Modern Applications

Below you’ll find articles and audios from our Modern Applications category. This content focuses on modern issues in shamanism, and the integration of shamanic principles and practices with modern healing techniques and modern culture.

Working with Water

Working with Water

Lena guides us through a Shamanism Without Borders process on how to work with the element of water, the many ways water shows up around us and how to honor this element. Shamanism Without Borders (SWB) is a Global Response Network of the Society for Shamanic...

Working with Fire

Working with Fire

Lena guides us through a Shamanism Without Borders process on how to work with the element of fire, the importance of honoring this  powerful element and how to be of assistance to those negatively effected. Shamanism Without Borders (SWB) is a Global Response Network...

WHAT DOES ACTING HAVE TO DO WITH SHAMANISM?

WHAT DOES ACTING HAVE TO DO WITH SHAMANISM?

Several years ago during a shamanic training I had with Michael Harner, he said something that stayed with me for a long time. He commented in an off-handed manner, “Some of the best shamanic practitioners are actors.” I puzzled for some time as to what he meant by...

Rumi’s Field

Rumi’s Field

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field.  I'll meet you there.”  —Rumi We've described the United States and other nations as polarized for so long now it seems this condition is normal. Government, societies, churches, schools, towns, families,...

Our Legacy to Our Children: A Shamanic Parenting Story

Our Legacy to Our Children: A Shamanic Parenting Story

With so much focus today on consumerism, materialism, and corruption of power in the world, we have to wonder what is happening to our children. We live in a society that rewards people for overproduction, consumption, and mindlessly following what we are told. These...

Why Poetry?

Why Poetry?

Like shamans, poets have visionary experiences which they share with others through their poetry.  If a poem is mystical, or even semi-mystical, it resonates with something deep within us.  We feel that our souls understand the poet's vision. Aristotle said that image...

Western Fire Season 2018

Western Fire Season 2018

As the fires rage in California and throughout the west, I have been prodded to respond by those who know me as a shamanic practitioner whose specialized work is with earth healing, nature spirits, and elementals. I feel and sense the frantic plea for help: “Stop the...

Shamanism & Astrology

Shamanism & Astrology

Our April Audio is an interview with shamanic astrologer, Pat Liles and SSP board member Lena Stevens. In this interview Lena and Pat explore the shamanic roots of astrology and touch on some of the big shamanic themes in astrology that are relevant today. Pat shares...

Shamanism Without Borders for Recent Events (September 2017)

Shamanism Without Borders for Recent Events (September 2017)

In light of recent and continuing events, this month's audio focuses on Shamanism Without Borders, a process to help bring healing for traumatic events that happen on the planet. This audio will guide you to connect with whatever recent event or conflict you may feel...

Shamanism & Astrology: My Enchanted Cosmos

Shamanism & Astrology: My Enchanted Cosmos

Please note that this is the 1st in a series of 4 articles from 4 different authors on the topic of Shamanism & Astrology. I spent much of my twenties sitting in Friday-night ceremonial circles with my mentor, author and ecofeminist Eileen “ike” West....

FORUM ON APPROPRIATION: Lewis Mehl-Madrona & Tom Cowan

FORUM ON APPROPRIATION: Lewis Mehl-Madrona & Tom Cowan

ON APPROPRIATION BY LEWIS MEHL-MADRONA  Wondering about this question leads me to wonder if anyone can own healing? All cultures have developed methods for healing, and cultures throughout the ages have freely borrowed from their neighbors. Personally, I do not use...

FORUM ON APPROPRIATION: Jaime Meyer

FORUM ON APPROPRIATION: Jaime Meyer

The articles and commentaries over the next four weeks offer a journey into the thorny issue of “white people doing shamanism.” The Society for Shamanic Practitioners (SSP) reached out, inviting perspectives on an issue fraught with passion, vitriol,...