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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.
Shamanic Living: how to live a more shamanic life in the day-to-day modern world.
Dates: This will run if and when I get enough people. Let me know if you are interested!
Please note: this is a course for experienced students only (if you are not sure if that means you, then please do ask me!).
Over the years I have both had and overheard many conversations with students discussing how they love the shamanic work and how much it means to them, but how they struggle to keep connected with shamanism in between the course weekends. People talk about how they have trouble disciplining themselves to journey at home; how when they do journey they lose focus; how they can go for days or weeks without thinking about their power animal and/or guides; how they generally get caught up in middleworld stuff.
I am not at all surprised. Given the kind of middleworld we have created in becoming ‘civilised’ (in reality, tamed and domesticated) and how cut off it is from the Ancestors, the other Peoples, the elementals and the shamanic realms, it is very hard to keep a living, daily shamanic connection. As the Hidden People of Iceland have said to me, having observed the addictive and complicated middleworld that we have created, they are full of admiration and respect for any human who manages any kind of contact with the shamanic realms these days.
Our hunter-gatherer ancestors would not have had this problem of course. They lived their lives in nature, intimately connected to the more-than-human world, and the world. Our challenge of course in reclaiming and reinventing shamanism is how to make it relevant to our modern day urbanised and farmed lives. I often talk on the courses about how that includes taking on board how much the Fall, and the resulting growth of the ego and the unconscious, has profoundly changed us. Old-style shamanism still has much to teach us and much that is hugely relevant (indeed vital) to us now. However the changes in us and the reality of the lives we now lead also necessitates the developing new styles of shamanic work, including drawing on skills, knowledge and wisdom we have gained from modern psychotherapy and other disciplines that are helping our recovery from the Fall.
This is why I set up up a college of therapeutic shamanism, to explore what this new shamanism might be; what it needs to be aware of and what it would involve and look like, and then develop course material based on this. Whilst doing that however I have also been pondering over the last few years about the issue of how to bring this more into daily life as a living practice. How do we bridge the gap between the course weekends, and everyday life back at home and at work?
I have given this a lot of thought. I am not sure that I have any answers, but I do have a lot of ideas and things to experiment with. So that is why a while ago I floated the idea of a course on ‘living shamanically’. The course would be different to any of the other courses. Its focus would specifically be to explore and experiment with finding things that work in terms of bringing shamanism more into our own personal everyday lives. It will be a case of experimentation and trial and error. We will look at things like: how to re-wild ourselves; deepening our connection to the authentic soul(s) and then negotiating between the authentic souls and the middleworld ego (and the ego's sub-personalities) in terms of living a more authentic life; what it means to be authentic and what a more authentic life would look like; how to deal with the costs of walking ‘the road less travelled’ (and what the benefits really are); what it means to be a fully human being; stalking our resistance to change; befriending and working with resistance; how on earth to live shamanically in the modern world; what a post-fallen shamanism (and society) might look like; daily/weekly practices/strategies to stay connected; cultivating good habits; looking at daily life in terms of shamanism (things like cooking, cleaning, money, clothing, shopping, reading, tv, music, etc); compassion and self-compassion; holding council; empowerment (becoming a catalyst/elder/agent of change).
The course will also be different to the other courses in terms of it not just being about committing to turning up at weekends, but doing things between weekends. We will experiment with things like: doing home-study, rituals, making changes and other practices between each weekend; a dedicated 'between weekends' support forum, with gentle reminders/nudges and support; 'mini-tribes' - setting up smaller support groups to support each other between weekends by phone/Skype/email; working on mini-projects in the mini-tribes; journeying for each other between weekends etc.
The course would be over eight weekends, a four month block to get the processes in us going, then a further 4 weekends spaced out (at roughly 3 month intervals) to keep the momentum going and to keep checking in. The idea is that by the end of the course the changes should have become established habits, patterns and practices.
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