RHYTHM, DRUMMING, AND SHAMANISM

RHYTHM, DRUMMING, AND SHAMANISM

In the Beginning, There Was the BeatWhen you came into this life, your first felt experience was the sensation of rhythm. Not the sound, but the sensation of rhythm. Before you could hear, see, or think, you were unadulterated physicality—pure instinctual and primal...
Healing Trauma: A Shamanic Approach

Healing Trauma: A Shamanic Approach

Trauma can leave imprints in our energy body that influence our current life. These imprints cause us to attract people and experiences that recreate and repeat the traumatic stories. Both psychology and shamanism support this idea. Indeed, science is now able to show...
Medicine for the Soul in the Wake of Abuse

Medicine for the Soul in the Wake of Abuse

Sadly, traumatic events in the form of abuse, harassment, community violence and/or environmental degradation darken our news headlines nearly every day. Research documents a startling prevalence of one particular aspect of trauma – childhood abuse and neglect....
Our Unspent Grief: The Lost Art of Keening

Our Unspent Grief: The Lost Art of Keening

Perhaps no other story in Celtic mythology demonstrates more succinctly the unbearable weight of grief than that of the great hero, Cu Cuchlainn at the death of his son, Connla.  The young warrior’s death comes tragically and unwittingly at Cu Cuchlainn’s own hand,...
Soul Loss: An Interview with a Mayan Daycounter

Soul Loss: An Interview with a Mayan Daycounter

[Note: Bob Makransky met Gg (Pronounced “Gigi”), an American woman who is an initiated Mayan daycounter, several years ago in Antigua Guatemala.  Bob studied extensively with his teacher don Abel Yat  Saquib until his teacher’s death in 2009. This...
Shamanic Soul Retrieval: the Resuscitation of Beauty

Shamanic Soul Retrieval: the Resuscitation of Beauty

Soul Retrieval is a powerful topic for people walking the shamanic path. This article is about my experiences learning and conducting soul retrieval, but it is equally about doubt and wonder, because my thirty plus years on the shamanic path is ever and always about...