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Information on the advanced shamanism courses. Study all aspect of core shamanic practice, including: soul retrieval; extraction and other shamanic healing methods; shamanic meditation practices and shamanism as a spiritual practice.
The Three Ravens College of Therapeutic Shamanism.
A series of two workshops exploring some often neglected and overlooked aspects of shamanic healing. Soul retrieval usually focuses on finding and returning lost soul parts. This is of course vital work. However it is not the whole story. If all of our soul (or souls) had left, then we would have died. The fact that we didn’t means that part of us stayed behind and carried on, ‘holding the fort’. In childhood this is the part of us who learns to bite our lip or hold our tongue; to always be ready for a fight; to not show weakness; to not speak out; to swallow our sadness; to sell ourselves out in order to fit in or survive; and countless other strategies we may have adopted to get through childhood. One thing we can do shamanically is to journey back to the fort-holder child and give them love and healing; to tell them that they are not alone and that they will get through this, and to give them the help they need. In effect we become our own child’s ‘guardian angel’ watching over them from the future. The effects of this healing can be profound.
The Fort-Holder: the fort-holder, the loyal soldier, body shock and other neglected aspects of soul retrieval.
Dates: Ran in 2016. Will be repeated at some point.
Another issue is the Loyal Soldier. This part of us is like the Japanese soldiers who were found years after the second world war had ended, surviving alone on remote islands. Many had not realised that the war was over and were still loyally fighting on. The Loyal Soldier in us doesn’t realise the war of childhood is in fact over. They are ever on guard, ever ready to step in and protect us, in ways that are now no longer appropriate to our adult life. We can thank our Loyal Soldier and tell them that the war is over. We can give them healing and a new, more appropriate role in our adult life.
Another issue is the body. Soul loss often occurs from a major shock or trauma of some kind. As well as the soul part leaving, the body often goes into shock. This shocked state can last for years and years. This causes its own problems, including that a returned soul part often finds it difficult to stay in (or even enter) a body in shock. Again, shamanically this can be dealt with and healed.
Over the two weekends we will explore how to do work with these (and other) often overlooked aspects of shamanism.
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