Our tradition is discussed in two parts as follows:
- Talk One: Totem and Totem Energy
- Talk Two: “The Story of Igryn” – The Spiritual Importance of Animals in the Shamanic Tradition
- Talk Three: The Story of Lapal – The Sacred Fire in the Shamanic Tradition
- Talk Four: The Natural World – The teaching and Healing aspects in the Shamanic Tradition
- Talk Five: The Story of ‘Morpo and Cirelle’ – start experiencing life as a vibration.
- Talk Six: “Walking with Spirit”
- Your faith and your development
- Mundane roles of shaman in more enlightened groups: audio
- Advanced talks are being transcribed.
- Orella – a shamanic tradition healing & journey story
- Your attributes: a gift or a curse? – A shamanic journey story
- Finart and Doula – A tradition story
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Our Tradition discussed:
Our ‘Tradition’ has a few main themes:
- you know we are healers is what we say as a group
- we also say that we have been ‘connecting men and women with Spirit since the beginning of time’
- when you look at the composition of the Mothers, there are many modalities
For us this idea about Tradition is perhaps what you could call a moveable feast. We move with the times and accept the times and what we can do in those times. So when you look at very ancient times we were bound somewhat by our mobility and our location and you know, our resources. Then you look at times when the Christian church was very active and a lot was lost during that time, but a lot was also created during that time to counteract what was being lost if you like.
So, there was again a movement with the times and so our Tradition is of course about healing which is slightly different to a lot of other Shamanic Traditions. By that, we don’t mean that they don’t heal, because of course, they do they are used as Doctors, medicine people, but our healing is based in this idea that we move with the times and we utilise what we have and who we have if you like, at that particular time. (here, now, in this time is Brad and Caroline)
The other thing is, and this is crucial to our Tradition is this idea of connecting men and women, humans, if you like, to Spirit. If you look at some traditions they do, the Shaman will do the Spirit work for the person, on the person, they will take them on the journey. But for us, it’s very much and has always been that the person themselves, and this also comes back to the healing aspect, the person themself must also put themselves on the line. They must also come on that journey of healing and they must in effect be the leader of their own journey of healing.
So they might come and say: ‘Oh, I have a pain in my back.’ and some Shamanic practitioners and some Shamanic Traditions will do healing work on them, whether that’s an oral medicine, whether it is some going into trance, whether it is journeying for them, touching them, what-have-you. We might incorporate that, but we say to the person really, they have to come to an understanding themselves of what is the problem. It’s not just us doing the work or somebody else doing the work, they must be the leaders of their own wellness.
We see this a lot when you are doing work with people, they can only go so far, or they reject this self-responsibility. You can work to get them to understand, but at the end of the day, the way that we do business in our Tradition, is that they are the leaders of their own healing. Of their own connection with Spirit. Of their own journey.
This is why our Tradition is very much a self-propelled, a moveable feast because it is not dependant on the Shaman or dependant on the healer in the tradition, it is dependent on the heal-ee – the person who is coming for healing. The person who wants to make the changes, that’s what the work is dependent on. And that’s what makes our Tradition some-what unique because we are not always going to use our guides, we are not always going to use the personal guides as the Shaman. We are not always going to use the same methodology of journeying.
We are not going to because it depends completely on the person that comes:
- what they can cope with,
- what they want to do,
- how they want to do it
and that’s one of the reasons why we have in our work so many possibilities.
It’s not just hands-on healing for example, or it’s not just the journeying, it’s the constellations, the ancestral healing, it’s the different versions of the constellations that offers different types of healing, it’s the different versions of the journeying, it is the consultations with the Mothers. It is also the healing transformation planner, it is the Runes, it is the Forest Lore cards, the Medicine Circle, Talks, Posts, it is a whole range of things.
Because some people will really identify with the Forest Lore cards, it’s what they can cope with and what they will really help them understand. For those people, the Runes would be too dark for them, because the Runes are like ‘so into the stomach, twist it around and pull it out’, right? The cards still do the same thing, but they have a different energy in the world about them, better for some people.
So our Tradition is in a way:
‘whatever needs to happen, at that time, in that place, for those people, for that person’,
and we offer a format where:
‘they lead the way and we follow, sometimes we have to take over the leadership and then they follow, alternating as needed, but it is this constant movement of energy, possibility and openness.’
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Our Naturistic Shamanic Tradition
By Mother Sha-Riah
Ancestral Medicine Women.