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August 2007
Vol. 1, Issue 4
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"In the SSC (shamanic state of conscious-
ness), the shaman typically experiences ineffable joy in what he sees, an awe of the beautiful and mysterious worlds that open up before him. His experiences are like dreams, but waking ones that feel real and in which he can control his actions and direct his adventures. While in the SSC, the shaman is often amazed by the reality of that which is presented. He gains access to a whole new, and yet familiarly ancient universe that provides him with profound information about the meaning of his own life and death and his place within the totality of all existence. Finally, he brings back his discoveries to build his knowledge and to help others."
- Michael Harner, The Way of the Shaman



Greetings
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We hope you have had the opportunity to relax and recreate this summer. As the end of summer approaches, we invite you to look forward into the Fall and to an exciting 2008. In 2008, experience the groundbreaking training in Core Shamanism in the Three-Year and Two-Week Intensive programs on both the East and West coasts. Or, explore one of the fascinating new workshops in the Indigenous Shamanisms and Shamanic Innovations series.

Submit your ideas and news for the Articles and Healing Words sections to the Editor.

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NEW! The Shamanic Innovations series is now launched, starting with a five-day workshop with Myron Eshowsky on Where are the Dreamers? Restoring Shamanism in Community Life, to be held in the San Francisco Bay Area, October 21-26, 2007 at an idyllic retreat center with marvelous food. Michael Harner will introduce Myron and the workshop. Contact Michael Flanagin for Registration Information for this exciting workshop. Through the Shamanic Innovations series, interested learners will have the opportunity to explore practical uses of shamanism in everyday life. Courses have been developed by experienced practitioners and teachers of shamanism, building upon the principles of Core Shamanism and applying them to contemporary issues of healing.

NEW! Indigenous Shamanisms track five-day workshop The Creative Sami Shaman will be held in the San Francisco Bay Area, September 16-21, with Ailo Gaup of Norway. Experience the oldest existing shamanic path in Europe, that of the Sami (Lapp) people. Michael Harner will introduce Ailo and the workshop. Contact Michael Flanagin for Registration Information.

Plan ahead for 2008! The Two-Week Intensive in Advanced Shamanic Healing will be held April 6-17, 2008 in the San Francisco Bay Area and on November 2-13, 2008 on the East coast. The new Three-Year Program in Advanced Shamanism will start October 26-31, 2008 in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to these programs in Core Shamanism, there will be additional workshops in the Indigenous Shamanisms and Shamanic Innovations series, held on both the East and West coasts of the United States. Check www.shamanism.org for complete workshop information.

There will be a special residential version of the Harner Method Shamanic Counseling training in the San Francisco Bay area, with April Tuck, C.S.C. The training will be held April 20-25, 2008 and will be introduced by Sandra and Michael Harner. Don't miss this intensive training to develop skills for answering personal life questions with the assistance of helping spirits.

The new members online Forum went live August 20th for Members of the Council. FSS Members, watch your emails in the next two weeks for login information! Read special articles and share information about shamanic healing with members worldwide. To participate, we invite you to Join Us by becoming a Member of the Circle of the Foundation.

The contributions of FSS members help support the efforts of indigenous peoples and the renewal of shamanism in a contemporary context. We invite you to join us and receive special member benefits, including the online Members Forum - and support shamanism worldwide. Thank you!

New Faculty in New Zealand and Australia
FSS welcomes Kim and Shaun Leyland to the FSS Faculty. We wish them much success in teaching at "the bottom of the world." Kim and Shaun recently attended Michael and Sandra Harner's FSS workshops in San Francisco, to receive training first hand. Welcome, Kim and Shaun!

Restoring and Dreaming
Rock Art of the San (Bushman)
Ancient rock paintings of the Bushman help to explain and clarify the experiences of shamans - connecting with animal spirits and helping to open the way to the spirit worlds. Check out this article, which contains some fascinating images of San cave art. Click here to see the full article from National Geographic.
In the Fall, FSS will sponsor two workshops, one on the West coast and one on the East coast, on Bushman (San) Shamanism, with Dr. Bradford Keeney.

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Mammoth, cave at Rouffignac, France
Photo, courtesy: Bradshaw Foundation
Prehistoric Mammoth Cave Carving
Researchers from Bristol University in Britain recently discovered a 13,000-year-old cave drawing of a mammoth in Gough's Cave, Somerset. It was believed to have been used by tribal shamans. Read the article from the Daily Mail, UK.

Shamanism as Complementary Medicine
In the hamlets of Nepal, there are over 400,000 shamans and traditional healers, who have to some extent acquired the basics of modern medical treatment through the government Health Ministry. These healers are not only familiar with the nature of illnesses caused by spirits, but also with diseases as treated by Western medicine, such as pneumonia, heart-maladies, abdominal pain, pain in the joints, headaches, etc. Healers are learning to use a combination of traditional and modern medicine. Read the article from the American Chronicle.

NOTE: We invite you to submit news about shamanism for our readers. Please submit no more than a few brief paragraphs, including the source of the news item to the Editor.

Effective Core Shamanic Drumming Circles
A shamanic drumming circle can be a powerful way to deepen in the knowledge and practice of shamanism. This article provides guidelines for anyone considering starting a drumming circle. For established drumming circles, the guidelines can help to make your circle more effective. For people looking for a drumming circle, this article can help you determine which drumming circle is right for you. (Originally published in Shamanism, Vol. 20, No. 1, Spring/Summer 2007.)

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 of Shamanism, the Foundation's scholarly journal -- one of the exclusive benefits received with an FSS membership.

Healing
Power Animals and Daily Life
Daily life is filled with challenges. Power animals can help, but we have to ask. Before I go into a difficult situation, whether emotional or physical, I make a connection with a power animal of mine and specifically ask the animal to be with me for protection, help, and to provide insight and wisdom. For example, when I had some minor surgery that required a visit to the hospital, I asked a specific power animal to stay with me the whole time, to lend healing power and to make the surgery go smoothly. I even put on a small image of the animal, in the form of a removable tattoo. I felt very calm when I arrived at the hospital, and the nurse commented on how low my blood pressure was. The healing period after the surgery was accelerated, and I found I did not need the pain pills that had been prescribed. I have passed this teaching on to clients who are faced with a difficult situation, advising them to connect with a power animal and ask for specific aid. Many have reported back how much they were helped and how it made them feel so much closer to the power animal. Submitted by Susan Mokelke, Three-Year Program graduate, Portola Valley, California.

NOTE: "Healing Words" contains helpful ideas and suggestions from shamanic healers. FSS presents them as a service to the shamanic community without endorsement; as always, each shamanic healer is responsible for using these ideas in a responsible and ethical manner. If you would like to submit a helpful tip, email the Editor. (No more than two succinct paragraphs, please.)

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The Foundation for Shamanic Studies E-newsletter is issued bimonthly and contains information and articles about shamanism, shamanic healing, and the Foundation's activities. It is designed to offer interesting and practical information for shamanic healers, students, and those interested in shamanism. We welcome your feedback and ideas. Please contact the Editor, Susan Mokelke.

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