This application for the Parallel Perception Scholarship was submitted by Steve Pattersson.
This year the scholarship includes a choice of either: attendance at the Dragon’s Tears Workshop in the Canary Islands from August 2nd-8th – or – participation on the online Transformational Healing and Meditation program.
If you would like to offer your support for Steve please leave a comment at the end of this blog post.
I humbly submit the following in hopes of receiving teaching from Lujan Matus–one who has already taught me so much and has had a profound impact on myself and those around me.
I woke up in a hospital not sure how I had arrived—though I suspected it was the result of years of hard living. I was told that I was close to organ shutdown.
As perplexing as it was, I felt as if I had been in some other place and in some deep conversation. The message was that I needed to re-examine all that I believed, and to start with myself.
I began following the path of the Shaman, and had purified myself by letting go of alcohol, meat, and dairy. The intention was to unravel the confines and controlling mechanisms that had buried deep my connection with myself on both a physical and spiritual level.
In the two years that followed I became aware of Lujan Matus and The Art of Stalking Parallel Perception. Upon reading his work, I quickly realized a new approach that was both profound and inspirational.
I had found a teacher that I knew I would probably never meet in person but whom had taught me more through written words than anyone else by any other means. Now, a year after reading other of Lujan’s books, I find myself striving to heal others as part of a program that uses various holistic approaches to assist service members and their families in finding their own healing of war trauma.
Lujan’s teaching of knowing and doing is the bedrock on which I am building a heightened awareness, and every session I attend I find myself falling back on those teachings. Particularly when it comes to the layers of societal expectations, and how to look inward to being their own healing.
“The deceptive premise of a pre-programed lifestyle, is perhaps the biggest hurdle in assisting people to find their inner-silence to reintroduce themselves to their heart-of-hearts. The pre-programing has nothing to do with our primal self, and everything to do with our inner silence being redirected into channels of a throwaway, mechanized, society.” Lujan Matus
On these warriors’ paths, they are taught to ‘rub some dirt on it’, or ‘handle it like a man’. I have even heard solders seeking help use phrases like “I am not a princess, but ….” The two approaches are a part of that pre-programming, and only a princess would not be able to rub dirt on it like a ‘real man’.
Upon being aware of the pre-programming an empowered individual begins to see things a bit differently.
“On your life path you traverse your experiences, and there is nothing you can really do beyond that. You have to know how to proceed with these events instead of a pre-formatted society prompting you to a state of knowing and doing.”
While knowing and doing are easy enough to understand, it takes a bit more to illustrate not doing. It is in the not doing that the doing of healing can begin within oneself.
I am not as prolific and eloquent as some in my writing, and likewise the words of Lujan often can lead to confusion as the writing stirs the depths of my soul. However, it is in that thought, the resonance and stirring, that I continue to learn far beyond the end of a chapter, and I would be grateful if selected to spend time with Lujan, even if it is over Skype because
I feel he is with me at all times. To be able to bring Lujan’s teachings into my personal and professional healing would be beyond value. It has already shaped me in many ways, and his words will continue to do so as I continue down my life path.