“Each of us has his own way of emerging from the underworld, mine is by writing. That’s why the only way I can keep going, if at all, is by writing, not through rest and sleep. I am far more likely to achieve peace of mind through writing than the capacity to write through peace.”
Spirituality is a commodity sought high and low by people of all socioeconomic statuses, gender and sexual identities, race and so on.
And, it has been this way since the beginning of time.
Many people still cling to monotheistic religions, billions in fact, but there has been a wave, an uprising of non-traditional (they were once traditional) philosophies and practices being adopted by people all over the world.
Just like people feel let down by their Government and desire to break the two-party pretend democracy we have been living in, hence the rise in Socialists, Communists and Anarchists; people feel let down by their religions of youth and/or culture, so they are turning to Witchcraft, Nihilism, Atheism, Paganism, Wicca, ATR (African Traditional Religions) and every other path that is not the “big three”.
The psychological breakdown is that people want to be shatter the status quo in the most extreme ways possible. Which is, sadly, why there has also been an uprising of hate groups, and far right extremists pushing nationalism.
When people break free, or as I say, wake up, they are often wounded by their past and carry deep trauma from having to suppress certain aspects of themselves to fit into the box society, and in this context, religion put them in.
A Spiritual Awakening is a process of dying and coming back to life over and over again, it’s grueling work and not for the faint of heart.
As with all other areas of Spirituality, there are those who wish to romanticize the process, make it all love and light, unicorns and butterflies, and I can’t speak for all 7+ billion people on this planet, but I know I speak for a good chunk when I say, for many of us, it’s everything BUT love and light.
There are gurus galore who want to take you on a retreat to Bali, Costa Rica, Joshua Tree or India for an extraordinary amount of money, and through Tantric, Shamanic journeys, or whatever, they connect with the Source of love, Divine light and *poof* you are healed.
You will feel lighter.
Your trauma will melt away.
Your vision will become clearer.
You will become Spiritually Enlightened and Awakened.
While I am sure these retreats and this process may help some people, and/or perhaps may even be part of the overall journey, there are a great many folx who don’t need love and light, they need darkness.
They need the comfort and discomfort of the Womb.
They need a journey to the Underworld.
They must dive into their psyche and collective conscious (and unconscious); dangerous places for someone in recovery from religion and indoctrination.
Enter the Plutonian Healer.
Pluto is the God of the Underworld in Roman mythology.
In Astrology Pluto is death and rebirth (renewal), it’s the journey of going beneath the surface—it’s transformation, change, and the key to our inner most secrets; some secrets that we may have locked away from ourselves without even knowing.
Pluto, like Saturn, is a brutal but necessary teacher.
And, often it’s an energy that many people cannot, or don’t want to tackle alone and that’s valid.
It’s okay to need or want help.
It doesn’t lessen your personal power—you’re still doing the work, you still must face those Shadows and Demons, and traumas, no matter if someone walks with you, they can’t do the deep Plutonian work for you.
“You can lead a horse to water but can’t make them drink” comes to mind.
We can show you the way, but we can’t do the work for you.
The choice is always, always yours.
The power is always yours.
I have a love/hate relationship with the word “healer”.
What does it even mean?
Does it mean this person is superior?
*ego talking here*
“No one rules over me! Ahhh!”
But, seriously, sarcasm aside, what does it mean to be a healer?
For me, as I have grown on my path, grown as a person, as a practitioner and shed my skin only to truly enter my skin, I have realized I am a healer, and superior to no one.
My experiences allow me to be a buffer for people to bounce ideas off; they can look to me, and others like myself, and say, “they made it through the darkness, they immerse themselves in Shadow Work, and I can, too.”
Maybe someone needs me to hold their hand while we navigate the dark together, maybe they need my torch to help them find their way, or maybe they need me to help them ignite their own torch by reminding them of their inherent personal power.
The Plutonian Healer is the dark mirror embodied: we reflect deep abysmal truths.
Just like some healers (and people) find comfort in the blissful energy of light and love, I find comfort in the depths of darkness, mysteries and shadows.
I don’t “heal” in any kind of traditional manner.
I take people on a journey to the Underworld.
I exist in the shadows, inside liminal spaces so that I may understand them better and pass the lessons along. Again, not doing the work for anyone, but being a guide, a map, a path, a light in the dark.
And in these times of unrest, unknowns and uncertainties, it’s more important than ever for people to understand not only their own darkness, but the darkness of the collective.
With so many focusing on love and light, things have become unbalanced and it’s time to reign the darkness back in by understanding it better; thus, mastering it.
And, the only way to understand it is to journey through it.
Remember, you are the light, it is the darkness that you seek.
Lux in Tenebris