Shamanism and Creation: Shamanic Art

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The concept of creating shamanic art includes having many people creating it together. The effort of the group magnifies the power of the creation beyond the number of people working on the project. Lauren asked us to decide, as a group, what we wanted to manifest in the world. We decided unanimously to project an image that would increase the respect for the Divine Feminine in the world, especially in areas where it is lacking.

First, we gathered together and rattled and drummed to find the images and symbols to be used for this purpose.  After a while we decided to use the circular symbol with a cross on the bottom to signify the feminine; a heart as a symbol of love; a mirror so that everyone would see the Divine Feminine within themselves; a web signifying the interconnectedness of life and the saying “Be the change you wish to see in the world”. We worked as a group, using the art materials we had on hand to create the final symbol. This was a pleasant exercise; everyone helped; everyone had suggestions; everyone agreed on what we needed.

After we were through, we used our rattles together to find the spark of divine light that would carry the energy of our symbol and would expand it until, like a meteor, it would burst forth into the world. Once we found it individually we started toning (making a single note sound). After we were all toning, we each focused the symbol to send it forth into the world. We pictured our collage expanding and covering the entire world. Afterwards we gave each other hugs. We all had a great feeling of peace as the seminar came to a close. I was voted custodian of the collage. It is pictured below. Blessings to all who view it!


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Shamanism and Creation, Day #2: The Void and Creation

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October 30, 2011

Before the last journey of the morning session, Lauren talked discussed how shamans approach creation. Basically, they put themselves at the threshold where spiritual energies flow into the physical world so they can help enable or direct those energies. The threshold is between the Void and the point of creation. It has been referred to as the Vesica Piscis or the Mandorla (Italian). It can be viewed as the intersection between the vertical, spiritual world and the horizontal, physical world. In psychology they refer to some spaces as ‘liminal’. An example of liminal space in psychology is that which exists between roles, like pregnancy and motherhood. It is a point of psychological transformation. In order to operate in this space, the shaman must achieve a harmonious balance between his/her lower self and Higher Self. This balance is important because the spirit of the shaman magnifies the energies that they work with.

Journey #5: Intention: ask a spirit helper this question, “How can I create a space at the threshold between the Void and physical world, where I can invoke or evoke energy into the process of Creation?”

I went to the cave and the Lower World. I spent a short time with the beaver, fox, red tailed hawk and eagle. My younger teacher appeared to help me. He took me further into the cave to where it is light and forested. He showed me how to form a large, egg-shaped space that I could step into. It was grey. He asked what color I wanted it to be. I chose the colors I was in Journey #1 because they symbolized creation. The egg immediately became swirling colors of red, yellow, green, blue and purple. I loved it! The egg shape itself represents creative forces; a threshold of forces that can occur anywhere in the world. My helper told me I can do banishings as well as generate energies within the egg itself. I can invoke gods, archangels or other spirits to help me accomplish whatever I wished. He reminded me that it is important to focus on my spiritual balance.

Finally my helper also suggested an ending for the book I was writing that will help me create an uplifting ending; one that will leave my readers with a positive, perhaps even healing, feeling.

Next blog: The afternoon session and Shamanic Art.

Vision of me as a full-fledged Creator (!?!)

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Journey #3:  October 30th, 2011, Lauren told us to have the spirits show us a vision of ourselves as a full-fledged creator.

Honestly, the result I got from this was disappointing. After twenty minutes the only vision I had was of myself in a pale yellow shirt and grey slacks talking to a group of people.  Perhaps I didn’t ask the question in the right way. On the other hand, the spirits are known to have a sense of humor. Maybe they’re still laughing. I’m sitting here smiling as I write this. I still don’t know what to make of the answer. So, on to Journey #4.

Journey #4:  I asked the spirits to show me something that will help me understand the interconnectedness of life – the web of life – in story, image or metaphor.

I journeyed to the Lower World and traveled with the fox. I found that there is no need to look farther than the nearest tree. It uses air and sunlight to create chemical reactions for growth. The roots absorb ground water and send it up into the trunk, branches and leaves or needles. This same water came from elsewhere, perhaps nearby oceans, streams or lakes where it evaporated and later became rain. That same rain may flow back into the stream and the ocean. I remember reading that the ocean maintains a fine balance between evaporation and replenishment in order to keep a fixed level of alkalinity. After the journey I made a note to read and find out more about the interconnectedness and balance of our environment.

As it turns out, there is more interconnection in the lives of plants and trees than I ever knew. Similar to animals, they search for food, communicate with or wage war on other plants, nurture their young, and eavesdrop on their neighbors. See my next blog.

Next blog: Ancient Wisdom – What Plants Talk About (from WTTW’s Nature Series)

Shamanism and Creation: What is keeping me from being a co-Creator?

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The Bible (Genesis 1:27) states that God made us, male and female, in His image. Yet how many of us feel up to being the co-Creator as part of that image? Journey #2 of the Shamanism and Creation seminar was focused on that issue. Our intention for the journey was to ask “What is keeping me from being a co-Creator?”

Journey # 2: I go to the Lower World. My beaver friend is waiting for me and we enter the cave. I meet with my three other power animals. Then my teacher, the younger one, shows up to help me. He guides me on a journey to my past life, especially my formal education. I was taught that I was not worthy, that I was stained with sin even from birth and that God died for my sins. How can I ever make up for this? I am also told that I must sacrifice my own needs for others in order to become a better person. The assumption and the message is that any self-directed effort is self-centered and connected to ego problems. These ideas are reinforced by my family. They love me, but they believe the same ideas and want me to grow up to be a good human being. They reinforce the idea that we must be subservient to the established order, whether civil or religious. The rules and regulations are for our own good. We mustn’t put our desires above the rules.

The vision changed and I saw many people restraining other people in the same way for the same reasons. The basic message was that “We are not good enough or pure enough to be a co-creator.”

After the journey was over, Lauren instructed us to take this issue home with us and work with our helping spirits to go back in time to when it was created and change it in the past. This way we can release the negativity; some negativity may go back to ancestral times. This issue is something I revisit periodically.

End of day 1: Next journey – Have the spirits show us a vision of ourselves as a co-creator.

Shamanism and Creation: First (amazing) Journey

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I took a second class from Lauren Torres October 29th and 30th, 2011 called Shamanism and Creation. For our first journey Lauren told us to go to the Lower World where one of our power animals would help us pull back the ‘veil’ of creation a little bit so we could see beyond.

Journey #1: I went to the cave entrance for the Lower World and saw my power animals. The eagle was flapping his wings so I knew he would take me on my journey. I climbed onto his back and merged with him. We took off and flew upward into blackness. We flew for a long time.

Up ahead I saw a rosy glow. There appeared to be a structure similar to the Ring Nebula I had seen in pictures. This one had a rosy color with a vast orange center. We dove into it. Instinctively, my body took a quick breath. It was of infinite size and scope.  We flew through sections, each with its own color and vast beyond imagining. Next we encountered a monolith (see Hawaii, April 15th entry). It was enormous. We were close enough to touch it but I knew I should not. Its power was too great. We moved back a little. I looked down and saw an endless array of monoliths stretching as far as the eye could see, each one with the creative potential to create a galaxy, perhaps more. The thought “galaxies like grains of sand” came to mind.

We flew away into more blackness. Up ahead was an orange/red hole. It was an abyss. Outside the edge of the hole all space was black. Inside there was light and literally oceans of color. At the edge of the abyss stood a white haired man  with a white beard, wearing a purple robe with a hood. He smiled at us and extended his arm toward the opening. We flew up to the edge and peered in. It was enormous, beyond description. Chills ran up my spine as we lifted up and dove into it. We soared through one vast colored area after another and returned to the upper edge where the man was. Realizing the drum was still beating, we dove in again, soaring through it for what seemed like a long, long time, through colors of red, orange, yellow, violet and blue. Time lost all meaning.

We came out and flew through the blackness of space until we reached the cave. We could hear the beating of Lauren’s drum. All of my power animals and I danced to the beat. I entered the eagle again and we danced as one. At the drum beat signalling the end of the journey, I consciously came back to the room where the journey began. I laid there listening to the beat and within the beat of Lauren’s drum I heard the voices of American Indians chanting just like I had heard them chant at a Pow Wow at Starved Rock, Illinois a few months earlier. Note: A few months later I bought a buffalo drum and painted it to represent what I saw on this journey. Check it out on my blog’s home page.

Next blog: Shamanism and Creation – more journeys.