The practice of shamanic journeying is a tool accessible to anyone, providing a means to connect with helper spirits for self-discovery, connection, guidance, and healing.
In our fast-paced and technologically driven world, there is an unmistakable yearning for a deeper connection, a sense of purpose, and a more profound understanding of our existence. This desire has manifested itself in a cultural shift towards mystical and earth-based holistic practices, reflecting a collective need for a more direct spiritual context and a quest for wholeness and connectedness.
In the intricate tapestry of human spirituality, the practice of shamanism has proven to be remarkably adaptable, responding to diverse cultural needs and the evolving demands of the times. Today, we witness a profound resurgence of shamanism, as individuals from all walks of life integrate its practices into their daily routines. At the heart of this revival lies the understanding that accessing one's spiritual guidance is a birthright—an innate ability that empowers us to reclaim our autonomy and shape our destinies.
In a world often dominated by external authorities and societal norms, many are awakening to the realization that true power resides within. The surge in interest in shamanic practices can be seen as a collective yearning to cease surrendering personal power to socially acceptable figures of authority. Deep down, there is a growing awareness that we, as individuals, possess the inherent capacity to catalyze meaningful change in our lives.
In essence, the resurgence of shamanism is not a mere nostalgia for ancient traditions; it is a contemporary response to the quest for self-empowerment, purpose, and the yearning to create positive change in a world that often feels chaotic. As we rediscover the timeless wisdom embedded in shamanic practices, we embark on a journey of self-discovery, reclaiming our personal power, and realizing our potential to shape a reality that aligns with our deepest aspirations.
Rediscovering Ancient Wisdom
Shamanism teaches us that everything that exists is alive and has a spirit, and that we are joined with the Earth and all of life via our spiritual interconnectedness
In modern culture, many of us are feeling a deep longing to experience our unity with this web of life and to heal our sense of isolation. This is why we are drawn to gather together and journey.
We directly experience the web of life. Our society has become largely disconnected from the cycles and rhythms of the moon and the seasons, and we often walk against the flow of the river of life…which can be exhausting. The helping spirits have a great deal to teach us about restoring balance and harmony in our lives by reconnecting with nature’s cycles and by living in unity with the natural world.
In the contemporary exploration of spiritual practices, the concept of shamanism has experienced a renaissance, drawing individuals seeking connection, guidance, and personal transformation. However, it's crucial to clarify that the modern approach to shamanic practices is not about aspiring to become a traditional shaman in the conventional sense. Traditionally, one doesn't self-identify as a shaman; rather, individuals are chosen by "the Spirits" to take on the role and serve their community.
In the traditional shamanic view, boasting about possessing spiritual power is seen as a potential path to losing it. Recognition as a shaman is not a self-proclaimed title but is bestowed by the community based on the tangible services and benefits provided to others. In this light, the modern practitioner is not training to become a shaman but is rather learning to journey and become their own spiritual guide.
In the realm of shamanic work, a fundamental teaching is the acknowledgment that we all have guides and teachers in the spirit world.
Helping Spirits are everywhere around us, all the time, just outside of our ordinary, everyday, five sense perception. Helping spirit is an all-encompassing term under which many different forms and types of spirit energies can be defined. Depending on what form they appear, or their perceived purpose, these helping spirits are commonly referred to as guardian spirits, spirit teachers, spirit healers, spirit allies, power animals, totems, spirit guides, guardian angels, gods, goddesses, ascended masters, religious deities, ancestors, or deceased loved ones.
Typically you will have one or two main power animals, guardian spirits or teachers who will work with you on an ongoing basis on the core issues in your life. In addition, some helpers will share specific lessons and skills with you then move on, with new helping spirits appearing to take their place. With time you will build relationships with your helping spirits and learn to trust them. They will accompany you on your journeys throughout your life.
The essence of Shamanic Journeying lies in the one-on-one connection with our helping spirits for self-discovery, connection, guidance, and healing.
The practice of shamanic journeying is a tool accessible to anyone, providing a means to connect with helper spirits, access personal spiritual guidance, and facilitate healing. This practice extends beyond personal growth, encompassing a reconnection with nature, assistance to others in the community, and engagement with global issues. It's a way for individuals to feel personally empowered, offering direct revelation and a simple approach to accessing spiritual guidance.
By engaging in journeying, individuals can step out of their heads, expand awareness, and tap into a deep well of wisdom. The ability to problem-solve for oneself raises self-esteem in a grounded manner, fostering a sense of personal empowerment. Meeting with helping spirits provides a profound sense of value and connection to the spirit inherent in all things, eradicating the feeling of isolation.
This journey requires only the desire and an open heart to engage in the work. Everyone has the capacity to journey and open themselves to the new dimensions of life that the spirits are eager to reveal.
Shamanic Journeying as a Universal Spiritual Catalyst
In the diverse landscape of spiritual practices, shamanic journeying stands out as a universal tool accessible to individuals of any faith. Far from being exclusive to a particular belief system, this ancient practice serves as a bridge, connecting people with the essence of their spirituality and enhancing their connection with the divine.
Regardless of your religious affiliation, shamanic journeying offers a pathway to deepen your spiritual experience. The beauty of shamanic journeying lies in its inclusivity. It welcomes individuals from various faiths, backgrounds, and walks of life to embark on a journey of self-discovery and connection. By engaging in this practice, participants often find that it not only enhances their existing spiritual beliefs but also opens doors to new dimensions of understanding and insight.
In the tapestry of faiths and spiritual traditions, shamanic journeying is a thread that weaves connections, offering a universal language that transcends the boundaries of doctrine.
Embark on Your Journey: Join Our Shamanic Community
If the exploration of shamanic practices resonates with you, I invite you to embark on a personal journey of self-discovery and empowerment.
To guide you on this transformative journey, I offer the following opportunities:
Introduction to Shamanic Journeying:
This entry-level experience is designed for those curious about the ancient art of journeying and eager to explore their own spiritual dimensions.
This course will be offered both in studio and live online via Zoom
Date: Sunday February 11th 2024 10:00am-5:30pm EST
Additionally, our monthly journey circles provide a supportive and communal space for those already familiar with shamanic practices. These circles offer a collective energy that enhances the journeying experience, fostering a sense of unity and shared exploration.
If you feel the call to tap into your own spiritual power, solve challenges with newfound wisdom, and contribute to positive transformations, join us on this enriching adventure.
Visit my website to learn more and embark on a journey of self-discovery and spiritual empowerment. Your helping spirits await, ready to reveal the mysteries that lie within and beyond.
Living and sharing shamanic teachings for 18 years has been my foundation for meaningful existence.