During this introductory workshop you will be introduced to the essence of shamanism, an ancient healing tradition that provides a bridge to connect with spirit guides, nature and all of creation.
You will be guided on a traditional shamanic journey, one of the most remarkable visionary methods used by humans to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through dreams and myth.
The shamanic journey provides a method to meet and study with your individual spirit helpers in non-ordinary reality, a classic shamanic practice. You will learn how the journey is utilized to restore spiritual power and well-being and how shamanism can be applied in your everyday life to help heal yourself, others, and the Planet.
WHAT TO BRING. Wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, and bring a pen and notebook plus a scarf or bandanna to cover your eyes during the journey. You are also invited to bring a stone, crystal, or talisman.
Introduction to Shamanism Workshop
Date ♦ 20 May 2018 | Sunday
Location ♦ Zunray Yoga Studio · Palma de Mallorca
Time ♦ 10:00 to 13:00
Course fee ♦ 45 € euros
What is shamanism and why is it important now?
At its heart, shamanism is about getting back to our true nature as human beings. Around the world today there is a growing interest in shamanism. A spiritual ecology, it is highly relevant at this time of environmental crisis as it offers something lacking in the anthropocentric worldview: a reverence for all Life and a spirit based means of communication. In shamanic cultures all things are seen to be interrelated and interdependent and everything that exists is alive, not only the animals and plants but also the wind and the rocks and the rivers.
Not a religion but a methodology, shamanic practice provides a way for connecting directly to the highest sources without the need for intermediaries such as religious authorities. It is a means to obtain knowledge based on the premise that we are not limited to working in one reality or one dimension when we need assistance. Alongside the world with which we are familiar, there is a completely different reality, a reality full of beauty and harmony populated by spirit guides , power animals, guardians and other helpers that can assist us in creating the lives we truly desire.
Estimated to be many thousands of years old, shamanic journeying was used by ancient cultures to interact with these spirit helpers for purposes such as locating herds for hunting and for healing (the lives of the members of the tribe quite literally depended on the shaman’s ability to access precise information from these other realms).
Today we may wish to find answers to questions such as, are we in the right relationship? where should we move to? or what is the best way to help our family or our community?
How can we know if we receive accurate information? By testing it in ordinary reality, and the more we practice the more we learn to trust this ancient and natural connection.
Just like in tribal cultures, contemporary shamanic practitioners typically utilize rhythmic drumming or other type of percussion sound to enter an altered state of consciousness. This traditional drug-free method is completely safe. During a journey if practitioners do not maintain focus, they simply return to their ordinary state of consciousness.
An interesting feature of traditional shamanism, to quote Dr. Michael Harner, is that “no shaman of real worth describes himself or herself as a shaman. This is both a testament to their humility and recognition that the power involved is not one’s own but ‘on loan’ from The Universe itself.”
Following many years of psychedelic exploration, in the early 1990s I had the privilege of studying with Michael Harner, widely acknowledged to be the world’s foremost authority on shamanism.
One of the pioneering legends of anthropology, shamanism and ayahuasca research, Dr. Harner (1929 – 2018) left an extraordinary academic and shamanic legacy to the world, bringing the tradition and its richness to Western awareness. He founded the Foundation for Shamanic Studies and his 1980 book The Way of the Shaman: a Guide to Power and Healing was pivotal as a reference for all those interested in cross-cultural and current forms of shamanism.
From this beginning my training has been further developed through the work of Great Mystery, with both traditional and contemporary shamanic practitioners and medicine men and women from across the Americas, Polynesia and Siberia.
Shamanic practice has greatly enriched my life and I look foward to sharing a taste of it with you during this workshop.