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What Is Shamanism? A Few Notes and Bibliography

Shamanism is an ancient, worldwide practice of engaging with spirit helpers and the forces of the natural world to develop relationships, solve problems, perform healing, and bring balance. Beside the ordinary world we live and breathe in are parallel, non-ordinary worlds...

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The Shimmering World: Reciprocity With the Star Beings

Our ancestors came from the stars. Indigenous peoples, worldwide, speak of star relatives and star beings. No different than all the elementals and other living energies we know from our shamanic practice...

This is a story of relationship between us and the star beings. It is a story about shamanic community, feeding and being fed by ancestral memory, the wisdom that surrounds ancient indigenous ceremony, and maps of consciousness. Its a story of weaving the physical and the energetic, the mundane and the sacred. Finally, its a story of inquiry and discovery in following a one-step-at-a-time, spirit-guided process for calling the spirits of the star beings, to "bring star energy down to earth to assist us in the difficult times that are coming."

[First published in The Journal of Shamanic Practice, this article describes our star (ch'aska) despacho project.]

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Moving Energy Meditation: Releasing the Heavy and Bringing in the Light Through the Four Elements

Use this meditation to release and gift heavy energy—despair, grief, anger, depression, fear, powerlessness, and so on—to each of the four elements from specific areas of your body, and receive elemental, light, refined energy into your body to replace what you have removed...

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Meditating on the Wild Mountain
She lies open there, a breathing mountain, an oasis. Her green flanks rise out of flatlands, bay mud, houses, roads. Her flanks reach toward the wind, caressing; toward the fog, thirstily; toward the stars, yearning. Her flanks draw my eyes toward restful quiet ridges of silence, draw me out of freeway hum and into that other world. World of steep grassy meadows, hummingbird bush-covered culverts, chemise and untamed wind on high.

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Medicine for the Earth
Based on the ancient principle, "it is who we become that changes the world," Medicine for the Earth offers deeply empowering ways of transforming our consciousness and transmuting internal and external toxins. Explore this visionary philosophy and spiritual practice pioneered by Sandra Ingerman and taught around the world...

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Transmuting Energetic Toxins
An exploration of working in parallel realities with Medicine for the Earth practices to transmute toxins, and a bit about the quantum concepts that validate these methods...

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Meditation for the Earth and the Cosmos
This meditation is a prayer for the earth. Practicing it leads us into healing our own hearts and the heart of the cosmos...

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Sonoma Shamanism
Inyo Mountains, Saline Valley, photo by Meg Beeler

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Journeying with the Spirits of Nature
I did not seek wildness. It chose me, bringing panther cubs and river meanders, mystery and galaxies into my life. I did not look for cellular memory. It found me, threading ancestral wisdom with the knowledge of stones and trees. I did not want this solitary path. It chased me from childhood, flowed into every awareness, taught me to keep going no matter how great the grief.

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The Warp and Weft of Ancient Wisdom
I walk slowly across the fields, step by step, from my place of power to the grinding rock below the petroglyphs. The ground is uneven; grass seeds swell with rich food. At the flat, wide, grinding rock, the women roll their manos...

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Silence of the Universe
From my sitting position on the sacred stone huaca I rise into the air. An oval doorway appears in front of me. It is an energetic opening, or apacheta; I peel the edges back and pry it open with trepidation. Through the opening, I see a filament of light crossing the canyon like a thin golden guy-wire...

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The Despacho Ceremony
Despacho is the Quechua word for offering. It describes the Andean practice of making offerings to the mountains (apus), Mother Earth (Pachamama), and other spirits in reciprocity, reverence, and thanksgiving. A despacho is an act of love and a reminder of the connections we share...
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Finding the Gold Within
In interviews from Siberia to Australia, traditional shamen describe deep reluctance to respond to the call of the spirit world. "For nine years I fought against the spirit, without telling anyone what had happened...

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Weaving Nature and Spirit
The natural world has been source and ground for indigenous spiritual practices since humans first stood and began to name the world. For everyone but western, technological peoples, this is because there was no separation: the physical environment was and is the source of sustenance, life, spirit, and mystery...

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Turning Heat Into Energy: A Hot Flash Meditation
As you become aware of your temperature rising, give it your full attention. Breathe into the heat, breathe with it. Watch yourself heating up like a steam engine, like a volcano...

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