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Introduction to Shamanism
October 11, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Join in a ceremonial, experiential classroom to learn shamanic practices for everyday life. Experience a drum journey and call upon your totem animals and spirit guide allies to learn the path of direct revelation. You will also experience the opening and closing of a medicine wheel to hold the ceremony, as well as shamanic cleaning with sacred tobacco and agua de florida, in addition to a feather clearing.
You will also learn more about basic shamanic principles, the history of shamanism, and how it can be applied to current day life to bring healing, balance, and spiritual knowing, or awakening.
Shamanism is the most ancient spiritual practice we have as humans, dating back at least 50,000 years according to archaeological evidence. Some anthropologists believe it may be as old as 100,000 years, possibly more.
The word shaman is traced back to Siberia, to the Tungas tribe, meaning spiritual healer or “one who sees in the dark.” Shamanic cultures, and men or women known as shamans can be found all around the world. Shamans, whether men or women, are the one’s who are able to access the unseen world, the world of Spirit. They understand the soul reasons for illness, and are able to perform soul retrievals, remove energy blocks as well as help restore balance to an individual, a family, a business, and a home or land. They work with the spiritual aspect of all things manifest, and interact direction with the spiritual aspects of all life. Shamans are important within their shamanic community, acting as healer, priest or priestess, mystic, storyteller, magical artisan, visionary, and psychopomp.
Fundamental concepts of shamanism:
1. Everything is alive. Everything has spirit and awareness.
2. Energy and matter are the same. Everything is vibration. Everything that exists is an energy system within a greater energy system.
3. Everything that exists is connected to everything else in a web of energy or life.
4. Unseen/inner/spiritual reality affects visible reality.
A shamanic practitioner is a “hollow bone” for Spirit, whose job is to bring balance and harmony to the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual dimensions for an individual, a community or group, for a home, land, or any object or being. This also can be applied to anything that exists.
Individual Healing Sessions with Katherine Skaggs – shamanic practitioner
Katherine Skaggs brings more than 25 years experience as a holistic healing practitioner, dream interpreter, visionary artist, spiritual teacher and guide. She has trained extensively with the Power Path School of Shamanism since 2007, including work with indigenous shamans from the Shipibo, Q’ero and Huichol traditions. Her specialties include energy clearing and balancing, sacred song and sound healing, traditional feather healing, Shipibo massage and extraction, soul retrieval and remembering, as well as house/property clearing, ceremony, ritual and practices for personal transformation and empowerment.
Katherine is available for in-person and remote shamanic healing sessions, blessings and home/property clearings. She also offers talks and coursework on shamanism, shamanic art and healing, as well as monthly New Moon Circles and Full Moon Shamanic Healing Ceremonies in Fort Collins, Colorado.