Monday, December 14, 2015

What is Alchemy? Shamanism? Vision Quest?

Alchemy is the process of transmuting a common substance, usually of little value, into a substance of great value.

Some people would call this magical. Of course it is. Magic in the sense that Jesus is magic, and God is magic. And God is within all of us so we all have the capacity to turn our impoverished life experiences into something of great value.

So that's what I mean when I talk about alchemy.

What is a Shaman? Well a Shaman is a light who helps others to see in the darkness. Shaman are guides, often with spiritual gifts, who are able to help others see better. Shamanism is a confusing thing these days because anyone can call themselves a shaman. There are no certifications or licensing procedures and there are people out there with sketchy behaviors calling themselves Shamanic practitioners--such a giving people hallucinogenic drugs and calling it "medicine." I aim to give the title of Shaman back its grace--with the help of a few friends who will be with me at my upcoming retreat, which I should mention is a women's only retreat.

Women's Shamanic Alchemy Vision Quest Breakthrough Rebirthing Retreat - Click to learn more or register.

What is a vision quest? This is also confusing. There are two kinds of vision quests. One was a traditional Native American Ritual- When an adolescent boy was approaching manhood, he would go out into the wilderness alone without food and water and fasted and prayed for several days and called on God to give him a vision of what his future destiny or life work should be.

The other kind of vision quest was when a shaman needed an answer to a question and couldn't get it by other means and so went into a shamanic journey (similar to an advanced imagery journey they way I have trained people to do them, though slightly different) and commune with the spirit world through visions.

So basically, if you are into imagery, meditation, and elevation, you are already into all this stuff. We'll just be adding some new levels and including the Divine mother more and Mother Nature. This retreat will also continue to unfold the sacred feminine and heal the heart center of the world which is women.

I look forward to all of our alchemy together in the future. Sat Nam.

1 comment:

  1. Once again, a retreat that sounds perfect for me that I won't be able to attend! Ah well, wahe guru. Something else will come up.