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Now to the next part in the series on healing within Ka Ta See.
In part 2 Kay talked about “The Two Major Healing Traditions,” part 3 is about spirit helpers and how Kay met hers.
“Meeting My Spirit Helpers”
There’s a process in an apprenticeship with the masters, the medicine people, that’s common to indigenous peoples around the planet: somewhere in your apprenticeship you are taken on very specific quests and journeys to find your spirit helpers.
The helper that stays with you and becomes very much a full-time partner and buddy is termed your power animal. The finding of your power animal is a vision quest all of itself, and that ritual was given to me very early on when I met the Hetakas.
To quest for your power animal in this tradition, you must go on a specific spirit journey to another world—the world of the animal spirits. This is a very real place that is talked about in traditions all over the planet. In the Hetakas’ way, one must go to this place for oneself, by oneself.
When I undertook my journey, the ancient traditional location to access this world provided me with a hair-raising adventure through an excruciatingly long and dark cave.
But I refused to let fear take over: I kept the awareness and feeling of who I really am, holding onto the feeling of my Song, my uniqueness, as I stepped forward. I persisted and the shaft opened out into an incredible, beautiful, vibrant, passion-filled landscape populated with thousands upon thousands of different life forms with all their smells and sounds and colors and textures—thousands upon thousands of different Songs.
I wandered out into the environment looking, touching, sniffing, listening, talking to everything I passed, taking in everything I could as I followed the instructions that had been given to me by Chea and Domano to locate my power animal. Every sort of animal that I knew of (and many that I didn’t know) showed themselves until finally my power animal, my companion, arrived.
There was an instant familiarity—I knew this being. Others of the species came and together they showed me how to shapeshift my spirit into their form.
Time was very different in that place. We played, hunted, hung out, went to ancient ruins, performed ceremony, slept. They taught me more than I could ever express. Ever since that journey I have been aware of my power animal and its communications with me.
My other spirit helpers came of their own accord over a period of years. Some I sought out purposely by doing vision quests, seeking their attention and their alliance, their knowledge and their help.
When you seek helpers that way, sometimes they agree to work with you and sometimes they do not. Very often, one or two helpers will come of their own accord when you’re not expecting it. They just plop themselves right there in your path and say, “I’m here to help you.” The vulture, one of the two primary healing helpers that I work with most often, came to me in that way.
When I’m working with a client, both animal spirits are right there with me, observing and telling me to look here, look there. “This is what’s wrong; this is where you go; this is how it’s done.” And I ask them many questions: “Show me the history of this. Is there something else in the body or the energy field that needs to be worked on?”
Anything that I would ask the body parts, or the disease itself, I would also ask the power animals, the helpers. Sometimes it’s a three-, four-, five-way conversation going on.
— Kay C Whitaker
Stay tuned for “Healing with Energy and Spirit – Ka Ta See” – Part 4 where Kay talks about her healing work.
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