- August 23, 2019 at 11:08 am #9286
As an elder, shamanic practitioner or an experienced walker on the path; what teachings would you have liked to receive in the beginning stages of your journey?
As someone who is new to the shamanic path, what teachings would you find helpful as you begin to navigate this road?
- August 23, 2019 at 12:17 pm #9287
Gretchen Crilly McKayParticipant
As an elder shamanic practitioner, I wish my early mentors had provided more information and practices about spiritual cleansing, both personal and for spaces. Simply using burning sage is not enough and it took many years of experiential learning to recognize how important this practice is and how to clear myself and spaces completely. In my classes I include the use of powerful medicinal herbs for clearing a space, for steaming and bathing as well as practices for setting clear boundaries and standing in one’s sovereingty. Spiritual hygiene is an essential and often overlooked component of any healer’s practice. ~ Gretchen Crilly McKay
- August 25, 2019 at 3:40 pm #9290
I was taught so much in the early days- by two wonderful and humble teachers. There is very little I wish was different, but maybe there are two perspectives I may have found helpful in those early days.
I was warned about letting my ego take credit for the outcome of my work…and some of it was spectacular! But my teachers were right. I was very impressed with myself and what spirit could do.
So, there are two insights about traveling in the spirit world I would have welcomed in the early days: first, strategies to soothe my ego into stepping out of the picture…..and strengthen my relationship with my spirit guides; secondly, receive encouragement to explore increasingly greater areas of the spirit world. I have found that the more places I visit, with my power animal, the more expansive my learning and my ability to help others.
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