Shamanism, Workshops & Firewalks
Shamanism is an ancient, traditional healing practice and spiritually healthy way of living. This is a way of life that can be traced back to the oldest known shamanic burial in what is present day Czech Republic with the Fox Shaman, a woman buried with all ceremony under the scapula of a mammoth, at least one fox pelt and red ocher.
These finds and so many others point to the long history of what we now call Shamanism spanning all global cultures. While rituals, ceremonies and practices are unique throughout the various global threads of shamanism, at the heart of them is the intention to create oneness between the sacred and the mundane, which is wholeness.
Shamanism is the tradition of my ancestors, feeding from the Yagas of my maternal lines in what is now the Ukraine and my paternal Scandinavian lineage. It was lost for a time as they, like so many around the globe, assimilated into the politic religious systems that survival of those times required.
The study of other lineages, Toltec, Egyptian and Munay-Ki, feels only natural as we are all one. I love being able to blend and dance the lines of my heritage with the lines I have earned through initiations. Having earned all nine of the Karpays and the Blood Rites of the Munay-Ki through the light lineage that passes from those who last held the keys of the pathways through the mountains, I weave those practices with those native to my people.
The nine rites, or Karpay, I carry are:
Bands of Power
Shamanism is much more than drumming or leading mediations while calling them journeys, it is a way of life. It is in how we connect to our personal lineage, the three worlds and Life in the moment-to-moment of each day.
Nicki Scully, an expert on ancient Egyptian Shamanism, says that alchemy—another word for shamanism—is “the interactive dance through which practitioners constantly weave spirits and matter into the multidimensional tapestry of life.”
Working with a shaman can guide and support you
Support and guidance are offered in these areas:
Restoration of health and wellness
Cleansing and purifying
Repairing and rejuvenation
Improving the relationship between an individual and the community
When there is difficulty being present in the physical body
Feeling numb or deadened
Weak immune system
Chronically ill as a child
When life experiences have been selectively forgotten or blacked-out
Releasing and reconciling grief
What fire and glass walking can teach
Walking fire is another practice that has existed since humans started having a relationship with this element. Fire is transformative and often something we fear (this feels like a meta commentary). The gift and healing to be found in fire and glass walks is the way each breaks self-limiting beliefs, aids in getting us unstuck and transforming us into to our best selves.
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Susan Stout, Death Doula