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by Edmond Wollmann

Every year in the month of October, before the calendar turns over to November, we get on our masks and costumes to encounter the ‘spirits of Halloween’. Why?

Masks cover the hidden and are created to represent and convey the camouflaged concepts behind them...



by Sarah Finlay

The Wine Spirit is an ancient being who has been brought into ceremony and shared her knowledge and healing with people since pre-historic times.  (My sudden reflections on the significance of wine in the Christian sacraments began to take on a whole new meaning.)  My plant spirit guide, continued to explain that the mind altering medicinal plants might be seen on a hierarchical ladder…


Editor's Note from Peter Clark: Ever wonder why alcohol is referred to as “spirits”? One possible answer to that question is contained in this article written by Sarah Finlay. The shamanic worldview holds that all physical forms have associated spirit aspects. Some physical/spirit partnerships have stronger affect on us people than others. This article puts forward a fascinating theory about the spiritual effects of alcohol, and how our awareness and intention is vital to our health in conjunction with the ingestion of the physical/spirit substance.



by Gretchen Crilly McKay

I am a sangoma. What does this mean? A sangoma is an African traditional healer who merges with her ancestors for the purpose of healing. It is a spiritual calling, not a chosen profession. An apprentice sangoma, called a thwasa, studies with a mentor for approximately two years and must learn how to prepare herbal medicines (muti), how to interpret dreams, how to incorporate spirits, how to diagnose illness through divination with bones, and how to heal both physical and spiritual illness...

Editor's Note: Having personally had the privilege of working with Gretchen in the past, I can attest to her amazing abilities and skills as a shamanic healer trained in the African heritage.



by Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

I remember when I was a kid and used to see shows and medical exhibits on how awful primitive medicine was and how wonderful our new "scientific" medicine is. The exhibits would include Aztec skull cutters to make holes to let out evil spirits, leeches, snake oil salesman, and such. We may have moved past some of these (well, instead of leeches we have lab blood-drawing stations), but as we see, historically, the wheel continues to turn...



Integrative Medicine

by Michael Watson

We are initiated many times in our lives. First loves, school graduations, and marriages are initiations, as are illnesses, broken hearts, and job losses. Death may be seen as yet another initiation.


Thirty years I worked for three years with Dhyani Farmer (now Wyahoo) and Louise Sunfeather. I had landed in Vermont, after fleeing the pollution and arrogance of Washington, D.C.. Louise was working to integrate traditional Cherokee teachings and Western ideas about psychotherapy...



by Ambica Gulati,
Co-Editor of Shamanism

Since my journey with shamanism and spirit guides, I have encountered demons, animal guides, spiritual blockages, plant spirits, and I realised that we act out lives in tune with our soul’s choices. And whenever the choice of the soul does not blend with the physical world, suffering comes in. It is this suffering that then takes us back to our masters and guides who reveal to us our choices and path...


Editor's Note from Ambica Gulati: Karma unfolds in many ways. It speaks to us at all times but we understand the language only when our soul becomes a mirror to the universe.



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.



Editor's Note from Peter Clark: Shamanic healing is strictly on the spiritual level - at its essence it is not mental, emotional, or physical. But in the paradigm of the shamanic worldview, the spirit of something, anything, anyone, from human to ant to galaxy and beyond, is considered to be fundamental and core. As a result, shamanic spiritual healing can have profound ripple effects on other aspects of self. When a therapist uses shamanism in conjunction with more generally practiced psychological healing, the results are often quite spectacular. Persistent mental and emotional pathologies that had stubbornly remained under conventional therapy can melt away with the assistance of helping compassionate spirits.



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