Glossary

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The experience that everything is alive and has a soul.…
A perfect pattern of how something should be. Also, something we are programmed to seek out (Mother, Father, Lover, and so on).…
a.k.a. The World Tree. The centre of the worlds. A place where all worlds connect, and so a place that can be used to travel between the worlds.…
A short period of fast and erratic drumming signalling the end of a journey.…
Repressed of unconscious material that goes beyond the personal. The unconscious and unintegrated material of society as a whole.…
At the very top of the upper-world, and at the very bottom of the lower-world, points where everything merges back into oneness (into Father Sky at the upper point, and into Mother Earth at the lower point).…
This includes nature spirits (fairies, elves etc.), archetypal beings (angels, dragons etc.), etc.…
The period from around 4,000 BC that sees the emergence of city-based societies, kingdoms, nations, empires, patriarchy, hierarchy, mass inequality and organised religions.…
The body, the middle-world self, the lower-world Soul, and the upper-world Spirit.…
The idea that civilisation only started around 4,000 BC. The ignoring of the tens of thousands of years of successful hunter-gatherer culture that proceeded it. The notion that we have always been agriculturalists, that this is natural to us, and jus…
Remembering how we used to live before the Fall and our domestication. Remembering the wisdom of our hunter-gatherer ancestors. The antidote to the Great Forgetting.…
What everything is made of, including Father Sun and Mother Earth. The aliveness in everything.…
To get inside something and know it deeply, from the inside out. Deep empathy.…
The ability to put aside one’s middle-world concerns, agendas, perceptions, and identity, and become a hollow vessel for Spirit to work through.…
The period starting around 11,000 years ago, where we abandon our wild, hunter-gatherer lifestyle and take up totalitarian agriculture, domesticating not just other animals and plants, but ourselves in the process.…
A 'should' or 'shouldn’t', a 'must' or 'must not'.…
Something inside someone or attached to them, but which does not belong to them. Can be various things, including an introject, a thought form, an entity, and so on. May be an 'inanimate' thing (i.e. 'a knife in one’s back', 'a thorn in one’s side'),…
Hunter-gatherer cultures, where people only took what they needed, and left the rest. (see: Taker society/cult)…
The shamanic realm that is the origin of nature. Characterised by an abundance of animals, plants, geology, and people living close to nature. The realm of Mother Earth. A realm of safety and healing.…
A sacred space to do shamanic work in. Usually aligned to the four directions (north, south, east, and west), and made with an understanding of their significance, affinities, and power.…
This physical world, and the energies 'behind' it. Everyday reality, both seen and unseen.…
The 'New Stone Age'. The time from the adoption of totalitarian agriculture, to the beginning of the Bronze Age and city state cultures—from around 11,000 BC to around 4,000 BC. A time when farming replaced hunter-gathering in many parts of the world…
This world. a.k.a. the Tonal, the Explicate Order, Surface Reality, Consensual Reality, etc.…
The Stone Age era before the adoption of totalitarian agriculture. From around 2,500,000 BC to around 11,000 BC. A time when all humans lived as hunter-gatherers.…
Repressed and unintegrated personal material that needs to be brought into consciousness.…
When a living intrusion takes over somebody ('I don’t know what came over me'). Some shamanic traditions will deliberately invite possession by a helpful spirit, for instance, in healing or for divination.…
Objects used in shamanic journeying or healing for their properties: crystals, feathers, shields, etc. May be in this reality (corporeal), or not (non-corporeal).…
To reconnect with nature, the other Peoples and Mother Earth. Can take many forms, but in particular involves a 'Power Animal retrieval' – finding one’s Power Animal and developing a strong relationship with it.…
In shamanism, this is different to what, in psychotherapy, might be understood as the loss of personal power. Instead, Power-loss is being cut off from nature and from the untamed and undomesticated. This is, of course, something that is endemic to m…
A shamanic practice to help lost or stuck souls of the dead move on and return to the light/Spirit.…
The process of letting go of the past and of gathering back energy that has been left in past events and interactions, and the reclaiming of one’s wholeness and personal power.…
We are shamanic practitioners. Shaman is a term conferred by one’s community, not on one’s self.…
The realms behind this ordinary, surface reality. Also known as NOR (Non-Ordinary Reality), the Nagual, or the Implicate Order, etc.…
the trance state shamanic practitioners enter (as opposed to OSC – 'Ordinary State of Consciousness'). Characterised by high levels of theta brainwaves—the brainwaves associated with creativity and spirituality. Can be a very light trance, or very de…
A term sometimes used to describe a female shaman.…
The ability to shift one’s form and appearance in a journey, and experience being something else, such as another animal or a tree.…
Soul is of the lower-world and the unique individual that Mother Earth wants us to be, the template for our life. Spirit is of the upper-world and a part of Father Sky.…
The idea that we lose a soul, or part of our soul, usually through things such as trauma, abuse, bereavement, co-dependency etc. Symptoms include things like depression, fatigue, feeling stuck, lack of enthusiasm, addictions, a sense of something mis…
The attempt to avoid unresolved mental and emotional issues through ungrounded 'spirituality'.…
the living rocks, minerals, crystals and chemical elements. The first of the People. Next came the ...…
The Taker cult arose at the beginning of the Neolithic age and the adoption of totalitarian agriculture. The Taker cult wants to take everything and leave nothing. It replaced the Leaver cultures, the hunter-gatherer cultures whose people only took a…
In shamanism, everything is alive. So, shamans recognise, in the material world ...…
A thought that persists and can take on a life of its own. May be a personal thought (such as 'I am not good enough') or collective, such as 'Blame the immigrants', 'original sin' etc. Thought-forms may be positive, too ('I am good enough', 'It is go…
Agriculture based on the belief in the supremacy of human beings and the idea of ownership of land. It is characterised by the wholesale change of the land (clearing forests to make way for fields, for example) and drastically reduced biodiversity as…
Being taken apart and then reformed in a journey, as a process of healing and transformation. Includes: dissolving into the lower or upper Convergence Points; dismemberment (being eaten by an Animal in the lower or upper-worlds, digested, re-formed a…
Collective term for one’s lower, middle and upper-world helpers.…
Not the same as the lower-world, but part of the middle-world. The realm of repressed and disowned psychic energies and parts of self, both personal and collective (the personal unconscious and collective unconscious).…
The souls of the dead who have not passed over, but who still wander the middle-world.…
The 'spiritual' world. Home of 'aware' human or human-like beings – spiritual teachers, angels, etc. Also, the home of upper-world Gods and Goddesses, and the realm of Father Sky.…

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