shamanism

Return of the Wisdom Traditions

Tony walking with Autumn elementals in Sherbrooke Forest 5.3.2013


“Shamanism is not a faith, but a wisdom tradition in which we learn purely from our own individual, collective and personal experience. It is not a religion and is dogma-free; indeed it supports any existing spiritual practice one already has. Many of us deeply desire a connection to our own ‘soulfulness’ and that of all other living beings in a free and natural way. This is the essence of Shamanism.”

-John Cantwell Pathway of the Heart

The beautiful wisdom shared by our anam cara 'friends of the soul' John Cantwell and his wife Karen Ward, through their shamanic practice 'sli on chroi' (pathway of the heart) in Ireland is a gift to us all - I encourage you to explore their amazing and soul-filled shamanic work.

John and Karen have invited us to Ireland in 2014 where they will be host our work as we bring The Swan Blessing teachings to our Irish friends. I can't tell you how happy this makes me and how I am already dreaming in the return to my ancestral home.

Bjork as Shamaness

Last week in our Silver Doorway Advanced Tarot & Healing Circle we shared images of women who embody the 'Shamaness' and share their fire to inspire us on our own personal journeys. For Rashidah, Bjork was one of those incredible women, and she drew Bjork as part octopus. Octopus is an animal that has an intelligence far beyond our own and is still so mysterious to us, the Giant Squids of the Deep the most mysterious of all. Who is your personal Shamaness? Who inspires you to create and be authentic? 
This is Bjork's beautiful song It's in Our Hands sung with a choir from Greenland and danced in a dress of bells!

Shamanism, The Bee & Sacred Drum

Tomorrow Tony and I are creating our new shamanic drums. Here are some amazing videos created by drummer Layne Redmond explaining the shamanistic and meditative effect of drumming and the connection between the Bee and the Drummer. Is the Sacred Bee calling you back to the Drum?

Lady of the Beasts: Vali Myers Exhibition opens tonight!

The long awaited exhibition of the original artwork of legendary Australian artist, Vali Myers, 'Lady of the Beasts', opens tonight at Outre Gallery in Melbourne at 7pm. Come along and help us to celebrate this wild and beautiful spirit and her exquisite artwork. This is the first time in 10 years since her work has been shown to the public. You will be inspired!