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Old and Modern Shamans and traditions

Shamanism is defined as  a complex set of practices, beliefs, values and behaviours that enable the shamanic practitioner to elicit a shift from ordinary consciousness into a trance state with a specific goal in mind, such as for healing, obtaining information, power, vision, divination, contacting the spirit of the deceased, soul retrieval or guidance for right action. Shamans are known throughout the world, each have their own tribal methods which  should be honoured.

Archangels Michael, Gabriel, Uriel and Raphael guided me to the most wonderful shamanic workshops in London where in my first workshop I was inducted as a shaman in the ‘Way of the Shaman’ by a Shaman who as trained in America with the American  from out of London.  The shaman who was inducting us was English but had trained under a Native American India shaman in America for years.

When I was inducted as a shaman I could feel the ancestors that my shamanic teacher spoke about. I could see figures around me as he went to  each student and inducted them in a special ceremony. When he conducted the induction ceremony around me, the ancestors who were Native America Indians, celebrated and told me that they would be working with me. These wonderful ancestors have stayed with me and helped me ever since then. We have a very special connection no matter where I am in the world we are together. I have not studied the medicine (herbalism) of the shamans and greatly honour the many wonderful shamans all over the world who are born into this noble tradition.

When I was inducted into shamanship I bought a shamanic remo drum and in celebration we play it together. It is the same drum that I use when I drum in meditations and healing.

We were taught how to apply techniques for travelling into and exploring the non-ordinary reality of the shaman’s world through the ancient art of soul flight which sets our soul free to discover the multi-dimensional world of reality.

This training included the teaching of how to alter the consciousness through classic shamanic non-drug techniques in the form of repetitive drumming, so that they can discover their own hidden spiritual resources, transform their lives, and learn how to help others.

The shamanism that I learnt does not focus on ceremonies, such as those of Native American medicine men and women, who do both shamanism and ceremonial work to honour their ancestral culture for many to learn from.

The shamanism I studied was modern and based on the knowledge of the pioneering work of American anthropologist Michael Harner, who brought shamanism to contemporary life in the West after extensive field and cross-cultural investigation, experimentation, and personal practice.

He originated, researched, and developed core shamanism, a system designed for Westerners to apply shamanism and shamanic healing successfully to their daily lives. This system is based upon the underlying universal, near-universal, and common features of shamanism, together with journeys to other worlds, rather than upon culture-specific variations and elaborations.

Our spirit loves to dance and not only that, it loves to travel through the dimensions in what the shamans call the non-ordinary world.

Much of my training as a Healing Practitioner is based on working in the non-ordinary world which takes me to what I call 'quantum space' a space in the universe that is held there for the very reason of  connecting and healing others and for divination. It also takes place in the angelic realms/dimensions and with the Divine Spirit/God in what is called the upper, middle and lower worlds by the shamans..

Dream Catcher

Native Americans believe that the night air is filled with dreams both good and bad. When hung over or near your bed swinging freely in the air, it catches the dreams as they flow by. The good dreams know how to pass through the dream catcher, slipping through the outer holes and slide down the soft feathers so gently that many times the sleeper does not know that he/she is dreaming. The bad dreams not knowing the way get tangled in the dream catcher and perish with the first light of the new day.

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