THE THREADS YOU WILL GATHER
Move forward with what you have to do
Live true to yourself and in integrity with others
Appreciate and love yourself for who you are
Feel empowered, not needy or weak
Be grounded, present, and centered
Let go of your fear of loss in relationship
Stop fighting and struggling to get what you want
Believe in and trust yourself
Integrate the different parts of your personality
Gain tools for lifetime growth and development
Be inspired by and learn from your sacred community
Improve your ability to discern what is true
Love everything as divine
Experience grace and ease
Be met by the world and your relationships
Participating in the world as the “awake ego"
Wake up to a reason and purpose for being
Develop your most authentic, joyful lifestyle
Perhaps, like I did, you feel the call.
The urge to connect with a non-Western paradigm of spirituality and a way to live on the Earth that is sustainable. The desire to learn from elders who carry the old ways, from a time that has now nearly passed. Curiosity about shamanism as a doorway to expanded consciousness.
I was an international teacher trainer when I first began reaching into the rain forest of Central America to connect with local tribes. In that effort, I discovered traditional shamans who welcomed me as a student they had been expecting. My journey continued south into the Colombian Andes, later took me into Peru and Bolivia, and continued with study in the upper Midwest.
Within a few short years, my life was completely different than it had been. My perception of the world had dramatically shifted. Uncertain about how to live within the context of who I had become, I was confused, uncertain, and vulnerable. Going back to who I had been was not an option.
It took me ten years to ground the energy I received in the rain forest, and heal the heartbreak I'd experienced when my life dramatically shifted. It took another ten years to create a sustainable way of living from within the new consciousness I had developed.
Shamanism is a beautiful transformational path, but not without its challenges. Teachers are not always ethical. Opening the doorways of perception without proper preparation can produce undesirable results. Bringing in new energy can cause chaos in your personal or professional life.
Shamanic training will deepen your experience of life and shift your perception of what is possible. But without proper preparation and support, it will also turn your life upside down.
You need a strong foundation underneath and a sacred container around this work in order to maintain your personal integrity. That demands a wise teacher who can guide your transformation -- and also show you how to land.
I've worked with spiritual leaders of the Arawak Nation from the Colombian Andes; the Lakota and Ojibwe Nations of the upper Midwest; the Mapuche Nation of Chile; and the Q'ero Nation of Peru and Bolivia. They have initiated me as a pipe carrier, sweatlodge leader, kultrun carrier, and a facilitator of the sacred Munay-Ki rites. In the process I became someone I never thought I could be.