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.
Mammoth, cave at Rouffignac, France
Photo, courtesy: Bradshaw Foundation
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.
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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.)
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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.
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