Dreaming the World

Winter_SunsetYesterday we offered a brief workshop on utilizing shamanic techniques and ideas with people who have experienced major trauma. This is a workshop that teaches very useful skills, and we offer it by donation so no one is turned away. As far as I am concerned, anyone who attends, participates actively, and focuses on the material has made a major contribution.

At one point during the morning the topic turned briefly to the necessity of accepting responsibility for one’s actions when utilizing shamanic practices. Listening to the conversation, I was reminded of one of my truly beloved teachers who came from an Amazonian culture where everyone is a shaman; everyone shamanizes.  That said, not everyone is considered equally accomplished, nor does everyone take on the responsibility of working with the spirits on behalf of the greater community. My teacher was responsible for the spiritual and political welfare of some thirteen…

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