We live within a great, holographic mystery filled with many challenges and puzzles. We live in a world where we are supposed to trust in an invisible God and learn to embrace life when we all know that one day, no matter what, we will die. Whilst we may “believe” religion’s tales about heavenly realms, angels and trumpets, we still have to accept that it is all based on faith and trust. While thousands of us are happy with the reassurances from authority figures there are others who are never satisfied with words and legends, no matter how beautiful.
These are the ones who ache to know. They desperately want to experience other worlds, other realms, first hand. They want direct and clear communication; they want a full and soul-changing experience that opens their spirit eyes once and for all time.
These people are the shamans and they follow the beat of a different drum.
Shamans have existed in all communities from the very dawn of time. Some call them called Sangoma-doctors, or healers, or witches, or wizards and a thousand other names. These are the brave ones who put their sanity, their personal well-being on the line in order to delve deeper into the great mystery of life. These are the shamans who are determined to dive into the great unknown in order to retrieve the pearl of wisdom and wonder to share with others!
Many years ago, through a series of coincidences, a shaman’s door opened in my life. I was guided by my own inner wanting to explore this pathway with the guidance and tutelage of some incredible Native American traditional people. I have written about this in my book series: The Shaman’s Door in the hope that others might understand their own inner urge to delve into the depths of the mystery.
During that time I attended dozens of ceremonies, but the most profound and life-changing ceremony was “Sacred Circle,” or shaman gathering circles. They are simple, and yet profound because they are a place where everyone together calls in the helping spirits and embrace the shamanic principles that awaken the soul. The key is to apply yourself; and be willing to dive like a pearl diver into the deepest oceans to seek out the jewels hidden amongst the barren rocks.
Shaman Circle is a simple and yet profound ritual. We employ the drum and traditional chants and drum vibrations to help you shift your consciousness from the regular world into the alternative realities. Within these realities you find your spirit keepers and allies. These are usually referred to as your Totems and your Guides. In the shaman journey you meet them, face to face. You connect and receive messages directly, not via a third party or through a “reading” of any kind. Over time, you will learn to move up to the various levels of reality. Beyond this world are other worlds, other dimensions and higher wisdom. Of course, there are also converse worlds, filled with darkness, reptilian creatures and lost souls. The true shaman can traverse them all with impunity; for he or she is "impeccable" and therefore cannot be held captive! This is the end-goal and the journey of the shaman.
If you feel a calling to walk this path, know that it demands your full attention and your concentration. You must practice and work on your attunement every day without fail. Each person develops at a different speed, and so you must trust your process. Most importantly, know that your journey will be absolutely perfect for you.
I will be offering Circles at various locations that suit me and my schedule. If you feel drawn to attend, you are very welcome. However, you must make the effort and that may require sacrifice. These circles do not belong to me, or to anyone. They are offered by the spirits who are calling you back to the pathway of power. Follow your heart and know the journey will be perfect for you.
My books on the Medicine Wheel and the Shaman’s door may be of service to you. (please check out my book shop... as well as Sacred Tree Books) I also have three powerful CDs of the Medicine Songs which also assist the journey. The drum is incredibly powerful and at some stage you may have to get your own. Most importantly, open your mind and your heart to your guiding spirits, even if you do not know who or what they are yet. Refer to them as Grandmothers and Grandfathers, for that offers honour and respect (never call them grandparents! they are not your parents!) Then ask to be shown. You will receive signs and coincidences. The more you work with receiving and following guidance the easier it will become.
Taking these steps moves you away from childish spirituality that expects a “psychic” to tell you what to do, to heal you or to sort you out. This is the pathway of the spiritual adult who takes responsibility for all outcomes and sees every event as a opportunity to grow, expand and know more. The spiritual adult knows it may be uncomfortable and that their ego will probably have a number of hissy-fits. Only you know if you are ready to step through the shaman’s door. Once you have stepped through, magic happens. You life reads like a fairy tale and amazing things occur. Please read my brief overview of my life journey for just a portion of some of the amazing things that have occurred to me. Trust me... there is more but it would take twenty books to tell you everything!
If you wish to attend one of these gatherings, please check the Itinerary page regularly. In the meantime, study everything you can get your hands on. Start with my books, any of them... and then work with the shaman meditations on my : Soul Journey CD...