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.

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

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?

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

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

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 & 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

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

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,...