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by Jade Wah’oo Grigori
Forgiveness. At this time of the Winter Solstice there is a natural resonance that is resplendent with the song of Forgiveness. It is a quality of Spirit easily accessed, embodied, activated and experienced. Forgiveness is the key in which the song of life is sung at the Winter Solstice, just as Appreciation is at the time of the Summer Solstice...
by Jim PathFinder Ewing
The year's shortest day and longest night, the Winter Solstice, was celebrated with the next new dawn, as it was shown that the Sun had triumphed over darkness, the Sun had not been "eaten," but was born again. Some would drum throughout the night, lending their energy to keep the Sun alive...
Editor's Note from Cynthia Greb: I am delighted to introduce to the Dream Medicine page Jim PathFinder Ewing, a Cherokee elder and author who has published several books in the fields of shamanism, healing, sustainable farming, and Native traditions. In this article, Jim very wisely reminds us that this Winter Solstice season is naturally and ideally a time for turning inward and doing deep, sacred dreaming. The Iroquois Nation modeled this for us. We who rush around ceaselessly preparing for cultural holidays have strayed far from this natural rhythm. And it is to our detriment.
by Tom Cowan, PhD
These weeks around the winter solstice are undoubtedly the most nostalgic season of the year. (Except for maybe summer.) The trappings of this season remind us of all the trappings from previous years: holiday songs, candles, trees, lights, ornaments, tinsel, gifts, wreathes, and the cookies...
Editor's Note from Peter Clark: Shamanic experiences in non-ordinary reality happen outside of linear time and ordinary space. Tom Cowan brings that understanding of existence into the cyclical realm of the feelings that many of us often have around the many holidays associated with the winter Solstice. Some feelings and memories may be wonderful, or… not so much, but whatever they are, we can become more self aware of ourselves and our relationship with the rest of the natural world by paying attention to them. Learning from the past is crucial to a more conscious Now and Future.
by Isa Gucciardi, PhD
Shamanism is the core spiritual and healing practice of most indigenous cultures. The Shaman serves as the medical, psychological, and spiritual counselor of these cultures. One of the primary responsibilities of the Shaman is to interface between the world of the seen and the unseen...
Editor's Note: This is a wonderful overview of the Shamanic Journey.
by Daniel Mirante
Anyone who has ever worked with the Great Medicine will respect what strength of character, courage, determination and powers of surrender are required to follow such a path. His book, Singing To The Plants is an excellent contribution to the field of shamanistic studies, Ayahuasca research, Ethnography, Botany, Anthropology and also that undefinable field of direct experience and knowledge.
Steve uses his own compelling experience with meeting and knowing Mestizo Ayahuasca shamans to thread together a detailed understanding of the rituals and worldview of the Ayahuasquero, expressing his understanding of the deep aspects of his subject, such as the entities and forces of the shamanic realms, with a refreshing phenomenological purity, humility, and respect for the mysteries.
by Nan Moss and David Corbin
Our theme for the past few months has mostly been about how unusual the weather has been – that is, if you consider snowstorms in May, 112 degrees just north of San Francisco, huge tornado outbreaks, and coastal super-storms as unusual!...
Editor's Note from Peter Clark: Nan and David publish a weekly blog on the weather - most often from a shamanic perspective. In their introduction to this blog, they write: "To this end Weather Thor’s Day is a space for pertinent, provocative and celebratory teachings, anecdotes, factoids, current events and more regarding weather’s many manifestations, spiritual nature, and how weather and humans affect one another."
by Dr. Steven Farmer, PhD
“The old people came literally to love the soil and they sat or reclined on the ground with a feeling of being close to a mothering power. It was good for the skin to touch the earth, and the old people liked to remove their moccasins and walk with bare feet on the sacred earth..."
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