and shamanic journey is present in some form in all cultures. Carlos
Castenada's Don Juan has been a model for over thirty years of
the Shaman teacher. Michael Harner's Shamanic Institute and the
work of Sandra Ingerman have done a lot toward disseminating
and developing some of the basic practices and techniques of
the journeyer. Making the non-ordinary world accessible to anyone
willing to practice. Soul retrieval is a delicate art. It requires
the dual awareness of what is there and what the person is capable
of receiving at this time. It is a labyrinth through light and
darkness. You must be at home in this terrain and know it with
in yourself. There is always an element of emotional healing
and you must have all your elements present to engage the elements
of anther's soul. You must be humble yet arrogant enough to trust
what you see. The shaman is an actor, he activates energies to
move. So there are the basic skills of awareness, will, and trust.
And what grows out of that is concentration, the sensitivity
to mental, emotional, physical . . . etc. energy and your availability
to become the presence of power, light and love. To enter and
be entered by the presence of Buddha or Christ.
prayer figure holding the world conveys the action of what I seek
to inspire in those who find their way to to me. It is the becoming
of the circle that mirrors the circle of one, the Great Mystery.
Ah, but what does that mean? It means the action of embracement.
To embrace the mystery of all that we are, both inner and outer
without judgment. To embrace the whole world without limitations.
It is the willingness to acknowledge that we have all of creation,
all of humanity, the good, the bad and the ugly within us. At its
heart, then, this shamanic retreat is this action of unconditional
embracement. The infinite South and the infinite North, the infinite
East and the infinite West. Fire, air, earth and water. It is that
so simple, yet so difficult action of Self Love, the loving embracement
of the world of our Soul, which then allows us to embrace the world
we live and move in. And finally it becomes the act of remembrance.
I surrender to the question "Who am I?" in this
land of magical sensuousity that reverberates with the answer.
So I remember myself in the mystery within
and without. So that once you are willing
to become the whole world, accepting all that you are all that
you have ever been and all that you will ever be then you can help
others to enter this space. And what is the point of this journey
of the stepping stones if we are not reaching back and helping
those who are just lightly behind.