"Positive Living with Your Inner Shaman" - April 2009


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In this month's E-zine...

* Falling blossoms & New Growth in the season of Recession
* Nada Yoga - Wholeness through Sound
* Sacred & Healing Spiritual Dance - Online Audios & Videos
* Spontaneous Tai Chi for Health & Energy-Level Management:
* Mystical Poetry and the Middle Eastern Mind
* Positive Thinking & Mood-Management Skills
* Indigenous shamanism - Colourful Online Videos
* Skills for Life: Harvest the Energy of Frustration or Anger!
* Dancing With Our Ancestors - UK Conference of Shamanic Practitioners
* How Tibetan Shamanic Spirituality became blended with Buddhism
* Shamanic [Holistic] Lifestyle: online FREE resources

 

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Falling blossoms & New Growth in a season of Recession
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April is a magic month in the village where I live, because it is blessed with the greatest gathering of Cherry trees I have ever seen. In fact the whole county of Cambridgeshire has more than its fair share of "Cherry Tree" pubs and "Cherry Tree" avenues. In the city of Cambridge itself, there are 2 roads [Roseford Road and Grange Road] justifiably renowned for their avenue of trees. Photos here:
www.cambridge2000.com/cambridge2000/html/0003/P3310381.html
In my village (Bar Hill) there is a wide range of Cherry blossom colours from virgin white, to deep, rich red, with a festival of mixed or pink-coloured petals in-between. The magnificence of Cherry Trees in flower in large measure due to the blossom appearing in vast quantities before a single distracting leaf has emerged i.e. it is a show of pure beauty - no distracting functional practicalities like leaves to dilute the efflorescent abundance of radiant blossoms!
If only life could be more like that! - pure abundant beauty with no messy practicalities like earning a living, paying bills, negative equity, job-loss or "balancing a budget" to worry about. Of course there are times when our life is blossoming and it feels great to be alive. Yet, life, like Cherry trees, is an ever-moving feast.
Today there is a gentle breeze and I noticed - with a twinge of regret - a white "snow-fall" of blossom cascading into the wind from the Cherry tree in my back-garden. The "good time" of living with that beautiful abundance right in my back-yard are over - and how brief it was. "If only..." blossom time could last longer! But the Wheel of Life turns inexorably and everything changes. After 10 million years of evolution, you would think that the human race would be used to the unending wheel of change. But of course we aren't - we persist in clinging to what is past, trying, against all odds, to keep it in the present.
I turn again to my Cherry Tree for inspiration. My goodness, the leaves are really growing now! How come I hadn't noticed that? Those amazing blossoms has blinded me to the Tree's steady progress of "Natural wisdom". The creative energy and material resources that produced those blossoms came from the "earning a living" that the tree did last year, and that creative (blossoming) energy and garnered resources have now been spent. It is time for the tree to invest in "the future" - to grow the leaves (energy traps) and roots (re-sources) that will generate what is needed for the next season of blooming. Without this "return to practicalities", the tree will not blossom next season.
[READ MORE: www.cheal.org/message/989]
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Nada Yoga - Wholeness through Sound
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Nada Yoga means "Unification through sound" - an ancient art and science of inner transformation through sound. Sound healing (i.e. inner cleansing and integration) can be passive, as in these online sound-healing videos:
www.lovehealth.org/resources/sound-healing.htm
[which incidentally combine the healing potential of mandalas (vibrations of colour and form perception) with the potentially healing vibrations of musical tones] or sound healing can be active e.g. when we sing in the bath or intone our vocal expressions, or it can be a mixture of active and passive healing, when we sing in a group, as in these video clips [feel free to sing along with them!]...
http://www.lovehealth.org/dances/videos.htm
Suffolk Nada Yoga practitioners, Peta Jane & Sarah Hart hold regular Nada Yoga sessions in Holbrook Village Hall, to which beginners or experienced folks are welcome. Contact Peta Jane on 01473 328061 or enquiries@healingways.co.uk for details.
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Sacred & Healing Spiritual Dances - Online Audios & Videos
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Energising & Healing Circle Dances - workshop recordings
www.sunflower-health.com/resources/recordings.htm

If you have broadband internet access, you can also access some great free videos:

* Dances of Universal Peace: www.lovehealth.org/dances/videos.htm

* Amerindian & Native American (Magnificent soul-stirring,
earth-throbbing Native American music with pan pipes,
flute, drums, rattles, birds and animal sounds)....

"White Buffalo": www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vm5ERSZK6hI

"Tatanka" (bison): www.youtube.com/watch?v=erltj49LvVQ

"Ananau": www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYaXRgNp2Wk

"Shamboo Wokatonka" (Great Spirit): www.youtube.com/watch?v=839mDlOLqRE
[from the moving album "Medicine Power" (this CD includes a 40 page guide to Native American astrology]
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"Spontaneous" Tai Chi for Health & Energy-Level Management
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Spontaneous Tai Chi is NOT something that you have to LEARN, it is something you can FIND within yourself, then practise alone, or INTERACTIVELY with a partner, in a group, or even with ANIMALS, PLANTS or TREES!
I is a non-learned, original form of this natural, gentle & health-giving martial art - a spontaneous, creative, energising and fun form of movement that anyone can find within themself, given the right encouragement.
Details of a forthcoming 5-evenings UK course can be found here:
www.sunflower-health.com/workshops.htm
This self-healing art is also taught [or rather FACILITATED, since by definition the movements cannot be taught!] as part of the "Movement Medicine" aspect of our shamanism workshops,
see: www.sunflower-health.com/shamanicworkshops.htm
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Mystical Poetry & The Middle Eastern Mind
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In 1990, Dr Neil Douglas-Klotz pioneered a poetic approach to interpreting and understanding the wise teachings attributed to the legendary prophet, healer, shaman, and incarnation of the divine known as "Yeshua" in his native Aramaic tongue. Centuries later the Romans gave him the Latin name "Jesu", which later still was translated into English as "Jesus".

Drawing upon the ancient Jewish tradition of "midrash" (interpretive translation), Douglas-Klotz used an old Syriac-Aramaic version of the Gospels [possibly a direct link to original oral Aramaic communication of the Gospel stories] to show how a Middle-Eastern listener, 2,000 years ago, might have interpreted the words of a Semitic prophet...

For example, in that culture days people did not separate their external world from their internal world, and they saw the future behind them and the past in front of them - the exact opposite to the way we see time ordered today. In the desert nomadic tradition, life was seen as a camel train, with the ancestors moving ahead into the afterlife and the as-yet-unborn generations lying behind the present generation, moving forward in the "as-yet-unmanifest" until they come into incarnation.

At the last Edinburgh International Festival of Middle Eastern Spirituality and Peace, Douglas-Klotz gave an evening course in which he discussed the use of multi-leveled poetic verse to translate and interpret ancient Semitic languages in a way that fits the worldview and "ways of knowing" inherent in those cultures. He relates his work to the movement of ethno-poetics, beginning in the 1970s and talks about his personal background and preparation for the work. He reads from and discusses a number of his translations from the Aramaic of the words attributed to Jesus, from translations of mythic poetry from the Hebrew bible and from verses of the Qur'an, including selections from his books "Desert Wisdom", "Prayers of the Cosmos", "The Hidden Gospel", "Genesis Meditations" and "Blessings of the Cosmos" - see them listed here:
www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/external-search/?keyword=Douglas-Klotz&tag=pigdiseaseinform&mode=blended
Download a FREE 30-MINUTE EXTRACT of the Douglas-Klotz course at:
http://abwoon.infosaic15.com/shop/item.aspx?itemid=50
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Positive Thinking & Mood-Management Skills
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Positive thoughts and positive moods provide a solid foundation for our emotional, physical and psychological wellbeing; an attractive and infectious platform for getting co-operation and support from others. They
are the essential glue that holds healthy partnerships and teams together and keeps them focussed. Positive thinkers have robust self-esteem - inner strength and resilience in the face of stress and the inevitable ups and downs of life. In contrast, negative thinking paves the downhill roads to anxiety, self-sabotage, frustration, depression, loneliness, misery, rage, self-hatred and ineffectiveness.
In this coaching-based course we will examine the roots of negative/destructive/self-sabotaging thought and mood patterns and experience a wide range of simple techniques for clearing or transforming them and interrupting the "vicious cycles" of mental/emotional turmoil. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of their personal patterns and issues around unhelpful mood and thought patterns. They will leave with a
range of strategies for shifting and transforming unhelpful mood and thought patterns. Please wear loose-fitting clothing workshop includes some gentle
"meditative movement" & mood-shift exercises.
Course info: www.sunflower-health.com/workshops.htm
POSITIVITY & MOOD-MANAGEMENT RESOURCES:
www.sunflower-health.com/courses/positive.htm
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Shamanic Drumming Circle & Nature Practices Workshops in Cambridgeshire
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A range of events coming up for both beginners and experienced folks interested in finding and following their personal Shamanic Path....

** Shamanic Drumming Circle & Movement Medicine
** Basic Shamanism Principles & Practices Course
** Shamanic Nature Practices Workshops

Details of all these at: www.sunflower-health.com/shamanicworkshops.htm
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Indigenous Shamanism - Colourful Online Videos
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In modern, information-age, high-tech societies, shamanic practices are mostly grouped under the heading of "Core Shamanism", or something similar. "Core Shamanism" or "Neoshamanism" is an holistic, eclectic and intuitive lifestyle, closely connected to inner and outer nature, community and spiritual service (supporting, guiding, healing, teaching). These modern implementations of the Shamanic Path are adaptations and derivatives of older, traditional (and usually more closed or rigid) "indigenous" forms of Shamanism. In some cases e.g. "Celtic shamanism" there is little definite information about the original practices, so it is arguably more Neoshamanism (like "Neopaganism") than truly indigenous. "Indigenous" Shamanism survives best in pre-literate societies with a strong community structure and discipline. In the absence of education and psychological/medical knowledge, Indigenous Shamanism can be highly superstitious, well-laced with what psychiatrists call "magical thinking" [misattribution of cause and effect].
"Core Shamanism" is more suited to "post-modern" (more individualistic) societies, where there is no official community job of "shaman". Instead, in these situations, we use the term "Shamanic practitioner".

Whether your interest is in "Indigenous Shamanism" or in "Core Shamanism" (which is rooted in and draws on Indigenous Shamanism), you may find these video clips of "Indigenous Shamanism" instructive...

Shamans from the Russian Baikal Lake: www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5lnZZcgIQk
Siberian shamanism: www.youtube.com/watch?v=OR58fDl6jRs
Modern shamans of Khakassia: www.youtube.com/watch?v=lByxFUvkBpo
Shamanism & Buddhism combined in Tyva: www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-cGfehQ91Q
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Skills for Life: Harvest the Energy of Frustration or Anger
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Frustration and anger are natural responses to the pressures, demands and disappointments of our regulation-bureaucracy-and-paperwork-loaded society. Holding anger inside us is bad for our health, yet letting it out unskilfully can damage our relationships. Uncontrolled outbursts so easily "shoot us in the foot", lower our self-respect and undermine the respect that others have for us. A range of Anger Management resources, including an hilarious video-clip on the effects of caffeine, plus details of our next Anger managment Course, can be found here:
www.sunflower-health.com/courses/anger.htm
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How Tibetan Shamanic Spirituality became blended with Buddhism
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Indigenous shamanic pre-buddhist culture of Tibet
"Bon" was the shamanistic religion in Tibet before the arrival of Buddhism in the 7th century. "Dzogchen" is the modern version of the ancient (possibly 19,000 years old) "Bon". "Dream yoga" was an aspect of the Bon religion.

Ancient Tibetan Bonpo Shamanism by Vajranatha
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"The roots of Tibetan culture lie deep in the archaic soil of Northern and Central Asian shamanism. This is also true today when most Tibetans are practicing Buddhists - their Buddhism being a religious culture deriving from ancient and medieval India. In Tibet, however, this Indian Buddhism has been amalgamated with the ancient indigenous shamanism and pagan animism of that country, thus giving Tibetan Buddhism its unique and especially colorful character. The principal function of the shaman is the healing of the illnesses that afflict the members of his or her tribe, and so one can rightly say that ancient Tibetan religious culture centered around the practices of healing. The therapeutic expert or professional in this regard was the Bonpo shaman-healer who treated and cured not only the diseases of the physical body, but more especially the illnesses of the soul, in order to bring the psyche of the afflicted individual back from fragmentation and alienation into wholeness and well-being. Furthermore, the shaman served the clan or tribe not only as a healer, but equally as a guide for the human soul on its journey beyond the present life through the perilous Bardo into its next rebirth. The shaman was able to function as a healer and a guide of souls pre-eminently because of his or her mastery of alternate states of consciousness, "the archaic states of ecstasy", so that one could voluntarily enter the Otherworld of the spirits, a non-ordinary reality parallel to our familiar world of the senses and its conventional reality. The shaman could thus enter into and explore the landscapes of the mind, the collective unconscious psyche, and return thence with treasures of knowledge and power in order to benefit humanity."
"Generally, in the context of shamanic culture, illness or disease was seen as arising from a disharmony or break in the natural order and in the moral order of the world, as well as from an imbalance in and weakening of the personal energy field of the human individual. The energies within the individual and those outside oneself in the natural environment must be brought into balance and into harmonious interaction. This balance and harmony existed primordially, from the time of the beginning, but has been interrupted and shattered by the thoughtless and sinful actions of mankind. To rediscover and re-establish this lost primordial harmony, all obsessive and negative thinking which serves to block the free flow of the energy within the individual must be dissolved. In this way, the individual can come into the realization of his full innate potentiality, manifesting his energy in the world about him without disrupting the natural order of things."
READ MORE OF THIS ARTICLE:
http://bonreligion.tribe.net/thread/770694a8-63c0-4e1b-8223-d7624baf4f11
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Shamanism Online FREE Resources
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"THE SHAMAN'S PRAYER" VIDEO:
www.sunflower-health.com/courses/swavesey.htm

Is there a Shaman within you? - Dance your Inner Shaman:
www.lovehealth.org/tools/shamanic.htm

FREE On-line video guide to finding your power animal:
www.sunflower-health.com/popups/speak.htm

Recorded Clips of "Healing Circle Dances"
www.sunflower-health.com/resources/recordings.htm

Soul Loss - Soul Retrieval:
www.sunflower-health.com/popups/shamanic.htm

Psychic Protection - Energy Stealing - Evil Forces:
www.brothermichael.org.uk/skills/protection.htm

Principle of Universal Oneness - All Things are Connected:
www.stress-counselling.co.uk/sunflower/VISIONS/connection.htm

Directory of Animal Totems and Power Animals:
www.sunflower-health.com/popups/speak.htm

Shamanic Journeying & Drumming- Beginners Guide:
www.sunflower-health.com/popups/journeying.htm

Shamanic Nature Art Therapy - Totems - Medicine Shields:
www.sunflower-health.com/courses/art.htm

 

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