Judith Seelig - changemaker

the unknown

All living things are constantly changing.  Pin yourself to habit or to a fixed agenda, and relationship flounders. We know this through our own physicality. An aging body requires the owner to make adjustments. The thoughtless speed with which we rise from a chair in our 30s is unlikely to be the same in our 60s unless we have learnt to listen, to adapt, to employ our physical capabilities in a more considered way. The same is true of our relationship with our shared environment and all the natural resources that in the youth of our plunder seemed infinite. Raise your eyes from your familiar, personal territory and you face the unknown. Big time. 

For those who find this fearful, I come alongside and help to remove the blinkers.

The bigger picture always reveals potential. It's thrilling, daunting, exciting. It's where we all meet in our most creative, collaborative capacity. Yet the familiar is a source of comfort or a place of rest. It appears to provide stability. We all have our own version of certainty, and it's often fiercely defended. Perhaps this is a rationale, or one of many versions of the divine, or quite simply an unshakeable belief in our own judgement. We find others with similar certainties and substantiate each other's view.

When we face only our certainties they are our undoing, for they restrain our natural creativity. Just as our bodies have evolved for movement, mentally we are curious, restless, inventive. We delight in the new. 

I help people to change direction, to soar above the tiny, navel-gazing myopic personal view and to delight in a bigger landscape that's entirely unknown and brilliant in its creative potential.change, 

the shaman

You will see from this site that I play different roles. This is fundamental to shamanism. Of course it's not all at the same time. Whatever the part, I use wordless sound as a direct line to the core self, or to the heart of the matter. Language defines what we already know. The unrealised part of ourselves waits to be vibrated. That might be nothing more than recognition via me, a wordless hello.

I didn't go looking for this work. It repeatedly disturbed my life as a journalist and travel writer until I gave in. There followed many unusual internal and external events, including a close encounter with a thunderbolt and such a disintegration of "I" that at one point madness seemed likely.

In societies where the shaman has a part to play, such experiences are invited through hazardous rites of initiation. Mine occurred in the supermarket, on the school run and in moments of solitude between domestic chores and writing. I began to read around the subject, alternating between mystics and quantum physics.

Looking back, I see that I was constantly moving between left and right brain activity.  See vision >  Twenty years ago the word shaman rarely occurred in our culture. Now it has currency. My tools are a certain presence, an improbable voice and the ability to see beyond or through the mundane. These are very likely to be seen as esoteric. But they all have an exoteric, very worldly application. I have become a polyglot, switching between different words or phrases according to the company in which I find myself.

the known

I experience one continuum, which is love. That's not love as in "I love you", but something like a never-ending ocean, without conditions and with intelligence.  My experience may begin, and end, as electrical and/or chemical activity in my brain. I am content to have no understanding, but I remain open to the new. Meanwhile, the words that are my best attempt at expressing those events are the same as mystics use worldwide and throughout time.

Apart, and yet perhaps not apart, from never-ending love, there are some undeniable certainties to human life. We have a body, without which we cannot experience consciousness through our senses. We depend on the earth and other forms of life for the air, water and food that keeps us alive. After death our bodies will mingle with other forms of life on the earth's surface. All life is relationship, even after death.

These certainties - the known - form the fundamental note that sustains throughout all the personal songs of endeavour. It's underneath all the learning to love, to enjoy, respect and celebrate life itself. Beginning with self. Sensing this fundamental note is easier if you use all of your body. Try this

 

how to feel good about yourself

It feels good to belong. We are all a part of the whole. Here's how to deepen a sense of yourself in relation to the earth rather than other people. This is based upon the yoga posture savasana .

  1. 1. Choose somewhere peaceful and comfortable, outside or inside, and lie down on your back. You can use cushions to support your head, neck, the small of your back or your knees. As this practice becomes familiar, your body will relax more deeply and you won't need the cushions.
  2. 2. Make sure that the back of the neck is extended so that the chin comes down. This relaxes the lower back.
  3. 3. Turn the palms and forearms so that they face the sky. Give space to your armpits. Let your legs lie flat and straight, the feet naturally rolling outwards a little.
  4. 4. Breathe normally through the nose. With each out breath offer the weight of your body to the support of the earth beneath you. Feel the symmetry of your bone structure, shoulder blades and pelvis spreading equally either side of your spine. Invite all the muscles that support you in the upright to soften on each exhalation. Rest.
  5. 5. When it's time to come up, bend both knees and breathing out, gently roll to one side before sitting. Go slowly.

Feeling all the parts of your body in relation to the earth helps you to meet more of you&hellip even the bits you'd like to avoid. The earth does not judge.

None of us can exist in our familiar physical state without the earth's cycles, nor without the sun too. Hello, thanks, goes down well on both sides of the relationship.