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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)

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Lectures on Shamanism

A dear friend shared this link with me. She's recently been inspired by shamanism and I thought that the resource was good enough to share with the tribe.

I've only listened to Ingerman's lecture so far. She goes through the functions of a shaman and into indigenous rituals. One thing she suggests, which we have experienced in a collective journey before, is the power to help souls move along and transition into death. She calls this service "Psychopomp Work." She reminds us that there is a growing trend of mass trauma in the world and that the human devastation imposed on the environment and other humans is so extreme that bad energy can collect from souls caught in limbo and unable to move on to the other realms. It's implied that these souls stay here and create mischief or pain. Trapped wandering souls need love, evolution, and healing, according to Ingerman. She then goes into alchemy some and suggests that within its secrets are the keys to healing the earth and reversing the damage caused to the environment. My favorite quote of hers,"It’s who we become that changes the world not what we do."

indigenous wisdom / shamanism

Spirit Medicine by Hank Wesselman, Ph.D.
» The Prophets Conference Sedona | Introduction by Cody Johnson

Shamanism: Healing Ourselves and the Planet by Sandra Ingerman
» Just For The Health Of It! Boulder | Introduction by Cody Johnson

Shaman, Healer, Sage: Energy Medicine of the Americas by Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D.
» The Prophets Conference Palm Springs: Transforming Ourselves and Our Planet

1 comment:

Heart of The Mother said...

I skipped right down to Alberto Villoldo's 1.5 hours long audio. A chiropractor friend of mine had just been to see him on the East Coast who came back and handed me two of his audios. I've found his talks to be both entertaining and educational along with carrying a certain "familiar" energy.