When it comes to shamanism nothing strikes the image of the shaman more than the use of entheogens or hallucinogenics to enter altered states of consciousness to receive direct revelation and to journey between the worlds. This is a complicated and expansive topic, one that I will only be covering very briefly in this blog … Continue reading Plants as Guardian Spirits
There are times where I, and other shamanic practitioners, go to journey and then something weird happens. We can't seem to get out of our own minds, the chatter of the day builds, the journey becomes a chore, or we are just simply not getting anything--or when we do it becomes jumbled and hard to … Continue reading Fragmented Journeys
Occasionally I'll get a question. It's not an odd question but the people who often ask often ask quite timidly, as if they're scared or ashamed to ask the question. The question is often phrased something like this: "What size does my drum need to be to practice shamanism?" Before I answer this question, I want to … Continue reading The Size of My Drum
Shamanism is supposed to make us a better person. Any religious and spiritual path really do. Shamanism, being what it is, however, is a path of self discovery and revelation. We work with our Shadows--by healing them, understanding them and working through them--and our Helping Spirits are the ones who often times hold up a … Continue reading Holding Up a Mirror
One of the ways in which shamanic practitioners build relationships with their Spirits is through the act of giving offerings. There is an old saying that goes something like this, "A Gift for a Gift." In Core Shamanism gratitude is a gift, it's a blessing. It's something we reveal to our Spirits through our actions, … Continue reading Offerings of Gratitude
Altars are integral parts in many shamanic cultures, and it is not surprising that in our modern practices of shamanism altars make an important feature. Altars are important because they become expressions of the heart and in many other cases the expression of a community. It becomes a direct bridge between the unseen world and … Continue reading The Altar
Shamanism is the path of direct revelation, it is one of the oldest and well known practices known to humankind and each and everyone of us has ancestors that have ties and links to it. It is known to date back tens of thousands of years and all across the globe various peoples, cultures and … Continue reading What is Shamanism?
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