Ancient Belief in Soul Apart From the Body
Last summer, University of Chicago archeologists discovered the first written evidence that the people in a region of Turkey near the Syrian border held to the religious concept of the soul apart from the body. Read the article from the New York Times online Science section.
Photo by Chris Pfeiffer.Rocks as Evolving Species
A team of international researchers postulates that many of the Earth's rocks are dynamic "species," which emerged and transformed over time, largely in concert with living things. As Michael Harner teaches, shamans throughout time have known that "Everything that is, is alive." It is always nice when science agrees! Read the article from The Vancouver Sun online. Submitted by Laura Whipple, FSS Three-Year Program graduate, Los Angeles, California.
2,700-Year-Old Cannabis Buried With Shaman
As reported in the Journal of Experimental Botany, it was found in a tomb near Turpan in northwestern China. The dried cannabis was buried with a 45-year-old, light-haired, blue-eyed Caucasian man, who seems to be a shaman of the Gushi culture. Read the article from Press TV. Submitted by Timothy Flynn, FSS Three-Year Program graduate, Royal Oaks, California.
Shamanism in Taiwan
In Taipei, a small number of people are carrying on a shamanistic practice that goes back hundreds of years in Taiwan and on the Chinese mainland – but adapting it to the needs of modern city-dwellers. Read the article from The Scotsman online. Submitted by Timothy Flynn, Three-Year Program graduate, Royal Oaks, California.
Winter, particularly the Solstice, is a potent time of year, especially for Northern peoples. For example, the Sami of Northern Scandinavia had a pantheon of spirits which included Beiwe, their goddess of sunlight and sanity. A winter solstice ceremony was held during which a shaman would journey into the cosmic realms to meet Beiwe and intercede on behalf of those having difficulty with sanity. Read the article about Winter Solstice practices from Anchorage Daily News online. Submitted by Timothy Flynn, Three-Year Program graduate, Royal Oaks, California.
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Music in Shamanic Healing, by Miháli Hoppál. Dr. Hoppál tells of the role music and song plays in shamanic healing and initiation. Read the article. From the book Macht Musik by Gerhard Kilger, Köln: Wienand Verlag 2006 (article in English, book primarily in German).
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The Power of Long-Distance Healing
Recently, an FSS Three-Year student requested distance healing help from her Three-Year program classmates. She provided this feedback about the results:
After I requested your help on curing two places where I had been diagnosed with skin cancer, I postponed the date that the minor surgery would take place because I wanted to give you and your spirits and mine time to work.
When I finally had a new date for the proposed surgery, I sat in my doctor's office under the lamp and the magnifying glass as she looked at the place on my right arm. She kept looking. She referred back to her diagram of my arm. "Well, it's not here. We can't do a biopsy or cutting out of something that's not here, can we?"
"No," I replied smiling.
She went to my left shoulder. She looked and then said, "I'm going to the next room for a minute to get another magnifier."
When she left I said, "Yes!" I looked up and down and thanked all the spirits.
She came back and examined the other spot. "Before, this spot was 1-3 centimeters, now it's hardly a speck."
"It sounds like it's going away," I said. "Shall we just let it go?"
"Yes, by all means." She smiled.
I celebrated by going right to Clement Street and eating a pork bun. Thank you! Submitted by A.K., FSS Three-Year program student, Berkeley, California.
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