The Ten Attributes of Shamanism

schotDear Friends,
I am just so lucky and blessed how the world works for me, i have to all the time share – in order not to burst ;-)!! After my last two posts about how a shaman works with the blessings of the physical body as divine temple of growing consciousness, and the “10 signs you are called to be a Western Shaman“, there have been a few comments that this ideas could be understood as racist or offensive to indigenous shamans. So lucky as I am, the minute I read the comments, I also pumped into this wonderful article. It describes perfectly how shamanic practices have not only been used for thousands of years all over the world, and therefor are not at all region or culture specific or limited, but also does it shows that shamanic working people all over the world – show the same attributes. I hope you enjoy her piece as much as I did!!
Blessings and Good Guidance on your Path!!
Edith

Article by Jone Forest Mage:
As a contemporary shaman living in the urban setting of Chicago, people often ask me, “What is shamanism?” and “How is shamanism different from other forms of meditation and energy work such as Reiki, chi gong, prayer or creative visualization?” Shamanism is an ancient form of spiritual healing that has been practiced by virtually every culture in the world throughout all of human history. Some people think of it as the origin of all other forms of spiritual expression and energy work. Your image of shamanism may be of indigenous peoples drumming, singing and dancing in rituals to create healing. There are cave paintings in Europe created 40,000 years ago which depict shamanic-style healing rituals, and it’s likely that shamanic practices are even older than that. Many people think shamanism is exclusively a Native American tradition, but it is actually found all over the world. In fact, the word shaman comes from the Tungus tribe of Siberia. Shamanic practices are well known in India, Korea, Africa, Britain, and Australia, among many other places. Both men and women throughout the ages have been shamans. Shamanic healing works on the principle of restoring the vital energy, or soul.
The classic example is when an individual has lost parts of his or her soul due to traumatic events in life such as accidents, major illness, physical, sexual or emotional abuse or the loss of a loved one. To remedy this, the shamanic practitioner performs a soul retrieval healing, by doing a shamanic “journey” meditation to find and return lost parts of the client’s energy (“soul parts”). However, shamanic healing is not limited to soul retrieval, or only to the healing of the individual person. It also includes mending the broken ties of community on every level: within human society, with nature and with the spirit realm. This may mean restoring the connection an individual has to her body; encouraging a dialogue among the various soul parts within an individual; introducing a person to his spirit guides; connecting a client to the more-than-human matrix of nature; or helping a person find her expressive “voice” through singing and dancing. Shamanism shares many traits with other forms of prayer and energy work, but we can identify ten characteristic ways of working in shamanism. Not every shaman works with all of them, but the more of the ten you see in a practitioner’s work, the more that practitioner is shamanic in his or her approach. 5The Ten Attributes are:
1.) Works with spirit realm and spirit guides – Shamanism deals with going into altered states of consciousness to find healing and wisdom. In this altered state, we perceive all existence as being a big energetic field. The world is filled with spiritual beings and energies: angels, ancestors, totem, animals, gods, goddesses, nature spirits. These helpful spirits guide us to healing and wisdom.

2.) Heals through shifting energy – As contemporary shaman Bradford Keeney says, “Shamanism has nothing to do with how many beads someone has on a costume. The goal of the shamanic practitioner is to shift energy.” Healing is accomplished through returning energy that has been lost or unblocking the flow of energy, which may happen through direct energetic healing or through gaining information.

3.) Solves problems in daily life – shamanic work is not about simply having visions of the spirit realm, but to help self and others gain healing and wisdom in our daily lives. We work in concert with the spirits to improve the whole Web of Life.

4.) Travel out of body to the 3 Worlds– shamanic work involves “journeying” out of body into the spirit realm to work with the spirit guides for healing and guidance. Journeying is done to three different Worlds or planes of existence: the Upperworld, Middleworld and Lowerworld. The typical vision is to go through a tunnel, come into a place of nature (Journey Center) where you meet your team of spirit guides to ask for healing or information.

5.) Empowers the soul – shamanism heals and empowers the soul, which is the vital essence or unique individual Self. Through healing and restoring this spiritual power, many physical, mental and emotional issues are resolved. Soul is in between ego and spirit. Ego is the surface and limited sense of self, while spirit is the Great Cosmic “Soup” of all energy that encompasses all that is. Soul is what you came to this lifetime to accomplish: all the talents and the mission you were born with to contribute to the world.
23a6.) Heals the Web of Life – shamanic healing is not only about healing the individual, but equally includes healing human society, the spirit realm and nature: the whole Cosmic Web of Life. Some shamans work almost exclusively healing nature, or with the spirit realm.

7.) Grounded in nature – the shamanic practitioner gratefully utilizes the powers of nature for healing, transformation and restoration of energy and to stay grounded in the physical plane.

8.) Grounded in the body– shamanic work is not just about having mental visions nor does it try to transcend the body. It addresses feelings and intuitions from within the body and heals what psychologists would call psychosomatic issues.

9.) Grounded in expressive arts – shamans throughout the ages have used singing, dancing, drumming, storytelling and visual art as ways of shifting energy, expressing their visions and creating healing. The healing that shamans perform encompasses the work done in such modern healing modalities as movement therapy, sound healing, psychodrama and color therapy.

10.) Face shadow side – shamanic healing often confronts the “shadow side”, drawing out the full range of energies and emotions including anger, sadness and fear to create cathartic healing.

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The Intense Effect of the September Energies – Symptoms we all experience now!!

goddesspentaby Edith Boyer-Telmer

Dear Friends,
there is no doubt, the energies of change are purring in full power this month and many people reported strong emotional and physical signs of their effect lately. Unfortunately we are still in the warm up phase for the big shifts in the week from September 23rd till September 28th, which means there will be much more coming to ground and integrate.
So buckle up and better get used to recognizing physical discomfort and altered states of your senses, as steps of re-connection to long lost abilities that we need back for our self-mastery.

These days increased synchronicity creates many small chances. Synchronized events tell us that we are heading in the, right direction. Spirit uses synchronicity to communicate with us. That’s when we begin to experience a continuing flow of extension of awareness.
In our daily interactions with other people the coming weeks can be especially challenged by the Mercury retrograde phase, which started yesterday and will last until October 24th. Our communication skills can get lost in translation, when we try to explain ourselves and our steps to oneness to others.
Best advice is to remain silent until your expression is authentic and clear, than your energy will transport what you are really saying and Mercury’s influence to confuse over meaning and interpretation of words will vanish!!!

Our DNA is transforming to 12Strands, the elements our physical bodies are build of (the platonic solids) are downloading new layers of the divines blueprint for humanity on planet earth. That takes a bit of time and may create one or the other confusion on the way.
Just be patient and kind with yourself, accepting of your fluctuations, be gentle, practice gratitude and forgiveness. Meditate, so you can observe anxiety feelings, paranoia or fear knowing, it shall pass soon.M-O-5-Platonic-solids-chartSome sensations you might experience, connected to the high frequencies and shifts we are collectively going through right now are:

*) Changes in your sleep pattern, restlessness, hot feet, waking up in the night, feeling tired all day, strong energy waves activating the body, a sense of energy vibrating on top of the head or energy pouring in through the crown.

*) Sudden waves of emotion, outburst of anger or sadness, increased sensitivity, blurry vision, shimmering objects, seeing particles of glitter, auras seeing.
Physical trouble as: Headaches, backaches, neck pains, flu symptoms, digestive problems, muscular spasms or cramps, racing heartbeat, chest pains, changes in sexual desire.

*) Changes in eating habits, strange cravings, odd food choices, not as hungry as usually. That is a natural reaction to the process of your light-body embodiment into the physical body. Just listen to what you need in this very moment and allow it without concept or judgment! For example, I often smell chemical additives in foods now, a clear call not to eat it!!
Before you eat, bless your food and take a moment for awareness. Tell your body that you are going to use the food, to fill and nourish your whole being – body mind and soul. That way the food will not fulfill your emotional hunger, and old abuse pattern can fall away.

*) Increased or decreased hearing abilities, beeps, sounds, music or electronic patterns, water rushing, bees buzzing, ringing. I also experienced audio dyslexia – when you can’t always make out what people are saying, as if you can no longer translate your own language.
Our ears are adjusting to new frequencies, higher vibrations than they are used to. When you manage to breath deeply and relax into it, it is actually very enjoyable.
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*) Vivid dreams up to lucid dreaming in which you are in control to direct the outcome. Dreams may be mystical bringing symbols or signs from indigenous lifetimes, the animal kingdom will increasingly make itself accessable to people, sacred geometric shapes in movement, colors appear more brilliant and vivid.

*) A desire for creative expression, inspiration to draw or write, dance, sing, compose, sometimes in a overwhelming rate of speed. Spirit is speaking to you about how you might fulfill your life purpose and contribute to the completion of humanity. In the Ascended Master realm the Master Djwhal Khul and Paolo Veronese are helping us here!

So if you experience this effects, as discomforting and unsettling they may be, be grateful, keep breathing deeply and accepting!! Keep the mind focused on surrender to the process, help yourself by calling on Masters and Angels, work with forgiveness and the violet flame, listen to calming music and relax. And if all of that is not enough, as human beings we can help each other!! Go and get a treatment from somebody who passed this waves and can assist you to stabilize, clear and harmonize your energy field.
May the powers be with you, your decisions be courageous and your true self finds it expression into the world!!
Blessings, Love and Peace!!
Edith