|Learning to be a Shaman
||March 28, 2008
|GREETINGS DEAR FRIENDSTo those of you that attended my workshop in London and the Equinox Chant in Waterloo, thank you and welcome to my newsletter. If you'd like to access past newsletters containing the ongoing articles on Magic, the Power of Mantra and other topics, please visit the 'newsletter' page of my website, whyislife.com
This newsletter features the first of a series of articles on Shamanism, which will include interesting info as well as practical ways to enter the shamanic realms, access your spirit ally, practice shamanic healing, etc.
In the last newsletter I announced the launching of The Bhadra Collective, an ensemble of singers and musicians celebrating the return of goddess energies to the planet with a new brand of danceable chant music. Due to a variety of reasons, the dates for this launch will be postponed to the early autumn.
Peace and love, Dennis.
LEARNING TO BE A SHAMAN (Part 1)
by Dennis Gaumond
A 'light-worker' could be defined as someone who is
dedicated to healing - to moving consciously and steadfastly toward
enlightenment, while at the same time being of service to others - to mankind
and Mother Earth. The same could be said of a shaman. The biggest difference is
that a shaman can be a much more effective light-worker because the shaman has
the capacity to access other levels of reality, to tap into the information and
assistance that is available in these other realms. A shaman is someone who has
developed the ability to move in and out of altered states of consciousness,
using a variety of methods. In these altered states a shaman learns to
manipulate and create circumstances, to communicate with spirits or entities
and to 'see' things that are not usually available in ordinary states of
consciousness. A shaman can thus be a very powerful healer, leader, teacher and
The word 'shaman' is said to come from the Tungus, a people
living in Siberia. It is also said to originate from the Sanskrit word,
'shramana', which means 'ascetic'. It's a word that has evolved to refer to any
person who was once referred to by westerners as a 'witch doctor', 'medicine
man', 'sorcerer', 'necromancer', etcetera. So even though the term was first
associated with a specific culture, nowadays it refers to any person in any
culture who fits the description above. Shamanic traditions have existed in a
wide variety of cultures, in indigenous societies and in larger civilizations,
dating back to prehistoric times.
we discussed in the previous series on magic, to be an effective magician one
must develop the ability to remain lucid and in control of one's thoughts and
actions while in a trance state. In an ideal shamanic society, there is no need
for elections or royal lineages. When an entire tribe enters trance together,
they can get a sense of which one of them is in the greatest degree of control
in the altered state of consciousness. That individual would be seen as the
most fit to lead and would become chief or shaman of the tribe. That individual
would have the ability to communicate and 'make a deal' with the spirit of the
prey animal of that tribe, thus securing the tribe's prosperity. That person
would be of benefit to his/her people in many ways, healing illness, providing
counsel and spiritual guidance. The shaman is both leader and servant.
Typically, a shaman has the ability to function well in
both the ordinary and non-ordinary realms. A shaman is not usually a recluse
who is 'lost in his own world'. He can traverse both realms at will and acts
with intention and compassion. He knows his way around the lower and higher
worlds and can communicate with the entities that reside there, but he can also
teach and communicate well with people that live in normal reality. This makes
him a much better servant. I remember a passage in one of the Carlos Castaneda
books when Carlos accidentally meets his shaman/teacher, Don Juan in the city.
We usually encounter Don Juan in the wilds of Mexico, dressed like a peasant
and living humbly in a thatched hut. But in the city he is dressed impeccably
in a business suit and we are surprised to learn that he is reasonably wealthy.
He is adept in both realms.
newsletters will include interesting tidbits about shamanism as well as safe
methods to enter the Lowerworld and to connect with your power spirit.
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CHANT CLUBSGUELPH CHANT CLUB
WED., APRIL 2/08
Guelph, Guelph Unitarian
7:45 to 9:30 pm Ontaro Chant Club
The Unitarian Church is on the corner of
Harris and York Streets in Guelph.
For more Detailed directions, check out guelph-unitarians.ca
WATERLOO CHANT CLUBDATE
FRIDAY, APRIL 18/08 Waterloo, Waterloo The Community of Hearts
7:30 to 9 pm Ontario Chant Club Yoga Studio
826 King St. N., Unit 21 across from the Waterloo Stockyards, close to St. Jacobs
(north on Conestoga Pkwy, exit at Rr - 15, turn left onto King St.) COST: $15
For better directions or more info call Joan Schaner at
Party at Wally's with
who: Dennis Gaumond - guitar,
dobro, harmonica, vocals
dennis gaumondand the
psychedelic blues band
"blues with a worlbeat twist - a mix of the sacred and profane"
Phone: 519 827-1486
Address: 107 Wyndham Street North,
when: Friday, April 11, 9:00
Peter Grimmer - drums
Jesse Turton - bass
"bring your dancing shoes"
- Hope to see you there.