Dancing through the fields of existence, free as a bird yet bound tightly as a loving hug, an embrace. How does one be free and simultaneously bound?
Free, as each layer is peeled back, the metaphorical load becomes lighter, softer, more peaceful and easeful. An opening of the heart... And bound, as without some resistance, more residual layers, the weaving patterns of the mind, there would be no room to grow, to explore, to expand, to experience, to know that nothing is fixed, and all is constantly shifting and changing... Effort and ease. How beautiful is this natural balance of life?! And also equally colourful.... The space between, where magic happens...
“ I am but here for your understand of who I am. I am here for your understanding of who you are. I am your M I R R O R. How you feel about me, what you see in me, the thoughts that arise from your encounter of me, and the judgements you hold about me, are all reflections of you. They have nothing to do with me. “ | @zachrussellphotos
Stoked for the next chapter of my spiritual journey!
Kambo is the secretion from the giant monkey tree frog, the phyllomedusa bicolor.
Indigenous tribes such as the Matses of Peru sing to the frogs at dawn to call them down from the trees. The frogs are then gently tied to four sticks in the ground, spreading them out into a “X.” The tribespeople believe that the frog has a spirit that would be angered if they were to harm it, so they carefully handle each frog with respect. Once tied to the stakes the frog will begin to excrete; this initial secretion will be gently scraped off and applied to a small wooden plank before the frog is released. The strings leave a small white line on each leg which indicates that particular frog should not be milked again until the line has faded two to three months later. This process does not drain the frog of its natural defense and ensures that only the strongest secretion is applied to the stick. A finished kambo stick will contain the initial secretion of 5-6 frogs. Kambo harvested in this way is considered 100% ethical.
Because the frog has no natural predators, it is not at all endangered. The only thing that puts it at risk is the destruction of the Amazon rainforest, its natural habitat.
The IAKP (International Association of Kambo Practitioners) supplies only the highest quality, ethically sourced kambo from the Matses tribe. The collection and sale of this helps provide community infrastructure and education for their children. IAKP practitioners are encouraged to give back a percentage of each treatment to a non-profit fund established by the IAKP and given directly to the Matses.
Though it may sound simple, letting go can be incredibly hard. This weekend's New Moon has us digging down to the depths of our inner being in an attempt to release anything that is stuck or repressed. Letting go is the inner action that removes the fear, upset, and tunnel vision. The moment you let go, you restore your ability to see clearly. You become creative and able to discover solutions that you could never have seen before. The more you resist letting go, the greater your fear, doubt, and insecurity becomes. ✨
Thankfully this new moon instills us with the power to overcome these fears. Our desire to overcome and control these fears outweighs our actual fear and we become quite bold at this time. What would you do if fear wasn't standing in your way?♏