Friday, December 30, 2005

Shamanism Defined

Shamanism Defined Cover Shamans are the keepers of ancient techniques used in healing. They are often referred to as ‘witch doctors’ by societies that don’t Understand them. Shamanism requires the desire to lift all restrictions from oneself, time, space, and fear, are a few of the restriction that usually hold humans to this Earth and Existence.

It is important to mention that Shamans don’t refer to themselves as such; the title is a label attached to them by others. Shamans are healers, energy workers, elders, and guides among other things. Labeling oneself as a Shaman would be to assume a title and thus separateness from the oneness that is everything; that would go against the basic philosophy of their beliefs.

Shapeshifting is a practice used by Shamans for many things including healing, it is knowing and acknowledging your oneness with everything else. It is not easily learned and definitely requires a teacher and supervised guidance. It also requires much dedication and years of work.

Shamanism and shapeshifting is about recognizing our true oneness with everything else. Separateness is an illusion. When one shapeshifts into what we call "the other", one is manifesting that philosophy of oneness on a physical plane. Along with that, one has to surpass and forgive hopelessness, bitterness, cynicism, anger, denial, and fear in order to find ones true soul and its connection with the oneness.

From the Shamanic Perspective there is no differentiation between body, mind, and spirit. Illness can be brought about by thought, unresolved emotional duress, and lowering one’s life force with the constant use of alcohol, drugs, or other poisonous substances. These intrusions that bring about illness are not evil since they don’t have their own personality; they simply believe they are at home within us and don’t like to leave. We allow these intrusions to transform us and thus to make ourselves ill. When removing intrusions one does not kill, destroy or damage them, one simply asks that they be neutralized and Their Power used in a more constructive way. Then one fills the voids that remain with positive Universal Energy and continues with what Shamans call “soul retrieval”. Soul retrieval is when the shaman leaves ordinary consciousness, journeying to the spirit world, and retrieves the lost soul particles.

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Monday, December 26, 2005

Shamanic Fellowship Purposes

Shamanic Fellowship Purposes Cover This is an era of decision. Do we allow ourselves to cut the throat of the Mother who has nourished us as a species since we "came down from the trees"? Or do we work to walk in Beauty and Harmony with Her, and cherish Her, and work to see Her healed? The resurgence of Shamanism, the primal Earth Religion of practically all of the Earth's pre- Agrarian cultures, is an important thing, foretold by the Paiute prophet Wovoka and in the Hopi Prophecies. It was said that both the Red Man would return to the Ways of the Old Ones and that the non-Native would also embrace the Lifeway. There are non-Natives who respectfully have chosen these Ways, and are carrying them on in a reverent way. If the Lifeway was only given for the Native peoples, it would die out within our lifetime. There are simply not enough traditional Elders left.

It has been shown to some of us that Our Mother The Earth is not willing to die quietly. She has demonstrated this by the increase in natural disasters of the past decade, which continue day by day. The Hopi Prophecies state that, when the "bowl full of ashes" (most interpret this as the Thermonuclear Bomb) is overturned, that Our Mother shall rise up in Her righteous anger and destroy humanity. This prophecy is coming true, although it may yet be reversible. Perhaps it is we who reverence the Ways and walk in harmony with Our Mother that may stay Her hand.

The Lifeway Fellowship is here for those who wish to honor Our Mother and Our Father, Earth and Sky, and to honor The Giver Of Life, from whence all things flow in the Universe. Our world-view is primarily allied with that of the Navajo/Dineh, Apache/Teneh, and Hopi peoples. However we do not represent ourselves as the keepers of those ways. The secrets of those Nations are for them alone, unless Usen' wishes to reveal them to us. Our mission is to help heal Our Mother, The Earth, and to help each other walk in closer harmony with Her. We also exist to provide a way for urban and suburban people to learn and practice the root Shamanic Techniques that aid us in finding our True Vision and True Way of Power, and following that Vision and that Way.

We identify ourselves as Pagan (Webster's New World Dictionary "1. b)...a person who is not a Christian, Moslem, or Jew (by faith); heathen. Pagan specifically refers to one of the ancient polytheistic (or pantheistic) peoples.") and as unashamed Pantheists and Poly-theists. The Lifeway is truly a religious commitment. No one can make a commitment to the Lifeway and to the worship of Life Giver, The Earth Mother and The Sky Father and remain a worshiper of other Paradigms of the Deity, much as one cannot be a Christian and worship the Greco-Roman pantheon. However this does not imply the condemnation of other Paradigms, nor impel a duty to "convert" others.

We stand by other Pagans who do not share our paradigms, IE. Wiccans, Asatruans, Hellenists, and other Shamanic traditions, (African and neo-African (Santeria & Voudoun), Australian, Siberian, Traditional Native American, and Polynesian, to name a few) and even though we may disagree with some or all of their practices and beliefs, they are Brothers, Sisters and Cousins, and in times of persecution as well as times of goodwill we must defend them. We may even share in their open rituals and allow them to share in our open ceremonials. But That Which is ours must remain ours, just as that which is theirs must remain theirs.

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Sunday, December 18, 2005

Power Animal Butterfly

Power Animal Butterfly Cover BUTTERFLY's medicine includes joy, Transformation, courage.


Butterfly is a magical animal. She represents change more so then any other power animal. She was a symbol of the soul in earlier times. The Greek work "psyche" meant both "soul" and "butterfly". It was believed that when a person died, their soul became a butterfly.

A butterfly person loves to dance. The dance of Butterfly is full of bliss, joy and power.

Butterfly will come to you at a point in Your Life when you are undergoing a change which requires courage. You are coming out of your cocoon, and that takes a lot of bravery, going to face something you have never faced before. When Butterfly comes to you, examine what changes you are going through. Butterfly gives you the chance to make your transformation a beautiful Experience. Once transformation is complete, your possibilities will have greatly expanded. Nothing can stop you as long as you use your wonderful new wings and fly.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Weather Shamanism Harmonizing Our Connection With The Elements

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Book: Weather Shamanism Harmonizing Our Connection With The Elements by Nan Moss

You will adore this book. Nan Moss writes with clarity and passion about her knowledge and Experience of the various weather beings, angels, spirits and helpers. She brings you into intimate contact with them and then shows you how to go there for yourself. By the time you have finished reading this book, you will be asking yourself: How can I lightly touch, interact with and learn from these divine forces? And you will realize all the answers are in the book and inside you.

Here are some random chapter headings to show you what you have to look forward to:

"What is Weather? Emotion, Reciprocity and Change."
Nan Moss: "The climate and the weather have been master teachers of the principle of change in our world."

"The Sacred Nature of Storm."
Nan Moss: "We have it in our power to cultivate a Perspective that is spacious."

"Healing With Weather."
Nan Moss: " . . honoring the weather brings balance and well-being."

Exciting and intriguing, don't you think?

This book is also filled With Other people's stories and experiences. You will receive quite a variety of perspectives and methods, but in the end it will come down to your own perspective and method. However, I will bet that even if you are not on a shamanic path, the next time you are confronted with a graphic weather system, from achingly joyful blue skies to dense and determined pouring rain, you will find yourself out there dancing to it with your understanding, your acceptance and your love. Watch, now! See if you don't get a response back!

This book is full of fascinating information, both for people who know about shamanism, and those who are just learning what it is. Gives a wonderful perspective on something we tend to take for granted (weather!), and opened my mind to a new way of thinking about our world, and how we might experience it. Very well written, too.

Buy Nan Moss's book: Weather Shamanism Harmonizing Our Connection With The Elements

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Sunday, December 11, 2005

The Power Of The Logos Aka The Egyptian Magic Box

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Book: The Power Of The Logos Aka The Egyptian Magic Box by Basil Crouch

It seems like something out of a fantasy, BUT THIS IS TRUE. Now in his late 80s, Basil LaCroix (a.k.a. Basil Crouch) has decided to reveal the secret of The Egyptian Mystical Box – a device that can change -the course of life! But this is not simple magic – it requires time and com­mitment. You are asked to call upon powerful Egyptian deities who will operate through your Mystical box. This is not for the easily intimidated! This is raw, potent magic for the person who desires power and riches!

Mr LaCroix reveals the secret rites and Invocations of the Egyptian powers, and how to find the magic words that make them do your bidding! At last, you can invoke the cat-headed Bast and the cow-headed Hathor of Ancient Egypt! Invoke the Eye of will Horus! These powers bring what you want through the Mystical box. The making of the box is simple. The effect comes in imbuing it with cosmic power. You can do this if you have the will – and the box will become a power more potent than any lucky charm. Through their pyramids and invocations of the powers within, the magicians of ancient Egypt were able to command miracles of health and healing! YOU CAN NOW POSSESS REAL POWER. The power to heal yourself of disease. The power to win. The power to make money. Power over another person. The power to heal and help others. Sex. Gratification. Whatever you seek – it is within your reach when these awesome powers are awakened. This is not mumbo jumbo dreamt up by an old man. Many will recall Basil LaCroix's mail order courses in magic and voodoo, not to mention his healing groups in South London. He is descended from a long line of gypsies; the occult is in his blood. He has studied and practiced all his life. He has now decided to reveal this most potent form of magic of all. His previous occult revelations have incurred the wrath of the occult community, primarily because of the belief that such powerful knowledge shouldn't be made public. But at his age he now has nothing left to lose. 'This is my legacy. Occult initiates will recognize that the mystery of the Mystical box is strong stuff, but that is no reason why it should not be made public.'

Basil LaCroix claims that the Egyptian Mystical Box can bring anything asked of it. Sometimes it will work instantly; other times the results are slow – but just as definite. He claims his own personal wealth has been accumulated through the box. Here is a partial outline of its contents:

– The power of the Logos
– The poor girl who came into money
– Jerusalem, the cubic city
– The man who received ?5000 for nothing
– How wealth and health were obtained by the ancient Egyptians
– Who taught the Egyptians?
– The wretched teenager whose life was miraculously trans­formed simply by touching an ancient box
– Ten minutes to make a little box
– The pyramid destroys disease
– The young man who got the stunningly beautify woman he desired, and more
– Invocation of Nephtys
– The man who committed a crime, yet surprisingly charges were dropped
– Invocation of Hathor and Ptah
– The man who wins time and again
– How a debt-ridden young woman found her word of power
– Howa crippled man's life changed
– The rituals of Bast and Thoth
– Dealing with psychic attack
– Treating Osiris & Horns with respect
– How to destroy a malicious enemy
– The man who repelled the power of a Satanist
– The magic of ancient Egypt is the Most Powerful of all
– A lazy way to get rich.


Download Basil Crouch's eBook: The Power Of The Logos Aka The Egyptian Magic Box

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Thursday, December 8, 2005

Totem Animal Qualities

Totem Animal Qualities Cover WOLF - Earth wisdom, Protection
BEAR - Healing, Inner knowing
FOX - Elusiveness, agility, cleverness
HAWK - Perception, Focus, protection
MOUSE - Innocence, faith, trust
EAGLE - High ideals, Spiritual Philosophy
DOLPHIN - Psychic abilities, initiators
HERON - Intuition, organization
HORSE - Stability, courage
RABBIT - faith, nurturance
JAGUAR - shamanic wisdom, focused power
DEER - physical pacing, body awareness
RAVEN - Inner journeys, dreams
OWL - symbolic wisdom, shadow work
MOUNTAIN LION - Strength, elusiveness

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Saturday, November 12, 2005

Concerning The Heyokah

Concerning The Heyokah Cover This article is excerpted from the Rocky Mountain Pagan Journal. Each issue of the Rocky Mountain Pagan Journal is published by High Plains Arts and Sciences; P.O. Box 620604, Littleton Co., 80123, a Colorado Non-Profit Corporation, under a Public Domain Copyright, which entitles any person or group of persons to reproduce, in any form whatsoever, any material contained therein without restriction, so long as articles are not condensed or abbreviated in any fashion, and credit is given the original author.!

Hello, people! Before I get to the subject of this little piece, let me give you a bit of information as to its roots.

Recently I have been doing a lot of writing, horror stories for the most part, and this article grew out of that. It is also derived from a dream that I had not too long ago and something that has puzzled me until recently. Now, with all that out of the way, let's get to it.

Those of you who are familiar with Native American beliefs already have an idea of what a heyokah is. For the benefit of those who aren't, I'll try to briefly describe him for you. Who knows? There may well be a counterpart in your own tradition.

The word heyokah comes from the Lakotah (Sioux) and is used in reference to a particular type of shaman. According to tradition, the heyokah is one who has "dreamed of the Thunder Spirits." This dream bestows great powers upon the medicine man/medicine woman, one of which is reputed to be an ability to influence storms. However, these powers have their price in that the shaman becomes a "contrary/" If you've seen the movie Little Big Man, then you have seen a sample of the heyokah's antics. Of course, this was a parody of the real thing, but our subject does do a lot of clowning around in reverse.

Now I've read quite a bit on the subject (there's a lot out there, too), but still couldn't put it together. There seemed to be something missing! It's only in the last month or so that it's become clear to me and I'd like to share my insights with you.

Probably the greatest barrier to my Understanding was the one created by language. Not being able to speak Lakotah, and additionally not knowing the culture, I lost something in the Translation. Here's the whole picture, as I see it anyway.

In his vision, the heyokah comes into direct contact with the life-force itself. This is symbolized by the Thunder Spirits that he dreams of. When this occurs, a death/rebirth sequence is begun, which gives the shaman the capacity to control some of the manifestations of life-force. This would include an ability to influence storms and, as is typical of the shamanic experience, the power to heal. He also becomes a very potent teacher. This last is where the "contrariness" comes into focus, in two ways. The first is that the heyokah is teaching us about our selves. By "mirroring" all of our doubts, fears, hatreds, weaknesses, etc. he forces us to examine what we really are. For example, if you have any self-hatred (a common malady in our society) this sacred teacher
will make you look at it. The second aspect of his mirroring is that, as we are taught, the heyokah heals us of our hurts. This is the most important and remarkable part of the holy man's clowning. For this wonderful shaman takes our pain and transforms it into laughter. And what can heal a human beings faster than to laugh at ourselves?

As you can see, these "sacred clowns" had a very important role in traditional societies. And personally, I think we could use a few more of them in today's world.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2005


Unicorns Cover 'All of the beasts obeyed Noah when he admitted them into the ark. All but the unicorn. Confident of his strength he boasted 'I shall swim!'. For fourty days and fourty nights the rains poured down and the oceans boiled as in a pot and all the heights were flooded. The birds of the air clung onto the ark and when the ark pitched they were all engulfed. But the unicorn kept on swimming. When, however, the birds emerged again they perched on his horn and he went under-- and that's why there are no more unicorns now.'
-- from a Ukranian folk tale

The unicorn has been a topic of wonder and speculation for centuries. The writings of such men as Aristotle, Genghis Khan, Saint Thomas, and Saint Gregory reflect the fact that these men considered the unicorn as a very real creature.

Webester's Seventh defines a unicorn as 'a mythical animal generally depicted with the body and head of a horse, hind legs of a stag, tail of a lion, and a single horn in the middle of its forehead'. The word 'unicorn' comes from the Latin 'Uni', meaning one, and 'Cornu, meaning horn.

The unicorn has been depicted in the folklore and legends of other cultures besides ours. The Chinese believed that they had the body of a deer, with horses' hooves and an ox's tail. Where in the west the horn was made of bone, the Oriental unicorn's horn was made of flesh. The coat of the unicorn was of the five sacred colors of the Chinese; red, yellow, blue, white, and black.

The Chinese called the unicorn 'K'i-lin'. To them, it was a symbol of wisdom. Around 2800 BC, the Emperor Fu Hsi wrote of seeing a k'i-lin. He saw markings on the coat of the animal, and and perceived those symbols as a written language, thus giving credit to the k'i-lin for the establishment of the written Chinese language.

The sighting of a K'i-in was a considered a good omen, and often signified the birth of a good ruler. Other times, it appeared to give a warning to men. A scouting party for Genghis Khan reported seeing a Chio-tuan, a type of K'i-lin, that warned the party to stop the war, and that 'moderation will give boundless pleasure'. Upon receiving the report, the Mongol stopped his battle plans.

Unicorns were reported in India as well. The Greek Ctesias wrote of seeing a 'wild ass' there, which was as large as a horse. He said that the horn of the unicorn was about a foot and a half long, and three colored, with the base being white, the middle black, and the top red.

The best known legends surrounding the unicorn are in Western culture. The common view of the unicorn as a horse with a horn is popular, and has been depicted in our heritage for thousands of years. The unicorn is mentioned in the Bible in several verses. The Palm Sunday tract in the Roman Catholic missal reads, 'Deliver me from the lion's mouth, and my lowliness from the horns of unicorns'. Saint Ambrose, the Bishop of Milan in the fourth century, considered the unicorn a symbol of Christ as he wrote, 'Who then has one horn, unless it be the only begotten son, the unique word of God, which has been next to God from the very beginning?' Saint Augustine considered the horn of the unicorn to be a symbol of the unity of the faith of the Church.

The horn of the unicorn has been sought after for centuries. In the west, it was thought to have magical properties, and could purify poisons. Therefore, it was a very valuable commodity to have. Pope Paul III is said to have paid 12,000 pieces of gold for one, but James I of England got a much better deal for his, only paying 10,000 pounds Sterling for one. The horn of the narwhal was a common substitute for that of the unicorn for those unscrupulous businessmen.

Because of that problem, a common test to determine the validity of a unicorn horn was to use its magical properties of purification. David De Pomis wrote, 'There is very little of the true horn to be found, most of that which is sold as such being either stag's horn, or elephant's tusk. A true test by which one may know the genuine horn from the false: Place the horn in a vessel of any sort of material you like, and with it three or four large and live scorpions, keeping the vessel covered. If you find four hours later that the scorpions are dead or almost lifeless, the horn is a good one, and there is not enough money in the world to pay for it'.

The search for the unicorn, and proof of its existance, dates back almost as far as the legends which surround it. Ctesias spoke of the unicorn in the court of Darius II, the King of Persia in 416 BC. Chinese writings date back to 2800 BC. The men of the Ancient World believed in the existance of the unicorn, so the object of their searching was to find it, not to prove it existed. It wasn't until later in history that man began to doubt the unicorn's physical existance. In the ninth century, Margoulies wrote, 'It is universally held that the unicorn is a Supernatural being and of auspicious omen; so say the odes, the annals, the biographies of worthies, and other texts whose authority is unimpeachable. Even village women and children know the unicorn is a lucky sign. But this animal does not figure among the barnyard animals, it is not always easy to come across, it does not lend itself to zoological classification, nor is it like the horse or bull, the wolf or deer. In such circumstances we may be face to face with a unicorn and not know for sure that we are. We know a certain animal with a mane is a horse and that a certain animal with horns is a bull. We do not know what the unicorn looks like'.

Even though the existance of the unicorn is questionable, its symbolism is not. The beast, like all mythological creatures, has been a reflection of man's hopes and fears, dreams and nightmares, and inner consciousness. Freud considered mythological beasts as Representations of 'universal fears and feelings'. Specifically, Jung thought that the purity of the unicorn was of greater importance. Most mythological creatures represent man's worst traits, and are usually more evil than animals, or man. They kill for pleasure, and are often involved in unspeakable atrocities. The unicorn is an exception to the rule, being a symbol of purity, hope, love, and majesty.

The decline of the unicorn began with the Renaissance and the advent of scientific thought. The beliefs that had held for thousands of years began to crumble when man could not prove the existance of the unicorn. Systematically, report after report of a unicorn was attributed to a more believable occurance of a more mundane animal. Rhinos, goats, and horses were all considered explanations of unicorns. As technology advanced, more exact tests and record keeping were developed, which added to the mounting evidence against the unicorn. Finally, the unicorn was added to the list of animals regarded as 'mythical', and would later only be found in children's stories and other fables.

What of the unicorn today? The unicorn is returning, if only symbolically. It is that symbolism that people are seeking today, the idea of natural truth, purity, and love that much of society has lost in the shadow of technology. Odell Shepard wrote, 'It is not that the men of the Middle Ages who believed in unicorns were less intellegent than we; their intellegence was turned in a different direction... we wrong ourselves when we insist that if they cannot make good their flesh and blood actuality on our level we will have none of them'. To find the unicorn, as the ancients did, we have to unlearn what we have learned; we must go back to an earlier way of looking at the world. Only then will we find the unicorn.

'Well, now we have seen each other,' said the unicorn, 'if you'll believe in me, I'll believe in you. Is that a bargain?'

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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Preparing The Ritual Area And Yourself

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Book: Preparing The Ritual Area And Yourself by Nevrom Ydal

This article describes how to prepare your Ritual Area before a ritual. Before I begin theh article, though, let me issue a few disclaimers. The first one is that I do not, in any way, mean to imply that what I set forth here is the only way to do things. It is one way, and it's worked for me, and if you think my methods seem reasonable and fit within your framework of Wicca, then use them, if not, ignore them.

The second disclaimer is actually just a clarification of my background. I was trained in traditional (small 'T', as in Alexandrian, Gardnerian, and so on) Wicca. My methods might seem a little too ceremonial for some of the more eclectic Wiccans, and might seem totally unnecessary by the more spontaneous type of ritual Participation. Fine. Then don't use them!

Download Nevrom Ydal's eBook: Preparing The Ritual Area And Yourself

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Saturday, October 15, 2005

Power Animal Wolf

Power Animal Wolf Cover WOLF's Medicine includes Spirit teaching, social family importance.

"WOLF, MY spiritual GUIDE,

Wolf is a teacher and pathfinder. He comes to you when you need guidance and once you accept his medicine, you will move on to be a teacher to others about Sacredness and spirituality. Wolf can solve other people's problems easily, finding solutions in difficult situations. He communicates through subtle gestures and expressions. A simple glance can be worth a million words.

Would people are social and have a good sense of family values and togetherness. They are friendly and intelligent. They are also loyal to their mate and highly protective of family and close friends.

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Saturday, October 8, 2005

Power Animal Hawk

Power Animal Hawk Cover HAWK's Medicine includes Messenger.


Hawk carries a message in his shrill cry which only those with Hawk medicine can decipher. His piercing shriek slices Through the shroud of unknowing, asking you to seek the truth. His cry represents illumination in the Darkness of ignorance. Hawk will not let your talents and skills go to waste, instead, he will scope out the situation to make sure you use as much of your talents as possible. Hawk can solve a problem by flying above the situation. He removes himself from it, observing it only as a passive viewer. This allows Hawk to see the big picture. Hawk's broad vision allows you to see the past, present and future all laid out before you. Once you are aware of the opportunities in front of you, Hawk will help you to wisely choose your moves to make the best of your potential.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2005

Shamanism For Beginners Walking With The World Healers Of Earth And Sky

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Book: Shamanism For Beginners Walking With The World Healers Of Earth And Sky by James Endredy

James Endredy is a teacher, mentor, and guide to thousands of people through his books and workshops. After a series of life tragedies and mystical experiences as a teenager he changed direction from his Catholic upbringing and embarked on a life-long spiritual journey to encounter the mysteries of life and death and why we are all here. For over twenty-five years he has learned shamanic practices from all over the globe, while also studying with kawiteros, lamas, siddhas, roadmen, and leaders in the modern fields of ecopsychology, bioregionalism, and sustainable living. James also worked for ten years with Mexican shamanic researcher Victor Sanchez learning to share shamanic practices with modern people.

James Endready's new book on Shamanism takes a look at the world's oldest profession with insight, depth, all grounded in his own personal experience of working with indigenous peoples all over the planet. The book is comprehensive in scope.

James is one of the few people born into a Eurocentric culture who is a practitioner of shamanism worthy of your time. But as he accurately notes, even Eorocentric peoples were originally part of shamanic practices. He understands deeply the commitment/responsibility side of taking up this rather profound `call' by spirit, and what is entailed in walking this path.

He notes in his introduction that he is a "small shaman" Understanding that shamanic knowledge is a lifelong quest, where one's full powers are achieved in old age.

James differs substantially with the New Age (or neo-shamanism) movement in profound ways. He understands his commitment is to serve the traditional communities who keep these traditions alive for humanity; he further understands his own personal responsibility to his mentors, who have shared their knowledge with him.

Too often in our contemporary moment, there is a rush by some to embrace "spirituality" as a commodity. In this sense, Spirituality and neo-shamanic practices in particular, are seen as nothing more than a path to personal prosperity and happiness.

As James succinctly notes in his narrative, a shaman is chosen by spirit for a specific commitment to his or her own community; in this regard the `call' a shaman receives is to service to others, and not to one self. I suspect that the `call' any prospective shaman receives to take up this healing art and requisite commitment to training is understood by Spirit to also posses the required maturity to serve others selflessly. To further understand the call, is to also understand the sacredness of the indigenous world view and its connection to the land itself as a nexus to the ancestors who abide upon the land at the service to the continuity of the people. This Relationship between the living, the ancestors who have passed over, and the land is critical to the entire meaning of indigenous identity. When broken, the stories die and pass from the living font of the tribe.

James notes many interesting anecdotal stories of his own experience working with indigenous healers, elders, and sages, who have kept the stories and traditions alive. One of the functions of keeping these stories alive is the vast diversity of the art and its keepers. As James notes retelling a story of a question posed to a friend about something he did not understand in a ceremonial function:

"He casually explained that shamans all have different levels of knowledge and experience. Even the wisest and most experienced shamans didn't know everything that another shaman does, or even all the myths and histories of the people. That is why there are multiple shaman leaders, or kawiteros, that would always come together at special ceremonies and work together to keep the tradition alive. "

The author also pays particular attention to the maturity of the shamans he studied under noting that they often keep silent or speak briefly to the point; they avoid participating in community gossip, and are role models representing the best of human character traits. He discusses the differences between authentic shamanic power, and what it is not. He describes the various ways one is chosen to be a shaman and the signs or portends to this end.

In taking up the call, any prospective shaman undergoes a rigorous initiation where the former life drops away, and a new life emerges through intense trails. This is not a calling for the faint of heart, or dilettantes engaged in New Age superficiality.

So the author's discussion on Becoming a shaman is worthwhile and directly to the point.

The discussion on the plant spirit medicine is also profound. Again, as juxtaposed with the New Age movement which is entirely geared toward making a buck, or to create a cottage industry that is ubiquitous through eco-travel; James notes the dishonesty, not only to those who are being defrauded by shame healers, but also how this preoccupation with eco travel diminishes the indigenous communities.

As a case in point, I often visited the Shaur Indians deep in the upper Amazon jungle in Ecuador. On one particular trip, a couple of thrill seekers showed up obliquely with a tribe I had a relationship with through the environmental organization Dreamchange. In a subsequent conversation, these two were giddy and eager to participate in an Ayahuasca ceremony without also understanding the sacred nature of the ceremony. As it turned out, neither had a vision using the medicine and both were disappointed afterword. I later asked the shaman why they did not receive a vision, and was told simply said that "their hearts were not true."

James also notes how different shaman use companion plants with the Ayahuasca, thus the brew is unique to every shaman. He also offers a warning that this is nothing to fool around with, if your heart and focus is not prepared in a good way that also honors the traditional practices. Since the authentic indigenous healers have been working with this medicine for thousands of years, and have a deep spiritual relationship with the plants, it is nothing to be taken lightly or as just another experience.

As I've previously noted, this book is comprehensive in scope and practice. I give it my highest recommendation. James brings to this work a creative spirit will still honoring the traditions and cultures giving them birth. You won't find a better guide or healer from a western perspective that Endready.

Buy James Endredy's book: Shamanism For Beginners Walking With The World Healers Of Earth And Sky

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Sunday, August 28, 2005

Animal Magic

Animal Magic Cover A Circle fills the room with its special glow. Fragrant herbs perfume the air; candles light the night. And two small eyes glow up at you, knowing that they too are part of the magic.

People and animals have worked magic together in many ways, some of which were a part of everyday life. In agricultural lands, animals worked the magic of providing our survival through the winter. They provided food and materials used in all facets of the community.

Imagine a time before cars, trains and planes. People were somewhat bound to their homeland since walking cross-country seemed an endless journey. But then, on horseback, people could easily explore. Some say that the use of horses led to the major shifts in political and spiritual history, as one tribe invaded another with mounted soldiers, forever society and religion. For better or worse, horses changed the course of history.

Even in industrial times, we've worked with animals. You've heard the Expression "a canary in a coal mine." Miners used canaries to detect problems with the air quality, oxygen level, and presence of invisible poison gas. Canaries were more sensitive to these threats and could alert the workers.

Magical animals are not unfamiliar to the myths of Old. For example, Odin used two ravens to fly around the world and report back all that they saw. Could this symbolic tale be rooted in a form of divination used at the time? In ancient Egypt, the scarab beetle was a symbol of eternal life. This lore is based on the way beetles rolled a ball of dung in which to lay their eggs. The idea of life from dung must surely relate to the eternal cycles of nature. Even the Christians assimilated symbols like the dove and the lamb. Animals as mythic symbols cross a wide variety of cultures.

In Understanding these mythic animals, we must know the context in which they were viewed. For example, thousands of years from now, historians might not Understand the exact emotions we attach to symbols when we say someone is a deer, or a jackass. Remember that next time you read the myths of Bast, or Cerberus, or even the American Eagle.

Today, most magical people think of familiars as their household pets, the little ones who provide joy, insight and companionship -- not to mention shed all over black clothing and robes! Animals in general are closer to nature than we are. They remember their instinctual ways easier than we do. Why limit this to pets? The animals around us in the field can share our magical moments? Did we encounter a gentle and curious deer along our first walk in the woods? Did geese fly overhead and squawk their applause for our lovemaking? How do these animal events speak to you? You can merely visualize your magical animal, like a totem guide or imaginary friend. (And you'll never need to pay for a vet!)

Whether in myth or reality, an animal's unique traits can teach us specific lessons in nature. Can we learn by watching an animal hunt? Protect its young? Weave webs? Float from one flower to another, tasting a mix of sweet nectars? Or nest and lay the fragile egg of new beginnings?

Don't limit your familiars to just animals. Why not a plant? Plants teach us about laying roots, growing wild, turning to face the light. Plants show us new ways to branch out, bear fruit -- or wither, fall and provide a subtle new start for others. Are we any different?

Why not have an object as a familiar? Are not all things in nature alive? Can an old gray boulder show us anything about weathering the tests of time? Can Granny's old wristwatch teach us about cycles?

Perhaps the most familiar idea comes when you know that you already hold all these special qualities within yourself. We too have animal ways, branch out like plants, and live the lessons of solid tangible form no differently than Granny's watch. Familiar means family, being One with another. Knowing you are One with all things makes everything seem quite familiar. And everything will look to you, knowing that it too is part of the magic.

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Saturday, August 6, 2005

Mind Altering Chemicals And Shamanism

Mind Altering Chemicals And Shamanism Cover I have been asked repeatedly what my view of mind-altering chemicals as they relate to shamanism is, so I figured I would say something about them. First of all, let me put in a disclaimer here before anyone decides to send me email telling me I am condoning the use of illegal drugs. I do not condone, nor do I condemn the use of chemicals, recreational or otherwise. I believe each person is entitled to make their own decision on the subject, I would only hope That That decision be an educated one.

All chemicals can and most often do have some sort of detrimental effect on your body, alcohol and tobacco included. Anyone making a choice to use these or any other substances should be aware of what those effects are and be willing to deal with the consequences. As for drugs in relation to shamanism, yes, they have been and still are used by many groups. For instance, the Maya used mushrooms to induce trance states, Siberian shamans use the fly agaric mushroom, some Native American shamans used and still use peyote, and shamans in the Amazon use yage, just to name a few. Heck, Iґm pretty sure some groups licked frogs for the psychotropic chemical, bufotenin, that is exuded by the skin of certain species. However the shamans that use these substances have had quite a bit of training and have been supervised by older shamans who have undertaken the use of such substances before.

No one should attempt shamanic work under the influence of mind-altering substances unless they have been trained to do so by a shaman that is skilled in the use of such chemicals. There is a very good reason for this. The spirit world can be a treacherous place. Many of these substances can make you forget that, as well as make you think that you can do anything. That is a very, very dangerous combination. I am all for learning your path on your own. Self-teaching can be a wonderful experience, but not in this case.

Besides, any and all of the effects that shamans achieve through the use of drugs can, and have been, achieved without them. spiritual growth takes time, but so do most things and drugs are not a quick solution. If you have come to a decision that you have a problem with drugs or alcohol, please get help. Your doctor can recommend various treatment organizations and Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous are in the phone book.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Insects Are Our Friends

Insects Are Our Friends Cover Most insects and other arthropods found in the yard and garden do not feed on or harm plants. Many of these are just "passing through" or have very innocuous habits. Others feed on and destroy pest species. In many cases, the activities of these beneficial species can completely prevent or greatly limit pest problems. It is important to recognize these beneficial arthropods so that they may be appreciated and conserved.

Beneficial arthropods are categorized broadly as either insect predators or parasites. During development, in both adult and immature stages, insect predators actively search out and consume several prey insects. Predators include ladybird beetles, lacewings and spiders. Insect parasites develop in or on a single host form eggs or larvae deposited by the adult parasite. Common insect parasites are tachinid flies and the brconid and ichneumonid wasps.

Insect Predators:

Ladybird beetles – Often called "ladybugs", ladybird beetles are the most familiar insect predator. Most adult ladybird beetles are round-oval in shape, brightly colored and often spotted. The immature or larvae stages, however, appear very different and often are overlooked or misidentified. Ladybird beetles larvae are elongated, usually dark colored and flecked with orange or yellow. Adult and larval ladybird beetles feed on large Numbers of small soft-bodied insects such as aphids. One group of very small black ladybird beetles (Stethorus) is also very important in controlling spider mites. Ladybird beetles can rapidly control many developing insect problems, particularly if temperatures are warm.

Green lacewings – Several green lacewing species commonly are found in gardens. The adult stage is familiar to most gardeners – a pale green insect with large, clear, highly-veined wings that are over the body when at rest. Adult green lacewings primarily feed on nectar and other fluids, but some species also consume a few small insects.

Green lacewings lay a distinctive stalked egg. Lacewing larvae emerge in four to then days. These larvae, sometimes called aphid lions, are voracious predators capable of Feeding on small caterpillars and beetles as well as aphids and other insects. In General shape and size, lacewing larvae are superficially similar to ladybird beetle larvae. However, immature lacewings usually are light brown and have a large pair of hooked jaws sticking out from the front of the head.

Syrphid flies – These flies are called by several names such as flower flies or hover flies. Most are brightly colored, yellow or orange and black, and may resemble bees or yellow jacket wasps. However, syrphid flied are harmless to humans. Usually they can be seen feeding on flowers. It is the larval stage of the syrphid fly that is an insect predator. Variously colored, the tapered "maggots" crawl over foliage and daily can feed on dozens of small, soft-bodied insects. Syrphid flies are particularly important in controlling aphid infestations early in the season when cooler temperatures may inhibit other predators.

Similar in appearance to the syphid fly larvae is a small, bright orange predatory midge (Aphidoletes). These insects often can be seen feeding within aphid colonies late in the season.

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Friday, July 8, 2005

What Are The Usual Roles Of A Shaman

What Are The Usual Roles Of A Shaman Cover In contemporary, Historical or traditional shamanic practice the shaman may at times fill the role of priest, magician, metaphysician or healer. Personal experience is the prime determinant of the status of a shaman. Knowledge of other realms of being and Consciousness and the cosmology of those regions is the basis of the shamanic Perspective and power. With this knowledge, the shaman is able to serve as a bridge between the mundane and the higher and lower states. The shaman lives at the edge of reality as most people would recognize it and most commonly at the edge of society itself. Few indeed have the stamina to adventure into these realms and endure the outer hardships and personal crises that have been reported by or observed of many shamans.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2005

What Can Animal Guides Do And How Do I Work With Them

What Can Animal Guides Do And How Do I Work With Them Cover Animal guides can help you in many areas of you life whether they are of the physical or Astral Plane. They can help focus and raise the energy of a ritual or magickal circle. They can protect you in your dreams, meditations and quests, as well as in the real world. They can teach you how to take on their abilities through shapeshifting. They can help you learn to take yourself less seriously (or more so if needed).

A guide can be your friend, confidant, sister, brother, teacher... They can be playful, loving, protective and supportive. They will change and grow with you throughout your life.

You work with spirit guides the same way you work with anyone else, ask them for help, advice, or support, whatever you need. They will decide if they will do what you ask.

If it is for the best they will almost always help. To talk with a guide, do a Visualization in which you call to them. They will come if they choose. If they do not, try again later or try to work out the problem on your own. If your guide is a physical one just talk with it. It will help if it chooses.

Talk with your guide.
Ask it to teach you.
Get to know your guide as you would get to know any close friend.
Spend time with it.

You will learn how to work with it as you get to know each other, as you learn to become a team and Understand each others needs. Just remember to always, always, treat your guide with respect and gratitude for the help it gives.

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