Steps to Engaging Earth Spirits in Your Area

By Alison Sinclair
Copyright 2005. All Rights Reserved.

Articulate intent- e.g. heart-felt wish to cooperate/facilitate healing of all our relations, or to work with Nature in a particular area, and/or to locate and reactivate any beneficial energy vortex in the area.

  1. If going to an isolated area, take supplies (water, food for self & offerings, note book, camera, map, compass, flash-light, hat, jacket); check map/weather forecast; know any human permissions needed; consider security situation – tell someone where you’re going. Bring along cornmeal, grains/seeds/dried fruit/to gift the spirits with.
  2. Ground self, and sense the energies internal/external. Observe what is out of place and any unusual occurrences, unusual rocks, trees, formations. Gift the spirits of the area with the food you have brought them.
  3. Take note of any beings in the area. Give the gift of food first. And, after contact, ask what kind of gift would they like to have. Some area Deva might want a specific grain, like wheat or corn. Or, another might want fruit of a specific kind. Find out what they want. Try to provide it to the best of your ability. If you can’t, they will understand and be grateful, nonetheless. Communicate with them, introduce yourself. Ask them whether they have a message and listen to the reply. Ask their function and take note of their gender and name, if they share it. Look for any double-checks for information received.
  4. Identify area wanting work and its needs by consulting Deva and/or Guardian, e.g. awakening vortex, cleaning up, etc. Offer heart-centered service. Ask: “What can I do to assist you?” Wait to hear the answer. Assume NOTHING. You don’t have a CLUE as to what is needed for a given area. If you get no answer, ask two more times. Three is usually the magic number for a response. The spirits of the area want to make sure you are serious about being there and your intent to be of support/help to them.
  5. Consult Chief Guide (CG) using Safe Place (SP) protocol about what action, if any, is appropriate, and if in doubt, check with teacher, if available. Identify any special equipment, tools, costume that might be required, whether physical or non-physical.
  6. Seek permission for any action involving the land from Deva/Guardian/s. Get detailed instructions before doing anything; if possible ask for a picture of it. Deva may be contacted from SP, but healing work should be done on the land.
  7. Shamans may perform Soul Recovery and Extraction (SRE) according to usual protocols for land. Otherwise, listen for other indications: Be ready to sing, drum, dance, or whatever is asked of you.
  8. If drumming is required, it might pay to practice at home with a suitable drum because it can be physically demanding. If you have never drummed before, you need to buy a drum if that’s what the Deva asks for: drumming. A new drummer will NEVER be able to drum for twenty minutes the first time. Maybe five minutes. And whatever the length of time you can drum will be fine. Over time and practice, you will be able to drum for twenty minutes. But it is something you build up to.
  9. Ensure you are strong and well-rested before working, not hungry. Pace yourself energetically. Stay in body while drumming, especially if a vortex starts to open. Take any instructions BEFORE you start drumming, not during. If you feel like “lifting off” stop and return to the body. Guardian spirit may direct where to start, orientation, location etc. May take more than one effort to awaken an area. If you get too disoriented and ungrounded, STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING. You’ve done what you can, when you can, and it is enough. You are running energy through yourself and if you aren’t used to doing this, you will get these symptoms. Or, if you begin to feel a shaking or trembling–either within yourself or physically (outside), this means that they are putting too HIGH of a frequency of energy through you and you must STOP IMMEDIATELY. If you do not stop, you can permanently injure your physical body and auric fields. This is up to you to be aware of and monitor and know when to stop.
  10. Tune into energy- whether it is flowing and feels right. See what you can “see,” – may be secondary guardians that can give specific information about how they function and what they need. Note any element that may be prevalent.
  11. Keep journal of experiences for each visit/journey. Take notes on the number (may be significant), shape, spatial orientation, any carvings, etc, of natural features. Note the totem animal, gender, element, orientation of each natural feature/entity. Take note of the function of the area. Again, not only through self-observation, but talks with the Deva and local spirits, will you know. Ask a LOT of questions. Get details. Don’t settle for generalities.
  12. For awakening vortexes, e.g. with stones, different combinations of drumming might be required e.g. one stone per day. Alto or bass drums are best. Always work conservatively and slowly in a given area. If there are many trees, rocks or whatever–take them one at a time.
  13. Take note of any resulting changes in the area, ‘look’ clairvoyantly, or feel what is going on. Note changes to weather/wind/light etc.
  14. Check again with your CG or the Deva about what more should be done, and the significance of any actions that occur. Continue to make offerings as required, note any changes.
  15. If a portal opens, learn everything possible about it, where it goes, its function, and the preparation required and protocols applicable before going through it. It may be a good idea to wait a period to go through when feeling strong – and don’t over do it, especially on the first visit. I would say, only go if you have a good connection with your CG and he/she comes with you.
  16. A pendulum is an excellent way to find a vortex and start to learn about it. The pendulum will circle either clockwise (male) or clockwise (female) or androgenous (both directions) if it is up and running. If a vortex is ‘dormant’ or shut down, the pendulum will remain still. If the vortex is broken, the pendulum may ‘mimic’ its movement. The pendulum may also be used to ascertain the vortex’s hours of operation, e.g. whether day or night.
  17. Give thanks for any benefits/knowledge received. Remain humble and open as much as possible.

If we are guided by these steps, aligning our heart-felt intent with the needs of the natural world, we can work towards facilitating healing in our environment, in a spirit of respect for all our relations.