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by Jade Wah'oo Grigori

So very often I hear people speak of Spirit and Soul interchangeably; other times I find that when discussing Spirit and Soul we are using different definitions all together. What follows is, for the sake of clarity, what I mean when using the terms Spirit or Soul...

 

 

 

 

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by Hank Wesselman

In looking through the shamanic healer's eyes, the ultimate causes of virtually all illness are to be found within the imaginal realms--in those same regions from which illness derives its initial power to affect us adversely. Because of this, it is not enough to simply suppress the effects of illness with medication on the physical plane and hope for the best...


 

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by Julie Hoyle

As a child, the veil between the dream state and other realms of existence was shimmering and transparent, becoming more so after a dramatic spiritual awakening in 1989. Saints from diverse paths and traditions entered dreams to give initiation and teachings and although I had never studied anything of the Shamanic path, Shamans suddenly appeared to lead me in unusual and elaborate rituals...

 

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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...

 

 

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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.

 

Dream Medicine


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.

 

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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.

 

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