Do you remember the tales you read or watched as a child? Little Red Riding Hood, The Little Mermaid, The Princess and the Pea? These are stories meant for children -- to teach a lesson, instill a moral, create a compass for good and bad. Whether or not you or the adults in your life were aware of it, these stories offered you a map for 'the way the world works.'
What about the stories of your ancestors? These stories tell the tales of famine, persecution, abuse, displacement, absolute power, or poverty. These stories are familiar, even if you've never heard them or read the tales of your ancestors. The blood memory is wound in your flesh and bones of your body.
These are the tales that formed you. You've built your life with their taste on your tongue and their resonance in your bones. The map they've created in your body and your psyche is so familiar — whether comfortable or fearsome — that you continue to orient towards it. But at the same time, you can't shake the feeling of being disoriented. These stories are not your myth. These maps are not your guide.
The world is breaking open. And with it, our bodies and hearts and collective human history. The stories that shaped the moral arc of centuries will be re-written. The maps you use to navigate will be re-drawn.
Will you allow someone else to do this for you once again, or will you instead listen to the great question beckoning — Am I ready to give up the familiar yet disorienting maps and stories I've known for a freer, truer, more alive way of being?
When you answer YES to that question, just as we have, you begin to unfold the truth deep within your body. Underneath the stories that raised you, within your nerves, fascia, and DNA, lies the true You. And she's the one waiting, map and myth encoded in her very essence.
What is the true great myth you were born to live? What will you carry forward for the generations and the Earth to come?
When we orient to the true cycles and rhythms of Life, we restore our ability to see, feel and navigate the human experience.
We come alive.
From this place of aliveness and presence, we remember Who We Are, and what we are here to do.
We create anew.
When we alchemize the corrupted stories in our bones and bodies, we steward our lives and this world in a new direction.
We connect to our destiny.
To shapeshift, in its most basic sense is to change your form — to metamorphose, to undergo a significant adjustment to the shape of you. This word centers the reality that when you undergo deep spiritual and psychological transformation, the shape of your body, as well as the shape of your relationships and your greater life, physically changes.
But in shamanic traditions around the world, and in centuries of mythology and folklore, shapeshifting means something even deeper. Shapeshifters are humans who - with innate gifts and specialized training - could physically morph into animals and elements as ways to hold power, navigate extreme circumstances, and protect and serve their communities.
In Shapeshifting, we call all of the medicine of these definitions into your experience, and trust this journey to reconnect you to the depth of your human power, which, in its truest and greatest sense, feels mythic and magical.
Through Shapeshifting's monthly self-paced journey guide, sound codex and sigils, we will reconnect to our body's innate capacity to see + feel what's old and no longer true in our consciousness and daily human lives.
Through monthly group Alchemical Healing Sessions, led live online by Jane + Ashley, we will collapse out these old stories and patterns in the energy body, and shift our Selves into the integrity of the Quantum Field.
Through monthly Integration + Re-Writing Calls, we'll gather in community to process our personal and collective healing, share our transformations and offer our re-written mythic narratives in rounds of storytelling.
In order to live fully alive, we must be able to orient ourselves in the Great Mythology—to see guides and allies and signposts. To feel chaos and clarity, to sense when we’re on the path of destiny. We must be fully dropped down into the animal body, the bones, the DNA that is uncorrupted-- or resurrected from the illusions. Our holy humanity—our perfected bodies and bones and DNA have every capacity to guide us through this mythological experience, awake and alive.
In order to access this innate and extraordinary human gift, we must drop out what is old, release the old stories from the body, and shapeshift into the future human beings. We must release the old corruption codons and heal from the inside out. Through this module in Shapeshifting, we will orient to the original foundational stories of the human experience on Earth, using Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey as well as the shamanic Medicine Wheel as templates for Life.
Muscles and ligaments are our connection, physically and energetically, from our structure to our viscera. They bridge and make available the resources of our visceral selves to the foundational energy of our bones, and vice versa. It is through their connection, extension, contraction, and stability that we find ourselves in a dependable shape - whatever shape it is that we've taken on. One that is bound, contracted, and bunched. One that is pulling unevenly from front to back, or side to side. Or one that is loose with no reliable shape or pattern to its movement or connection.
In Rumpelstiltskin we are invited to explore how we connect to other resources in this world - our families, our riches, our information. What are we prepared to give up in order to fit a new shape, and what will we connect to in order to keep what is important to us? We're also asked to question the resources required for creation, in all of its forms.
Our organs and blood ask us very pointed questions about what it means to have life. What is fluid and fluidity without structure and container? What is flow without foundation? The blood cells flowing through your veins and coming to the surface in such vulnerable ways as a finger prick, begins in the marrow of your bones. As it moves through your body to energize and oxygenate your organs, it's transporting the very codes originating at your foundation.
Through the story of Sleeping Beauty you are asked to grapple with many of these same themes. The connection of blood and ancestral lines, DNA, bone-borne codes - and the severance of such through broken families, othering, and being on the outside of your lineage looking in. You will explore deeper than ever before at what it means for the feminine to meet the masculine, and rewrite the awakening of magic and the birthing of universal love.
This module explores the shapeshifting of the endocrine and exocrine systems in the body - something we easily overlook until the distortion has become problematic. There are eight main glands in the endocrine system that produce hormones and secrete them into the blood stream. These glands are constantly monitoring feedback loops and making nano-second responses to increase or decrease hormone production to create a stable environment bathing the inside of your body. The lymphatic system regulates the fluid levels within the tissues of your body. Both of these systems are in constant connection, communication, and responsiveness to maintain the internal environment.
In this module, you'll look closely at the idea of endo and exo, what it means to be within and without. The pervasive theme of longing, belonging, and wanting to be on the other side of where you are. Through Ariel you'll explore communication and what it means to give your voice away, to willingly cede control of how you communicate. You may also find yourself exploring polarity and shadow projection - the light and the shadow, the innocent and the trickster.
The nervous system and connected fascia is incredibly complex. It encompasses the conscious and subconscious, the sympathetic and parasympathetic, the efferent and afferent, attachment and dissociation. Your ability to be present with what is, is largely tied to the regulation and wave response of your nervous system. But this system isn’t just brain-based, it’s energetic and also linked to the foundation of your bones. The central energy column interfaces with the spinal cord. The fight or flight response originated with a hormone produced in your bones. It’s as multi-dimensional as it is three-dimensional. As ancestral as it is current.
With Little Red Riding Hood, you get to explore and re-write what it means to be safe, to journey from the unknown to the known, and to grapple with the hidden dangers within your own comfort zone. You will open to the possibility and potential that the Wolf was never actually in the forest, he was waiting for Little Red where she felt safest. And in that, what is corrupted and lying in wait, inherited as trauma and encoded in your nervous system.
Your skin, the digestive system, and your immune system are indicators of your boundaries. These all shift, become irritated, or hyper-responsive when something rubs up against them in a way that’s uncomfortable. We chafe, refuse to digest, and guard our sensitive edges through these systems. Just like boundaries, these systems are also highly unique and personal. What is normal for one person is irritating for another. Molds, pollens, foods, UV radiation, or other environmental and lifestyle choices all need to be navigated with regard to your personal needs.
So do boundaries.
The Princess and the Pea provides a framework for understanding sensitivity and your personal requirements. To speak up when there’s a pea under the mattresses and you can still feel it. It will invite you to answer the question: how do you navigate feeling something that someone else can't see or recognize?
Where is the gift in that sensitivity?
How can you release someone else's projections of who you are and what you can sense or feel?
Hi, I'm Ashley! I’m the creatress of Energy Archaeology™ - an energy healing modality and personal discovery method that accesses the energetic wisdom throughout the six realms of embodiment - bone, fluidity, muscle + tendon, breath + organ, nervous system, quantum + DNA . I’m a teacher, a mentor, and a guide for embodied wisdom, energetic anatomy, and living a soul-aligned life. I’m absolutely here for the depth and breadth of the human experience and love conversations that crack you open and broaden your perspective. When you live deeply in your body, you’ll find it was having this conversation with you all along! My innate gift is to find patterns in what’s said, unsaid, seen, and unseen and I use this to guide my work and lead you out of your head and into your specific realm of embodiment.I live and work in Charlottesville, Virginia, but serve clients all over the world. Learn more at ashleystinson.com.
Hello, beautiful Ones! I'm Jane. I'm a wholeness-oriented human and devoted lover of the Mystery who delights in supporting humans and Earth in coming fully alive. I have travelled the world learning with indigenous wisdom keepers in the mountains of Peru, the Amazon, the Hawaiian Islands, and the forests of Ireland, alongside various lineages of devoted spiritual teachers and shamanic healers in the Western world. At my core, I know that human beings are divine, and I work with sound, plant, energy medicine and body-consciousness expansion, alongside my own gifts of sight, sound, feeling and knowing to guide humans back to this remembrance. More often than anything, I channel stories, poem, and sound medicine as a way to help us hear Truth and navigate our way home. I live and work in Birmingham, Alabama, but serve clients all across Earth. Learn more at janeislistening.com.
When you invest in Shapeshifting, you open the doors to six months of alchemical healing. You will release old habits, beliefs, and perspectives out of your body, and make space to truly live your own personal myth - fully alive and in alignment.
This program includes everything you need to alchemize your mythic body, including:
Monthly Journey Guide: a PDF with a complete pathway for self-healing, including mythological resources, journal prompts, sound medicine, codex and sigil medicine
Monthly Group Alchemical Healing Session:
(2nd Mondays of each month at 9:30am PST/12:30pm EST, for 60 minutes)
Led by Ashley and Jane, these sessions are channeled + created specifically for those in this experience, weaving quantum somatic energy work with sound codex (and whatever other magic wants to come through!). These sessions will be recorded and are just as powerful each time you revisit the medicine encoded in them.
Monthly Integration + Re-Writing Session:
(4th Sundays at 1pm PST/4pm EST for 90 minutes)
Held by Ashley and Jane, these are designed to give us an opportunity to process the shifts and transformations as a group. Together, we will gather in large and small group settings to ask questions, share stories, and especially, to offer our re-writings of the fairy tales we've been dropping out of our body. This creative re-working in our consciousness is a powerful way to complete the module.
When you register for Shapeshifting by 10am EST on Friday, September 25, the investment for all of the above is:
When you register for Shapeshifting after 10am EST on September 25 and before the doors close at 10am EST on Friday, October 1, the investment for all of the above is:
There are several partial scholarships available for BIPOC, or those affected by fundamental societal inequity. If you deeply desire to join Shapeshifting, but need a scholarship, email email@example.com with details.