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.
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. And powering up and grounding during these turbulent times is always a good idea!