Ever have one of those people that you look up to as a mentor and when you offer to write a profile about, you go into hyper-procrastination mode? Or is it only me?
After a few snowstorm delays, I finally sat down to lunch with EagleSpirit in early February, and have been procrastinating ever since. I just want to get it right. And I’m sure she’s laughing right now because we’ve talked a lot about how much relative-newbies-on-the-spiritual-journey — like me — appreciate it when people like her allow their humanity to shine through. So, I’ve been working at taking her off the pedestal and she’s been working at dismantling it for us all.
EagleSpirit has always been intuitive and empathic, but she sure didn’t listen for a long time. In fact, it took two car accidents, cancer, and the face of Jesus in the hospital’s overhead light for her to reconnect with what Spirit was trying to communicate. (I envision an Aretha Franklin-like angel wagging her finger and saying, “You gotta gift, girl, you better stop wasting it!”)
Once the message was received, EagleSpirit cleaned up her life, gave up trying to outrun her gift, and started listening to what Spirit told her. This led to her 1998 Journey of the Heart with Kathy Carr (whom she has known in many lifetimes… a whole other blogpost). The Journey had her letting go of everything, packing a suitcase, a candle, a box of photos, and an aloe plant that she smuggled into the US, as she and Kathy spent six months on the road. They spent two months in New Hampshire, but then were eventually guided to the Southwest. So many stories come from this journey alone that EagleSpirit is writing a book about it, and her life.
But what I really want to tell you about, because it is something I want to do myself, is what she calls the Soul Journey.
“The Journey of the Heart was preparation for Soul Journeys. I am an Energetic Catalyst and when people find me they are at a crossroad — ready, but afraid to take the step to end a relationship or change a job, for example. Meeting with me stirs them up and creates change,” she says matter of factly.
According to EagleSpirit, the perfect client is a Type A personality who is tired of the same pattern and willing to do the deep work, but his or her personality drives them to want it quickly. Of course, many aren’t Type A personality, but nonetheless are ready for deep change. EagleSpirit acts as your chauffeur, tour guide, and spirit prodder.
Just as we were about to dive into the deep stuff, a Soul Journey graduate, Janine O’Reilly, came into the restaurant. Of course, there are no accidents. This needed to happen, because who better to explain how her Soul Journey helped her?
“In August 2012, I was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time. I knew it was the perfect opportunity for me to clear up the stuff inside of me that was causing it. I looked at it as an investment in myself. EagleSpirit sensed that Utah was where I would find my answers, and I immediately thought, “Ah, yes.”
A Soul Journey is a strange mixture of a really challenging emotional journey — I can’t tell you how many times I said to her, ‘for God’s sake, leave me alone,’ — and the most astonishing spiritual experience I’ve ever had. I was able to resolve at least 7 or 8 past lives from different cultures like the Anasazi and Hopi. Some were really horrifying, but I was able access them and to let go of their hooks that carried over into this life. When I returned a week later, my tumour had reduced in size.
As much as it annoyed me at times when EagleSpirit constantly asked me to check-in with myself, I still use that tool today. It’s helpful for big decisions.”
A Soul Journey is typically an 8-day trip to a place that calls you, and may always have. Her trips have often been to the American Southwest, Hawaii, or Ireland, but can be anywhere your soul calls you to — Greece, Portugal and Spain have also been the beginning of some beautiful journeys.
For 8 days you are the Centre of the Universe. Everything is taken care of for you by EagleSpirit. But do not mistake this for a vacation with a personal travel valet. This is big, life-changing work. Can you imagine being with someone who cares about you and only you; is constantly asking you to listen to your heart, gently pushing you to go deeper; as she helps you find the places, people and things you need to connect with to integrate the experiences of your past life (lives) in this location? From the time you commit to a Soul Journey and for a short while after, EagleSpirit listens to your soul the entire time.
How many of us can be with ourselves for that long? I wager not many, given the ills of our society. By about Day 3 or 4, most people “hit the wall,” as EagleSpirit calls it, and either get really, really angry with her, or really, really weepy. And whatever you throw at her she holds that space for you, without judgement; loving you unconditionally as you pass through the phase, letting go of limiting beliefs and up over the wall, where you reclaim your soul, and your new, connected life begins.
This is serious work, but incredibly rewarding, as the most difficult or challenging journeys are.
So how does she prepare? Pre-decision, EagleSpirit does an energy session that pinpoints where you need to go. Then, once a deposit is made, she literally takes out a map of the area and names of places begin to pop up. She researches best deals on flights, accommodations, and vehicles based on your needs and preferences. You also get, and will be grateful for, 2 energy sessions to help clear the past and make way for the soul you were always meant to be. She also creates a soundtrack from her 7,000-song catalogue that plays on your Journey. Oh, and of course there are the 400 to 700 photographs she culls through, edits and gives to each recipient after the Journey is over.
EagleSpirit acknowledges that it was her own horrific life experiences of physical and emotional abuse that led her to alcohol abuse, car accidents and cancer. Coming to terms with these experiences are what led her to her own personal Soul Journey — the Journey of the Heart — and the path to forgiveness in 1998. And while it has been a lifetime in the learning, she is living her purpose.
“As I took in what I learned on the Journey of the Heart, I was told to take people on Soul Journeys to remember how wonderful they are. I believe Heaven is right here on Earth — when we show up, are present, and do the work. We only get this one life where you get to be you and I get to be me, so why don’t we just learn to love ourselves, and each other?”
Since I met my first Sikh from India, Baljinder Gill, when I was a schoolgirl, I have been inexorably pulled to India — to the colour, the culture, the spirituality, and the beauty of this gorgeously chaotic country made up of over 1.21 billion people, more than 2,000 ethnic groups, every major religion and 4 language families. It calls me now like the desert of the American Southwest called me when I made my own journey of the heart in 1994. I believe that EagleSpirit will be my guide on the first of what I hope will be many visits to a land I once called my home.