An introduction to working within unseen worlds

by Robert Owings All spiritual practices maintain some form of connection to unseen worlds, be that Buddha fields or the heaven promised so prominently in Christianity and Islam. In some regard shamanism is not that different; however, where those religions offer the unseen world in an afterlife, shamanism opens those realms in this life as…

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How to communicate with plants and trees

by Bob Makransky In order to communicate with plants (or people), you have to be able to regard them as your equals. If you are afraid (ashamed) to talk with homeless people, beggars, crazy people, etc. then you’ll also find it difficult to talk with plants. However, it’s actually easier to communicate with plants than…

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The wisdom guide to staying alive in times of death and destruction

One of the roles of the shaman in ancient times was to protect the tribe in times of war. Of course, it must have been so much simpler then … when you knew everyone in your tribe, and you could see the whites of the eyes of the enemy as it advanced. Not so now,…

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Shamanic Power – How to get it, how to keep it clean

I remember when my shamanic practitioner training group first sat down to what was to turn out to be a three day session on how to generate and manage shamanic power. Simon, our teacher announced that this is what we were going to be doing, and some of us were quite shocked, including yours truly…

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How I became a shamanic healer

by Ishtar Babilu Dingir Sometimes, I get asked about why I became a shamanic healer, or how I became a shaman, and I would like to try to describe something of the process here, albeit that my path towards becoming a shaman began before I was even aware of any kind of process taking place.…

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Let’s talk about death and dying

The last hours of an 84-year-old man, dying from cancer, which was televised last May, caused much controversy. Unlike in the East, we’ve managed to sanitise death. Wandering around India, one soon comes across death red in tooth and claw, with bodies in Bombay left mouldering in the streets, or being burned on funeral pyres. Here…

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The Over-Pathologisation of Misery

by Ishtar Babilu Dingir For those who are wondering about whether I’ve used an unnecessarily medical term in the title, that is the point of the article.  I’m making the case for my observation that our whole lives have become unnecessarily over-pathologised into a kind of Misery-scenario in which the very therapies which appear to…

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