by Arvick Baghramian
Shamanism is humanity’s oldest spiritual practice. But what do we mean by that? And what do we mean when we say that we are spiritual or trying to live a spiritual life? Spirituality has always been one of the focal points in my shamanic workshops...
Editor's Note from Sue O'Callahan: Arvick's book, The Magic of Shamanism, is a rich exploration of shamanic healing and traditions. This article is an excerpt from it on spirituality and how through shamanic journeying we deepen our understanding of personal and universal truth. She shares how the symbolic messages communicated during journeys help us transcend internal obstacles and limitations.
by Tom Pinkson, PhD
I recently had the opportunity to attend a Conscious Elders Gathering at which I led a team of three, bringing spirit and ceremony into the work...
Editor's Note from Sue O'Callahan: I am particularly fond of the phrase 'the only way out is through.' Tom Pinkson's recounting of a recent gathering of Conscious Elders in Northern California inspired me to wonder if the creation of these pods is one of the essential steps we need to face global challenges. I hope the seeds of this movement take root. Graciously, Tom outlines the basic tenets for like-minded, conscious elders to come together and form a community to affect change.
by Howard G. Charing
In traditional wisdom and knowledge, life is a continuum that does not end at the moment of death. One of the most important traditional tasks of the seer, shaman, medicine man or woman is to assist people who are either dying or the spirits of those who have died to make the transition into great domain of consciousness...
Editor's Note from Peter Clark: Hank Wesselman recounts his first meeting with Hawaiian shaman Hale Makua, the wisdom he learned that day, and the relevancy of that wisdom to the current state of our world. In the metaphor he uses, we each have a bowl filled with varying amounts of light. Unfortunately, the men who predominantly rule this planet have very little light left in their bowls. We are all challenged to bring more light into our bowls and into our lives. See a related article here.
by Dylan Charles, Editor of Waking Times
Cross-posted from WakingTimes.com
Whether you agree with American foreign policy or not, it’s difficult to imagine disagreement over the fact that soldiers returning from war should be given the best possible care to recover from physical and psychological injuries incurred in military service...
Editor's Note from Peter Clark: Shamanism is a broad practice of accessing knowledge and healing from non-physical intelligent sources - spirits. There are many ways to connect with spirits, and some use psycho-active substances - plant spirit medicine - to make the connection. This article presents one of those ways. I do not have direct knowledge of Iboga, but I do know that the traumas suffered by soldiers in war time are treatable by many forms of shamanic healing - with and without the ingestion of plant spirit medicine.
by Mackenzie Blyth
A lot of people pursue connections with spirit. Some are successful, some not. But for some who are successful, they sometimes get a lot more than they bargained for, and it turns out to be a nightmare.
There are also individuals who are not looking, and spirit comes to them. And it’s unwelcome, and it disturbs them. And in some cases it drives them to clinicians with drugs...
by Peter Clark,
ATH Asst. Editor of Shamanism
"The Matrix is a system, Neo. That system is our enemy. But when you're inside, you look around, what do you see? Businessmen, teachers, lawyers, carpenters. The very minds of the people we are trying to save...
by Wendy Halley
There once was a tiny seed that secretly lived in an old woman’s heart. For thousands of years the little seed slept, nestled in the darkness of the woman’s heart, until one day it felt a slight quiver deep inside its shell. The seed opened its eyes and whispered, “Spring is coming.” The old woman smiled...
Editor's Note from Peter Clark: I know some men involved with shamanism, but really, this spiritual path/practice is dominated by women - like so many other awakening paths of the current spiritual renaissance. It feels to me that many more women are "waking up" to walk away from the small boxes they discover around their minds during the dark night of the soul. Wendy Halley is one of these.
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