I am writing a new book entitled Sitting In Circle with the Gods. My goal is to complete it by the end of the year. This book has been a long time coming. I have attempted it on several occasions but now I realize that some of the experiences that I needed to capture had not yet happened. But now is the time to put it into print.

For me, 2012 is the year of actualized ascension. Ascension is greater awareness, the ability to hold higher frequencies of energy in the physical body, higher dimensional thought and movement away from the old paradigms that left-brain logical analyses have created. We need to begin to use our right brain more deliberately to expand our thinking to a greater truth and new awareness of future possibilities. We are all a product of our environment. We have been toned down, repressed, shamed, criticized and made small by the limited thinking of our modern age. I have certainly been affected by such thought but my spiritual journey has shown me a way out of the Western culture's narrow thinking and the box in which we have all been placed.

This journey has permitted my mind and heart to "see" the vastness of the things that my physical eyes are incapable of registering because they too were blinded by the influence of this culture. Indigenous cultures have been known to say that Westerners can't see and are blocked by their limited thinking. Indigenous cultures believe that our realities are too small and do not realize our real potential. According to the spirits, we see less than 1% of what is actually around us! The shamanic lifestyle that I adapted years ago has chiseled away the walls of this prison cell and finally I can comprehend the vastness of life and the presence of others that share the universe with us. I hope that this book will influence you to find freedom from the limitations of the left brain, to entertain and actualize your own Ascension and to be filled with awe that you live in such a state of ecstasy in this magical, mysterious, joyful, alluring nature of life and what it offers to the human soul.

I will be publishing excerpts from this new manuscript in my newsletter. Your feedback is welcome and your participation with LightSong is always embraced with joy.

In April 1998, I was in Egypt with a group of shamanic practitioners. We had traveled to this ancient land with its mystical history of alchemy and connection to spiritual realms. We were scheduled to do a ceremony in one of the pyramids. There were several individuals who didn't feel well that morning, so our group shrank in size to 11 from the original 22. We entered the side door of the pyramid and ascended through a narrow crawl space with a hardened dirt floor surrounded closely by earthen walls and traveled deep to the interior of the pyramid. We emerged into a great room just below the apex and in the center of the pyramid. In the room was a great sarcophagus off to one side and altar spaces with a demarcation of the direct center where we congregated in a circle. We stood chatting excitedly. One of our members seemed to move into a trance-like state and started to emit a very strange sound, which seemed to emanate from deep inside her person. It was a combination of toning and quick lip movements that created an odd sound like a code of some sort. Our ceremonial leader instructed us to stand in a circle and travel energetically to the North Star out through the top of the pyramid. Shamanic journey "travel" is a standard part of shamanic study and was familiar to all of us, so this was very easy for us to do. The journey is one of the most effective ways to make contact with the spirits. The altered state of consciousness achieved in a journey allows you to transcend the limitations of the rational world and connect with a non-ordinary reality. The shamanic journey is common to all cultures (even European) and the nature of the journey is remarkably similar, even in cultures widely separated by era and geography. In the spirit world, both time and place are illusions and part of the three-dimensional reality construct. The lessons from the other worlds are universally true, drawing from a collective consciousness that is accessible to all. Journeying often involves rhythmic drumming or rattling. With the sound of our companion's rhythmic coding creating an altering and eerie background, we began to rattle in the traditional rhythm of the shamanic journey. The effect was to release us from our immediate condition into a higher awareness of the place and the moment.

We traveled as a group guided through imagery to a portal gate. The sound that my colleague was voicing had some sort of code embedded in it that miraculously opened the portal. We all went through this mystical passage in single file. From that point each of us had our own experience on the "other side" of the portal. For me, my experience was rich with wide-eyed wonder. I met a group of beings that have changed my life and confirmed my suspicions about Egypt and my doubts about the stories that tried to explain this amazing land. While I was visiting this remarkable country I would stare in amazement at the statues and buildings. I would listen to the educated Egyptologists with their theoretical explanations of how these structures were created and I would think to myself, "No $(#*$ way." Others seemed to have similar thoughts that we fondly termed NFW. I felt as though humankind had created a common explanation of how "man" had these amazing talents to build mathematically perfect structures, 4,000 years before Christ, in ultra-primitive conditions with no machinery, tools, or power equipment. Although this description lacked a reasonably substantial explanation for how such super-human feats could have been achieved, it is still widely accepted without consideration for an otherworldly possibility. There were many evidences that a different understanding was needed.

I remember standing in a town square near the pyramids. More than 60 pillars soared skyward to a height of 50 feet or more. Every square inch of their surfaces was embossed with writing and graphics, not chiseled, but embossed with raised letters and pictures that stood out from the stone surface. Scattered about the town were sculptures of beings that looked nothing like what I have ever witnessed on this planet. The images did not have human or animal qualities but were alien-like. I thought about those who would seek to provide "realistic" explanations for conditions that defied logic. What I encountered in Egypt required an understanding that had to be drawn from an awareness that existed outside the scholarly and intellectual constructs that served the purposes of traditional historians and scientists. My colleagues and I shared common doubts about the sufficiency of conventional theories. While wandering about the city, a few of us began playing with random and imaginative explanations of how these structures might have been created. The journey into the pyramid and through the portal into the North Star would provide new insights for me.

When I had ventured into that place behind the portal, the beings that I encountered told me that my imaginations might not be wholly correct but they were closer to the truth and a possible reality than other theories that have been espoused. They understood that I wanted information about the Egyptian mysteries and they were more than happy to supply me with this information and the understanding that it would greatly enhance my life on the planet. However, they indicated that they could not supply the information until the correct questions were asked. I was told that the spirits had tremendous amounts of things to teach us humans but we had to discover the right questions before the answers would be revealed. They entreated me to: "Keep imagining, keep stretching, and break out of the paradigms that hold you captive. We are here for you. Ask the right questions and all will be revealed."

When our group returned from its journey, we stood in awe and in silence in the bowels of this great pyramid. Collectively, we realized something amazing had taken place but the wonder of it defied verbalizing and simple statements eluded us in that moment. Our common sense of a deeper meaning was sufficient for us to share in spirit if not in words. We decided to reassemble outside of the pyramid and take a picture. When the eleven of us formed a circle outside we consciously ordered ourselves into the positions we held inside the pyramid. Something influenced us to sustain the physical association we had inside, so that we might better hold on to the experience we had generated within the pyramid. We were not sure if the order of our standing had anything to do with anything so we captured it on film with the expectation that we would try later to explore what it all might have meant. We decided to reconvene at 7:00pm to process what had happened.

We seemed to experience more mystical moments. Before we came back together, one of our members walked into a bookstore and a book fell from a shelf to the floor and opened to a back page at her feet. It was an Edgar Cayce book. Cayce is known as a psychic, healer, and modern prophet and is still widely read by people who have an interest in clairvoyance and prophecy. The book opened to a page that described a portal that would be opening in Egypt in April 1998, the date of our trip to Egypt. Cayce had made the prophecy in 1932, some 66 years before the event. Cayce predicted that this portal would be the last of three portals opening in various parts of the world. One would be in Egypt, one in Bimini, which consists of two very small islands among several thousand in the Bahamas, and the third in the Yucatan. When our group gathered that evening, the woman who had discovered the book, or which had discovered her, shared its remarkable contents with all of us. The woman who had voiced the eerie coding sounds in the pyramid revealed that she had just visited these two other sites and was now at the third portal. She established the link for all of us to the three portals. She had followed an internal guidance by spirit to the three sites but was not aware of the portals or why she had been led to these places. Mystically, she had produced coded sounds at Bimini and the Yucatan before coming to Egypt. Magic happened.

We all had different and personal experiences on the other side of the portal and I don't remember any others' accounts but mine remain vivid and clear. My experience continues to encourage, nourish and fascinate me. The journey was revealing, enlightening, and life changing. The information and who I met on the other side has redirected my life work which is my shamanic practice and teachings. The intergalactic connections that I made are servicing me through the process of Ascension and I believe were pre-created for this auspicious time.

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Author's Bio: 

Jan Engels-Smith is a graduate of the Foundation of Shamanic Studies and has trained with individual shamans. She has had a thriving shamanic practice since 1994. She has performed over 3,000 soul retrievals and viewed as an expert in her field. She is an author, Shamanic Practitioner, Reiki Master, a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Chemical Dependency Specialist, a Marriage and Family Counselor a Hypnotherapist and a Reconnection Healer.

Jan founded the LightSong School of Shamanic Studies, which has eight associate teachers and is the first of its kind to offer three accredited degrees in shamanism: Internship (IP), Licensed Master Practitioner (LMP) and Doctorate in Shamanism (ShD). You can learn more about these programs at http://www.lightsong.net.

Jan also conducts individual and group healing seminars for intensive personal growth.

Her training and experiences have been extensive both in the traditional philosophies and metaphysical traditions. Her personal philosophy is to assist individuals in gaining their own personal empowerment, which will in turn, promotes self healing, better communities and a healthier world.

Contact Jan at jan@lightsong.net or call 503-669-3013 (Portland, OR).

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