Hmong Shamans Offering Healing in the Hospital
Mercy Medical Center in Merced, California, has an innovative program welcoming Hmong shamans to work with patients in conjunction with their conventional medical treatments. Read the article, "A Doctor for Disease, a Shaman for the Soul," and view photos from the New York Times online. Submitted by numerous readers - thank you!
Monkeys and Drumming
New findings shed light on drumming activity of gorillas, chimpanzees, and monkeys (macaques). When monkeys drum, they activate brain networks linked with communication, suggesting a common origin of primate vocal and nonvocal communication systems and shedding light on the origins of language and music. Drumming has been with us a long time – humans and macaques are thought to have had a common ancestor about 25 million years ago.
Cave at Lascaux, Man, Bird, & Bison from the French Ministry of Culture & Communication
Read the article from Live Science online. Submitted by Michael Flanagin, Three-Year Program graduate, Portland, Oregon.
Tour the Cave Paintings at Lascaux
Take a virtual tour of the 15,000-year-old figures of the famous cave at Lascaux, France. Click here for information about the cave and its famous animal and human figures.
Resurgence of Shamans in Mongolia
Over the last 15 years the practice of shamanism has been making a huge comeback in Mongolia. Read the article from Eurasianet online.
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Core Shamanism and Daily Life
An introduction to core shamanism and the benefits of the contemporary practice of shamanism. Read the article Core Shamanism and Daily Life by Susan Mokelke.
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A Knock on the Door
A West Coast Two Week Shamanic Healing Intensive participant shared this healing story, which happened soon after returning from the Intensive.
Alicia Gates said several times that "when we were ready someone would knock on the door." I didn't feel particularly "ready" – and I didn't expect it to be literal!
Yesterday I was expecting my contractor at 9:30 am. He is NEVER early. At 9:00 am the doorbell rang. I was surprised but assumed it was he. No one there. As I locked the door I thought: "Must be a short in the bell." It's wireless, so that was irrational, and the bell promptly rang again. I checked the back door, although the ring is different. Again, no one there. I calmed my dog's barking by telling him: "It's ok, it's just the spirits." I've never said that before, either! My contractor showed up 15 minutes later, quite early. We're friends and something seemed wrong, so I asked about his health. He gave me a string of complaints around low energy and feeling weak for the last few days.
We talked. At his request, I journeyed for him and asked about his condition. We ended the day with a power animal retrieval for him. My spirit helper suggested an extraction session sometime the following week, and my friend promised to call. He also told me that the pain in his abdomen, which he hadn't mentioned to me, was gone following the retrieval.
It felt more like "ready or NOT!" but since it worked – I guess I was ready after all.
L.C., Two Week Intensive graduate, Michigan
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