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The Three Worlds of Shamanism

The Three Worlds of Shamanism

There is a world full of help and healing above you, a world full of unconditional love and guidance below you and gentle wisdom all around you, the ancient shamans tell us. You have a beneficent spiritual teacher living in the shamanic upper world who has been looking out for your well-being since you came here. You also have a power animal ally who lives in the shamanic lower world who has been protecting and guiding you all these years….

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Soul Retrieval: Singing Your Soul Home Again

Soul Retrieval: Singing Your Soul Home Again

We are the sum of our ancestors Our roots stretch back to blue-green algae They stretch to the stars They ultimately reach the void This history is inscribed in our psyches Silence and solitude enjoin us to remember Our whole and great body. – Joan Halifax Shamans have been healing the living and the dead for forty thousand years. Shamanic healing is a spiritual practice that deals with the spiritual aspects of problems and illness. In the shaman’s worldview, there…

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Secrets of the Shamans

Secrets of the Shamans

Shamans worldwide have long known the secret that there is another reality. In this other world, filled with power and healing, live beneficent helping and healing spirits that work with the shaman to help alleviate pain and suffering in others. They are the animal allies and spirit teachers who can help us solve life problems and give us strength and protection. Each person has her own helping spirits but may be unaware of who they are. The teachers are known…

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Answering the Call to Shamanism

Answering the Call to Shamanism

There is only one great thing The only thing To live, To see the great day that dawns, And the light that fills the world. – Inuit song Shamanism is the oldest spiritual tradition on the planet, the ancestor of all spiritual paths. When you trace your bloodlines back through time, back to the continent where your bones and genes originated, you will discover all of your people living shamanically. Our ancestors relied on the practices of shamanism to communicate…

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ORACLES, BONES AND STONES: Shamanic Divination

ORACLES, BONES AND STONES: Shamanic Divination

Have you ever stared at the sky when it was scattered with clouds, searching for an answer to an important question? Or perhaps you’ve sought counsel in Tarot cards, the Chinese I Ching or the Celtic Runes. These are forms of oracular guidance and problem-solving known as divination. The many forms of divination seek to find answers from sources that are hidden from daily life. They show us the “divine will” in answer to important life questions. Changes, challenges and…

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Shamanism and the Spirits of Nature

Shamanism and the Spirits of Nature

The sun is a circle The earth is a circle The moon is a circle The drum is a circle We are a circle — ancient Sammi song We humans have an interdependence with all life, and we share a unity with all things here on our planet. We are connected to the oceans, the whales, the mountains, the bears, the trees and birds, the sun, moon and stars. In shamanic cultures it is understood that all the beings in…

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