What is a Shaman?

One day a friend of mine asked me, “What is a Shaman?” I said, “a Shaman is someone who is somewhere between a priest/priestess, a healer and a teacher.”

There are shamans all around the world, and there have been since time began. Or at least since humans began.  Some people become a shaman because they grew up in a tribe or other indigenous close-knit community, and someone in that community taught them the knowledge of healing and divination that was handed down over generations.

Other people, like me, didn’t have the knowledge handed down to them from family members, but felt a “call,” to become a Shaman.  I’ll write about this some more…

I believe we are all connected through energy.  I am connected to people, plants and trees, animals and minerals.  All these are beings, and have an energy pattern that can be seen/felt and interacted with.

One of the things Shamans do, is go into Altered States of awareness.  That means, they do something to change their energy, to change their vibrations.  Some Shamans ingest plants or beverages that change their awareness.  In my case, I meditate.  I dance.  I make sounds (tones).  I listen to music.  I play a rattle or a drum.  The noises and the movements, change my vibrations, change my energy.  Once I’ve done that, then I feel calmer, and my senses are heightened.

If I do a walking meditation, which is part of a Shamanic Nature Trek, then, when I am outside and calm and relaxed, I see more of the plants and animals and minerals around me.  The colors are more vivid, the sounds are more pronounced.  I get in tune with the vibrations of the plants and animals and minerals around me.

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Also while in an altered state, I travel to the other worlds to meet with my animal guides and spirit teachers.  We all  have animal guides and spirit teachers.  I go on these journeys to solve problems and help myself and other people.

Since being a Shaman is a way of being, it becomes the way you operate.  So I say, See the Magic in Your Land.  Feel It.   And I say, Share Your Peace with Our Mother Earth, Our Father Sky and our Big Waters that surround us.

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The Earthways Shamanic Path Gathering is coming!

Hello Everybody!  CUUPS of Fort Myers is hosting the first ever, Earthways Shamanic Path Gathering at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers, April 15 through April 17, 2016.

This is a new pagan path, developed here at CUUPS of Fort Myers.

1. We study the Seasons as they unfold where we live. We learn what those Seasons are, their physical-environmental aspects, their spiritual aspects and what they mean, and how to celebrate them.

2. We approach the world through a shamanic perspective. We drum and meditate to achieve altered states. We go on shamanic journeys. We communicate with spirits and guides. We do this to help ourselves, or to help other people or other beings.

3. We believe that Shamanism is an ancient earth-based spiritual practice with modern applications. We recognize that you can be Shaman and Wiccan, or Shaman and Druid, or other combinations. But for us, we are Shaman and this is our Path.

4. We say, “Share Your Peace With Our Mother Earth, Father Sky, and The Big Water.”

We have a lovely brochure:

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You can visit the Eventbrite website to learn more information and to register.  If you want to split your payments, Whale Maiden takes PayPal and has a SQUARE, and will be happy to help you with that.  Contact Whale.Maiden@yahoo.com if you have questions.

Thanks everyone.

Thoughts about the Shaman Workshop in Sarasota

Last weekend, I attended a Shaman’s Workshop in Sarasota, Florida.  The workshop  content was based upon the teachings of Michael Harner.  It was a wonderful two days.  There were about 40 people there, and the Hampton Inn was just so welcoming to us.  Here’s the sign they had in their lobby for at least two days:

????????????????????????????Shamanism involves journeying.  Shamanism involves wayfinding.  It is nice to have sign posts like this, along the way.

We drummed a lot.  We journeyed a lot.  We ate a lot.  We drummed some more.  We journeyed some more.

Suburban Shaman, part two: Seeing

Suburban Shaman, part 2: Seeing.

Previously posted on January 31, 2010 by Whale Maiden

 

“Moth” (c) 2009 WhaleMaiden.

In an earlier post I stated I am a Suburban Shaman.  What’s that mean?  It means I watch the Earth and the Sky, and the Beings that live here.  I pay attention to very small things, and very big things.    I watch the cycles of wind and clouds and rain, to learn what will happen next.   There is a world of information happening, if we just tune into it.

I have studied and practiced “Native American” teachings and respect them very much.  Yet they are primarily based on information ‘borrowed’ from People who lived in the Northeast, or the Upper Midwest, or the Southwest.  Here I am in the Southwest of Florida.  The plants and the terrain and the climate are very different here, from the rest of North America.

And, my culture and lifestyle are different from those of The People, too.  (I mean, different from the ways of the People, when the ‘borrowing’ of their culture happened.)  I live in a house in the suburbs.  I drive a car, commute to work, and sit in a climate-controlled office all day, buy food at a grocery store.  These functions have very little to do with the Work that The People were engaged in, to survive and flourish.

So, when The People saw an animal, it meant survival.  It meant that food was available, or there was a change in the weather coming.  When I see an animal these days, it means that I am first of all, still honoring the frail connection I have to the Natural World.  It means I am looking.  It means I am paying attention to the web of life that connects us all.  It means I am seeing.

 

Suburban Shaman

Suburban Shaman

Previously posted on January 27, 2010 by Whale Maiden

I’m a Suburban Shaman.  I’m a Shaman and I live in the Suburbs.  There’s more to it than this, but I thought I’d put the thought ‘out there,’ as it were, and let the thought take hold.

Oil Spill…Climate…2012…and shopping…and Shamanism

So there I was shopping at an upscale ladies store in an outlet mall in Southwest Florida and all of a sudden I found myself engaged in a conversation with another shopper and one of the very helpful store clerks.  One of the ladies had just told the other that someone they knew had just accepted a job cleaning up the Oil Spill in Louisiana.  The other lady said that BP could hire all those unemployed fishers, to help clean up the Oil.  I agreed, but noted it is very toxic, the oil.  By this time they had included me in their conversation, which now had migrated to how HOT it has been.  [It has been over 90 degrees every day for WEEKS.]  We all agreed that it was so much HOTTER than we remember it being in previous years.  We agreed to each other that we are concerned about how big the Hurricane Season will be.  Hurricanes like hot water and the water temperature in the Gulf of Mexico is nice and warm right now.  Then we all looked at each other and simultaneously started wondering if the Oil spill, is what bible prophecy means by ‘blood on the water,’  and the next thing I knew, the one lady said to the other lady, “My Husband thinks it is all leading up to 2012!”  The other Lady and I nodded to her, because we knew she was testing our water, so to speak.  Once we agreed with her about 2012, then she nodded, too.

What impressed me is that these ladies looked like what I call, “muggles,”  [people who  do not believe in metaphysical things, like magic] and yet they both are wondering about 2012.

I wonder about it too.  I have been thinking about “Earth Changes,” and “End Times,” since at least 1987, when people started talking about the Harmonic Convergence.  I believe there will be a change of consciousness among people on this planet.   I believe I am here to assist people in adjusting to that change in consciousness, or in making that change, when they ask for that assistance.  That’s the work of a Shaman.