My cultivation integration (fancy word for homework) after a Ceremony in my Professional Shaman training was to donate my bottles to a good cause. Integration typically happens over 7-10 days once the Ceremony has been done. It was a couple of days after my training and I was mulling over where I should donate my bottles. I contemplated throwing them in the trunk of my car in anticipation I would come across someone digging for bottles. However, this is not something I often see in my neighbourhood nor the ones I frequent. I believed the opportunity would present itself and decided to be patient. I thought maybe I was meant to drive to an area of town where I would cross paths with the exact person who needed my bottles.
Meanwhile I got busy with end of school year functions, preparing for a new session of restorative yoga, planning my daughter’s birthday and training for an upcoming trail race. A week passed and I did not put the bottles in the trunk of my car. Then ten days came and went and I started feeling anxious. I had not done my homework. ( I've always done my homework.) When I was assigned this task I immediately turned to my fellow student with tears in my eyes and said “this is perfect."
I had the strong sense it would unfold exactly as it was meant to. And so it happened the next morning, eleven days after my Ceremony, I opened up my fb page and the first thing I saw was this post: “anyone wanting to donate bottles please message me today I have a vehicle avail for the day & am running around to pick up Thanks.” It was from a mother of eight who recently had a baby and her dog was very ill.
Being a single income family with a new baby, they did not currently have the funds to pay for the expensive veterinary bill. They questioned whether they should put the dog down. But that was not an option for this mom. See Topo was her “chemotherapy dog.” She got Topo 4 years ago when she was undergoing chemotherapy to bring a sense of calm during this difficult time. He was by her side during every session and next to her in bed at night to help with the anxiety. He has been a significant part of her healing journey she shared with me when she picked up the bottles.
And so it is. The healing I received from the Ceremony, The Awakened Heart and it’s intuitively assigned homework by a fellow classmate went beyond the Ceremony, beyond the realms of my life and impacted another within this wide and vast Universe. And the message is clear. Sometimes we get busy. Sometimes life gets hard. And we don’t see it. But underlying the human trials is one thing I am certain; the perfection of the Universe and it’s flawless design.