Climate Change Affecting Indigenous Peoples
Inuit and other indigenous peoples are experiencing the effects of global climate change first hand. This was the subject of an international symposium at Oxford University in April of this year. Environmental News Service.
Ailo Gaup with drum.
A Shaman of Mongolia
Ghosta is a shaman of Mongolia's Dukha minority. He is of the nomadic reindeer herders of northern Mongolia who keep to the old ways. Read the article. From The Walrus by Allan Coukell, published June 2005.
Articles on climate change and Mongolian shaman submitted by Tim Flynn, Three-Year Program graduate, Santa Cruz, California.
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The Reawakening of Shamanism in the West
Read about the emergence of modern shamanism in the West in this informative article by Dr. Bill Brunton, now posted on the FSS website. (Originally published in Shamanism, Vol. 16, No. 2, Fall/Winter 2003.)
Note: Each issue we plan to post an article of interest on the website. Check the Articles section for several varied perspectives on shamanism and shamanic healing from past issues Shamanism, the Foundation's scholarly journal -- one of the exclusive benefits received with an FSS membership.
Helping the Spirits to Help Us
Many people today struggle with basic issues, including finances and sustainable incomes. Clients, friends, and relatives often ask for shamanic help with economic issues like finding a good job or a place to live. Though the helping spirits can most certainly help us with these issues, I am not certain that they automatically know the dynamics of our "middle world economy" and about such things as currency exchange. To help the spirits help us, one thing we can do is journey to our helping spirits and ask them if they need to know more about what it means specifically for us to be financially blessed. When I did this for myself, my spirits directed me to make mental pictures for them of the process behind our economic system. I made a visual movie of what it looks like to me, including doing good work, people valuing that work by giving me a check or cash, then me taking that cash and buying food.
This is one way of recognizing and honoring the partnership we share with the compassionate healing spirits. Equally important, I noticed an immediate and dramatic difference in the way I was supported in the middle world. Submitted by Steve Geske, Three-Year Program graduate, Clearwater, Minnesota.
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