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Maybe You Should Break a Stick

Posted By Carolyn on Jul 11, 2018

I was trapped in paradise.

Teaching in another country (with my kids in tow) has always had its challenges. I’m not complaining—I realize I’m fortunate. But on this trip the person supporting me started having a mental health crisis. I’d hired her to help, but she started demanding things we hadn’t agreed on, accusing me of things I didn’t do, and being forceful.

Friends from home were sending me messages like ‘oh you’re so lucky to be in the tropics doing what you love,’ but they didn’t know all hell was breaking loose.

It wasn’t pretty.

I was frustrated, angry, and devastated by it all. I was angry with myself for not seeing this coming. She couldn’t help her condition, but now it had become my problem too.

It was the first time I tried the technique of breaking a stick. Tamika learned about it from a Shaman/Medicine Woman and had been using it for herself, and the kids she counseled at the school board. I never thought much of it, but they were loving it.

It sounds overly simple, but the intention behind it makes it effective.

Breaking a stick is used to reclaim our power when someone has attempted to derail us. We all know nature is a healing force. But that day, 10 years ago, breaking a stick gave me instant release. I still had to deal with the situation, but the ritual helped me let go of the sting.

After that, each day I’d choose a stick from the ground (or let it choose me). The simple steps are: 1) Choose the stick. 2) Bring the situation to mind with the intention to release it from your energy field. 3) Break the stick. 4) Exhale forcefully through your mouth three times. 5) Throw the broken pieces as far as you can. Sometimes I’d say “ha!” in a guttural way to energize the discharge.

Walking through the jungle to teach, sometimes I’d do it three times a day.

The best thing is that you don’t need to go out and buy a special crystal or pay for a therapy session. You just need to find some sticks!

Since then, I’ve used this with my kids to shift the energy when they’re having a hard time.

I’m sharing this now because July is a big month—and breaking sticks might help.

It’s eclipse season and we’ve got 3 in a row—2 in July, and one in August. Eclipses mean the energy ramps up a little; it can feel intense. Interactions may feel a bit more heated with the potential for misunderstandings. Big shifts are taking place for everyone and we have the opportunity to let go of old patterns and deal with our unconscious emotions.

Bring on the sticks, people!

Maybe you should break a stick right now.

What’s got you wanting to break a stick lately? Is there a situation that the trees/sticks could support you with? I’d love to hear from you, in the comments below.

With love,

Carolyn Burke is co-founder of DevaTree School of Yoga and directs the upcoming HeartRise Children’s Yoga Certification that begins on September 20, 2018.

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8 Comment(s)

Anouschka Van Den Bosch on July 11, 2018
Thank you! So timely. Something that is so easy to do where ever you are. Work has been intense and this is a great way to let it go after a meeting. Maybe I will add a walk in nature after stick breaking to make my ritual complete. Anouschka xo
Carolyn Jyoti on July 12, 2018
Anouschka, This sounds wonderful. It's so healing to spend time in nature. xo
Amy on July 11, 2018
Perfect timing! I’m dealing with some unexpected difficulties and you bet I’ll be going and breaking a stick, or two today. This is also something I’ll use with my daughters. ❤️ Thanks Carolyn.
Carolyn Jyoti on July 12, 2018
Hi Amy, so glad this came at the right time. Have fun breaking sticks!
Louise on July 11, 2018
Thank you Carolyn for reminding me of this simple but effective healing practice. I was taught it by a wise teacher a few years ago when feeling burdened by some issues with my mother. I found it very helpful at the time but then gradually stopped doing it and forgot about it. Similar issues are arising and your post is very timely! As an MD I continue to be amazed by the healing power of these ancient wisdoms.
Carolyn Jyoti on July 12, 2018
Louise, this practice is healing ancient and powerful indeed! Great to hear your thoughts. xo
Janet Row on July 11, 2018
Thanks timely reminder even with retreats , dealing with former spouses and adults who were your kids. Sticks and I recall a rock meditation I taught my kids. It's very informative
Carolyn Jyoti on July 12, 2018
Janet, It's amazing how nature can support us. Thanks for sharing.

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