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January 21, 2016

January 2016 Newsletter

Tags: 2016 Calendar of Classes, Austin Shamanic Center, Newsletter

What is a Shaman

Before we get started on what ASC is offering this year, let's take a moment to reflect on Shamanism... It is starting to become more prevalent in the mainstream consciousness. But what is it? I am often asked, Can it be learned in a weekend workshop? How do I sign up?!

There are many levels to being a "Shaman." Anyone can sit in ceremony, or meditation, with a group of people and have a spiritual experience, but the training of a true shaman involves deep personal work, initiations and solo work in aligning with the power of the elements. It is not about emulating another culture, it is about learning how to work with the Divine, in your own culture, in a conscious and ethical way. We can learn from other cultures, but ultimately we live here!

In short, it takes much longer than a weekend, and is much more than gathering wisdom in a ceremony or journey, but you can get a taste of it in a weekend... And if you want to go further, and even become a healer, then there are skills and ethics to learn as well!

See more on our January 2016 Newsletter!

January 21, 2016

Asking Permission

Tags: WIsdom, Repect, Permission, Peace

Looking at Permission

Wondering why someone would take, instead of earn, or ask for, something?
Even little things...
Even with someone we love and cherish...
Does Love mean you do not have to ask?

Looking at how it is standard in our culture to "act and apologize later..."
And how it is considered weak to say you are sorry...
How it is considered weak to ask for anything at all...

Having Respect is at the bottom of asking permission.
Somewhere we seem to have forgotten how to respect our fellow travelers,
our fellow beings...
Showing strength is somehow more important than showing respect...

What will it take for us to remember
That there is Strength in Humility?
That there is Peace in Respect?
What will it take?
What will it take for us to ask
Instead of take?

January 01, 2016

The Fifth Element

Tags: Ether, Five Elements, Fifth Element, Moderm Shaman, Lao Tzu, Shamanism

Consider a clay pot. It starts from minerals found in the earth. Mixed with water it becomes a malleable substance that can be shaped into a form. Bake it in a fire, stoked by the winds of the bellows, and you temper that object, giving it a strength that can hold up under use. Just as this pot is born of the four basic Elements of Creation, Earth, Water, Fire and Wind, so too are we. But as every alchemist and shaman knows, there is a fifth element at play as well.

From the beginning of time, cultures have broken Nature down into its basic constituents in an effort to better thrive on Planet Earth. Ancients alchemists recognized that there is a visible world constructed of four basic elements. Each one has a different  temperament. Water, for example, has the uncanny ability to shift forms. It can move from solid ice, to a liquid, and finally to gaseous steam. Fire, alternatively, has the properties of transmutation. It consumes entire forests, for example, making way for new growth. From the subtle flap of a tiny butterfly wing powerful Winds arise, and of course there is the Earth element, giving us the basis of all structure and form. The fifth element, Ether, they say, is more elusive. It is the consciousness between atoms, the very fabric of the sky.

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