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.
by Ina Woolcott
Bat's wisdom includes shamanic death and rebirth, initiation, viewing past lives, pollination of new ideas, transition, understanding grief, the use of vibrational sound, camouflage, invisibility, ability to observe unseen, and secrets...
Editor's Note from Peter Clark: The Bat - crucial link in the strands of the web of life most directly connected to human survival. Unique, mysterious, misunderstood harbingers of change, bats are the only mammals with true flight capability. The 1240 bat species represent some 20% of all mammalian species. If the power of Bat comes into your life, get ready for one gift after another!
by Stephan Beyer
At the start of every ayahuasca ceremony, my maestro ayahuasquero don Roberto Acho goes around the room putting agua de florida cologne in cross patterns on the forehead, chest, and back of each participant. As he does this, he blows smoke from the powerful tobacco called mapacho into the crown of the head and over the entire body of each participant, and he whistles a special song of protection called an arcana...
Editor's Note: Stephan Beyer has had many incredible experiences with spirit by contacting them directly thru many time honored shamanic methods. Here he describes some of those experiences and gives us the wisdom he has learned intimately from them.
by Llyn Roberts
Ipupiara, whose name translates to “Fresh Water Dolphin”, was born into the indigenous Ureu-eu-wau-wau – the “People of the Stars” – when the tribe numbered 2,400 in 1943. Because their Amazon rainforests contain minerals, oil, and precious resources the Ureu-eu-wau-wau have been severely exploited during Ipupiara’s lifetime and only 42 survive...
Editor's Note from Peter Clark: Llyn Roberts was a long time friend of Ipupiara Peixoto. She had many amazing experiences with him, and this article recounts one of deep spiritual connection and shamanic healing. Ipu, also known as Bernardo Peixoto, was a multi-talented man whose impact was/is/will be felt in countless lives. A double PhD, speaker of many languages, consultant to the Smithsonian Institute, shamanic ambassador bridging several cultures, educator and healer, Ipu was cofounder of Native Cultural Alliance, an organization dedicated to the preservation and sharing of native cultures and wisdom.
by Shoshana Avree
As of late, I've been very moved by the idea of the Undefended Heart and the role it plays in creating peace around me. Can I be that seemingly vulnerable? How can I not, when so much is riding on that state of being? This is sticky territory for me as I've spent most of my life in and out of the defended heart...
Editor's Note: I hope you will try this journey to your SAnode. Feeling strong in your heart will assist in any time of crisis and will expand your joy and compassion.
by Arvick Baghramian
The idea that childhood experiences come to bear on who we are as adults has now been accepted as common knowledge. One of the therapies that attempts, in a very explicit and direct manner, to achieve mental and spiritual health by addressing and healing childhood experiences is Inner Child work. This work suggests that the human psyche has child-like aspects and that these aspects or parts can be accessed and communicated with to facilitate healing...
Editor's Note from Sue O'Callahan: Arvick Baghramian's article explores the opportunity of bridging inner child work and shamanic journeying. Arvick provides insight on how directly interacting with the inner child can restore our connection to the wisdom, power and grace that comes from reintegrating this core aspect of ourselves.
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 Mátyás Balogh
Buryat shamans’ spirits are spectres of ancestors and individuals who used to live in the human world and practised as well-known shamans or were famous for other merits. Mongols believe that three or more years after their death, shamans become spirits (ongon) and are able to come back to the human world by seizing the body of another shaman, who is (in most cases) his/her descendant or apprentice...
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