by Julie Hoyle
I would be standing on the shoreline looking out at the ocean, watching in trepidation as a huge, dark tornado was forming. Growing in power and strength, the entire sky would blacken, the wind would grow in intensity and the sand beneath my feet would vibrate...
Editor's Note: I have also occasionally chosen unwisely not to listen to the Spirits and every time, there was Hell to pay. It has been quite awhile since then and life has been much easier. Shamanism is about relationships, your relationship with your loving and compassionate teachers. The more you practice the easier it becomes to "know' the voice inside.
by Christine Stevens, MSW, MA, MT-BC
Have you ever gotten goose bumps from a piece of music, or been flooded with memories when you heard a special song?
Yes? Then you already know music can change your mood, uplift your spirits, release emotions, and draw you to the Divine...
Music Therapy & Sound Healing
by Mary Louise Chown
Hearing a story is like listening to music, the words falling off the teller’s tongue, onto our ears, and into our heart, setting thoughts and memories in motion. Stories are heard in the deep heart’s core and answer the burning questions that we all have. Who are we? Where did we come from? Who do we love? What have we forgotten that is important to remember?
Editor's Note from Michael Williams: In this article, storyteller and mediator Mary Louise Chown reflects on her therapeutic work with story and children. She states: "Children especially need the experience of listening to stories and discovering connections with their own lives. This can strengthen their spirits for when they meet hard times, such as illness or death, or any kind of sadness or disappointment."
Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: This is one of our top five most profound videos we have shared with our All Things Healing parenting audience, narrated by Oprah Winfrey. Watch as many times as you want and allow it to soak in.
Kahlil Gibran camptures how interconnected we are with our children and yet how individual they truly are. They are their own free thinking growing evolving spirits.
Family & Parenting
Editor's Note from Melanie Channell: The Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago has implemented a Laughter Yoga program for the cancer patients receiving chemotherapy. Laughter Yoga has proven to reduce the patients stress levels, raises their spirits, and helps them tolerate their therapy better. It has been such a successful program, that the hospital staff started their own monthly practice.
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.
Editor's Note from Melanie Channell: In this interview, Medium James Van Praagh talks about how he tunes in to and experiences the spirits he communicates with to give his readings.
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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