Shamanism, a Brief Overview

Oak

Shamanism teaches us how to use gifts nature has to offer. Nature, the oldest teacher and constant example of life, growth, inspiration, beauty, determination, and manufacturing energy. Everything has something special to share and this includes which we cannot see with the naked eye. The plants, rocks, space, elements, and animals do influence how we act and feel, so turning to them to assist us with healing will alter our well being for a better life and world. Be respectful and mindful of how you treat every part of nature. Friendships are important during all parts of our cycles.

A Weekend of Death, Dying, and Beyond

Medicine Man, Performing His Mysteries over a ...

A few weekends ago I attend another advanced shaman class. This one was titled Death, Dying, and Beyond. These series are from the Foundation of Shamanic Studies as developed by Michael Harner. The course I took was taught by Nan Moss and David Corbin. I forget how I originally heard about Nan and Dave, perhaps Weather Shamanism caught my attention once while searching around the Internet. The workshops I’ve taken with the dynamic duo have been phenomenal not to mention extremely helpful in the energy work I conduct for myself along with others. This last one, I knew was going to be emotionally challenging but essential for my spiritual growth and understanding of shamanism.

The workshops are something to be experienced, writing about them feels out of context. The understanding gained is thrilling but hard to explain in type. Nevertheless, I did want to share some of what I’ve come to believe with you because it is useful for all of us.

From my notes taken during class discussion and after journeying (a form of meditation) here are some key points around the topic of death, dying, and beyond:

Bat

Tried viewing or understanding the end of this life differently; thinking of death as another state of existence. I was able to learn from a bat, during a lower word journey, that the world is not just understood by a human’s existence. Animals and other kingdoms go though life and death with all sorts of understandings from how they operate (get on in this lifetime). I was taught about opportunities to view the world upside-down, use other senses than our eyes, and the importance of movements in the dark. Then, to top the lesson off, I realized a bat is classified as a mammal making the lesson heavier to this mammal.

 Another take on the topic of death, dying, and beyond is the belief gained about levels of a soul’s journey when the body is no longer living. The class meditation was done individually by the group and then those who wanted to share their experience afterwards did so in circle. Many people, including myself, witnessed in our dream like state, types of places where souls were waiting or learning or regrouping or figuring out just what is going on. Yes, we can interact with those on the other side. I have done it a few times pryer to this workshop but it was good to get a stronger base of how to conduct the meetings, so to speak.

sunset on goulais bay...

 A piece of the weekend’s wisdom sticking with me is realizing my death is important. It is a normal phrase of life. When I pass on, the people who love me are challenged to adjust their lives allowing them to grow and fulfill what they intended to do when they came into this world. Typically my guides and spirit helpers always put in something light hearted to help me with the seriousness of it all. With realizing death is part of the cycle, it was pointed out how my death creates jobs for others as well, ha! Funny cause there is truth there too!

Another Incentive For Us All to Communicate More

Please note, the forum is no longer in existence. Thank you to all that have participated over the years.

There is a forum I moderate. The Blue Aventurine group would like more participants on the forum, making it more active. As an incentive to join up and post, there are two offers for the month of September:

If you post 10 times before the end of September, a shamanic journey will be done on your behalf and reported back to you.
If you post 20 times, a wand will be taylor made for you.

You can learn more about shamanism and wands by poking around here at WordPress.Going to http://www.BlueAventurine.com/forum will give you more information about the perks to posting. Either way, please always contribute what you can to make society a better place for all of us to live.

Tools to Assist: Divination

Everyone uses some type of tool to get a job started or completed. Over the years and throughout our life experiences, we learn about all sorts of handy objects to assist us with projects.

Divination was taught to me over a year ago, it is a new process for me, well at least I thought it was. While writing this piece, I’ve realized I have stared at inanimate objects all my life. What was missing was the intention to notice messages coming though.

The August Blue Moon has caused a few different psychic effects for me. Usually the moon influences me two days before totality and 2 days after. Saturday night, the call to gaze into a piece of Blue Aventurine had to be heeded. Using this tool to look into the future and call bits of wisdom to my attention, would be my third time using the divination process.

The messages I got from simply clearing my mind and listening to the first thought or voice that came forward:

Glimmer, glimmer of hope (my interpretation, keep on dreaming)

All things in stride (all is fine, all will unfold in time)

Clean it up (choose better foods for my body)

Go deeper (keep on seeking understanding)