In Native America we call “making Medicine” as anything we can do to help or to heal. Before we “make Medicine” as practitioners of Practical Shamanism, we follow time proven steps for our own safety, for a more effective practice and to maintain harmony and balance in nature. These steps are:
We can talk about releasing ego and becoming a hollow bone, but talk is cheap. This work is not an intellectual pursuit, but a fairly gut retching painful job in the real world. The Shaman’s doorway is the heart. The step of releasing ego and becoming a hollow bone is often the result of a Shaman’s death experience. Near Death Experiences, loss of personal possessions and other tragedies finally bring us to the point of Letting Go and Letting God. In traditional shamanic cultures, vision quests, prayer vigils on mountain tops and other strenuous rites of passage in non-ordinary reality moved the process along.
Right now, I find that the biggest block to our becoming hollow bones is lack of forgiveness by us to others. Therefore, we will focus on forgiveness processes and other ancient and modern ways to release painful memories, core trauma and emotional blockages as we move further along in the practice and in the path to becoming hollow bones.
Circular Transformative Breath and Triangular Smudging
Several years ago, during a shamanic journey, I was flown on White Eagle’s back to a large nest overlooking the world. White Eagle is a Spirit Doctor, an ancient master shaman who vowed to stay close to Earth after his death in order to help and heal. He is the superintendent of the White Eagle School of Shamanic Healing Arts. His special gift to my students is as a matchmaker between master healers in the spirit world and healers working in our reality so that these “spirit doctors” can continue to work through us. When he finds a frequency match, an alliance begins. In this way we can reclaim “lost knowledge” and invent creative answers to new health challenges with the help of masters who have gone before.
I was told by White Eagle to brief you on two basic disciplines for building power and awareness and for building clarity in your dreams and visions. These disciplines are the first steps Through the Shaman’s Doorway. These disciplines are those on which all future knowledge is built and help in the process of gaining and cementing ties to your Spirit Doctors, animal, plant and stone allies. These disciplines are circular transformative breathing and triangular smudging.
I first became aware of circular transformative breathing through reading an interview with Dhyani Ywahoo, a Cherokee medicine woman, founder of the Sunray Meditation Society, Chief of the Green Mountain Cherokee, and author of Voices of Our Ancestors – Cherokee Teachings from the Wisdom Fire. When she said that one way Cherokee people stay young looking is the use of this discipline, I said, “That’s for me!”. My vanity led me to take a step which would forever change my life for the better. As my own practice of circular breath grew, I increased my ability to stay clear, focused and strong in shamanic journey, meditation, dreamwork and in my healing practice. The practice has also helped me to stay young looking and acting. I’ve since found this same discipline in use by many other shamanic cultures. It closely resembles practices taught by monks from Tibet who practice ancient Atlantean knowledge.
Truth is Truth anywhere! Real truth is usually simple. It abides by the Universal Laws of Nature and is available to all who can tune into their celestial and DNA broadcasting stations! Complicated teachings are man’s ego making simple natural laws difficult. This simple technique can help you stay stable while the rest of the world is shaken up by earthquake energy, electromagnetic field shifts, and other natural and manmade disasters. Think about it. Where on a globe is the most stable point? The center is, of course. So, if you have an energy axis anchored to the core of the Earth and one to the Sun or Grandmother Moon, wouldn’t you be more stable in turbulent times?
It is very important to keep the tip of your tongue right behind your teeth at the roof of your mouth so as to make a complete circuit of energy on the front of your circle. It is helpful to see and feel the circle as bright neon and make the pathway of energy easier to follow. In class I will trace this circle with my intent, visualization and rattle or drum to build a stronger path for you to follow. As in everything, practice makes perfect. Do this for ten minutes each day and you’ll be refreshed, energized and glow like a light bulb!
Since the illusion of disease comes from a disharmony in the natural pattern of our perfection, and manifests in a lack or trauma of our energy field, building and reinforcing our River of Life with Circular Breathing can go a long way in helping a body correct its own imbalances. Because we engage in an active pulling up on the in-breath from the core of the Earth and a passive flowing down of energy from a celestial on the out-breath, we also balance our male/female energies in this practice. So I think you can see why this is such a good place to start your experience of Practical Shamanism.
Smudging your Sacred Space to the 7 Directions
Rattle Cleansing Ceremony
Walking in a clockwise manner around the room, shake the rattle. Using the circular breathing draw the energy in from the center of the Earth and down from the Sun and fill your body with this energy. Continue the energy channeling and begin sending energy through your arm and out through the rattle. With your intent, visualization and your feelings, experience the room as clearing of negative energy. You may say the Light Clearing Affirmation, “Any energy of Entity which is not for the highest good, be gone and go to the light”. You may also sing a song full of light to fill the room with light and love after you have cleansed it, rattling these energies around. Follow the same pattern honoring Father Sky, Mother Earth and Spirit Within as you’re closing your practice.