This is an ongoing US and global project to help enthusiasts, scholars, practitioners, and curious parties learn more about shamanic living in a contemporary culture. The space here is devoted to sharing info, experiences and opinions about all forms of shamanic expression covering shamanism's multiple permutations. Among subjects explored are traditions, techniques, insights, definitions, events, artists, authors, and creativity. You are invited to draw from your own experiences and contribute.

What is a SHAMAN?

MAYAN: "a technichian of the Holy, a lover of the Sacred." CELTIC: "Empower the people...by changing the way we think." MEXICAN APACHE: "Someone who has simply learned to give freely of themselves..." AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINAL: "...a teacher or healer, a wisdom keeper of knowledge... (who) takes people to a door and encourages them to enter." W. AFRICAN DIAGRA: "views every event in life within a spiritual context." HAWAIIAN: "...human bridges to the spiritual world and its laws and the material world and its trials..." QUECHUA INDIAN: "embodies all experience." AMAZON: "...willing to engage the forces of the Universe...in a beneficial end for self, people, and for life in general."

-- from Travelers, Magicians and Shamans (Danny Paradise)

Friday, May 9, 2008

interview with a modern day alchemist


I soon learned that the challenge is to control one's self with one's own powers....

1 comment:

She.Who.Remembers said...

This statement appealed to me: "The impetus of alchemy is the study of the creation of new forms of energy medicine, through the premise or belief that all matter is alive and all matter is evolving. This is one concept that separates the alchemical practice from other metaphysical pursuits: the matter and the alchemist are one. Whatever happens to the matter must occur simultaneously within the Alchemist."

It speaks to the saying that you must become the change that you seek. Internal and external world becomes one and it empowers you to not only be concious of your effect on your surroundings but also of your personal ability to create change.