On October 20 I had an amazing experience while attending the monthly High Seat offering of Seattle Seidr. I wanted to introcduce you to Melissa Rosenberger of Golden Lyre When I asked her to send me info for my monthly newsletter, she wrote an article for us. Please take advantage of the opportunity to work with and receive healing from this amazing woman.
Here are just a few of her trainings:
Seidr Shamanism Training http://thegoldenlyre.com/classesandworkshops/seidrshamanism.html
Soul Tender Training http://thegoldenlyre.com/classesandworkshops/soultendercircle.html
Energy Medicine Training for Healers: http://thegoldenlyre.com/classesandworkshops/energymedicineforhealers.html
She opens all of her work whether private sessions or public workshops with the following intention:
*All spirit training, whether it be shamanic, Seidr, or general intuitive work is done with the intention of serving the highest good for the benefit of all sentient beings, the next seven generations, and the past seven generations. In this work, personal will and agendas are put aside and our intention is always that only the highest good be served. In this context, power is not defined as control and influence, power is what arises naturally when we are in integrity, alignment, in tune with our soul, and accessing Spirit for the highest good.*
And here is the article she wrote for Living Love Revolution
Seiðr: Revitalizing the Soul of the North
Seiðr (pronounced “sigh-th”) is a spiritual tradition that was practiced in pre-Christian Northern Europe primarily in the Germanic and Norse regions. The practitioner of Seiðr was called a Völva (staff-carrier), Seiðmann (Seiðr -man), or Seiðkona (Seiðr -woman). The Völvas would travel from village to village and serve as healers and oracles. They were welcomed into a village and some would serve in an oracular capacity by sitting on a High Seat, a ceremonial seat from which the Völva would enter a trance state and speak to the community.
Seiðr is distinguished by the use of staff as medicine ally, the use of song for journeys into the spirit realities, the ceremonial High Seat, the close association with the Tree of Life and the Well of Wyrd, and a relationship to the most compassionate aspects of the tutelary deities Freya, Odin, Hella, and the Norns.
Seiðr is a mediumistic practice, meaning the practitioner’s consciousness becomes a medium for the transmission of other forms of consciousness which can be impersonal energetic fields, for example a medium can channel qualities such as compassion, or the fields of other conscious beings such as deity figures, spirits, and the souls of the deceased. In the Seattle Seiðr community we practice what is called conscious mediumship, which means the practitioner does not lose consciousness but instead shares the conscious state with the spirit or quality of energy being channeled. Völvas then become what I call “oracular complexes” which include the consciousness of the practitioner, the channeled spirit, and associated energy transmission fields.
Seattle Seiðr emphasizes the importance of accountability on the part of the practitioners as well as the seekers of oracular insight. In neither role should personal sovereignty and power be given away to a channeled spirit. High Seat transmissions are for guidance, healing, and direction, and ultimately inform and invoke the seeker’s own wisdom and knowing. The training for a Seiðr practitioner includes extensive personal work so that the practitioner is strong and clear within his or her own energy, is living his or her personal destiny, and is not abdicating self-sovereignty to a spiritual power.
The Norse and Germanic communities in which Seiðr was practiced had a strong sense of personal honor and the importance of community. It was recognized that the actions of an individual impact the community on a deep spiritual level, and vice versa. The spiritual-symbolic representation of this concept in Seiðr is orlog and the Well of Wyrd. Orlog is the energetic accumulation of all past actions – ancestral, communal, and personal – that then becomes the energy from which an individual and community can draw from to inform the present. In other words, what we do becomes the very substance of what we can do. Orlog is drawn from the Well of Wyrd and like a thread that is woven by the Norns, the elder race of spirits that tend to the Well and with its water nourish the Tree of Life. What we do goes into the Well, then the Well becomes our Source and the source of nourishment for the Tree of Life. Seen in that way, our actions take on additional weight and significance. This conceptualization also demonstrates our interdependence and dispels the illusion that what we do personally only impacts ourselves, as groups of related people like communities or families draw from the same well. Seiðr ceremonies like the High Seat are intended to generate “good orlog” that will be of benefit to all individuals, the community, the next seven generations, the past seven generations, and all sentient beings.
Very few of the specifics of Seiðr practice was retained in documents that survived the Christianization of Europe, but the spirit of Seiðr is potent and accessible to present-day practitioners with training in other forms of shamanic and spiritual practices. There are several groups dedicated to the revitalization of Seiðr-based practices: Yggdrasil in Europe, Hrafnar in the Bay Area, and Seattle Seiðr in Seattle.
Seattle Seiðr is dedicated to developing a ceremonial community in Seattle that uses Seiðr practices to inform and benefit our modern-day experience. Seattle Seiðr offers the ceremonial High Seat in Seattle once a month (e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the mailing list). Seattle Seiðr also offers classes and initiations into the practice of Seiðr for those who already have at least one year of shamanic/spiritual training. For those who do not have prior shamanic/spiritual training I offer a foundational class called the SoulTender Circle that will provide the basic skills necessary to be initiated into Seiðr practice:
Melissa Rosenberger is a soul healer, Völva, writer, and musician. She teaches foundational courses in spiritual development and soulful living, and Seiðr practice. Melissa mentors students in shamanic healing skills and the development of personal medicine work. Through her healing practice she offers soul retrievals, guidance and mentoring, and energy clearing and integration. More about Melissa can be found at: www.melissarosenberger.com
Link to initiation weekend announcement: http://eepurl.com/FLWnP