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Shamanism * Walking the Solitary Path

In Shamanism Part 1 * Journey to the West I talked about the coming of shamanism – in altered “core” forms – to the West, suggesting it was here to stay, and that even in these altered forms, shamanism works.

In Shamanism Part 2 * Psyche, Symbol and Transformation, I discussed why shamanism works as a dynamic, transformative catalyst of healing and growth. I suggested that there is an essential shamanism which resonates with the structure and dynamics of the human psyche long ago revealed in all cultures, in myth, legend, and story-telling. I went on to summarize briefly the essential elements of shamanism which play out in psyche, symbol and journey.

Here, in part 3 of the Shamanism series, I suggest that one may train as a shaman not only outside of ritual but outside of group, within a personal, private framework of meditation and metaphysical studies guided by the Higher Self. Once we understand that transformation occurs within Higher Mind through symbols, we can see why shamanism can “work” for a solitary path.

Indeed, while most shamans serve a community, they are also noted for living apart, often in somewhat inaccessible locations. They continue their work in the various realms even when, perhaps especially when, they are alone.

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Mandala * Sacred Vessel of Consciousness, Healing, and Evolution

Carl G. Jung, depth psychologist, was known quite simply to his friends as “the Shaman”. To Jung we owe a vast debt for his exploration of consciousness, including his own early bouts with what appears to have been borderline psychosis. He discovered, from Eastern philosophy, the Mandala, and used it extensively in his own seal-healing journeys.

Above all, Jung discovered the extraordinary role of the Mandala, in containing the Psyche within safe boundaries which made its creative life possible, and which also facilitated healing processes – within his own shamanic journey and in therapeutic sessions with his patients.

Here, I explore further the Mandala as a sacred vessel within which we gather our experiences here on Earth and then move them towards a Center – all this orchestrated by the Higher Self.  As we gather in experience, we grow, learn, and transform in ever-higher stages of spiritual evolution.

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Healing Tears In Meditation

I suddenly remembered my mother’s trance work at Hillshore in the early Sixties, along the Bay of Quinte…and her guide saying matter-of-factly – “You see, only when the tears actually flow, are there deep changes in the cells themselves…”

The alchemists of old marvelled at the dissolving of salt in water which happens with our tears. Research shows that their appearance – when not for show or petulant “on cue” dramatics – marks a turning point deep within the psyche. Without these tears, many “journeys of healing” may be only imaginative explorations of one’s inner and other worlds, falling short, however, of actual healing.

What we are looking for is a deep, permanent transformation within the body’s cells and those of the still-physical, but much less dense body – the personality or psyche.

The meditation process described here, leading to the release of old trauma, seems to be authored by one’s Higher Self and to center on guided, spontaneous, and transformational imagery. It is a unique form of meditation filled with practical, spiritual teaching and above all, deep, personal healing. This is an alchemical, and thus Shamanic, form of meditation.

The state of mind is very close to what Carl Jung called active imagination. This is very similar to the hypnagogic state just as you drift off to sleep and just as you are first vaguely awakening, when you have flashes of images and thoughts which seem almost like waking dreams. These are very receptive states and thus present an opening into the Unconscious and other realms of the Psyche. Here, at any point on the Circle, you are connecting with the Higher Self, the Shaman within who will take you on your journeys Within and teach you the gift of self-transformation.

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Shamanic Astrology, Edgar Cayce and the Living Biosolar System

The signs of the Zodiac are Karmic Patterns; the Planets are the Looms; the Will is the Weaver (Edgar Cayce Reading #3654-L-1).

What I write on Shamanic Astrology is in large part channeled material – it forms a contribution to what I call Theoretical Astrology. I find it a little intimidating in its scope, I must say, and I do not suggest I have all the answers. But I share these psychic insights along merged with my own reflections, as a beginning, at least, of something new.

I have written a companion piece to this, exploring a new scientific and philosophical framework for Shamanic Astrology – the Lacy Web – as well as ancient Chinese understanding of Humanity at the Center, linking Heaven and Earth – see Cycles, Archetypes, I Ching, and the Lacy Web * Exploring Shamanic Astrology

Flight Of Aquarius by Josephine Wall

Towards a New, Shamanic Astrology
Astrology matters – it may ultimately become a science which links together the spiritual and philosophical and healing traditions of reincarnation and karma, shamanism, yoga, and depth psychology.

But we need a new Astrology – one based on a Shamanic understanding of the BioSolar System in which we are embedded. There are glimpses of this Shamanic Astrology in ancient Egyptian writings which resember the channelling of Edgar Cayce on Astrology.  Both sources link our many lifetimes and karmic patterns to the living energy of the solar system, with each planet, as well as Earth, playing a role in our overall spiritual evolution.

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