Personal Practice

Below you’ll find articles and audios from our personal practice category. This content focuses on supporting you to create and maintain a daily shamanic practice.

Exploring the Shamanic Landscape

What should I journey about?  It can be one of the most common questions a shamanic practitioner faces as they sit down with their drum.  The fact that the landscape of the spirit world is truly limitless only serves to complicate the issue.  There are many reasons to...

Witnessing Tree Spirits In Ordinary Reality

Our property on the Bay of Quinte is home to several species of native trees. In one area we call the glen, we’ve been witnessing an ongoing onslaught by invasive insects. Over a period of three to four years we watched helplessly as a group of ash trees slowly lost...

Tying Knots of Wind

When the first wind breathed life upon planet earth, no one was there to listen. As the planet evolved, people settled in places where the wind already lived. Wind was here before any of us, and informed all of life with the sublime wisdom of the ages. Wind is the...

Animal Messages: A Meditation Journey

While visiting a meadow with your spirit guide, you wonder towards a forest, the mountains, or stand on the beach overlooking the ocean. Comfortably sitting, ask your question and see what animal spirit steps in to answer. Download MP3 File About Dr. Steven Farmer Dr....

What You Should Know About Taking Ayahuasca

Ayahuasca: A Brief Helpful Manual Currently tens of thousands of people are exploring the visionary medicine known as ayahuasca, huasca, yaje, (and many other names) both in South America and around the world. Many seek the experience out of curiosity and sometimes...

Follow Your Name

“I received a letter containing an account of a recent suicide: ‘My friend jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge two months ago. She had been terribly depressed for years. There was no help for her. None that she could find that was sufficient. She was trying to get from...

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...

Power and Energy

Power is life force charge, collected and concentrated. Power flows along the path of attention. Wherever we hold our attention, there is our experience of life. Interviewed by Dr. Steven Farmer, Jade Wah’oo Grigori describes the difference between Power & Energy....

Doubt and Discipline

Can the uncomfortable travel companion doubt, be a stern teacher commanding you to do work or an ally protecting you? How does discipline interact with doubt as a way to help you move forward? Through song and prayer we can ask spirit to help us remove doubt and old...

Journey West on the Celtic Medicine Wheel

This audio takes you on an extended journey into the direction West on the Celtic medicine wheel. You explore the mythic qualities of the West, learn a healing song in Gaelic and you're offered a shamanic drum journey to the West for cleansing. [media-downloader...

Drumming for a Shamanic Journey

This month we offer a meditative drum journey. We hope it supports you with an ongoing resource for attending to any particular intention that may arise. You can always drum along, or use it in situations where you are unable to drum yourself.  Blessings on your...

Working with Pachamama, Mother Earth

A meditative exercise with drum and song to assist you in releasing any worries to the regenerative heart of Pachamama. This audio will support you in transforming these worries. It then leads you to call in energy and healing from Pachamama. In a higher frequency of...

Some Thoughts on Prayer 

Our May Audio is a 15 minute talk with SSP board member Lena Stevens. In this audio Lena defines prayer and explains the power it has to break patterns and bring new energies into our lives. She gives examples of powerful ways to pray, and also explores the difference...

Seeing the World as Magic

Becoming an astrologer was not part of my life plan. The shift came for me during a shamanic journey at a dream workshop, cues that my life plan, as such, had already taken some strange turns. In this journey, I met a being who introduced himself as Mercurius and said...

Shamanic Wisdom of the Planets and the Sky

Based on the Teachings of The Shamanic Astrology Mystery School In May of 1990, Daniel Giamario, founder of the Shamanic Astrology Paradigm, invited me to attend a talk he was giving in Tucson, Arizona. Little did I know that event would forever change my...

Shamanic Practice and Sacred Imagination

In this piece I delve a little into my personal journey to shamanic practice and why I see shamanism as an antidote to much of the malaise we feel.  At the end of this piece I offer you the most concise list of "shamanic core values" I've ever come...

Faerie Presence

There is a type of fairy encounter often dismissed as less authentic and less significant than other types, and yet possibly the most common encounter and one with the most positive, uplifting effects on the human spirit.  This is what I call encountering...

Becoming Prayers

Prayers are silent, Prayers are sung, Prayers are danced, and Prayers are spun. What does it mean to live in prayer? My own expression of prayer has changed over the years as many of my prayers have become my reality, and many others not. I still like to...

How To Pray the Shaman’s Way

It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart. -Gandhi What is Prayer? Prayers are an intensely personal communication with what anyone might consider a higher source of power. For some this power source is a vague notion of something...

On Prayer

‘You carry Mother Earth within you. She is not outside of you. Mother Earth is not just your environment. In that insight of inter-being, it is possible to have real communication with the Earth, which is the highest form of prayer’. Thich Nhat Hanh When...

Five Practices for More Potent Prayers

Over the past 30 years I have had the good fortune to participate in many spiritual traditions including Methodist Christianity, Islamic Sufism, Zen Buddhism, contemporary Paganism, Lakota ways and the Native American Church, Buryat Mongolian shamanism,...

Not All Who Wander Are Lost

September, 2014: Devon, England After a half-hour climb, I stand in an outcropping of rock at the top of a hill covered in heather and gorse. Below me, shrouded in mist, lie the wild lands of Dartmoor National Park. I have come in search of Grimspound,...

Pilgrimage as Shamanic Practice

"To journey without being changed is to be a nomad. To change without journeying is to be a chameleon. To journey and to be transformed by the journeying is to be a pilgrim." -Mark Nepo, The Exquisite Risk¹ As a shamanic initiatory rite of passage,...

To Be a Pilgrim Shaman

Each of us is on a journey. This is something we know if we pursue any kind of spiritual practice. This knowing is inescapable when we follow a shamanic path. After all, journeying is what we do. Many journeys await us. We are on a journey from birth to...

Why Prayer?

I have often wondered what place prayer has in my life and in my work of bringing shamanism into contemporary western life. After all, I can do a shamanic “journey” to helping spirits to make requests and to have a direct relationship with the Larger...

Problem Solving Using the Medicine Wheel

Clients work with me for a variety of reasons . . . crisis intervention, personal growth and very often for problem solving.  Time and time again, I’ve seen the effectiveness of using shamanic wisdom as a template for problem solving, especially through...

Shamanic Offerings

There are specific locales on Earth that hold great power, contain the ability to heal and can quicken the awakening process. These areas, sometimes referred to as power spots, act as portals to the spirit world and often reside near natural expressions...