November 11, 2015 at 10:48 PM #2699
As you can probably see, these forums are very new! Please don’t be shy though. Introduce yourself here so we can say hello and welcome you properly!January 20, 2016 at 10:26 PM #3099
I am Michelle and I am being drawn to Shamanism. As a Reiki Master Teacher and a deepening spiritual understanding, I am naturally being drawn to these practices. I appreciate the Introduction modules provided by Kricket to get a better understanding of what this means. Thank you,
MichelleMay 22, 2016 at 6:04 PM #3969
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I’ve always wanted to be a shaman. It will be an interesting experience as I grow and develop as a Shaman.May 25, 2016 at 1:09 PM #3979
Nicola here – I am a crane and am looking forward to learning more about myself and Shamanism and getting to know others.May 25, 2016 at 1:46 PM #3982
Hi, I am Verena from New Zealand. I have been drawn to Shamanism 16 years ago, but soon realized that it had been with me all my life. I really resonate with what Kriket said about herself in the introductory audio – things are a bit similar for me. I found this site because I yet again was searching for a quick drumming audio track online – I will record my own drumming sometime and share it here, in the spirit of Ayni (reciprocity). I truly appreciate what you are doing with this website (and in your life), and look forward to seeing the circle grow. Great to have a free introduction to Shamanism and the drumming available, I hope that will bring people together from many parts of the globe.June 8, 2016 at 7:38 PM #4066
Hello all! My apologies for not saying hello, and welcome to Shaman’s Way sooner. We truly are glad you’ve joined us!!
I had actually taken the forums off of the main menu while we worked on some other areas, so good on you for finding them anyway – even though I’d thought they were missing 🙂
I’ll add it back to the main menu and hopefully we’ll start getting some good conversation going!June 8, 2016 at 7:56 PM #4070
Hi Michelle, did you get a chance to read Kriket’s article on Reiki-Shamanism? We’d love to hear your thoughts!
Hi Nicola and Billy, welcome to Shaman’s Way!
Hi Verena, let me know if I can help with anything re: drumming recording/upload – we’d love to add your music to the library!July 3, 2016 at 9:16 AM #4282
I’m Jess & I went on my first journey last September, since then been growing & learning and meeting my helping spirits. I am so thankful for this website & all the amazing resources.July 3, 2016 at 9:29 AM #4286
Hi Jess, thanks for joining us here at ShamansWay! If there’s anything specific you’d like to learn more about, please do share with us. We’ve got a bit of a roadmap that we’re following, taking us around the medicine wheel, but we want to make sure folks are getting what they need and we’re happy to take some detours on our journey if it’s valuable to you and others!
Best of luck on your own wisdom path!
DougJuly 3, 2016 at 5:05 PM #4295
My name is Jason and my first experience in Shamanism was when I had my soul retrieved a couple years ago by a Shaman I was working with among many other things she helped me with. This was a very powerful moment in my life and has changed me in very positive ways. Since then I have been doing journey’s on my own, making connections and learning from spirit. Being from around the Edmonton area I look forward to learning from this great site and talking with people from the area. Thank you Doug & Kriket for creating this and looking forward to it.
Hi Jason, welcome to Shamansway. We are very happy you found the site. Shamanism is an interesting path to walk upon. I hope you will share your thoughts and insights with us, as we go along, on our journey together!July 5, 2016 at 9:29 AM #4301
I would like to say a warm welcome to everyone. I am delighted you found your way to Shamansway. We look forward to your thoughts, ideas and any requests for learning you may have. I am very excited to have the opportunity to share my own experiences with you. I hope this journey together, will be fruitful for all!!July 5, 2016 at 3:58 PM #4302
Hi Jason, thanks for sharing and welcome to the site!July 20, 2016 at 12:09 PM #4426
With the launch of Practical Shamanism and our On-line Apprentice program (coming soon) I am very excited to share my passions with everyone. Hello to Nicola, Jason, Jess, Verena, Billie Ross and Michelle!! Shamanism is a very fascinating path, with many different branches. The word Shaman has been used, primarily, by anthropologists to describe persons who use a set of tools, which appear to be similar, in different cultures. Aside from the “similar” practices, shamanism has many faces and many facets. I hope we have lively discussions. I truly look forward to reading, and listening to your thoughts. Thank you for jumping in to say hello!
Sincerely….KriketJuly 31, 2016 at 5:51 AM #4523
Hello, I am Ken. One of my initial teachers is a spiritual bond and family today, Ada Corsi Coming Wind.
I use my drum. I attempt to navigate the complexities of modern existence.
I regard present shamanic ways as simplified for the West by Michael Harner, but only marginally different from any time or place. And as such easy to understand for anyone willing to listen to the connections between all human actions – from creating artifacts to how to treat oneself and each other. The old Norse definition of ‘ond’ (evil) is a great teacher for me: ‘Ond regn’ means ‘evil rain’ means ‘the rain is not good for me’. As such evil as well as good is in the perception of the individual; from individual needs to individual understanding.
Shamanism to me can therefore equally contain understanding of technology, politics and diplomacy, health definitions and research, pedagogics, defense and any other concern of a civilisation attempting equilibrium in the understanding of a universe, where Entropy is the real god.
What shamanism to me is not is devotion to unanimously name-given entities of any kind, spiritual, living or dead. It is also not a religion or a fixed practice with bound rituals. And it is neither cruel nor kind, or saviour or opponent.
Practising shamanism for me is accepting a position “outside”. This means defining the purpose of existence and the tools of such for one self with regards to the consequences of both their origin and their use.
Personally I prefer if people practicing shamanism share in their findings generously, but I sympathise with those who just make it work for themselves and their family. I don’t like it when people abuse their knowledge for personal gain, eg. by exploiting seekers, but since everything in the shamanic eye is a Teacher I recognise the inevitability. Which does not mean an invitation has to be given to pain and suffering, unless higher teaching can be seen on the other side. There is a reason for pain.
Shamanism for me is not about making friends with people. Its about coming to terms with everything. See things as they really are. Question others’ interpretations and naming of experience – are these “spirits talking” or your “higher” self/your morality/your real need? Decide on present “reality” and accept, when it changes.
Never stop questioning. The world is not the world.August 1, 2016 at 3:00 PM #4541
Welcome to Shaman’s Way Kenneth, we’re glad to have you join us!
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