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 Jade Wah’oo Grigori
I will begin this article with two fundamental descriptive definitions of Spirit and Soul. So very often I hear people speak of Spirit and Soul interchangeably; at other times I find that when discussing Spirit and Soul we are using fully different references, resulting in confusion...
by Matt Toussaint
Invocation is the process of calling on a spirit or spirits. It establishes connection and opens communication to the spirit you are calling, and there is meaning and/or intention inherent in the invocation...
Editor's Note from Sophia Hansen: When you're learning how to use your intuition you're learning the language of spirit. Matt shares how important it is to establish your connection with the spirit realm with language in order to communicate effectively and clearly with those in spirit that you want to communicate with.
Intuition & Symbols
Editor's Note from Peter Clark: Tuva is a republic that is currently part of Russia and borders Mongolia. Shamanism has a long, mostly unbroken tradition in Tuva. The Foundation for Shamanic Studies has assisted Tuvan shamanism in regaining acceptance amongst the Tuvan peoples after the decades of Soviet repression. Check out this ATH video and article for some more on this...
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...
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...
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 Wendy S. Halley
The ways of spirit are mysterious. Couple that with my tendency to be kind of dense and you’ve got yourself a recipe for utter bewilderment. Such was the case when the spirits came knocking on my door about 12 years ago. At the time, not only was I oblivious to the ‘call,’ but I didn’t even know I had answered. Instead, I just wrote the whole thing off as a very strange experience.
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