Donnas Domain Blog
Donnas Domain Blog
I'm a Facebook junkie, and there were a lot of posts about keeping the "Christ" in Christmas.....
"Xmas" is considered by some to be the ultimate sign of "X - ing" out Christ.....
an abbreviated version of Christmas, not only ridding the season of religious significance, but emphasizing the commercial aspects.
So today, I was surprised to see a "dictionary.com blog" post on FB about "Xmas".
Surprisingly enough, it may be more respectful than I could have possibly imagined.
"X" is a Greek letter for "chi", and my first thoughts were the Chinese "life-force" correlation, but the blog goes on to say that it is the "initial letter in the word Χριστός' which means “Christ".
" X" has been an acceptable representation of the word “Christ” for hundreds of years....and the "mas" in Xmas is the Old English word for “mass".
In the same vein, the dignified terms Xpian and Xtian have been used in place of the word “Christian". (http://blog.dictionary.com/xmas-christogram/)
This "Xmas" is considered yet another "Christogram".
Wikipedia's information on Christograms is that it is a monogram or combination of letters that forms an abbreviation for the name of Jesus Christ; and can also be used as a religious symbol.
One of the oldest Christograms is the Chi-Rho. It consists of the superimposed Greek letters chi (Χ) and rho (Ρ), which are the first two letters of Christ in Greek.
So, it looks like no one ever took "Christ" out of Christmas.....he was there all along......
Hmmmmmm.............knowledge is power.
I signed up for, what I thought was a writing class with a freelance art writer, now turned shaman. The class was cancelled, but since I had already paid, I put that credit towards a one-on-one private session with “Sojourns of the Soul” author Dana Micucci. The private session was not the writing class but some type of shamanic healing session. We could all use some healing, right?
Dana’s shamanic soul retrieval is meant to move you back in balance and provide a body, mind, heart and soul cohesive connection. She draws from extensive shamanic training with renowned teachers such as Sandra Ingerman,
Hank Wesselman and John Perkins to assist in retrieval of soul parts that have fragmented and splintered off ; return and
Coincidentally (?), it was the same day as the solar eclipse, with the new moon in Scorpio– the calling to shift into a new level of power and joy……”when we turn to face our fears; we take our power back. So seize the day to reclaim your power by doing that which you fear the most.” (FB: The moon woman)
Needless to say, the message fits the opportunity that the session itself transmutes….dare I say “synconicity”?
As she began smudging the room, I started getting comfortable on the massage table (fully clothed), although I remove my shoes, and ponder why I am so apprehensive to be bare footed, since I normally bring socks for reiki treatments. Although my eyes are close, a series of shamanic rattle sounds and puffing commence, and I find my toe muscles starting to twitch…..my mind pictures a sweat tent as I start to breathe slower.
I never looked, but I was curious as to the procedure, yet my mind wandered off to other places around the world, almost a country by country assessment. As my mind looked at each location, it answered it’s own question of yes or no for that pictured place. I felt my toes in sand (Egypt?), yes but not now; an Asian temple (Siam?); the prayer wheels (Nepal?); Druid ruins but not Stonehenge; snow, lots of snow…...moving along fast. I imagined that the choosing is part of the retrieval experience of the fragmented soul splinters.
Her hands are placed in succession at the crown, third eye, throat and heart chakras, and my breathing and heart beat changes. Puffing continues with an ancient but oddly familiar almost cave–like aroma. I briefing ponder it’s origin. Is it another smoke sage product or could it really be old wise ancestor? But new pictures are coming quickly and I sensed a sadness, close to tears, my breathing quickened and just as quickly it’s gone. Animal spirit guides stared me in the face, and I laughed to myself, because they have never changed over the past few years, causing me to learn to accept their familiar eyes. Nose to nose with the white/blue wolf; then morphed to the eyes and beak of the eagle; a white owl on a close branch over a white baby buffalo against a dark blue/black starry sky and a lone tee-pee internally lit, highlighting a symbol painted on the outside and wispy smoke exiting the tee-pee top from an inside fire.
My forehead is then manually scraped between the eyes, removing a (symbolic) heavy metal plate covering the third eye, sheltering many lifetimes of powerful knowing with equally dire consequences, causing present day shielding and apprehension to acceptance of a more in-tuned service. I feel poked, deeply, through the skin and I feel a dark stringy material is pulled away, first my arm, then my right knee, the top of one the right foot. I’m later told she also identifies and removes energy obstructions to facilitate your journey towards wholeness.
Needless to say, an unusually experience, yet calming. Dana discussed with me what she perceived as my fragmented soul sources and then I related my own visual experiences during this shamanic session….the correlations were impressive….we both were on the same wavelength, for sure.
I would recommend Dana's latest book Sojourn of the Soul, an easy and interesting read. I've attached a link to her website with just a click of the picture above. She's a fascinating woman, and the timing was right, because I was open to my unexpected shamanic experience with this famous writer. I wish her continued success and new, enlightened experiences in her current journey. Namaste!