Many ways of life lead to happyness. To me, healing is mostly about Trauma - wounds of shock which we experience during our childhood, in war or other turmoils of live. Shamanic rituals and ceremonies use different techniques to help us opening our senses and become receptive to blocked emotions and hidden memories.
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This process is unobtrusive and often releases suppressed emotions and old tensions on a deep level of the unconcious, opening channels of understanding and compassion to our old reactions. The results range from feelings of relief and easiness to profound changes in behavior and attitude to life. As a shaman, my inner drive is to support myself and others to reconnect to our own inner source - to become whole and powerful. In his seminars and trainings I reconnected to many of my long forgotten childhood memories, traumatic experiences and even past life experiences.
I offer trancedance, shamanic journeys, meditations and various other techniques and practices for spiritual growth and self healing, on my own as well as with various partners. Since I'm a musician, I always use live music for most of the events to support the quality of "being in the moment", in the "Here and Now".
Following are some of the practices explained:. TranceDance - Intuitive Healing Dance. One of the oldest and easiest ways to experience healing Trance states is dancing. Equipped with a blindfold, your feet planted on the ground, using the energizing breathing technique "breath of fire", the journey begins: 'Close your eyes, focus on your intention, start the breath of fire and begin to move in the rhythm of the music and you find yourself in trance You may become or meet with other beings, find yourself in the forest or the mountains, in your past or future Trust your body and let yourself be danced - and when the dance is over you will be richer, more clear, in peace TranceDance is one of the oldest ways of reconnecting with our inner forces - empowering, uplifting, energizing, motivating.
A great way to step out of old habits and to look at your life in a different way. Dancing without looking creates a different focus. The energy which is usually used to look out, getting approval, trying to connect with others - is used to look inwards, opening up to our emotions and memories. The aproach of TranceDance is opposite to traditional dancing, no steps to learn, no moves to make, no special clothes to wear except that is is a comfortable as possible.
Instead you try to let go of control, let the body move by the. The shamanic journey is in some ways very similar to a TranceDance experience. You go on an inner journey to find answers, healing, clarity, guidance - only this time you lay down on your back, in a safe, cosy environment, and you use the sound of the shaman's drum to travel inside or outside yourself. The drum is your vehicle to go on a journey. Again we use the blindfold, the breath of fire and the intention and search for our answers.
Often we do this in a group, but I also offer these journeys for individuals, specially for delicate issues. The Talking Stick is a beautiful, ancient sharing ceremony from the Americas and is still practiced in many indigenous cultures. It is used for clarifying, teambuilding and healing of family wounds as well as a way to simply share your own inner truth, whatever it may be. It is carried by honesty, truthfulness and sincerity.
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The person who carries the T alking Stick is the focal point in the circle of participants. He or she has the possibility to share his thoughts or insights, a poem, a dance, a moment of silence The circle is holding the space and receives The Trance Drumming is a sharing ceremony, all participants playing drums together in a circle.
It is a non competitive way to share music and become one with sound, beat, drums and one another. Usually carried out around the fireplace, we step into a different space, often switching easily into a trance state. The sound of the drums supports a relaxing, soft, yet energized field where thoughts are gone and we can feel the sound with our whole bodies, getting massaged by the sounds and rhythm, become one with all around us.
One of the most simple and powerful ways of trauma healing I came across. Soulhunting is based on the understanding, that at any time a shock occurs in our life - may it be physical, mental or spiritual - that very part of our soul that is involved, diappears, hides, crumbles, because it is Inca pable to deal with the pain. Thus we fetch holes in our being, since these parts are missing.
See the empty faces of people involved in tragedies and wars, Some of them are left almost without any soul To become whole again, we have to invite these parts back into our life, into our being or someone has to do it for you. The scared hidden part s of the soul often appear as "hurt little children" that need to be invited, seduced, allured - to be convinced that they are save now and that we can care about them.
We invoke the sound of the double drum to send you on the inner journey, lying down on the back, searching and inviting the missing soul parts. This is, in short, the process to begin with. This ceremony can be shared with many others, or done in an individual session. The Pipe ceremony is another sacred sharing ceremony. Like most other shamanic ceremomies it is done in the sacred circle. The pipe is perceived as representant of the sacred world.
The Shaman's Return is a shamanic meditation. One of the things I have learned working with spirits is that they often prompt me through urges to do one thing or another. This is a common form of communication and instruction by helping spirits. The very fact that you are reading this article at this time is meaningful. It is the spirits themselves who are guiding you to search for information about shamanism. Your yearning to learn more about shamanism is a sign that the spirits are calling you.
The call functions to awaken your own inner knowing and the yearning to express your true self through the artistry of the shaman. To help potential candidates gain an understanding of these events, I have provided the following list of signs that you might have a shamanic calling. Have you had:.
If it seems that these signs are very general and happen to a lot of people, it is because the spirits call many to work with them, but only a few may respond to the call. Choosing to ignore a calling may have undesirable consequences or none at all. For some, it can lead to depression and illness as the life force is constricted and thwarted.
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Those who choose to follow their shamanic calling may have no idea how to begin. What do you do if the ancestral shamanic tradition no longer exists in your culture, but you still feel the call today? While traditional, indigenous shamanism continues to decline around the world, shamanic ideology has gradually entered Western humanities and social sciences and developed into the neo-shamanic movement. Neo-shamanism is a term used to describe the creation or revival of a shamanic culture. Most modern shamanic practitioners fall into this category.
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Neo-shamanism is not a single, cohesive belief system, but a collective term for many such philosophies. Neo-shamans use a variety of core techniques from different shamanic disciplines. Mircea Eliade, a religious scholar, was perhaps the first to write about neo-shamanism. In his classic work, Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy , Eliade discusses the three stages of becoming a shaman: the Call, Training, and Initiation. The first stage to becoming a healer, as described by Eliade, is that of the calling — this call comes from the family, the community, or from the world beyond.
Shamans are called, and then receive rigorous instruction. Though the spirits give shamans their healing powers, shamans must learn the technique of invoking them. Traditional shamanic training requires considerable devotion and personal sacrifice, not so much to gain power, but to become the person who can wield that power responsibly.
Ongoing practice and learning are essential to perfecting any art or skill. Where does one find shamanic training in the digital age? There are growing numbers of spiritual seekers who learn about shamanism from the internet or through reading the published works of individuals who have received shamanic training. Though a handbook is no substitute for an apprenticeship program, it can convey the fundamental methodological information. Authentic shamanic knowledge can only be acquired through individual experience; however, one must first acquire the methods in order to utilize them.
Once you have learned the basic skills, your helping spirits can provide you all the training you need. Then there is Initiation. Shamanic initiation is a rite of passage, connecting the apprentice shaman intimately to the spirit world. Ultimately, shamanic initiation takes place between the initiate and the spirit world. It is the spirits who choose and make the shaman.
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In my book, Shamanic Drumming: Calling the Spirits , I recount my own journey into shamanic practice and explore what someone should do if they feel the call to become a shaman. Working with the guidance of my helping spirits, I have written a guide to becoming a shamanic healer that encompasses the power of the drum, of community, and of the accountability inherent in authentic shamanic practice.
How does someone embark on the shamanic path? To be an effective shamanic healer, one must go through the three steps. The first step is to acknowledge the calling. In the seventh century, a major movement within Mahayana Buddhism arose. This form of Buddhism, called the Vajrayana, is most prominent in Tibet and its surrounding regions, although variations of it are found in China and Japan.
The Vajrayana understands itself to be an esoteric form of Mahayana Buddhism with an accelerated path to enlightenment. According to the Vajrayana view, enlightenment arises from the realization that seemingly opposite principles are in truth one. Vajrayana Buddhism includes practices that make use of mantras, mudras, mandalas and the visualization of deities and Buddhas.
All ritual in Vajrayana practice can be seen as aiding in this process of visualization and identification. The practitioner can use various hand implements such as the bell, vajra dorje , and drum damaru , each with an elaborate symbolic meaning to create a special environment for practice. Chod combines the path of Enlightenment and Shamanism into one.