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.

Aromatherapy Audit Weekend

This weekend I will be auditing a level one aromatherapy class. It’s been over a year since I’ve sat in on a class and feel it will be a powerful few days. My plan was to write a piece for the blog about aromatherapy but have decided to make several entries instead, in an attempt to take you along with me on the journey. There is an apprehension building in a way which is different from say, butterflies in the tummy or sweaty palms. When I feel a sense of resistance mixed with eagerness tied together with interest… I know something big is about to go down. It might be a small thing with a large affect or several medium sized Ah-has’ or possibly the ever frightening enlightenment *gong* growth spurt! Who knows, maybe there will be something in the writings causing a change or shift in yourself, for yourself?

I’ve gotten my level one certification from Wisdom of the Earth back in 2008. One of my teachers will be holding the class and a very good friend of mine will be a student. She’s a bit apprehensive as well. How the class is going to be held will be different from what I’m used to. Back in the day, two people were teaching the material but for this class there is one teacher plus more hours have been added. It will be nice to revisit the essences (the term most often used because the brand does not mix with other materials, it’s the pure essence of the plant) and watch the reactions of those new to the world of aromatherapy.

Why Should I Own a Wand?

The base of this wand is a White Sage stem

This is a question I get asked a lot from people and I hesitate because the answer varies from minute to minute,  person to person. To put it simply, a wand is an extension of who you are and what you can be. They are great for making wishes and getting your point across with gusto. If you think of it, when someone is talking and begins to point they are adding physical punctuation to their story. A finger wag equals more emphasis on what is spoken. Presenters behind a podium are asked to hold down their index finger with the thumb to control their natural wand, I mean to eliminate pointing at anyone. Substitute a wand for that finger and watch out people a  bold statement is directed your way, resonating in every direction.

Another reason to own a wand is for support. I turn to my wands for courage and confidence in many matters. I have various sized wands all created with different intentions. As the days go by the wands get stronger and wiser just like someone who is learning, wanting to improve with every day that goes by. There are several wands I have crafted for myself and several I have given as gifts along with consigning some. All are unique, even those that seem to be similar in color or structure have a different feeling about them, kind of like the way good family and friends are.

I’ve developed a wand making workshop, none of those are quite the same either. The amazement and joy I get from hosting a workshop or adorning a tree branch is something to be experienced. I’ve give descriptions for advertising and have worked on signage for displays but it really is something to participate in to get the full understanding of owning a wand. There is a journey that happens specific for the individual while a relationship is wrapped around what appears to be an inanimate object. A bond is formed before a base is chosen and stone beads are picked out. The action of creating the wand weaves magic, mixing joy and surprise. The finished product is very personal because a lot of who you are and what you want to become and accomplish is what the wand has become an extension of yourself.