"Positive Living with Your Inner Shaman" - November 2008

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In this month's E-zine...

* Sacred Art - look within for what you are without!
* FREE ONLINE VIDEO - Will your Inner Shaman Dance?
* Religion (En)Lightened - Moses and the Raw Prawn
* Shamanic Practitioner Training
* Festive Season Gift - 2009 Affirmations Calendar
* "Surfing Stress & Weaving Well-being" Workshop
* "Positive Thinking" Workshop
* Uplift & Transformation - The Aramaic Beatitudes
* The Enemies of a (Wo)Man of "Knowledge" [story]
* Shamanism: online FREE resource

 

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Sacred Art - look within for what you are without!
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"Peace, Meditation and Motivation. The art I create has forced me to reassess what is really important in life and in doing so change my world profoundly. The easiest way to understand my Images is to view then as Spiritual and motivational metaphors."
"Many people have found a positive benefit to living and working with or around my Art. The work as been utilized in many ways for meditation, colour healing, hypnotherapy, as NLP anchors and even for psychic readings."
"I believe that those who are in tune with the now and the vibrations of life will straight way find images which reinforce their beliefs and feel like old friends. For those that maybe only have just awakened to the fact that all is not as it seems ~ these pictures could be the foot in the door that will allow you into a whole host of ideas that will question everything you have ever done or thought. You may find, as I did, that the reason life appears so hard is you've been carrying around a whole host of negative perceptions and limitations put their by loved ones, friends, teachers and a media thatís lost its way."
Are you ready to question everything? To look within for that which you are without?
Open your heart & mind! Heal your spirit!: www.tonypinfold.com
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FREE online Video to Dance your Inner Shaman
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Is there a shaman within you?
Find out now, with the help of this online video:
***We are one people!! We are one spirit!!***
Can the music, messages and images of this powerful film clip get your chakras humming and your inner shaman vibrating?
Visit: www.lovehealth.org/tools/shamanic.htm
[if you do not have broadband, visit a friend, relative or library who has!]
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Religion (En)Lightened - Moses and the Raw Prawn
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Spirituality becomes religion when it starts to take itself very seriously.
Try this hilarious, down-to-earth antidote from the cartoon edition of the Ossie bible.
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=IdCC2c3apRA
[if you do not have broadband, visit a friend, relative or library]
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Shamanic Practitioner Training
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A CERTIFICATE FOR EVERYONE COMPLETING THIS COURSE!
4 Sundays: November 9th, 23rd & December 7th, 14th
EQUIPS YOU WITH:
* Experience of 3 levels of shamanic journeying:
LOWER WORLD / MIDDLE WORLD / UPPER WORLD.
* Training in Soul Retrieval & cathartic trauma release.
* Tools for accessing/harnessing/transforming the energies of the shadow self.
* Experience in shamanic drumming, rattling.
* Healing Dance systems: circle, ecstatic & trance dancing.
* Techniques of aura cleansing & creating sacred space.
* Skills in Meditation, Energy-healing Channelled Healing techniques.
Details: www.sunflower-health.com/courses/intermediate.htm
[Basic knowledge & experience of shamanism is required for this course]
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2009 Affirmations Calendar - Xmas Gift for You? Family? Friends?
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Prepare now for those "What would you like for Christmas/Yule?" moments!
365 Daily Positive Affirmations to Change Your Life, Lift Spirits, Elevate Mood, Inspire & Motivate!
in the 2009 Louise Hay Calendar:
www.lovehealth.org/books/louisehay.htm
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"Surfing Stress & Weaving Well-being" 1-Day Workshop
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After a hectic, stressful day, or a heated argument, or a personal loss or failure, or a setback to our dreams we often find that we are miserable, tense, agitated or weary and it is all too easy to fall into "comfort eating", "comfort drinking", drug-dependency (medicinal or recreational) or "couch potato" lifestyle to ease our suffering. Unfortunately, over a period of time, these short-term fixes can end up adding to our problems instead of reducing tem.
In this workshop you can learn and practice simple holistic techniques that empower you to "bounce back" from the effects of a hectic, stressful day (or a personal loss or failure). We will be practising tried and tested techniques to relieve uncomfortable feelings and move us towards a more harmonious, integrated and skilful state of being.
[November 22nd at Impington College, 1 mile N of Cambridge]
More info: www.sunflower-health.com/workshops.htm
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"Positive Thinking" 1-Day Workshop
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[November 29th at Swavesey College, 6 miles from Cambridge on A14]
Positive Thinking is attractive, infectious and a potent platform for getting the co-operation and support of others. It also provides a solid foundation for our emotional, physical and psychological wellbeing.
Positive thinkers have robust self-esteem and a general inner strength and resilience in the face of stress and the inevitable ups and downs that life brings our way.
More info: www.sunflower-health.com/workshops.htm
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Uplift & Transformation - The Aramaic Beatitudes
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Whatever your opinion of the modern religion of Christianity, the teachings attributed to a master healer/magician/shaman called Yeshua (renamed "Jesus" some centuries later) undoubtedly contain some great wisdom, especially when we view and experience them via the chakra-resonant ancient & mystical language in which they were first communicated i.e. Aramaic.
Middle-Eastern expert, Sufi master & Musician, Dr. Neil Douglas-Klotz, has set the Aramaic version of the famous "Beatitudes" wisdom to music and meditative movement together with more enlightened (Gnostic) interpretations into English which have great relevance to our everyday problems, especially those stubborn moods and distressed feelings which can otherwise be so difficult to shift.
"Beatitude" comes from the Latin "beatus" meaning "blissful" or "happy".
The Beatitudes actually have pre-Christian origins. They were found in the Dead Sea Scrolls of the Essenes which were written before Jesus was born. They are full of both poetic mysticism and down-to-earth lifestyle-wisdom, interestingly mirroring Zen Buddhist principles (e.g. over-doing things creates an opposite effect) and Taoist "YinYang" wisdom about duality and wholeness.
The beautiful, and sometimes haunting, melodies on this CD come from prolonged research and meditation. Each melody wonderfully conveys the feeling of the negative starting point (for a spiritual journey of re-birth) that each Beatitude refers to. In our Sunflower Health shamanic workshops we encourage people to move, or dance, in a way that expresses the negative feeling state that a particular Beatitude refers to. When this is combined with appropriate breathing exercises, the result is a magical transformation to the "Blessed State" that each Beatitude promises.
Two of these Beatitude melodies/chants form the basis of group-healing rituals in which unconditional healing energy is channeled to those who choose to enter the centre of a healing circle of dancers chanting the magical sound-healing tones of Aramaic.
An free MP3 workshop audio clip of the 3rd beatitude plus details of the Douglas-Klotz CD compilation is available here: www.lovehealth.org/dances/beatitudes.htm
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The Enemies of a (Wo)Man of "Knowledge"
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In our conversations, don Juan consistently used or referred to the phrase "(Wo)Man of knowledge", but never explained what he meant by it. I asked him about it.
"A (Wo)Man of knowledge is one who has followed truthfully the hardships of learning," he said. "A (Wo)Man who has, without rushing or without faltering, gone as far as he can in unraveling the secrets of power and knowledge."
"Can anyone be a (Wo)Man of knowledge?"
"No, not anyone."
"Then what must a (Wo)Man do to become a (Wo)Man of knowledge?"
"He must challenge and defeat his four natural enemies.
"Will he be a (Wo)Man of knowledge after defeating these four enemies?"
"Yes. A (Wo)Man can call himself a (Wo)Man of knowledge only if he is capable of defeating all four of them."
"Then, can anybody who defeats these enemies be a (Wo)Man of knowledge?'
"Anybody who defeats them becomes a (Wo)Man of knowledge."
"But are there any special requirements a (Wo)Man must fulfill before fighting with these enemies?"
"No. Anyone can try to become a (Wo)Man of knowledge; very few men actually succeed, but that is only natural. The enemies a (Wo)Man encounters on the path of learning to become a (Wo)Man of knowledge are truly formidable: most men succumb to them."
"What kind of enemies are they, don Juan?"
He refused to talk about the enemies. He said it would be a long time before the subject would make any sense to me. I tried to keep the topic alive and asked him if he thought I could become a (Wo)Man of knowledge. He said no (Wo)Man could possibly tell that for sure. But I insisted on knowing if there were any clues he could use to determine whether or not I had a chance of becoming a (Wo)Man of knowledge. He said it would depend on my battle against the four enemies - whether I could defeat them or would be defeated by them-but it was impossible to foretell the outcome of that fight.
I asked him if he could use witchcraft or divination to see the outcome of the battle. He flatly stated that the results of the struggle could not be foreseen by any means, because becoming a (Wo)Man of knowledge was a temporary thing. When I asked him to explain this point, he replied:
"To be a (Wo)Man of knowledge has no permanence. One is never a (Wo)Man of knowledge, not really. Rather, one becomes a (Wo)Man of knowledge for a very brief instant, after defeating the four natural enemies."
"You must tell me, don Juan, what kind of enemies they are."
He did not answer. I insisted again. But he dropped the subject and started to talk about something else.

As I was getting ready to leave, I decided to ask him once more about the enemies of a (Wo)Man of knowledge. I argued that I could not return for some time, and it would be a good idea to write down what he had to say and then think about it while I was away.
He hesitated for a while, but then began to talk.
"When a (Wo)Man starts to learn, he is never clear about his objectives. His purpose is faulty; his intent is vague.
He hopes for rewards that will never materialize for he knows nothing of the hardships of learning.
"He slowly begins to learn - bit by bit at first, then in big chunks. And his thoughts soon clash. What he learns is never what he pictured, or imagined, and so he begins to be afraid. Learning is never what one expects. Every step of learning is a new task, and the fear the (Wo)Man is experiencing begins to mount mercilessly, unyieldingly. His purpose becomes a battlefield.
"And thus he has stumbled upon the first of his natural enemies: Fear! A terrible enemy treacherous, and difficult to overcome. It remains concealed at every turn of the way, prowling, waiting. And if the (Wo)Man, terrified in its presence, runs away, his enemy will have put an end to his quest."
"What will happen to the (Wo)Man if he runs away in fear?"
"Nothing happens to him except that he will never learn. He will never become a (Wo)Man of knowledge. He will perhaps be a bully, or a harmless, scared (Wo)Man; at any rate, he will be a defeated (Wo)Man. His first enemy will have put an end to his cravings."
"And what can he do to overcome fear?"
"The answer is very simple. He must not run away. He must defy his fear, and in spite of it he must take the next step in learning, and the next, and the next. He must be definitely afraid, and yet he must not stop. That is the rule! And a moment will come when his first enemy retreats. The (Wo)Man begins to feel sure of himself. His intent becomes stronger. Learning is no longer a terrifying task.
"When this joyful moment comes, the (Wo)Man can say without hesitation that he has defeated his first natural enemy."
"Does it happen at once, don Juan, or little by little?"
"It happens little by little, and yet the fear is vanquished suddenly and fast."
"But won't the (Wo)Man be afraid again if something new happens to him?"
"No. Once a (Wo)Man has vanquished fear, he is free from it for the rest of his life because, instead of fear, he has acquired clarity - a clarity of mind which erases fear. By then a (Wo)Man knows his desires; he knows how to satisfy those desires. He can anticipate the new steps of learning, and a sharp clarity surrounds everything. The (Wo)Man feels that nothing is concealed.
"And thus he has encountered his second enemy:
Clarity! That clarity of mind, which is so hard to obtain, dispels fear, but also blinds.
"It forces the (Wo)Man never to doubt himself. It gives him the assurance he can do anything he pleases, for he sees clearly into everything. And he is courageous because he is clear, and he stops at nothing because he is clear. But all that is a mistake; it is like something incomplete. If the (Wo)Man yields to this make-believe power, he has succumbed to his second enemy and will be patient when he should rush. And he will fumble with learning until he winds up incapable of learning anything more."
"What becomes of a (Wo)Man who is defeated in that way, don Juan? Does he die as a result?"
"No, he doesn't die. His second enemy has just stopped him cold from trying to become a (Wo)Man of knowledge; instead, the (Wo)Man may turn into a buoyant warrior, or a clown. Yet the clarity for which he had paid so dearly will never change to darkness and fear again. He will be clear as long as he lives, but he will no longer learn, or yearn for, anything."
"But what does he have to do to avoid being defeated?"
"He must do what he did with fear: he must defy his clarity and use it only to see, and wait patiently and measure carefully before taking new steps; he must think above all, that his clarity is almost a mistake. And a moment will come when he will understand that his clarity was only a point before his eyes. And thus he will have overcome his second enemy, and will arrive at a position where nothing can harm him any more. This will not be a mistake. It will not be only point before his eyes. It will be true power.
"He will know at this point that the power he has been pursuing for so long is finally his. He can do with it whatever he pleases. His ally is at his command. His wish is the rule. He sees all that is around him. But he has also come across his third enemy. Power!
"Power is the strongest of all enemies. And naturally the easiest thing to do is to give in; after all, the (Wo)Man is truly invincible. He commands; he begins by taking calculated risks, and ends in making rules, because he is a master.
"A (Wo)Man at this stage hardly notices his third enemy closing in on him. And suddenly, without knowing, he will certainly have lost the battle. His enemy will have turned him into a cruel, capricious (Wo)Man."
"Will he lose his power?"
"No, he will never lose his clarity or his power."
"What then will distinguish him from a (Wo)Man of knowledge?"
"A (Wo)Man who is defeated by power dies without really knowing how to handle it. Power is only a burden upon his fate. Such a (Wo)Man has no command over himself, and cannot tell when or how to use his power."
"Is the defeat by any of these enemies a final defeat?"
"Of course it is final. Once one of these enemies over-powers a (Wo)Man there is nothing he can do."
"Is it possible, for instance, that the (Wo)Man who is defeated by power may see his error and mend his ways?"
"No. Once a (Wo)Man gives in he is through."
"But what if he is temporarily blinded by power, and then refuses it?"
"That means his battle is still on. That means he is still trying to become a (Wo)Man of knowledge. A (Wo)Man is defeated only when he no longer tries, and abandons himself."
"But then, don Juan, it is possible that a (Wo)Man may abandon himself to fear for years, but finally conquer it."
"No, that is not true. If he gives in to fear he will never conquer it, because he will shy away from learning and never try again. But if he tries to learn for years in the midst of his fear, he will eventually conquer it because he will never have really abandoned himself to it."
"How can he defeat his third enemy, don Juan?"
"He has to defy it, deliberately. He has to come to realize the power he has seemingly conquered is in reality never his. He must keep himself in line at all times, handling carefully and faithfully all that he has learned. If he can see that clarity and power, without his control over himself, are worse than mistakes, he will reach a point where everything is held in check. He will know then when and how to use his power. And thus he will have defeated his third enemy.
"The (Wo)Man will be, by then, at the end of his journey of learning, and almost without warning he will come upon the last of his enemies: Old age! This enemy is the cruelest of all, the one he won't be able to defeat completely, but only fight away.
"This is the time when a (Wo)Man has no more fears, no more impatient clarity of mind - a time when all his power is in check, but also the time when he has an unyielding desire to rest. If he gives in totally to his desire to lie down and forget, if he soothes himself in tiredness, he will have lost his last round, and his enemy will cut him down into a feeble old creature. His desire to retreat will overrule all his clarity, his power, and his knowledge.
"But if the (Wo)Man sloughs off his tiredness, and lives his fate through, he can then be called a (Wo)Man of knowledge. If only for the brief moment when he succeeds in fighting off his last, invincible enemy. That moment of clarity, power, and knowledge is enough."
[from Carlos Castaneda, The Teachings of Don Juan: Details]
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Shamanism Online Resources
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Soul Loss - Soul Retrieval:
www.sunflower-health.com/popups/shamanic.htm

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

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

Shamanism & Shamanic Healing:
www.lovehealth.org/tools/shamanic.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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