A One Year Program Exploring Shamanic Wisdom for Personal & Planetary Healing
You are invited to join a community of like minded women who are embarking on a journey of growth and discovery. We will be following the teachings of our ancestors through the seasons of the year growing our skills as healers; for ourselves, our families and communities, and also Mother Earth. This is the path of the wounded healer, where our wound becomes our gift and enables us to step into our personal Soul Path. Won’t you please join us…
“We are the ones we have been waiting for.” -Hopi Elder
**Payment plans, sliding scale and other arrangements available for those with financial need. NEXT CLASS BEGINS SEPTEMBER 2019.
The Shamanic Path
Shamans are practitioners of awareness and observers of energy as it manifests in its many forms both physical and non-physical. The word shaman comes from the Tungus tribe in Siberia, it means “spiritual healer” or more literally translated “the one who sees in the dark”. Shamanic practices can be found all around the world, in every culture and on every continent. Shamanism and its practices are the oldest spiritual path on the planet, dating back to Neanderthal man. It is likely if you trace your roots back you will find a shaman somewhere in your family tree. They are often disguised under different names such as; medicine man, medicine woman, village healer, druid, herbalist, wise woman. Although shamanism is a spiritual healing path, it is not a religion, it has no set beliefs or dogma, therefore it is compatible with many religions of the world. It is not uncommon to find shamans with representations of Jesus or the Buddha for instance, on their healing altar, as this is a very non-dualistic healing practice that honors all as the One.
If the word shaman means, “one who sees in the dark”, exactly what does that mean and how does the shaman “see” in the dark? Shamanic practitioners perceive everything as energy and vibration, so shamans use their 3rd eye, or sometimes called “strong eye” to connect with the world around them beyond the physical reality that is seen with their physical eyes. In order to cultivate this kind of awareness, shamans spend much time in nature developing a relationship with the energetic presences of the land and the elements. Shamans see the whole world as animated with energy and spirit, they do not see themselves as separate from this intricate web of life…more they see themselves as a thread within the web, therefore, being able to effect change in the world and others by affecting the energetic vibration within this web of life.
There are many practices and tools the shaman may use for healing work, but the most important is the direct connection with Spirit. Cultivating a relationship with the Great Mystery, Kind Spirit, Beloved, God or by whichever name you choose to use, is primary to doing healing work. The second most important aspect is connecting and maintaining a relationship with the helping spirits, who offer guidance to the shaman in what practices to use, how to perform ceremony, the plants needed for healing, ritual objects etc… The shaman maintains this connection through the shamanic journey. During the shamanic journey, the shaman enters an altered state of consciousness through the beat of a drum or sometimes a rattle, that allows her/him to access the delta brainwave pattern and shift the shaman’s state of consciousness to allow connection on the spirit level with helpers from the Otherworld. The drum is considered the shaman’s horse that his or her spirit rides to connect with the spirit helpers.
As you have probably noticed, the Shaman lives in a multi-layered, multi-dimensional universe, where life is more than what you perceive with the physical senses. The Otherworld is where the shaman goes to receive guidance from helping spirits. There are basically 3 worlds in the shaman’s universe; upper, middle, and lower. The 3 worlds are connected by the World Tree or axis mundi sometimes called the “Tree of Life”. Shamans use the World Tree as a vehicle to traverse the three worlds for help and healing.
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