Self Portrait © Catherine Athena Louise 2015

Self Portrait © Catherine Athena Louise 2015

Shapeshifter © Catherine Athena Louise 2017

Shapeshifter © Catherine Athena Louise 2017

Dreamer © Catherine Athena Louise 2015

Dreamer © Catherine Athena Louise 2015

 

ABOUT : CATHERINE ATHENA LOUISE

Hello and Welcome!

I am a mixed media painter, photographer, collage artist, lino cutter, esotericist, mystic and dreamer, Reiki Drummer & Shamanic Counsellor.   Also a practitioner of Indigenous Wisdom Ways and champion for the Wild Soul. 

Through a series of unforgettable experiences I was drawn onto the path of shamanic healing.  One of these was being struck by Lightning on the morning of 12 August 2012 {a power-download which now feels like it is an intrinsic part of me and my personal myth; the strange gift of "Lightning in the Blood".}   You'll find thunderous skies and Lighting flashes also feature in my artwork at times, as my inner world reflects outwardly.  

I follow my heart in the role of shamanic artist and sacred drummer and shamanic counsellor.

I am qualified as a Hypnotherapist and Past/Future-Life Progression therapist,  and I have found using altered states of consciousness to be the perfect bridge between more traditional psychotherapy and indigenous wisdom ways & shamanic healing. 

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I am originally from New Zealand, where my spiritual awakening began at age 11 around the time I began using the Norse runes, astrology and investigating various 'divination' systems such as the Tarot and scrying. This lead on to later exploring spirit guides, auras, crystal energies, color healing and psychometry, along with Angels and Ascended Masters. 

Remote viewing, transfiguration, encounters with the recently departed, lucid dreaming, astral traveling and spontaneous detailed memories of other lifetimes and reincarnation, along with synchronistic meetings with those I recognised in this Lifetime, featured strongly for me after I joined a development circle age 21.  Earth Medicine ways and shamanism felt like a natural and effortless path for me and I felt an instant affinity for working as a solitary practitioner. 

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For years I have been the recipient of strong sleep-dreaming. The kind the Elders call Medicine Dreams, or 'Big Dreams' - these dreams come completely unbidden, allowing me to fly all over the world in my dream-body, meeting remarkable healers and various characters who have shown me very different perspectives of what we perceive in the waking world, and challenging what we as a society accept as  'concensus reality'…. I have often met their animals and plant allies too.  

I would describe this as the kind of dreaming where details of plants (most of which I didn't even know existed until I did some checking and research the next morning upon waking) are given, along with their healing uses and ways to ally them, during these meeting with others across the World, and exchanging information that is incredibly specific, detailed and verifiable. 

These days I relish nothing more than a quiet and peaceful life, being out in Nature and as close to the Earth as possible. I am drawn to working with the Medicine Wheel and the seasonal Wheel Of the Year, and I find my shamanic practice re-enchants my Wildish Nature, and helps keep me feeling grounded and connected.