Category Archives: Messages From Beyond

Birth Of a Shaman * The Near-Death Experiences Of Psychiatrist Carl G Jung

One of the most intriguing and, for many, most convincing sources of knowledge about “the Other Side” and the meaning of life here on earth is the Near-Death Experience, known as the NDE.  People almost invariably report similar experiences, including learning about the meaning of life, the illusory nature of death, and the fact that we live not one but many lifetimes.  Above all, the message is one of love and endless patience with each slowly but surely evolving human being.

Here, I reproduce large sections of Carl G. Jung’s own description of his near-death experience which took place while he was very ill (very typical of NDEs) and which in many ways represents the real Jung, as opposed to the more mainstream psychiatrist and cross-cultural explorer.  What we find here are many landmarks of the journey into shamanism, a journey almost never sought, but one which can seldom be evaded.

Beginnings

“As a child I felt myself to be alone, and I am still, because I know things and must hint at things which others apparently know nothing of, and for the most part do not want to know.” Carl G. Jung.

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Shaman Kitaro * Aquarius, Kokoro, Bridge Between Worlds

Kitaro is an Aquarian (Februrary 4, 1953), one  who exemplifies this Sign’s unusual gifts, so often lifting talent into the realms of channelled inspiration.

His music sounds as if it comes to us direct from the planet of Aquarius – the big, eccentric and very beautiful Uranus.

Recognized as the pioneer and founder of New Age music, Kitaro’s Japanese Zen master calls him setu, which means bridge between worlds (which is also the meaning of the Shaman). I think of Kitaro as a living Silk Road between East and West, between Heaven and Earth.

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About Carol and Silk Road Visions

Carol At Home

This is the online home of Carol Leigh Rice, MA,  devoted mom, semi-retired psychic and astrologer, solitary shaman, and former academic (political science).

I am also an Aquarian, and very typical indeed of this Sun Sign. I work best alone, though my focus tends to always be on others – whether indivdiuals, nations, societies or communities…

With Uranus as the ruler of Aquarius, I shock and surprise myself as much as others with my interests, choices and decisions. Having Libra Rising, however, makes Venus the ruler of my chart, and these influences soften – over time – much of the drama which predictably but unexpectedly comes into my life. I write a lot about Aquarius and its dramatic Age here on Silk Road Visions.

I am blessed – and deeply challenged – with a Balsamic Moon in my birth chart, and I discuss this extraordinary life influence in one of my most detailed and popular posts.

In fact, this whole blog is really my book, the one I have yet to write, the one everyone has told me to write for most of my life.  Somehow, though, it seems more natural to let the chapters on all these different dimensions of spiritual life simply unfold here – so much is channelled – for each visitor to find what appeals to them at this moment in their lives.

And, like the Silk Road, over which travelled everything from silk and spice to books, philosophy and medicine, my blog here covers many topics, from astrology to shamanism, personal healing and the political world which we all share…

I have explored and self-trained in a new shamanism which seems to bridge both East and West; the vital link between psyche, symbol and transformation was first shown me in meditation and further revealed in the life readings which followed.

I have worked for psychiatrists and psychologists as an office manager/secretary; as a mature student and single mom I obtained a BA and MA in political science; along the way I spent over 30 years in part-time and  full-time work as a medical transcriptionist – in hospital or online –  immersed in the medical world of surgeries, consultations, hospital admission and discharge reports for all disciplines within medicine.

So I see myself as  a Life Counsellor with special credentials and from time to time I still offer Silk Road Astrology Readings – highly personalized, hand-and-soul-crafted for each person who consults me.

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Jonathan Livingston Seagull * Exile, Going Home, and Return

If I had to pick one book that “says it all” I would pick Jonathan Livingston Seagull, that beautiful spiritual parable by Richard Bach. In my view this book was channelled from first to last, a message from beyond, and a light for dark times – two themes of my blog here at Silk Road Visions.  Truly It illuminates for us the gifts of solitude, and above all the courage to take – when Life beckons –  the solitary path.

Here is one of the most poignant, life-affirming excerpts:

Exile
“It happened that morning, then, just after sunrise, that Jonathan Livingston Seagull fired directly through the center of the Breakfast Flock, ticking off two hundred twelve miles per hour, eyes closed, in a great roaring shriek of wind and feathers.

The Gull of Fortune smiled upon him this once, and no one was killed. By the time he had pulled his beak straight up into the sky he was still scorching along at a hundred and sixty miles per hour. When he had slowed to twenty and stretched his wings again at last, the boat was a crumb on the sea, four thousand feet below. His thought was triumph. Terminal velocity! A seagull at two hundred fourteen miles per hour! It was a breakthrough, the greatest single moment in the history of the Flock, and in that moment a new age opened for Jonathan Gull.

“Flying out to his lonely practice area, folding his wings for a dive from eight thousand feet, he set himself at once to discover how to turn. A single wingtip feather, he found, moved a fraction of an inch, gives a smooth sweeping curve at tremendous speed. Before he learned this, however, he found that moving more than one feather at that speed will spin you like a rifle ball…and Jonathan had flown the first aerobatics of any seagull on earth. He spared no time that day for talk with other gulls, but flew on past sunset. He discovered the loop, slow roll, the point roll, the inverted spin, the gull bunt, the pinwheel.

When Jonathan Seagull joined the Flock on the beach, it was full night. He was dizzy and terribly tired. Yet in delight he flew a loop to landing, with a snap roll just before touchdown. When they hear of it, he thought, of the Breakthrough, they’ll be wild with joy. How much more there is now to living! Instead of our drab slogging forth and back to the fishing boats, there’s a reason to life! We can lift ourselves out of ignorance, we can find ourselves as creatures of excellence and intelligence and skill. We can be free! We can learn to fly! The years ahead hummed and glowed with promise.

The gulls were flocked into the Council Gathering when he landed, and apparently had been so flocked for some time. They were, in fact, waiting. Jonathan Livingston Seagull! Stand to Center! The Elder’s words sounded in a voice of highest ceremony. Stand to Center meant only great shame or great honor. Stand to Center for Honor was the way the gulls’ foremost leaders were marked. Of course, he thought, the Breakfast Flock this morning; they saw the Breakthrough! But I want no honors. I have no wish to be leader. I want only to share what I’ve found, to show those horizons out ahead for us all. He stepped forward.

Jonathan Livingston Seagull, said the Elder, Stand to Center for Shame in the sight of your fellow gulls!

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