What is the difference between shamanism and neo-shamanism in today’s world and how would you describe your work? Can anyone become a shaman? If so, what is the proper credentialing for such work? What do you see as being the benefits/dangers to neo-shamanism in today’s culture?
The topic you raise is rather big so here I can only make a few comments on this here.
Shamanism represents the practices of many indigenous groups with ancient traditions including sets of ceremonies, rituals, healing practices, as well as sorcery techniques. Neoshamanism is a collection of approaches that borrows heavily from basic ideas of shamanism, New Age practices, quantum physics, and the influence of various mystical paths, theosophy, and the like. It covers such a broad spectrum and such a variety of people as to defy definition.
Recently I returned from The lake Titicaca region in Bolivia and Peru, more alive than ever. This is the story of a miracle, but then, miracles have become the norm in my life. This is not to say I take these events for granted or that I am not amazed each time something like this happens.
Full moon is Sunday, February 28 at 9:38 AM Mountain Standard Time.
Do something expansive and new to honor your opening and expansion and stretching your horizons. Do something different and unique and perhaps arranged by someone else (especially if you are stubborn). Spend time acknowledging and cherishing life, beauty, and the feminine. Listen to spirit and give thanks for all the opportunities that have come your way for ever deepening your relationship to spirit and your true essence whether easy or challenging. Surrender the resistance to what is and what is happening in your life. If you don’t feel particularly energetic at this time, take a break from doing and just be.
The New Moon is Saturday, February 13 at 7:51 PM Mountain Standard Time.
Be clear about what you desire most and what is most important to you. Differentiate between addictions and habits versus true desires. Set your desires with the intention of allowing them in and being receptive to how spirit brings right timing instead of trying to cause or efforting in your intentions. Take time to be in gratitude and to receive what comes. Allow yourself to be loved, to be nurtured and to be supported.
Please comment on Obama’s clinging to the previous administration’s destructive ways: installing Monsanto minions in key positions; failing to insist on a public healthcare option; expanding our military budget and presence; giving massive handouts to financial corporations with no requirement that the money be used for the benefit of the people who need it; maintaining invasive and unconstitutional surveillance practices; and now, actually suing to keep habeas corpus from being re-instituted.
Last month someone asked about Tiger Woods and I wrote about how some individuals volunteer to become an icon or symbol for humanity. They live bigger than life and dramatically represent some of the big lessons humanity faces. In the same way certain regions do this for the world. If the whole world represents the collective psyche of humanity then Haiti represents that part of us that is downtrodden, overlooked, ignored, and dismissed.
The theme of Surrender aligns this time frame with the goal of the year, Submission. Surrender does not mean giving up, losing the battle or failure of any kind. Rather it is a giving into and getting behind the forces at work; ones you have created through your intentions. It truly is time to get out of the way and allow life to co-create itself with and around you. Other themes we will be working with this month are Opening, Vulnerability, Willingness, Allowing, Beauty and the Feminine.
There are numerous sub-themes and it was in fact difficult to choose a word to accurately describe the main influence without bringing up a negative or fearful image. The other words that came up to describe the month are: pressure, collision, opposition, conflict, friction, breakage and impact. All of these words carry a force or power that can be expressed either positively or negatively. The image for this month is that of two opposing aspects colliding with each other and in that moment of powerful impact, they force something new to emerge.
The current vampire craze is a most interesting phenomenon that is becoming a bigger and bigger theme, especially among young people. Let us look at a brief history of where vampires originated, some of the particulars of vampirism, and recent developments to understand how this craze mirrors deeper processes in the human psyche.
A brief history:
Concern over vampires has been reported in most cultures and continents on Earth since the dawn of time. Mostly the fears have been associated with the dead returning to life and creating havoc or coming back to people they knew and hurting or killing them. Therefore great care has been taken with burials, honoring the dead, and not provoking them. Burial sites are often avoided or placed in remote locations.
This is a robust and forward moving energy that is very masculine in nature. What gets activated this month will depend on what needs to be activated for each individual. Some things that get activated will be ideas, projects and directions that have been gestating for a while, awaiting their right timing or perhaps the ignition spark to activate them. Some of what may be activated will be old energies from the past, old wounds that need to be healed, memories of encounters that are incomplete in their karmic exchange, or emotions of the present that need to be explored and heard. Whatever gets activated for you is what you will need to pay attention to and not put off for another time. The time is now and the influences of the month support not only Activation, but also a tremendous movement forward, almost like a leap. To take advantage of this you have to be ready for it and paying attention. You cannot be engaged in activities that are a waste of time, obsessing about the past or worrying about the future. There has never been a better time to practice being completely present and noticing what is being activated right in the now.