Shamanism is a love story – this is about falling in love with yourself, life, and the raw, wild beauty of creation. Shamanism is native to all of us, and is one of the oldest animistic traditions in our human heritage – we two leggeds have had some form of shamanic practice in each of our ancestral cultures on planet earth since time began. In early times, when our people were unsure of what medicine plants to use, where to hunt for game, how to help a sick or injured clanmate heal, or how to work in harmony with the life-giving spirits of nature, a shaman would enter an altered state of consciousness, and journey in non-ordinary reality for information, and healing.
Shamans served their community by working closely with helping spirits, and keeping their tribes or clans safe, healthy, happy and connected to the natural world. Today, shamanism is experiencing a renaissance, and is deepening to become a beautiful, joyful part of our spiritual practice in a contemporary way. I encourage you to come to a Shaman Circle, and experience shamanic ceremony for yourself, or change your life in profound ways with the Shaman’s Way 16 month, full-immersion training. Welcome, compassionate helping spirits!
Shamanism and reiki treat similar challenges – and use different approaches. As a path of love, shamanism can support us through intense periods of transition, cancer, spiritual awakening, and in times of burnout, stress, and challenge. Shamanism can be intense, powerful, and very beautiful. I encourage everyone to learn how to journey in a shamanic way, so that we can all speak directly to our compassionate helping spirits and receive information, wise counsel, and healing. That said, there are times we need a helping hand from someone with different skills and perspective. The vibration of asking for help, and then receiving is a powerful healing in and of itself.
Shamanism can support specific issues such as:
- major life transition
- manifesting a new job, partner, pattern, or home
- recovering energy, joy, and vitality for living
- releasing depression, anxiety and stress
- healing trauma, grief, and sadness
- clearing energies that aren’t yours
- recovery from illness or surgery
- navigating immune disorders (HIV/AIDS)
- working through chronic conditions like fibromyalgia and adrenal fatigue
- healing addiction, insomnia
- welcoming fertility, new children, new projects, and new communities
- releasing emotional charge around old triggers and patterns
- overall happiness, and recovering joy
- spiritual awakening, life purpose…dreaming down heaven on earth
A shamanic practitioner enters a waking, trancelike state of consciousness, and visits what we call non-ordinary reality, where they navigate the Lower, Middle, and Upper worlds. This state of non-ordinary consciousness can be achieved in several ways, and at Vibrant Reiki, we enter or move into trance through listening to shamanic drumming, rattling, and song. The shamanic practitioner isn’t ‘doing’ the healing or divining – instead, we work with compassionate helping spirits, beings of unconditional love who offer us help, hope, and healing.
Through working with our compassionate helping spirits, or allies, we can experience physical healing, emotional release, shifts in patterns and behaviors, healing trauma, receiving information about situations in our lives, and bringing home our own energies like lost soul parts or power. All of this helps us live full, vibrant lives in service to the beauty and harmony of creation. Everyone can learn to journey – as our planetary consciousness evolves, tools from our ancestors and tribal wisdoms are becoming more and more accessible in contemporary settings. Blessings and thanks to everyone who has come before us and paved the way for us to do this beautiful work.
SOUNDS FUNSIES…CAN I LEARN HOW TO DO THIS?
In our changing times, there is a huge resurgence of interest in shamanic practice – we can look anywhere around us and see that there is personal and global need for healing technologies based in light and love and respect for the web of life. As such, many of us are called to learn how to journey in a shamanic way, and connect with our power animals, helping spirits, well ancestors, goddesses & gods, elementals, mythological pantheons, teachers in human form, and ascended masters…woohoo!
One of the extraordinary things about shamanism is that, to the best of our understanding, ALL human cultures on planet earth have some kind of shamanic heritage, rooted in antiquity. What that means for us here in the 21st century is…we are not ‘learning’ how to journey in a shamanic way to connect with the unseen, wild, loving divine…we are REMEMBERING how to journey. And, that’s easy and fun!
There are so many ways to learn how to journey – we are super lucky and blessed! Books, online courses, podcasts, healing circles…it’s hard to shake a shamanic stick these days without finding spirit waiting for you with open arms. If you’ve found your way here, we’re so happy to welcome you to shamanic practice! Here are two invitations to help you on your journey….
LEARN AT HOME: SHAMANIC JOURNEYING FOR FUNSIES
Many of us called to this path are super sensitive, empathic creatures, who don’t always love taking our introverted selves into circles of humans, lovely as they are. For folks who like to learn in the cozy nest of home (in your pajamas or your kimono, up to you!) with a cuppa tea and a gentle time frame, we’ve created ‘Shamanic Journeying for Funsies,’ an hour-long self-paced audio course that covers:
- overview of shamanism & being a shaman
- how to call in sacred space
- the three shamanic worlds
- strong intent & skillful questions
- power animals & how to honor them
- practical first journey instructions
This course is part of our new online school that’s dreaming itself into being…The Sacred Wingnut®! The Sacred Wingnut® is a safe space for the sensitive empath, the shy introvert, the playful goofball, the spiritual spelunker, the mama with babe in arms, or the busy wonderworker making it all work. The Sacred Wingnut® herself will welcome you in the spirit of joy, wonder, and delight…welcome to Shamanic Journeying for Funsies!
LEARN IN PERSON: THE SHAMAN CIRCLE
For over a decade, the Shaman Circle has met in person in San Francisco…woohoo! At circle, we gather together and build a living altar, before circling to introduce ourselves. We receive a basic primer on ‘how to journey’ for the gathering, and then call in sacred space together with drumming, rattling, and the power of shared song. Once the stage is set, we dive into a first ‘warm up’ journey, and then into a themed journey for the month. We share about our experiences, and enjoy a whole smorgasboard of beautiful topics, ranging from starseeds to tarot to shamanic art to technology to grieving to holding ceremonial space for the earth mother and all of her children.
We’d love to welcome you to our community, and support you as you explore shamanic journeying and practice. Coming together month after month is a powerful practice in and of itself, and it’s such a joy to commune with like-hearted folks up to good works. If that sounds funsies, the Shaman Circle details are all organized via Meetup…welcome to The Shaman Circle!