion. So use the magic of the Moon to help you break through the fears and become who you truly are.

Love and Blessings
Rebekah Shaman

Scorpio New Moon – Diving into the Depths and Feeling the Fear

Dear Beings of Light

We are half way through this Scorpio New Moon and I feel like I am in the darkest depths of my fear.

This Moon enables us to dive into the depths of our soul and allow the hidden to become illuminated. It is a wonderful opportunity to get in tune with what is happening in your subconscious because often we are reacting to what is hidden rather than what we know. Anything that is suppressed must be released at some time and often this Moon in particular can be powerful enough to trigger the unknown and bring it to the surface.

Fortunately, the Scorpio Moon is also here to remind us of who we really are and what our real purpose is, bringing transformation and change.

For me this Scorpio Moon is primarily reminding me and strengthening my compassion for the Planet. I am feeling angry at what is happening in the world and feeling that change is in the air. I am getting stronger and clearer about who I am and what I have to do to be part of this wave of change. More than ever, I feel I can no longer behind any more excuses – its time to stand up for what I believe in – a healthy Planet and healthy people.

I can no longer wait for governments to change, for big corporations to change, for banks to change – they are already too integrated into the system. Forget Copenhagen – its a joke – on US!!

No – it is up to me to do something.. and the Scorpio Moon is giving me the courage to stand strong in my convictions as I delve deep tonight.

We have an opportunity to open up our first AMARU hemp cafe and I am scared – actually feeling physically fearful as all my doubts, anxieties and insecurities come bubbling up.

All the hope, faith and belief I have in the dream is now transforming into fear that I am really feeling deep within…

Can I really be the change?
Is my dream really about to come true?
Can I do this?

I feel vulnerable in the face of so much uncertainty and risk..

And yet if we don’t walk through this open door how can we possibly know!! Sometimes you just have to be in it to win it. Sometimes you just have to jump and see what magic opens up – cos we always end up flying – no matter what happens next…

The key for the next week is to enjoy the journey….

Love All Ways

Rebekah Shaman xxx

Is it a Sign? Answers on a e-Postcard Please!!!

Dear Fellow Seekers

I am writing to see if any one has any thoughts on three experiences I have had this week that I would like to share with you.

On Sunday after a gruelling weekend we sat down to watch the ‘Last King of Scotland’ on Channel 4. It is a gripping, intense and disturbing film about a young Doctor’s relationship with Idi Amin, the 1970’s Ugandan despot. After building up an initial very close bond the friendship begins to unravel creating a series of unstoppable negative consequences…

On Monday I was cycling home from a dance class when I stopped for a caribbean take-away. A young man outside the restaurant told me his dad owned it and he would get me the food. We went to sit outside in a pub garden while we waited and chatted for about 20 mins. He took my bike to get a cigarette and returned and asked to borrow my phone. I lent it to him and he gave it back and we continued to chat until he asked if he could borrow 10p. As I got out my purse he snatched it, and the phone, and ran off….

Tonight (Wednesday) we watched Pacific Heights that was on Channel 5. A gripping, intense and disturbing film about a young couple who rent a room in their beautiful, newly renovated home to a guy they think is rich and well-off but who actually slowly destroys them financially, emotionally and physically.

Three experiences, very close together all with the same message – beware of people who talk the good talk, but are not walking the walk. In other words, beware of shysters that want to rip you off and play power games.

Nothing is by chance, nothing is accidental, nothing is coincidence and we are not living in a random Universe. Everything that is happening is perfectly flowing with our own individual rhythms, and manifesting from our deepest conscious and unconscious desires.

We create it all, though we are are taught it is all happening TO us!!

A Shaman can read the messages in the experiences around them because they understand this basic Law of Nature. Whether we are living in the Urban Jungle, or the Amazon, it is still filled with messages, signs and warnings.

Our higher selves, the part of us that sees the Bigger Picture, beyond our limited 3-dimensional vision, is always preparing us for the next step whether we want to decipher the signs or not. It is up to us to become conscious enough to recognise what all our experiences mean. .

Many of us are walking through life without being aware of the amazing and magical interconnectedness of everything. So here I am, having been warned on three separate occasions, to watch out for someone who may promise me the world but end up taking everything!!

Forewarned is forearmed….

Love and Blessings


New Moon Ceremonial Bath – Apologies for late posting

Dearest Beings of Light

Apologies for not getting this out sooner!!! I am about to take my own New Moon bath so really sharing my own ritual experience but one that can bring clarity to situations, especially over the New Moon, a time of inner work.

Tonight is the New Moon in Libra and the Moon of Love and Relationships – it is the Moon that brings the energy of Compassion and Love. After the fiery energy of Aries it will be a relief to find a more balanced approach to all our relationships.

Take this opportunity to have a Ritual Bath and really get in touch with your inner god/dess. It is the perfect time to be silent when we can go deep within and listen to what is really going on.

The first thing I do is scrub the bath clean.

Then I set it really hot – that differs for everyone because it it reminds me of the womb.

Use essential oils – I will use Lavender, Orange, Geranium and sometimes Patchuli (woo I am feeling excited already!!!)

I also put in dry rose petals that were given to me by Carlo.

Light three candles and put them at each end to make a triangle.

Step in the bath and gently lower your body into the water. Slowly submerge your body and consciously breath deeply for a few minutes. Bring your consciousness into your body.

Slowly let yourself sink a little deeper into your body and let the mind begin to wonder. Don’t concentrate on any of them or pay attention to them. Just let them flow and instead tune into the blood flowing around your body feeling any aches, pains and sensations.

Slowly the thoughts will fad into the background and we can feel our Heart’s connection – your inner voice that sees the bigger Soul picture and can guide you through this next moon cycle.

Just let everything you are feeling come to the surface, all the joy or pain, gains and losses, ups and downs, tears, laughter, giggles. Sometimes we just don’t know the question and getting in touch with our deepest feelings or emotion – just let them come – feelng it as deeply as you can.

Let what ever comes up, come up without resisting, let the tears flow or the laughter bubble up, it doesn’t matter, cos its all the same energy.

As we stay focused on the body we will start receving guidance on the unresolved issue we are facing and clarity will come.

When you feel complete and ready open your eyes.

Slowly become aware of your surroundings and when you feel ready sit up and wash your self off. Turn on the lights and go straight to bed….ready to dream your inspirations into reality!!


Love Love

Rebekah xxx