Traditional Energy Healing


A disease inside a body does not really enjoy being there: it’s out of
place, a stranger in a strange land. It’s usually very willing to
leave. But, if you try to force it out without any consideration for
it or its purpose for being there—the message that it has to
deliver—it fights back, because its job isn’t done.

In the tradition in which I was trained, healing is a win/win
situation. It’s finding the elements inside a system that cause
dysfunction and imbalance and communicating with them, developing a
conversation between the healer, the body parts, the disorder, and the
spirit helpers that are present.

Healing is balancing, so all the elements must be honored. You
approach the disease with an attitude of gratefulness, of wanting to
pass on its message. A disorder always has an inherent message, a
reason why it’s there in the first place. If that message can be
passed on, the disorder is usually willing to leave.

I learned to approach a disorder with respect and gratitude, providing some element of gain and win for everything involved in the process of the healing. The organs win something; the disease wins something; your patient wins something; you win something. Everyone is happy.

There are two major indigenous traditions for psychic, hands-on healing around the world: there is the win/win type and there is the warrior type.

Warrior-type healers literally go to war with the disorder. They go into the patient’s system, confront the disease, wrestle it, overpower it, and force it out of the person’s body.

Usually the way they force it out is to take at least some of the condition into themselves; they then wrestle it within themselves and expel it. This is not an easy way to do healing and warrior-healers typically don’t have long lives.

The other tradition is the one in which I was trained. Based on a
win/win philosophy, its approach is one of peace. I learned to
approach a disorder with respect and gratitude, providing some element
of gain and win for everything involved in the process of the healing.
The organs win something; the disease wins something; your patient
wins something; you win something. Everyone is happy.

In a win/win scenario, the disease willingly gives its message, its
information, to the healer and the client and leaves the body.
Sometimes it just downright rushes out of the body. No one has to use
an excessive amount of energy, so there’s no danger and no harming.

As healers in the win/win tradition work, the energy that flows
through them is coming from an ultimate, endless source, the Creator;
it’s coming through the heartcenter of the Mother Earth; it’s coming
from the heart-center of the Sun; it’s coming from the heart-center of
our Galaxy.

Access to this extraordinary volume of complete life energy is through
a special initiatory ceremony (The Dance Of The Earth Fire Serpent)
or spontaneous energy system opening granted by the spirits.

This energy pours through the healer’s body, like a conduit, and out
through the heart and hands—so you’re not taking energy from your own
being and giving it to someone else. You’re utilizing an extremely
large energy source and directing it.

This particular method is much healthier for the healer.

— Excerpt from the book Healing Spirits


Building The Circle Stone Altar

This is the way of building a traditional temporary circle altar

In this tradition, there is no use of alcohol, drugs, or mind-altering
substances before or during ceremony preparation or the ceremonies

In this tradition that my grandparents taught me, altars are sacred
spaces. Ceremonies are sacred. We create altars to make sacred space.
Some are on tabletops or maybe on the ground, and are designed for you
to be in front of. Some are created on the floor or ground and are
designed for you to sit or stand or lie down inside of.

The thing that makes a sacred space instead of a place that we might
just admire or love, is the inviting, with respect and honor, of the
spirit nations and the productive, conscious use of geometrical forms.

There are many different spirit nations and beings, and people have
referred to them by many different names and titles. We’ve called them
deities, angels, spirits, ancestors, devas, natural forces. By
enlisting their help we gain the intelligence, the intention and
protection, of beings who have a much greater perspective on reality
than we do, and are far less limited than we are.

The use of geometrical forms in the altering of consciousness and
health is an ancient and nearly lost art. Altars employ geometrical
forms to aid in the raising of consciousness and the generation of
better health. The altars used here in these ceremonies are simple
circles, large enough to sit down in – about three to four feet in
diameter. They are built with stone people, otherwise known in our
culture as rocks. And also with cornmeal and tobacco.

Everything is alive and intelligent and conscious. Even the rocks. And
we can learn to communicate with them if we quiet our minds and set
our expectations and our judgements aside.

To find the most helpful and productive stone people for our purpose
you will need to go out away from houses and landscaping. You need to
go out and find wild stone people.

Not rocks that have been collected by somebody for their gardens or
paths, or as mementos, or even rocks that have become your friends.
For the best efficiency, the stone people should be wild, not
domesticated. Domesticated rocks have been absorbing energies that
will interfere with the purpose of altar.

The polite and appropriate way to approach the stone people out in the
wild is to go to them with a gift of respect and appreciation. The
best gift is always the energy of genuine love and thanks from your

This is the truth behind the tradition of offering tobacco, or
cornmeal, or pollen, or food. These items are the outward and physical
portions of the gifts. And these actions tell us to always remember
the real gift – the gift of the energies, of the genuine love and

Indigenous Americans have traditionally used tobacco, cornmeal,
pollen, food items, or anything that is special, precious, to them. If
they have nothing at all, then any tiny little thing, little object,
even their own hair, is used as a gift. Ancient Europeans have favored
flower petals, pollen, seeds, foods, metals.

So take your gift of greeting, your offering, whatever it is, no
matter how humble, out to where the stone people are. Feel your Song
and spread your gift out onto the ground. And ask them. Ask the Stone
Nation who among them would like to come and help you and be part of
your sacred altar space. Leave your expectations and your judgements
behind. The stone people will tell you, without any doubt, which ones
want to come. And they will tell you when you have enough.

For the ceremonies that you will be doing now, you will need two
different batches, or groups, of rocks. One batch we will refer to as
the “red batch.” And the other we will call the “other batch.” Your
red batch of stones may or may not actually be red in color. It
doesn’t really matter. What’s important is that you purposefully
collect stone people for each batch.

The instructions about gathering two batches of rocks are specifically
for “The Dance Of The Earth Fire Serpent” ceremony. If you are
building an altar space for any other ceremony or Spirit Journey you
will only need one batch of stone people.

You will also need, for the drawing of the altar circle, at least one
cup of cornmeal and at least one cup of loose tobacco. This is a
separate thing from what you might choose to use as an offering. This
is for the actual construction of the altar itself.

Select a place for your altar where you will not be interrupted and
you will have enough privacy. As you are preparing and gathering the
elements for your ceremony, feel your Song. Keep the purpose of your
ceremony clearly defined and keep your mind on your task as much as
possible. Always remember that the clearer your intent is, and the
freer you are from distractions, the stronger and more effective and
more powerful your altar will be, and the more effective and powerful
your ceremony will be.

Now, as you have all the elements collected together and you are ready
to begin, set the red batch of stone people aside for now. You will
use the red batch of stone people later in the Earth Fire Serpent
ceremony. Put the other batch of stone people in front of you. Feel
your Song.

Obviously, if you are building an altar space which is not intended
for The Dance Of The Earth Fire Serpent you are only working with one
batch of stone people.

Talking to each and every one of these stone people, one at a time,
thank them for coming, and ask them for their help to build a good,
strong, efficient altar space that will raise the vibrational
qualities of the space inside the circle altar in such a way that it
removes the veil between the dimensions inside the altar space. These
special vibratory conditions inside the altar space are health-giving
and spontaneously raise the level of consciousness.

Set each stone person down one at a time, speaking to them, building
in a clockwise direction a complete and closed circle about three to
four feet across.

Use all of the other batch of stone people that you brought. It is
fine if some of the stone people don’t touch each other. Sometimes the
stone people have us collect a large number of stones and sometimes
they have us collect only a few. This is fine. One number of stone
people is just as correct as another number, and just as powerful.

The area where the first and the last stones are set down is called
your “gate.” There should be no extra gap between these stones. You
are drawing a complete and full circle. The gate is the only place
where you leave and enter your altar. Do not put any of your body
parts – arms, legs – through the walls of your altar.

All geometrical forms, two-dimensional or three-dimensional, create
frequencies and fields of energies. Some are beneficial to us and some
are harmful. Circles are one of the more beneficial and useful forms.
The circle altar is creating a multi-dimensional wall of energy
straight up from the stones. The frequencies and the electromagnetic
field intensity inside the altar circle are much higher than outside.
This helps move and hold and train your consciousness to much higher
levels with less effort from you.

When you poke your body through the wall instead of the gate you break
the field of energy that is creating the wall and the altar and all of
its benefits. And it requires time to repair itself. So remember to
only go in and out through the gate. Whenever you notice that you have
forgotten to feel your Song, bring your attention back to your Song,
even while you work.

When all these stone people are in place, stand up and look carefully
at the exactness of your circle. Stand inside the circle and look. And
then stand at various points outside the circle and look. What you
want is a circle that is as perfectly round as you can make it. The
more exact the geometry, the more intense the effect will be. When you
and your stone people friends are satisfied with the roundness of your
altar space, you are ready for the next part of the building.

Now it’s time for the corn meal. You will take your corn meal, and at
the first stone that you put down in your altar, you will draw a
continuous line on top of and in between all the stone people of the
circle. You will be drawing the circle of the altar with the stone
people and the corn meal.

Each nation has its own signature, its own gifts or medicines. The
medicine of the corn nation is to give sustenance, nourishment on all
levels – physical, emotional, mental, spiritual. It cares for, heals,
protects. When we lay this line down of corn meal, we are asking for
its help to create, as part of the wall of the altar, a strong,
nourishing, healing, protecting component. It is also an offering of
gratitude and respect to all the stone people and all the other
nations that you choose to invite here to help you.

As you lay this corn meal down, feel your Song. Consciously, and
carefully, aim your thoughts and your words to the guardians, the
grandmothers and grandfathers of the four directions, to the above and
the below, to Grandmother Earth.

Speak to the nations that live in this place that you’ve chosen. And
to the spirit nations that are your helpers. And to the Creator. Make
the line as thin or as wide, or as sparse or as heavy, as feels right
to you. Try to keep the geometry as circular as you can, and draw a
complete, closed circle, even through the gate area. There should be
no gaps. The key to building a strong altar is your intent. The
clearer, the more precise your intent and your focus, the stronger and
the more effective the altar.

When you have completed the drawing of corn meal, it’s now time for
the tobacco. The medicine of the tobacco is to make things clean and
clear, to purify them. Tobacco is a protector, and a carrier of
messages. It is a favorite among the spirit nations, and so it is
considered sacred to the indigenous Americans. And it has been used as
an offering and a prayer carrier for millennia.

With this tobacco you will draw a circle on top of the corn meal. You
are asking for the help of the tobacco nation to build into the wall
its gifts of purification and protection. It is also an offering to
all the spirit nations that you are inviting to come and help you
build the altar and have the ceremony.

Talk to each of these nations, giving thanks and asking them for their
help. Don’t be shy and embarrassed to ask for exactly what you want
and need at this time. If you are not clear what you want and need,
and tell this with clarity and focus to the spirit nations and the
Universe, how can they help you provide it? Your clarity and intent
and focus is the key to having the ceremony work. So don’t be timid.
Feel your Song and focus and talk to the stone people, and to the
grandmothers and grandfathers of the four directions, the above and
the below. To Mother Earth, the spirits that live in this location,
your spirit helpers, to Creator.

Draw a complete and full circle, leaving no gaps, using as much
tobacco as feels right. When you are done with the tobacco, the
traditional temporary altar is complete and ready for ceremony.

It is a good practice to get to know your altar. To know what it feels
like. Each altar that you build will be slightly different. Your
purpose will be different. Your intent will be different. Your ability
to focus and concentrate will be different. And your own state of
growth and understanding will be different.

Your altar’s impact on you and your activities can be profound, so we
learn how to observe this. To observe means to pay attention through
all the senses and the mind and the emotions. And through a subtle
awareness that can only be described as feeling.

To observe means to learn by experiencing a thing. Not by just
thinking about it. The only way to truly learn is to experience. Stand
in front of your altar, at the gate, and observe your altar space. Is
there anything unusual that you can see, or feel with your hands? Or
hear? Or smell? Now close your eyes and let your spirit observe your
altar space. Observe with the senses of your spirit. Take no
judgements or expectations with you. There is no need to force a
picture or sensations. Just let the information, touching your being,
come to you.

Do you see anything in your mind’s eyes? Not as though you were
looking through your physical eyes, but inside your mind. Are there
colors? Movement? Impressions of any kind? Inside your mind, are there
sounds connected to your altar? Is there a sense of feeling the
presence of substance, or energies? Currents, movements, temperature
shifts? Anything that is different from the surrounding space.

Now step inside your altar space through the gate, and observe your
altar space from inside. Observe the space, the floor, the walls of
the circle. Observe with the senses of your body and observe with the
senses of your spirit. Feel. Experience the qualities of the whole
space. Observe everything. Every aspect. What’s different? How is it
affecting you?

Now step outside your altar space through the gate. Observe your altar
space with the senses of your body and the senses of your spirit.
Don’t guess. Make no judgments, no expectations. Observe. Feel.
Experience. Then step back inside and observe. Feel. Experience. The
more you do this observing practice, the easier it gets and the
greater the impact will be on you. The more information, the more real
understanding you will be able to obtain.

It is important when you do ceremony and meditation in this tradition
that you have as few distractions as possible from the outside world
and from your body. So unplug the ringer to the phone, have the kids
at the sitter’s. Make sure you’ve eaten an amount of healthy food that
is comfortable – not too stuffed, and not so small that you’re going
to get hungry in the middle of ceremony, have sensations of low blood
sugar. Make sure that you take that last-minute run to the restroom.
And always, always feel your Song.

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Drumming To Journey By

A Continuous Drumming Atmosphere

Stimulating Support For Journeying
With Gentle Call Back

The compelling consciousness altering sounds on this CD are woven
into an enticing rhythm produced by four traditionally crafted drums,
a traditional ceremonial deer toe rattle, the resonant singing of two
crystal bowls activated only by the sounds of the drums, and the
distant whispering of an ancient calling chant.

These haunting sounds heighten your state of consciousness and allow
you to easily move into the deep state of trance that is utilized in
spirit journeying and other ceremonies and to hold this level of
consciousness for as long as you choose.

The drumming and other sounds are an integral part of the ceremonies
and are said to “carry you”: they become your sacred vehicle into the
realms of the unknown.

Created By Kay Cordell Whitaker

Kay is the author of The Reluctant Shaman and Sacred Link.

In addition to Drumming To Journey By Kay has also created a number
of other shamanic journey CDs: Amazon Drumming To Journey By,
Song Magic, Dance Of The Earth Fire Serpent and Power Animal Journey.


This drumming CD can be used to assist in any form of journeying and
in many other ceremonies, rituals and meditations.

Here are a few suggestions to help you in your pursuits:

1. In the Hetakas’ tradition of eastern Peru spirit journeys are
usually performed inside a small circle altar made out of “stone
people.” These ceremonies are profoundly more effective and far safer
when performed inside the altar space. Follow this link for instructions
on building this form of sacred space
. These instructions are also part
of “The Dance Of The Earth Fire Serpent” CD.

2. For a step by step guide on how to spirit journey, consult “Power
Animal Journey” CD by Kay Cordell Whitaker.

3. There are many worlds and an endless number of places that can be
visited in a spirit journey. The more  focused you are about your
purpose and the place you want to visit, the easier, clearer and more
successful your entire quest will be.

4. In this tradition it is important that your physical body does not
distract you. If your limbs go to sleep or cramp the distraction might
pull your spirit back into your physical body. To avoid this, get as
comfortable as you can without encouraging drowsiness. Sitting
comfortably on the ground or in a chair is the best way to ensure
relaxation and alertness.

5. Do not attempt to spirit journey if you are sleepy. The frequencies
that you operate within during sleep are very similar to the
frequencies of deep trance and it is all too easy to follow the
cultural habit when your consciousness shifts to these states of being
and slip off into sleeping and dreaming.

6. Select a quiet place where there will be no interruptions and
unplug the phone.

7. Before you begin your quest clearly intend to stay awake and to
remember everything you experience and learn.

8. Take no assumptions or expectations with you. Leave doubts behind.
Make no judgments of others or self while in the ceremony process.

9. It is important for your whole being to register and anchor the
experiences and knowledge that you will gain. This is accomplished by
moving your whole body as much as possible as soon as you return. Move
every muscle and stand and dance inside your altar. If you have a
rattle, hold it in your right hand and rattle loudly close to your
right ear. The sounds and the movement will hold your consciousness at
a higher level and allow for total integration.

10. Record your experiences immediately either by writing them down or
speaking them into a recorder or to a friend. This helps anchor the
experience in all parts of your being including your linear mind. It
gives you an opportunity to discover whole new perspectives.

11. These ceremonies, as with ceremonies and meditations of other
traditions, increase the available energy many times over with each
person that is added to the participating group.

12. Don’t be discouraged! Spirit journeying is a unique and
unaccustomed experience for people in our modern culture. And like
most things its fruitfulness increases with practice.

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Do not attempt to perform these ceremonies if you have had alcohol or
mind altering substances within the last 24 hours. The ceremonies begin
as soon as you start to collect your stone people to build your altar.

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In this new book Kay shares how the teachings she wrote about in her previous books, the teachings of Ka Ta See, can be used to create love in your life and in doing so create more love in the world, and god knows we need more love in the world, now more than ever.

With this new work Kay teaches us how to:

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