There is still a seat in the sacred circle for you in the new Shaman Training course that will begin Oct. 18, 2015. (You may find full info here.) The Autumn is a perfect season in which to begin your exploration of a greater reality that will lead you to the discovery of your authentic self and the mission of your beautiful soul for this lifetime.
Join with others of like minds, learn the healing ways and the path of shamans, and apply your new understanding to improve and empower your everyday life. You will become familiar with how to drum and thus to enter the greater realms through a shamanic journey. And then, you will meet totem animals and powerful guides in assembling a team of allies to assist your work and life in the full expression of your heart. It will be your greatest voyage of discovery.
Your age doesn’t matter. What does matter is that you have begun to hear the calling, to feel the rise of curiosity, to sense the hint of destiny as a healer and spiritual explorer.
Quick Overview of the Course:
It is an in-depth experiential five-month course (meets once a month) taught in Elizabethtown, KY. If you can’t attend this one, perhaps one in the future, as classes form spontaneously when at least four people have indicated interest. I like to have small classes, with a maximum of six so that I can provide individual attention to each during class. My wife assists, along with an apprentice (when available).
We would love to have you join the sacred circle.
Aho & Namaste,
Contact Information is available with the above link. Bob’s Email: live free @ natural shaman drums dot comMORE INFO
A new shaman training class for beginners will start soon, so if you’ve felt an urge to explore the shamanic path, or even if you have been curious about it or wish to experience its sacred ways, I invite you to consider enrolling right away. A few people have already reserved their places for the five-month course, and there is still room for you. I prefer small class sizes (four to six people) in order to devote more time to each student, so you can be assured that you will receive personal attention each time the group meets.
Once there is a sufficient number, we will all find a compatible start date via an email exchange, and that way you get to choose a day and date you are comfortable with. All materials are included in the cost, and a payment plan is available. I will also provide a drum to play (and will teach you how to play it) if you don’t have one.
Each class includes extensive experiential training where you will learn how:
to play the sacred drum and rattle
to make your own medicine bag
to do your own shamanic journey
to help yourself and others spiritually heal
to retrieve power animals for yourself and others
to perform soul retrieval
to extract and negate negative energy from others
to perform divination in a variety of ways
and to learn many other techniques intended to benefit yourself and others
When you have completed the course, you will receive a Certificate of Accomplishment.
So, if you have felt Spirit leaning into you, urging you to grow and to awaken the healer within, now is the perfect time to step onto the path. I hope you will join the circle today!
What can you expect on the first day of shaman training? How to prepare? What to bring?
Each shaman teacher will approach the start of training in a different way, of course. But the one thing all teachers and students have in common is the anticipation of the beginning of a sacred
journey of exploration, discovery and spiritual healing. So right off, you all have a common purpose, which begins to build special power for the work ahead.
For most people who begin shaman training, there comes the realization that the journey is one you began long ago. And it’s a journey without end. In other words, and as some of the old shamans have taught, the journey continues long after the body has melded back into the body of the Earth Mother to be re-formed.
In my experience as a student, the first day of training answered a dilemma that had long intrigued and confused me— why did some of concepts of shamanism seem so familiar to me? You may experience the same thing. I was shocked to learn that I had been a healer in previous lives! And more likely than not, you too practiced and taught the healing ways over many lifetimes. Otherwise, you would probably not have felt the urge to join a class.
It works something like this. Your shamanic memories are buried deep inside, and when you step into a new life, that part of you remains asleep. It is only when something occurs, perhaps something so small that you do not consciously know it, but that nonetheless needles the start of an urge that builds over time. It is a quest that calls to you, and it’s unrelenting, even though you can’t identify it. And then, quite by surprise, you discover a budding interest in helping people heal. Perhaps you even discover some healing talents, like placing a hand on someone’s shoulder and wishing them a speedy recovery from a disease. And then to find out later that the person did indeed have a speedy recovery!
The job of the teacher, then, is to help you to remember who you are and thus to help awaken the healer inside. That is the basis of the first class!
Preparing for your first shamanism class is a very personal undertaking. I always ask students to spend as much time as possible in nature and to perform a few tasks during the week leading up to the class. It is in nature that you will receive your Ph.D. in shamanism and spiritual healing!
Being in nature is the most important thing you can do because teachers await there who will help you prepare. They are the trees, grass, sky, a stream, birds and other animals, a breeze, a sudden silence. They are separate and whole simultaneously, each carrying a spiritual message and providing help and support to you. Other guides and spiritual advisers will join the circle there, too, even though they may not inhabit a body that you can see.
You honor them all by going where they are, and they honor you for being there.
I can think of no better way to prepare than to sit up against a tree after a long walk in the woods. If you will do this once a day for four or five days before your first class, you’ll be good to go!
What To Bring?
Your teacher will probably suggest a number of items you can bring to class, including a drum, rattle, blanket, sleeping mask (to help keep light out of your eyes while learning the shamanic journey), a journal and so forth. I ask students to bring a few “souvenirs” from their time in the woods, like small pebbles, a bit of a leaf or tree bark, a flower petal, a feather or any other small item that calls their attention. I suggest they perform a short ceremony to ask permission to retrieve the item beforehand. Then, once in class, they will find comfort in holding the items and in recalling their peaceful experience in nature. If you do this, I guarantee you be in tune with whatever your teacher has to offer for the day when you form the healing circle. (And you will have a head start on the sacred items you may want to add to your medicine pouch.)
Though teachers differ in their approach and priorities, I believe you’ll find that these few steps of preparation will serve you well at the start of your journey.
Brightest blessings to you, to your teacher, and to all of those around you, my friend. You are about to change the world…for the better.
Aho & Namaste,
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