Sage and Smudging

How to perform a smoke cleanse; why is sage smudging culturally appropriative, and how do you avoid being negative towards other cultures?

Advertisements

Intuition and Divination

There is something special about being able to deeply connect to the divine, to the spirit world. In both Zen Buddhism and Shamanism, there’s a belief in the unseen. You only have to look just one layer removed from everyday awareness to find the real of the spirits, devas and djinn, greater and lesser entities…

Bodhichitta and Fear

As a left end of the spectrum politically person, the recent Presidential Election has left me adrift. I’ve got all these swirling feelings in my heart and mind, and picking just one to nail down and work on is proving very difficult. I suppose the most prevalent emotion is fear. Which is ironic, because on…

The Give-Away

Let me start by acknowledging right up front that I’m not a member of a First Nations Tribe, so any understanding that I have of First Nations spirituality is to be taken with a huge helping of salt. The give-away is a spiritual practice for First Peoples that was outlawed for many years in a…

Healing the Community

The role of a Shaman is that of a healer. Shamans heal people, communities, systems, the world as a whole… As such, their healing is an expression of compassion. We’ve already discussed Idiot Compassion, the notion that sometimes the most compassionate thing you can do for another human being is to ignore what they’ve asked…

Compassion as Path

One of the hallmarks of a well lived life is Compassion. A lot of people have very odd ideas about what compassion really is. People seem to feel that compassion means to forgive, to overlook problems, to treat people with kid gloves, to give in and give way and give up any sense of self…

Right View for Shamans

In Buddhism we have the Noble Eightfold Path, which lays out the steps needed to live a worthy life.  Taken as a whole, the Noble Eightfold Path is an entire system that explains and directs the practitioner in how to live their entire life. Shamanism has no centralized set of beliefs like the Noble Eightfold…

Zazen for Shamans

To sit zazen is to meditate on the nature of existence. For a shamanic practitioner, meditating on the nature of existence means working to get in touch with all the aspects and layers of reality. Zen teaches that the ultimate nature of reality is illusion, with reality being thing/no-thing beyond ordinary comprehension, available through the…

Shamanic Energy Work

My friends are my tribe, the people I think of as family, extended community, my people. They’re mine, I keep them, and I do work to help ensure that they are happy and content. At least work to alleviate their suffering, if nothing else. A Shaman takes care of the spirit world in their community,…

Eat With Gratitude

In Shamanic practice, all things have a spirit and a soul, including the food we eat.  When we eat, the food that we take in gives us nourishment and sustenance, giving up it’s existence in order to help sustain ours. Because we completely consume the energy of our food, it’s important to remember to be…

Multi-Reader

I’m a multi-reader. It feels good to admit it! I don’t read linearly through a stack of books. Instead, I pick a set of books on a topic, and I read them all. At one time. All of them. Multi-reader! I’ve always done it this way, because the connections that I get from having more…