Allow the fire of transformation to burn away all that doesn’t serve you.
Has anyone else experienced a Temescal Ceremony?
Basically, you’re in an extremely hot sauna for 2 hours while a shaman burns medicinal herbs and leads you through chants and meditations. I went in having no idea what to expect and came out feeling like I had shed a layer of myself that I’ve be outgrowing for awhile now. The first part of the ceremony brought everything to the surface. I realized I’ve been holding on to so much fear- fear of failure, judgement, rejection, not being loved. I could feel the weight of it on my heart and throughout my body like it was physically there. I couldn’t believe I’ve been carrying this feeling for so long without even realizing it was there.
About 3/4 of the way through ceremony it got so hot I honestly thought my body was going to burst into flames- like that scorching feeling when you accidentally turn the shower faucet too far, except you can’t jump away from it because it’s all around you. Our shaman finally announced that anyone who wanted to leave could do so, but first we needed to bring our heads and hearts to touch the ground and. When my forehead reached the floor, I was surprised to find it actually felt cold. My heart rate instantly slowed down and I began to regain control over my breath. With each exhale I felt the fear energy flow out of my body and into the earth. I felt a profound sense of blissful calm as it left me. I felt what it was like to simply be and exist as the pure essence of myself without being restrained or weighed down. I’ve never felt so light.
It’s not that this experience removed the fear and pain energies permanently. I can still feel them creeping in and out, making different parts of my body and mind feel heavy. But it did show me that it is possible to release them and be free.
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