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Shamanism

by Robert Bruce Baird

Is it really possible that Don Juan could command the movement of Carlos' attention point or time reference point to another dimension that he calls the Nagual and the sorcerer's perspective? Can the adeptness of one person rise to know you better than you know yourself even at the level of the body conscious focus on the material world? Is INFINITY like the multi-dimensional soul which at some point is harmonized in ethics so much that it laughs at the stupidity of the soulful entities exploring the naive denial and rationalizing games our personalities playas we avoid the purpose of our soul? Could Don Juan shape-shift his alter egos and other dimension energy to become the reflection or mirror of the inner character of the student seeking to label something he knows so little about, in an "elaborate" construct that would be akin to a crook yet academically sound? Did he command this laughter response in another that easily?

Have you ever looked into yourself so deeply that you "didn't care to apologize" and "found the thought inadmissible"? What a life and so little holes in your soul you would have if only you were so wise and yet, what a curse and quite unlike 'any blessing it would be. Your knowledge of others and their intentions would make you feel so alone and so devastatingly unable to convey to others what games the ego does play. You might try to use intellect and be found arrogant. You might use love and empathy and be found invasive and intense. You might develop the austere distance of an impeccable warrior as Carlos was taught and then no longer need. No longer need! Anything! This is the world of Carlos Castaneda which calls out for humanity to look at itself and know how sensationally gifted our soul can be and in the final analysis how scary it would be not to actually care for another person at some intense level of need. But if there is no need in those dimensions what is there? Love and connectiveness as we have said; or purpose and productive involvement in creation on a collective and common basis, where each separate energy is never able to feel anything more than the most of whatever they want.

In Don Juan we see the laughter and his great power which has no application except to help the truly interested and committed student who sincerely commits to the path without knowing what is about to happen. The awe and inspiring nature of the courage makes the word warrior seem the only appropriate word to use. No Fear! This part of the Keltic Creed that the Toltecs knew and used so well in making other people rise within their own soul to achieve great oneness and beauty, is most important. Between the teacher and the pupil passes less than I would hope could be, but in the final analysis I envy Carlos, as I question Don Juan.

INITIATION: - What does it take to learn from the secrets of esoteric and adept scholars? Does one have to commit to pay money and be willing to attend endless lectures like Carlos did at UCLA under professors Meighan and Garfinkel? Perhaps it takes the willingness and intense desire he showed when he saw or felt an opportunity to learn the ways of the self-proclaimed last Toltec or a shaman of a lost culture? In some situations one has to go through so many hoops and hurdles with lots of tricks and traps that one wonders if there really is anything more than sorcery at work. Don Juan had to trick Carlos at first because he knew there was no way Carlos would really believe the simple truths of our cosmic and spiritual world. Is that a rationalization? Today you can learn a lot of these things from books and seminars. In most cases you should do this and then determine if there is some group who meets your own interests and requirements. Because we have just dealt with it as a highly shamanistic experience and because that is what the Druids and alchemists really were or are, and we recently dealt with that; we are going to quote a good explanation about shamanism that you can use as your own initiation if you so desire.

"shamanism Perhaps the oldest system of healing in the world, shamanism is prevalent in tribal cultures which, though isolated from one another, have developed beliefs and techniques with startling similarities {Unless you believe in long time world travel or astral and akashic cognition.}. The shaman is an individual who enters an ecstatic altered state of consciousness, which enables him to communicate with guardian and helping spirits and draw upon enormous sources of power. The primary purpose of shamanism is the healing of body and mind. It is also used for divination and to ensure good hunts and prosperity for a tribe or village.

According to archaeological and ethnological evidence, shamanism has been practiced for some 20,000 to 30,000 years. {The recent discovery of 90,000 year old drugs or herbal remedies in Neanderthal sites as well as the Mungo Man clearly moves this a long way back from a purely physical evidence point of view.}. It may be much older, perhaps as old as the human race. It is found all over the world, including very remote parts of the Americas, Siberia and Asia, Australia, northern Europe and Africa.

Shamanic systems vary greatly, but there are basic similarities in most systems {The Judaic Tree of Life and The Tree of Yggdrasil are more than just basic similarities.}. The shaman must function comfortably in two realities, the ordinary reality of the everyday waking world, and the nonordinary reality of the shamanic state of consciousness. The nonordinary reality is attained in a trance, which varies from very tight to deep coma and enables the shaman to see and do things that are impossible in ordinary reality. Once in a trance, the shaman enters the lowerworld by slipping into a hole or opening in the earth. In the lowerworld, he sees the cause of disease in a patient and knows its cure, and sees his guardian spirit and spirit helpers. He can shape-shift into these spirits and fly through the air. He performs his cures and can see into the future. When his shamanic work is done, he reemerges from the lowerworld back into ordinary reality. Shamans are also said to ascend to the sky in spirit boats or astride the spirits of sacrificed horses.

The nonordinary reality is as real to the shaman as is the ordinary reality. The things he sees are not hallucinations but are externalized. The shamanic state of consciousness is induced through drumming, rattling and dancing or, in some societies, by ingesting hallucinogens.

Shamans tend to be men {Women have more of these abilities in their natural state and require less altered consciousness.}, though women also can become shamans; some women shamans are extraordinarily powerful. In some cultures, shamans are involuntarily chosen by the spirits; they realize their calling in a transformational experience, often a serious illness that brings them close to death {For example Damion Brinkley of today.} and is self-cured. In other cultures, persons with natural shamanic gifts are selected at a young age, trained and initiated.

The shaman must obtain a guardian spirit, which is the source of his spiritual powers. The guardian spirit also is called a 'power animal', 'tutelary spirit', totemic animal' or 'familiar'. A common method of discovering and connecting with the guardian spirit is the solitary all-night vigil outdoors {It is often a death-defying experience to try to lie to your tribe about any ability if you cannot Do the work.}. The guardian spirit usually manifests as an animal, bird, fish or reptile but may also appear in human form. It is both beneficent and beneficial and brings to the shaman the, powers of an entire species {Or inanimate lifeforms with conscious wisdom like the trees and mountains.}. The shaman invites the guardian spirit into his body; it protects him from illness and from unfriendly forces in the lowerworld. Guardian spirits change over the years as the shaman's needs change.

After a guardian spirit is acquired, healing and divination may be performed. Healing techniques vary. A shaman may collect spirit helpers, which are the causes and cures of illness {The church believed this to the exclusion of the free will of people and the active ingredients of physical nature. Few good shamans would do this today, if they ever did.}. Spirit helpers are represented by plants, insects, small objects, worms and the like. When the shaman sees, in trance, the cause of an illness, he places one of these objects in the back of his mouth and one in the front. He then begins to "suck" the illness out of the body of the patient. The energy that causes the illness is absorbed by the spirit helpers in his mouth who protect the shaman from absorbing the illness himself. The helper in the back of the mouth acts as a backup, in case the illness gets past the helper in front.

In other techniques, the shaman descends to the lowerworld, or the realm of the dead, to bring back the soul of a patient or to retrieve a patient's guardian spirit. Some shamans exorcise disease- causing spirits in s?ancelike procedures or by invoking or cajoling them to leave the patient.

Sleight-of-hand tricks are sometimes used, but do not necessarily negate a healing.

Western interest in shamanism has been rising since 1951, when Mircae Eliade {Another Eranos Conference attendee.} published his landmark study, Shamanism. An increasing amount of literature has been written since about shamanic systems and the uses of hallucinogenic drugs.

Some traditions of contemporary Paganism and Witchcraft incorporate shamanic practices. Most of these concern raising energy, r, Otherworld journeys and healing. Some Witches, such as STARHAWK, consider Witchcraft essentially a shamanistic religion because raising energy, Otherworldly contact and healing are fundamental to it. Some Pagans say the same about various forms of contemporary Paganism. Pagan and Wiccan shamanism fosters a closer connection to the Earth and plays a role in the environmental and ecological interests of many individuals. It also plays a significant role in the creation of healing therapies especially tailored to Pagan and Wiccan spirituality.

FURTHER READING: Harner, Michael. The Way of the Shaman, New York: Bantam.1982. Harvey, Graham. Contemporary Paganism: Listening People, Speaking Earth. New York, New York University Press, 1997 Kalweit, Holger. Dreamtime & Inner Space: The World of the Shaman Boston, Shambala Publications, 1984." (7)

There are many things we would have to agree seem unlikely to have the attributions credited to them by people who have done these things for millenia. That does not detract from the actual result and it can easily be said that science has made some similarly false attributions. The difference for us should be that shamans were doing something and scientists seldom actually achieved any great result.

Author of Diverse Druids, Columnist for The ES Press Magazine, Guest writer at World- Mysteries.com

Reasons Why You May Need a Shamanic Healing

Human beings are a composite of the body and the soul. Any of these components may suffer from one form of ailment or another. Whenever it occurs, ill-health leads to physical and mental torture. There is need to curtail human suffering. There are many ways of reducing the effects of this kind of menace. The recent in emergence is medical care. There is also the Shamanic healing.

Shamanic healing soars above most forms of healthcare because it does both body and soul healing- other forms on health deal with the physical well-being only. Healing one facet of an entity does little in providing the optimum well-being. This is why Shamanic healing has proved to be the best healthcare giver. Yet there are more reasons to go shamanic.

Life is plagued with obstacles. There are many stumbling blocks between you and your goals. Maybe you want to excel in business. You put in a lot of efforts but there is no produce. There are dark forces that keep holding you down, hindering your progress. Shamanism helps in removing entities that affect your progress. It makes you free. You can then pursue your goals undeterred. You have undergone a soul healing.

People who are tormented with the sins of the past can also regain their clear conscious through Shamanic healing. You are human. You may have done something in the past that does not appease the spirit world. The spiritual entities must have been cast a spell upon you. Your soul must be troubled. Shamans help in removing entities and in your soul healing. The shamans are endowed with the gift of communicating with the spiritual world. They can present your troubles to God for absolution.

Some human beings are evil. They hate to see others progress. These people consult evil spirits to enable them proclaim doom to their fellow men. You may have been a victim of such malevolence. You have suffered from hands of these evil people. Shamanic healing will set you free from the bondage. It will give you protection against any kind of evil. It will act in removing entities that are aimed to pull you down. Shamanism will give you a soul healing.

Sometimes people lose sight of themselves. You just don't know who are anymore. You don't have a personality. You are literally lifeless. Shamanic healing redefines your existence. It gives meaning to your life. It gives you hope, something to believe in. It gives you a soul healing. It saves you the anguish of living a meaningless life. It gives you a religion to cling on. Moreover, it elucidates your future and gives you direction.

Shamanism gives you soul healing like you cannot find anywhere else.

Some human beings are evil. They hate to see others progress. These people consult evil spirits to enable them proclaim doom to their fellow men. You may have been a victim of such malevolence. You have suffered from hands of these evil people. Shamanic healing will set you free from the bondage. It will give you protection against any kind of evil. It will act in removing entities that are aimed to pull you down. Shamanism will give you a soul healing.

Drumming for the Shamanic Journey

What is Shamanism?

Shamanism is the oldest way in which humanity has sought connection with Creation. The origins of shamanism go back at least 40,000 - 50,000 years to Stone age times. All of us have evolved from shamanic cultures, it is our roots wherever we live.

A shaman knows that all things are alive and 'walks with one foot in the everyday world and one foot in the spirit world'. Contemporary shamanism is the application of these ancient timeless ways to life here and now.

Shamanism is not a belief system. It is a path to knowledge which is gained through experience of life, through rituals, ceremonies, prayers and meditation, trials and tests. Knowledge is something that works, that stands up to the test of time, that is known from the inside.

Cosmology of the shaman Shamans divide non-ordinary reality into three other regions, the upper, lower and the middle worlds. Each has its own characteristics and whilst each individual traveller experiences initially their own version, once one becomes a proficient journeyer, it is amazing just how connected we all are at these levels.

The Lower world is the place of instinctual knowing where our animal-like powers reside and where we can find practical earthly help and guidance.

The Upper world is the word of spirit teachers, cosmic beings, great wise elders, ancestors who appear usually in human form. Their help and guidance is often perceived to be more general and philosophical.

The Middle world is both the everyday physical world that we live in, the world of ordinary reality, the tonal, and also a parallel non-ordinary version of our world.

It is a CD specifically made for shamanic journeying, and to do this, the drums have to be as monotonous as possible and maintain a consistent beat between 205 to 210 beats per minute. At this specific beat, the brain is stimulated to synthesise natural beta-endorphins which facilitate a person to move into what is known as the 'second attention', an altered state of awareness, or shamanic state of consciousness. This state of awareness facilitates the shamanic journey.

A Shamanic Journey to the Lower world.

To begin, find a place that you feel comfortable and will not be disturbed for about 30 minutes. When you are ready, lie down comfortably, and darken the room, or at least cover your eyes. It is easier to journey in non-ordinary reality in the dark. Remove tight clothing, take off your shoes and allow your breathing to move to a gentle rhythm. Relax for a few minutes, focusing on being centred, and grounded.

When you are ready visualise or imagine, a place which reminds you of the Earth, a place which you know of. This place should be a real place, perhaps somewhere you have visited, or seen in a film or photograph, and it can be anywhere, a hill, mountain, grasslands, forest, by the ocean. At this place allow yourself to perceive an entrance or opening into the Lower world. This entrance can be a hollow tree, an animal burrow, a cave entrance, a man-made opening e.g.; a trapdoor, it can any entrance into the ground or water. You will find that the right entrance will feel comfortable to you, take a minute or so to study it in detail.

Now when you are ready, enter into the opening. The beginning of the tunnel may appear dark, it may angle down in a slight incline, or it may incline steeply. The tunnel may appear to be ribbed, and often it bends, sometimes it may become spiral-like, but it will always lead downwards.

Continue down the tunnel until you come out of doors into a landscape. If you come into a cavern, you will need to move outside and into the landscape, there will be an exit for example a door or an opening which will enable you to do this, it should be easy to get sight of it.

Now in the landscape, just look around. It may be daytime, night-time, forest, woodland, or near water. Extend your senses, listen, can you hear anything, the sound of birdsong, the sound that the wind makes as it blows through the tree tops, perhaps the sound of running, flowing water. Feel the ground underneath your feet, feel the ground pushing up against the soles of your feet. Sense the wind, the breeze, sense the movement of air around you. What does it feel like? Have an awareness of being there.

If you want to explore the landscape, remember where the entrance is, keep track of where you go. Just as in any ordinary-reality journey, it helps if you keep a note of landmarks so you can retrace your steps to return.

  • Track 1. Solo Drumming (with call back) 20 minutes with Leo
  • Track 2. Solo Drumming (with call back) 20 minutes with Howard
  • Track 3. Double Drumming 9with Call back) 40 minutes with Leo & Howard

The CD comes with detailed notes describing the cosmology of the shaman, and instructions for a journey.

Technical information

The drumming was recorded live directly onto digital tape at Sync City recording studio in London. The drumming was played in the 'live-sound' studio and no sound modification process was used.

Both drums were single headed frame drums. For the double drumming track, both drums were held facing each other in a position to optimise the natural reverberation.

The recording engineer was Wan Hewitt, himself a professional drummer. He has been dubbed the 'drummers darling' due to the great live sound he gets.

Howard G. Charing and Leo Rutherford are accomplished international workshop leader on shamanism. They have worked some of the most respected and extraordinary shamans & healers in the Andes, the Amazon Rainforest, and the Philippines. They have authored a number of books on Shamanism. The Drumming for the Shamanic Journey CD is available from Eagle's Wing.

For ordering information Visit their website http://www.shamanism.co.uk

Psychic Shaman : Using Your Own Inner Psychic Gifts

PSYCHIC SHAMAN

The psychic shaman builds his wisdom on positive information streams. The shaman is a great example on how to use your own inner psychic gifts. Psychic shamans can be female or male. Data packages of psychic ability filter through to the Shaman's consciousness and with this knowledge comes the power of the eagle to see visions, the intuition and instinct of the mighty cougar, and the safety and protection of the scorpion.

The Shaman uses positive information streams to empower psychic ability. Negative information streams use the same principles but take away you power making you think your destiny is controlled by outside circumstances and the surrounding energy of a hate filled world.

Your own psychic development is built on positive information streams. This will make up your powerbase from where your psychic gifts flourish. Your psychic powerbase consists of pillars of energy. Each one contributes to the enormous power of your insight. We can use and apply the wisdom of the Shaman in our own lives. The principles of the psychic shaman work for the urban dweller as well as the sorcecor's apprentice in the Arizona desert.

SPEAK TO YOUR INNER POWER

Let us examine the way of the psychic Shaman and the wisdom of the walking the way of the Tao. Both are one and the same and use whatever tools they can on their journey towards the sacred doorway.

SANCTUARY AT HOME

Use a room in your own home for your sanctuary. It is here where you make a sacred space for yourself to honor your own wisdom and energy. The universal forces will respect you if you respect yourself. This is applying the wisdom of the psychic shaman. Your knowing will become far more expansive gaining an understanding of all things.

Meditation and prayer will be the gateway to your doors of perception. Your home sanctuary encourages peace, inner growth, and you feel comfortable and at ease. The energy in your sanctuary will build more and more making you empowered with the wisdom of the ages.

THE BODY TEMPLE

The body temple is used with wisdom by the psychic shaman. It is the house for the spirit and a part of the eternal Tao. Pure foods of organic origin fuel the body to perform.

They not only raise the energy level but the vibration and frequency of food influences ones well being and eventually impacts your perception of visions and clarity of messages, that is pure information streams, from the great unknown. Keep food pure and simple. And respect animals.

You begin to use the law of attraction without really trying. You know that there is energy and universal principles scattered throughout nature. The more in tune you become the more you can hear nature speak to you. This happens naturally and progressively by raising your vibration.

NATURE WORKING

Nature working is when you work with and talk to nature. From this mutual respect nature helps you and lends its powers. This is another secret of the psychic shaman.

Walks in nature clean your negative codes and corrupt information streams. The trees will allow you to borrow their energy and the air will send you more chi ions. Respect and offer prayers to nature. In return it will respect you and look after you in more ways than you can imagine.

Clean information codes replace negative ones. You can overwrite and delete any negative information codes in your aura if you know how. Then you will become further empowered like the psychic shaman.

Mother nature will assist you in your journey. Even if your have hated her in the past she still loves you. Like any mother she has not forgotten you no matter the years of turning your back to her. You can change this today. Be wise like the shaman and respect nature.

Psychic SHAMAN ENERGY SOURCES

So the psychic shaman understands negative energy very well. There are many tools one can use to combat the negative and transmute it into the positive. The wise shaman uses the following.

  • Simple and pure food for the body temple
  • A home sanctuary
  • Nature
  • Meditation and prayer
  • Power crystal methods not mentioned here

RELEASE YOUR OWN INNER SHAMAN

The shaman shows us the way toward inner psychic development. It is applied wisdom of the highest order. The powerful shaman combines six methods, in the beginning, to create a wave of shamanic energy immense in power. Their powerbase is solid and firm going deep into the psychic belly of the universe. You too can follow the ways of the psychic shaman and become like the silent warriors of old.