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.
Awakened Planet Manifesto
We understand that we are divine beings who have come to earth to serve the evolution of consciousness.
We understand that everyone has the capacity to shape reality.
We honor our indigenous elders as carriers of essential wisdom that others have forgotten.
We believe that every human being has the right to self-determination.
We know in the core of our being that regardless of their race, gender, sexual preference, profession, clinical diagnoses, past history, nationality, or political ideology, all people deserve love, honor, and respect.
We know there are significant societal changes coming, and we trust human ingenuity, creativity, and resourcefulness as our tools to intentionally create a peaceful, sustainable, conscious future.