TENDING TO AFGHANISTAN
Led by Joan Levergood
Tuesday, May 18th @ 12 PM MDT
Afghanistan is a country at the crossroads of Central and South Asia. It is bordered by Pakistan to the east and south; Iran to the west; Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan to the north and China to the northeast. People have been settling here for at least 50,000 years.
The people and region of Afghanistan have been suffering from the tolls of war, terrorism and conflict for a very long time. This land and its people have lived under armed conflict and occupation for many years.
We are asked to tend the suffering of armed conflict, war and occupation for Afghanistan. From a neutral place of non-judgment, Joan Levergood will guide us through this tending using the Shamanism Without Borders process.
HOW TO PREPARE
Create sacred ceremonial space in a quiet place where you will not be disturbed by other people or loud noises. Set up a small altar, light a candle, and have your shamanic tools nearby. You are welcome to rattle or drum along during the shamanic journey process.
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What does an SWB process look like?
The general outline of an SWB process is as follows. This process is facilitated by one of our trained community leaders and does not require experience to be a participant.
- Introducing the issue that requires tending
- Opening, protecting and calling allies into a ceremonial container
- Journeying from a place of neutrality for instructions
- Tending to the situation based on the information given
- Blessing what was tended
- Thanking and releasing the container
“When we prepare for a tending process, we journey to the spirit of the situation to look for guidance. This might be the spirit of the land, the soul of a community, country or the spirit of a culture, or collective consciousness. We ask the simple question, “What would be the most effective way that we can be of service?”. Sometimes the answer is clear. Sometimes it is unexpected. Sometimes the answer is to not do any ceremony at all.
Because we conduct this journey with the assistance of our tried and true spirit friends of kindness, we can trust that their answers come from a place more resourced than we could find on our own. This sacred listening practice is revelatory and healing to all beings. As we are all connected through unseen webs, answering the call for healing in this way brings healing to ourselves as well, through a beautiful circle of offering and gratitude. Blessed be.”
~Provided by SWB Community Leader Tasara Jen Stone
What tools are recommended to use during an SWB process?
We suggest being in a ceremonial space, setting up an altar and lighting a candle. You may also want to have any tools you already work with such as a drum, rattle, feathers, tobacco, crystals, etc.
How can I continue the tending process or receive additional support?
Feel free to continue connecting through our member’s forum.
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How can I learn more about Shamanism Without Borders?
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