‘Rewilding Yourself’ was written for all the people that feel a sense that something is missing from modern-day life.
That, for example, feel a yearning for something that is not met by money, possessions, human interactions or even religions. Alongside this may be disenchantment with consumerist culture, and concerns about the impact we humans are having on the natural world. So if this in any way describes you, ‘Rewilding Yourself’ is a must-read.
WE HAVE DOMESTICATED NOT ONLY THE WORLD AROUND US BUT OURSELVES TOO. IN DOING SO, WE HAVE LOST OUR WAY.
For many centuries, earth-based spiritual practices have been persecuted and suppressed all over the world. They have been replaced by materialism, the myth of human supremacy, and ungrounded religions. Losing our connection with nature and our spiritual connection with the natural world, we have tamed most of the Earth to the extent that little true wilderness is left. In the process, we have destroyed indigenous cultures that lived in harmony with the environment for thousands of years. Moreover, we have domesticated not only the world around us but ourselves too. In doing so, we have lost our way. We have become uprooted and adrift and are killing the ecosystems to which we belong.
LEARNING TO LIVE IN THE RIGHT RELATIONSHIP
The ancient practice of shamanism cultivates a deep spiritual connection to the Earth. It is not a religion. There is no dogma, and it doesn’t require blindly believing anything. Instead, it offers practical methods that can heal our sense of disconnection, and provides a template for living in a healthy relationship with the Earth. Therapeutic Shamanism is rooted in these ancient practices and shows us how we can take them forward and make them relevant to modern-day life.
We will start by recapping some of the basic principles and terminology that I am going to be using and referring to throughout the rest of the book. Much of this is not just terminology and concepts that are generic to shamanism as a whole, but ideas that are crucial to understanding the Therapeutic Shamanism approach.
Chapter two will look at what the lower-world actually is underneath the layers of the cultural distortions of modern ‘civilisation’. The process of rewilding yourself calls for a development of a deep and authentic shamanic practice that is relevant to the times in which we now live.We need to understand what has happened to us over the last few thousand years of our domestication and what I refer to as ‘the Fall’.
I will take you through the process of meeting your main human lower-world Guide and lifelong teacher. We look in detail about working with Human Guides in the lower-world and the questions people often have about them
In chapter four, we begin exploring the kinds of things that happen in lower-world journeys and start to make sense of them as key lower-world shamanic practices. We begin this process by looking at so-called ‘transformation practices’. These practices are key both as healing practices and in helping us to deepen our ability to journey. They include weird and wonderful things such as burials, burnings, dismemberments, dissolvings, cocoonings, poisonings and shapeshiftings. They are crucial for the process of rewilding yourself.
We look at some examples of actual journeys, to get a better idea of what we are aiming for. We look at what journeys ideally should sound and feel like, and what to look out for, and examine examples of both good and not-so-good practice. This should help strengthen and deepen your journeying and make your journeys more authentic.
In this chapter, we explore shamanic extraction work. Extraction is the removal of intrusions, ‘foreign bodies’, that lodge in us. We look in detail at the different kinds of intrusions we encounter when journeying, and the issues involved in removing each of them. We finish the chapter by looking at the protocols for doing extraction work in the lower-world.
We look at intrusions that are powerful enough to take someone over and influence their thoughts and behaviour against their will, literally ‘possessing’ them. We explore how possession is a common occurrence these days, and how (and why) it is symptomatic of our industrial and agricultural way of life. Furthermore, this will include a brief look at what (probably) happens when we die, and the importance of knowing about the ‘unquiet dead’. We finish the chapter by looking at the lower-world depossession protocols.
Firstly, we will look at the hugely important practice of disentanglement: the practice of healthily freeing ourselves from relationships with people, objects, situations and places that are no longer healthy or serving us, or which we have outgrown. Secondly, we then look at hunting and gathering journeys, to help us reconnect with being Human. Finally, we will finish with expansion journeys and the being-not-doing journeys.
‘REWILDING YOURSELF’ TAKES YOU DEEPER INTO THE LOWER-WORLD PRACTICES
Following on from the highly-acclaimed first volume in this series, “Rewilding Yourself”, Volume 2 in the Therapeutic Shamanism Series, is an in-depth and comprehensive guide, uniquely dedicated to shamanic lower-world practices. Along with being eye-opening and full of life-changing insights, it also provides a practical, step-by-step guide to reconnecting to the sacredness of the earth and to rediscovering the deep, wild and connected roots of your own, true soul.
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THE SHAMANIC JOURNEY – A JOURNEY TO THE THREE SHAMANIC REALMS
Shamanism tells us that there is another, deeper reality behind this day-to-day, physical one. Whilst shamanic people live with the sense of both and being side-by-side, there are times when they choose to deliberately and temporarily immerse themselves more fully in ; to enter one of the and go on a shamanic journey.
MEET YOUR LOWER WORLD HUMAN GUIDE (and THE TRIBE!)
In journeys, true power and wisdom come not from the practitioner themselves, but from their ability to let greater, wiser spirits (their Guides) work through them. As well as the practitioner’s Power Animal, their Guides can include Human ones too.
Different Human Guides have different temperaments and personalities. Often they have different shamanic specialisms. They are a great ally on a journey of rewilding yourself.
AIR, FIRE, WATER AND EARTH TRANSFORMATION PRACTICES
Transformation practices use 5 elements to help us with healing and energy hygiene, hollowing out and they also prepare us for the ultimate transformation – death. They will also assist in rewilding yourself.
Common to all transformation practices is the experience of being taken completely apart and reduced to something formless, and then being reformed again. In a sense, they are a mini ‘death’ and rebirth.
They include various shamanic practices, including burials, burnings, dismemberments, dissolvings, cocoonings, poisonings and shapeshifting.