A Whole New World – Part I

I was introduced to spiritual energy modalities when I worked in South Africa. I was on a ten month assignment to help two non-governmental agencies research and create business opportunities for small and large companies. I remember stepping off the plane and feeling electricity in the air. Although dozens of people speaking at least six different languages (not one of them was English) were rushing past me, I felt calm. I wasn’t sure if I was picked up (I didn’t see my name on a card) so I called my contact who told me to just catch a cab to the hotel they booked me at for a day. Right when I got off the phone a man came up to me and asked if I needed a cab.

He was about 30ish, tall, and had a gentle demeanor coupled with a sense of urgency. While in his cab and without any prompting he started instructing me on how to be safe in Johannesburg. He told me which areas to stay away from, where to carry my money, about the different combie (cab) gangs, and how to tell if a person was from the Zulu, Sotho, Khosa tribes…very important information I was to later learn. He told me how proud he was to be living in a time where there can be wonderful opportunities for him and his people. “This is the new South Africa!” he said with pride and happiness.

I couldn’t say anything because he was talking a mile a minute. It was if he were trying to prepare me with as much information as possible within our 30-minute ride. When he dropped me off at my hotel he smiled, welcomed me back and told me told me to be safe. Most Black South Africans tell Black Americans, “Welcome back sister or brother…”, so I really didn’t think anything odd about his statement at the time.

Once I settled into my home and job assignment, I began noticing a few things. Most of the South Africans were very open and laid back in a way that reminded me of a gentle Spring breeze. Time slowed down. It seemed as if I had more time on my hands than I had had in a long time. I felt comfortable and safe in a country where there was still some unrest. And everywhere I went someone was doing spiritual and energy work.

During this time Chakra Healing, Reiki, Hands-On Healing, Aromatherapy, Yoga, Transcendental Meditation, Shamanic Work, Acupuncture, Shiatsu, Auyerveda, Kabbala Rituals, Past Life Regression, and many more energy modalities and ideas of consciousness were being taught to anyone who was interested in learning in order to heal the country as quickly as possible. I was like a kid with saucer eyes saying “Whoa!” in a candy store with exotic delicious offerings I have never seen before.

I met my first astrologer in South Africa. She read my chart and told me that my path in this life is to be a spiritual teacher and healer. I had just started practicing yoga and took a chakra healing class. Although I loved learning and doing chakra healing (I was told that I was really good at it), I was still set on my path to work in finance. I told the astrologer, “Unh, unh! No, I’m suppose to work on Wall Street once I get back to the States.” She looked back at my chart, glanced up at me several times, hesitated and then told me why my chart indicated that my “destiny” is in the healing arts. Seeing that she was not to be moved and having experienced some truth in astrology I asked, “Can I heal through finance?”

Then I had a past life regression. I don’t remember ever consciously saying I believe in past lives, however I instinctively knew that we had to have more time than this life to get it right. In my regression I visited three past lives but one stood out the most.

I was a medicine man living on the Great Plains getting ready to battle another tribe or group of people. I am unsure what the battle was about, however I saw myself getting herbs, vessels and looking to the sky to perform some kind of ceremony to energetically bring some kind of balance to the situation. I stood in the middle of a clearing with my arms raised and body swaying. There was some kind of bright light emanating from my body out to everyone in the clearing. The anger among the people dissipated and the conflict disappeared. Afterward the regression, I thought, “Hmmm.”
I grew up on the west side of Chicago and attended Catholic and Baptist churches.

As I mentioned in previous articles, astrology was the only metaphysical subject I sort of studied and the only one I heard of up until South Africa. After the astrology reading and regression, I went to many more talks and demonstrations showing how energy can bring balance into all areas of our lives. I saw so many healing and shifting results with others and me that I decided to take as many classes as I could before I left South Africa. This was my foray into the world of energy healing.

Copyright © 2009 by Shirlyn Wright