This is about my work and how I serve my Community

Hello World!

Lately I have felt like a true Shaman.  Shaman’s are called on to serve the Community and I have said yes to the call.  We never know how we can help.  I must say at the outset that beginning this blog is the encouragement from my Chiropractor extraordinaire, Dr. Gary Erkfritz (Thousand Oaks, CA).  I was sharing yet another story of a day in my life with him and he sat down and showed me how to begin.  He said “you have so much to say that can help people know what you do and how Craniosacral Therapy works”.  Thank so much, Dr. Gary!  This is going to be great. 

My current job at a massage school is on hold because not enough new students signed up, so I have been using my skills I learned from my entire working life to manifest income.  Honestly, it has been a struggle.  The trickle-down effect has come to this.  Sometimes when I’m faced with what I call  “a wall”, I revert back to old habits, which don’t serve me anymore.  I continually work at shifting how I hold old patterns and the events lately have taught me more lessons on going forward with the new.  Muscles have memory and I am learning quicker each time another “lesson” comes around.  Old dogs do learn new tricks!  Shaman’s work more on ourselves, for to help others we must be as clear as we can be.

Well, let me get to the reason I began this blog.  These true life events have happened within 6 days, ending 2 days ago.  

 Dec.6 ~ My companion, Jazzie Cat, had to be put to sleep.  She filled my living space with her small presence yet with a heart big enough to fill my known world.  My heart was broken.   I felt guilty that I couldn’t help her better than I did.  She just was not getting better and my head said this was the best thing for her, but my heart was torn.  Her passing helped me to grieve my parents passing more deeply and for that I am thankful to her.  What a little love.  Never to be forgotten.  I held a ceremony for her, a fire with catnip, copal and sage under a clear, cold sky.  The next day I only had one client (grateful for the work).  After, I stayed at home and cried.

Dec 8.  I received a call from a former student who I have been working with throughout her pregnancy with massage and craniosacral therapies.  Her water had broken.  Can I come to assist?  I arrived to the hospital at 3pm and she was barely dilated.  I began the specific craniosacral releases on 3 cranial bones which correspond to 3 bones in the pelvis.  You see, during labor and delivery, our intentional touch releases the cranial bones and sutures which accesses the parasympathetic nervous system ( helps with relaxation) and assists the body in doing what it naturally knows what to do.  Craniosacral therapy doesn’t force the body, but each contraction is more productive.   By 6pm she was dilated to 5cm.  At 7:47 her beautiful baby was delivered with her husband at her side, and I with my hands at her head.  I left the family soon after checking in with baby to bond and rest.  A good day.

Dec 9.  I visited a client near the end of her life for her weekly craniosacral and massage session.  Then off to teach about Acupressure’s effectiveness taught to me by my massage teacher, Dr. Thomas Ahern (Mariposa, CA).  A gal there had just been diagnosed with Fibromalgia.  After her 20 minute session from another student, the pain in her legs and shoulders left.  She later told me on the 12th, the pain had just returned that morning.  Another session is due asap!

Dec 10.  Taught Hot Stone Massage to 4 students.  They connected well with the healing stones.  The “stone people”  have much to say if we’ll but listen. 

Dec 11.  Visit to a 4-month old with Down Syndrome.  Great results from the first 30 minute craniosacral session.  No more tongue thrusting.  Nice releases and a good visit with the parents.

Dec 12.  2 craniosacral therapy clients.  1 with Temporal Mandibular Joint dysfunction and the other healing from trauma and surgery.

Dec 13.  Visit to Dr. Gary for me, then a phone call.  The husband of one of my former students passed and would I come over.  He passed at home with his entire family at his side.  I performed the Death Rites/Spiral as taught from my school, Healing the Light Body and Dying Consciously.  One of the friends there told me she could feel the love energy across the room as I worked.  I stayed until his body was removed from the home, holding space as they grieved.  I grieved with them, not with tears but silently with memories of my own losses.

Shaman’s assist the Community from great joy in birth, to healing from trauma and pain, to the end of life issues holding all in sacred space and in ceremonial intention as we are called on.   Hence the name of this blog.   

In this blog I will share what I am honored in my life to do.  Whether one-on-one or over the phone, the work is sufficient unto itself.  Powerful to shift how one holds patterns that no longer serve us, or to assist in Soul Retrieval,  Reiki, Craniosacral, Baby Massage or ???  How can I serve you?   

I look forward to my next post.  V


Comments on: "Hello World!" (24)

  1. Jennifer Hicklin said:

    I am delighted that you started this blog. You have always held a space in my soul. You are an amazing Shaman. My time spent learning from you stands out the brightest of all.
    Thank you for sharing with us…Namaste

  2. A lot should be said about being pro active. I know you have had a lot of neagtive energy/bad luck in and around your life recently, that would have left lesser people curled up in the fetus position wondering what to do next. I am happy to say you have taken the metaphorical bull by the horns and replaced the negative with positive energy. This is no mean feat, and there are not many people who can do this to the extent that you have. Good for you Vicky and more power to your shamanistic arm.

  3. Dear Vicki, I’m so happy you manifested this blog and the work you’re doing is amazing – as are you. I miss you so much and I honestly think of you everyday when I do Reiki. I think some of “you” rubbed off on my literally and I’m greatfull!
    Much love and support to your shamanism practice.
    Carrie Meadows
    former student

  4. Shamans need as much power as they can get. It is to be used for the good of the community; to bring all into ayni. You hold much power and are certainly using it for the greatest good of all you touch. Munay!

  5. ahhhhhhh……….Vicki, I feel my heart soaring with you above great mother, like two hawks in play…many blessings

  6. Vicki,
    Wow! This is beautiful. Not only you open these amazing paradigms to other people, but I get the feeling this will help your own process as things become clearer when you teach them to others. Awesome.
    Love and hugs. See you later today. 🙂

  7. Diana Norman said:

    Dearest mama Vicki,
    So proud of you moving out of the shadows into your own light! Perhaps you know what I mean. You are in my thoughts and prayers…may all you touch feel the white light of love.

  8. This is great Vicki, I will share it with friends. I absolutely love your week. Had some like that myself…Love to you as always… OH by the way. I feel soo much better now that you helped me get balanced again. whew……XOXOXO

  9. Great beginnings! And thanks for the acknowledgement. You have such as vast fund of knowledge that it needs to be shared with, well, the World…and certainly with our neighbors in the Conejo Valley (and beyond). I subscribed to your feed…look forward to future posts!

    All the best,
    Dr. Gary

  10. My far away friend, not sure what you’ve been going through, but as someone rising out of ashes again I cheer you on and know it will be done! Blog is a great idea to share a ‘day in the life of’. 🙂 Blessings to you on the path, and may your walk be one of beauty.
    In case you’ve not seen this, and it proves useful:

  11. Dear Vicki,

    Thank you for opening up this warm space for interaction!

    I love how you share how you’ve shifted reality by shifting your perceptions. You are mastering the art of it. I too endeavor to practice that every day, every hour, every moment, with each breath. In every little release of tightness and fear there is an opening of beauty and healing.

    Do you remember Virginia, Dulanie’s mom from one of the Dying Consciously classes that you assisted? She is the 91 year old who came to the class because she said “I’ll be dying soon so I want to get ready for lift-off”. I spent some time with her yesterday. She told me she is getting closer to dying, and that she’s ready. She is doing very well – she’s mobile, happy, free of pain, loves reading and sitting with her cat on her lap – she’s just really old. Her body is wearing out. She spends more time napping and visiting the other side now. What amazing grace! To be conscious, happy and accepting of one’s death, and to be willing to go fearlessly to it! What a gift to all who have the honor to be with her at this time. And what an example of how to die!


    • Tomas,
      Thanks for reading my blog and for letting me know about Virginia. I often wonder about her. It seems that she is living her rich life and experiencing it all – consciously. What a wonderful example she is for all of us! I’ll blog about my experience with my Mother in her last months.

      • For me it’s trying to Living Consciously every day the way Virginia is Dying Consciously. Knowing the beauty of the moment and seeing grace in it and in myself.

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