A guide to connecting with the wisdom and energies of ancient Africa and awakening the lion-hearted spiritual warrior within
• Reveals the wisdom and love of the White Lions of Timbavati, who have returned to help us remember our divine origins
• Explores how to reconnect to our original roots in Africa hidden deep within our DNA and remember our sacred contract to guard and protect the natural world
• Offers shamanic journeys to connect with African power animals as well as the energetic hologram of the 31st meridian, the spine of Mother Earth
It was predicted by indigenous tribes in Africa that when the White Lions return to their sacred lands in Timbavati we would be in a time of evolutionary and spiritual awakening. On Christmas Day in the year 2000, Marah the White Lion was born, the first “way-shower” to arrive and help us awaken to our divine origins, when we were one with all life in Zep Tepi, the land of first time. Our spiritual warrior selves are being summoned to heal the separation between us and nature, to be the change agents of heart, as we evolve to a higher consciousness.
Exploring how to awaken to the energies and messengers of ancient Africa that reside along the 31st meridian, the spine of Mother Earth, Carley Mattimore and Linda Star Wolf take you on a journey to connect with our original roots in Africa, hidden deep within our DNA. They share shamanic journeys and teachings to connect with the strengths of Africa’s spirit animals, including the inner authority and heart of Lion, the loyalty and wisdom of Elephant, the love and compassion of Giraffe, and the shadow side of Hyena. They explore the power of shamanic sacred sites and offer teachings on the African Tree of Life and the energetic hologram of the 31st meridian. Sharing wisdom from Mhondoro Mandaza Kandemwa, Grandmother Twylah Nitsch, and other wisdom keepers, the authors explain how, as we connect with the messengers along the 31st meridian, we begin to remember our sacred contract to protect the natural world.
Offering a guide to reconnect with the ancient African wisdom of love and higher consciousness buried in our cellular memory, the authors show how we can help reopen the heart of humanity and heal the world around us.
The animals and the natural world are relaying messages to guide and support humanity during this time of great change on the planet. The four-leggeds, winged ones, creepy crawlers, and more are coming to assist in this evolution of consciousness. As we release the self-imposed barriers between us and them, we are able to transcend the illusionary veil between us and hear their language. We are given the gift of their wisdom when we connect in love and respect and cross through the barriers that separate us.
During several of our trips into the bush in Timbavati, South Africa, we experienced a close encounter with Giraffe. In the first meeting we came across a giraffe who stood close to our jeep. It looked right at us, bending its long neck to get a closer look into our vehicle, and sent a powerful message, shared with us by our guide, medicine man Baba Mandaza, that the war that is going on is not over yet. We were told to keep praying for guidance and that more light workers are needed to support Peace on Earth. The giraffe turned and walked away, its long legs gracefully striding through the brush and then it turned and looked back one more time, affirming the message to our group.
Giraffes show up as messengers to encourage us to stretch ourselves--reaching as far as we can to bring about our visions, rising up to the challenge with balance and grace. They have an incredible ability to see into the future empathically from a bigger perspective and support us in influencing future outcomes effectively.
Our second encounter occurred after our first class on animal communication, when we set out to practice our newly learned skills. Our jeep came upon a tower of giraffes. We stopped, held sacred space, and opened our hearts by imagining a bridge between our hearts and the giraffe’s closest to our vehicle. The giraffe’s big beautiful heart responded, as he stopped and looked directly at us. As the transmission continued, he lowered his head and stretched his long neck to come closer to us. It was such a direct response to the love we sent, evidenced by the most miraculous expression of curiosity on his face. His big beautiful heart and ours merged in loving compassion and I felt like mine would burst.
The giraffe as an animal messenger serves to remind us to open our hearts and see the bigger story of our lives and of humanity at this juncture in our evolutionary journey. It is time for each of us to step up and do our part in coming into balance with grace and power.
Shamanic Journey with Linda Star Wolf
Bighearted Love and Compassion with Giraffe
With a commitment to become more empathetic and openhearted, use deep cyclical breathing to go deeply within and to connect with the energies of your heart. As you feel more relaxed and in the flow of energy, imagine your mind’s eye starting to open and find yourself gently walking through a savanna with a thicket of slender trees, tall tangled brush, and dense acacia bushes.
Take a deep breath and as you exhale notice that your human body begins to shape-shift effortlessly into the tall, graceful form of an 18-foot-tall giraffe. Your great height gives you a unique perspective that others may not have and therefore perhaps a greater understanding of your surroundings and the actions of others.
Feel into the long stretch and smooth arch of your strong, graceful neck as you graze on tasty green leaves, grasses, and twigs.
Suddenly, something in the nearby brush startles you and you gallop in the opposite direction to safety, reaching a speed of 35 miles per hour in a matter of seconds.
Once you perceive that you and those you love are safely out of harm’s way, you slow your pace and take respite under the highest tree branches, scratching the top of your head on branches and finding a cool place from the sweltering sun.
Your enormous twenty-five-pound heart, the largest of any land mammal on earth, is still beating rapidly from the run. It has such a big job to do to pump the blood all the way up to your head and through the rest of your amazing body.
While your imaginal giraffe body is settling into a more relaxed state, engage in an inner dialogue with your own human heart and connect it to the bighearted energy of the sacred giraffe. Take a moment to make this connection as you feel the beating of your human heart.
Engaging your own bigheartedness, think about what you love and cherish and allow that vision to flow into your conscious awareness, filling you with love.
Giraffes are now on the endangered species list. Since 1985, 40 percent of the giraffes have disappeared. How does this affect you?
Allow yourself to imagine what you love being threatened and perhaps its very existence coming to an untimely end. Notice any feelings of distress, such as sadness, anger, despair, helplessness, or fear, and then let those feelings move through you. Ask yourself what, if anything, you could say or do in your life to change the course of its extinction.
Inhaling and exhaling deeply, imagine that by connecting with Giraffe your own heart is energetically growing larger, increasing its capacity to hold the pain and suffering of other beings in the world without despairing but filled with loving compassion that translates into responsible action in the world around you. Allow the heart energy of Giraffe to inspire you with renewed faith that humanity can open more fully to its own bighearted energy and make the changes needed for the survival of us all.
Once you have completed this journey, shift gently back into human form and slowly return to your outer consciousness with a big heart full of loving compassion for all beings great and small.
Carley Mattimore, MS, LCPC, is a shamanic psychotherapist with 30 years’ experience as well as a therapeutic energy worker. She has traveled to Timbavati, South Africa, and Zimbabwe several times. She teaches shamanic workshops at the Aahara Spiritual Community in Springfield, Illinois.
Linda Star Wolf, Ph.D., has been a visionary teacher and shamanic guide for more than 35 years. The founder and codirector of Venus Rising Association for Transformation and the founder and president of Venus Rising University for Shamanic Psychospiritual Studies, she is the creator of the Shamanic Breathwork Process as well as the Shamanic Ministers Global Network and the Wise Wolf Councils. A spiritual granddaughter of Seneca Wolf Clan Grandmother Twylah Nitsch, Star Wolf is the author of Shamanic Breathwork and co-author of Visionary Shamanism, Shamanic Egyptian Astrology, Shamanic Mysteries of Egypt, and The Anubis Oracle. She lives at Isis Cove Retreat Center near Asheville, North Carolina.
“Sacred Messengers of Shamanic Africa offers a rich tableau of personal healing, access to archetypal lion wisdom, and guided journeys, all this while visiting significant and relatively unknown sacred sites in the cradle of early human evolution. As you travel along the golden meridian of South Africa, you return to your origin to end separation from nature. Highly recommended!”
– Barbara Hand Clow, author of Awakening the Planetary Mind
“This book will take your soul to the 31st meridian to commune with the earth, animals, and nature in ways you didn’t even realize you needed. This riveting, eye-awakening, well-written book is sure to raise your awareness and enhance your inner healing journey through a deeper knowing of the beautiful ways to embody and tune in to the shamanic teachings that are readily available to us all.”
– Tammy Billups, author of Soul Healing with Our Animal Companions
“From great African White Lions to the Milky Way galaxy, this is a book of beauty and wisdom. In it we are taken on a personal exploration of the ancient wells of the soul and discover our place in the grand expanse of the cosmos. Bravo!”
– Allan Combs, Ph.D., coeditor of Thomas Berry, Dreamer of the Earth
“Sacred Messengers of Shamanic Africa guides us into the primal teaching of the land of First Time--to the birthplace of humanity. This profound book reminds us that we are all woven into a big mysterious fabric of cosmic creation from the first breath humans took on this earth. As you read the strikingly personal and adventurous accounts of these two remarkable authors, open your heart and step forward to own your inner shaman.”
– Itzhak Beery, author of The Gift of Shamanism and publisher of shamanportal.org
“A beautiful love letter to the wisdom of the White Lions of South Africa and a testament to the power of awakening the ‘lion within’ and connecting to our primordial knowing and fierce love, which is being called forth at this time to protect the earth and all her creatures and inhabitants. The authors tell a compelling story of the origins of our shamanic consciousness, woven in with their own personal initiations to find the wild liberation of the lion heart.”
– Seren and Azra Bertrand, M.D., authors of Womb Awakening
“This book is gold! Sacred messengers from a rich land reveal timely messages about leadership and inner authority. Essential reading for anyone who cares about freedom and reclaiming an inner navigation system that leads to our salvation.”
– Thea Summer Deer, author of Wisdom of the Plant Devas
“In this captivating book, Mattimore and Star Wolf shine a light into the hidden mysteries of shamanic Africa through an irresistible blend of personal stories and an innovative analysis of archetypal symbols. Both informative and experiential, this book is a worthy addition to any collection.”
– Ruby Falconer, coauthor of Shamanic Egyptian Astrology
“An illuminating book. The authors demonstrate that the connection between nature, animals, and our own psyche is universal. This book takes us on a journey of transformation that connects us to the spirit of the sacred animals that live within each of us if we choose to awaken. Read, and allow the book to take you deep into your connection to the spirits of the sacred animals.”
– Nita Gage, DSPS, MA, coauthor of Soul Whispering
“In a deeply personal telling of their own experiences, the authors showcase ancient people’s awakened rapport, which modern people have lost. Sharing Shamanic Breathwork, meditation, visions, and dreams, the authors show how their own inner and outer journeys reveal ancient teachings for the new millennium.”
– J. Zohara Meyerhoff Hieronimus, D.H.L., author of White Spirit Animals
“Mattimore shows how the symbolic connections in Africa can activate and speed the evolutionary shift we are now in. In sharing their own shamanic experiences, Mattimore and Star Wolf allow the reader to feel the magic implicit in this transformative journey that is available and important to us all.”
– Judith Corvin-Blackburn, DMin, LCSW, author of Empowering the Spirit
“I am so grateful to the authors for creating this profound resource about shamanic Africa. It is filled with insights for the mind and journeys for the soul as the shamanic animals of Africa help us to remember the truth of who we are.”
– Anna Cariad-Barrett, DMin, author of Shamanic Wisdom for Pregnancy and Parenthood