I got to spend 2 days with this amazing group of souls. The training was part of Michael Harner’s curriculum and was the first foundational course of the program: The Way of The Shaman: Power and Healing.
Over the course of the weekend we spent time together sharing our experience and what brought us to the training and learning some foundational techniques for core Shamanism to include:
💫The Shamanic Journey: Which in ‘classic’ shamanic language, journeying is referred to as ‘riding the drum-horse’ – meaning that the sound of the drum (or rattle) provides a kind of vehicle upon which we can journey to non-ordinary reality with the shamanic trance.
🗿 Rock Divination: One of the best-known methods of divination using the elements of the natural world is the stone gazing technique of the Lakota Sioux. The shaman used a stone about the size of his palm that had at least four sides or faces. Even the act of finding the stone was done in a reverential and sacred manner, in the recognition that all things are alive, sentient, aware, and offer themselves to us out of friendship and a desire to help.
🦌 Power Animal Retrieval: Through a power animal retrieval, you request a shamanic practitioner to enter the spirit worlds and retrieve a power animal on your behalf. Usually, we have more than one power animal in our lifetime. Some show up for shorter time periods and specific teachings while others stick around for our entire life.