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Shamanic Rituals

There are many forms of holding shamanic ceremonies. Most of them are informed by indigenous traditions and by the wisdom that shamanesses and shamans have passed on to their disciples. It is only in the past few decades that people from industrial countries are discovering the enormous healing potential of such ritual work.

The main factors that shamanic rituals typically consist of in most ancient and modern traditions (such as the Native American Church or the various Amazonian Ayahuasca groups) are: A ritual set and setting, the use of smudging, prayers, chanting and singing, the setting of intentions for the ritual journey or vision quest, drumming, and frequently the ingestion of entheogens.

Shamanic rituals usually put practitioners in touch with their longing for the divine and everything that obstructs this longing from being fulfilled. As these obstructions usually stem from our individual conditioning and upbringing as well as from cultural and collective value systems, the shamanic practitioner during her or his journeys is frequently confronted with these psychological imprints.

The difference between confronting one's conditioning in a therapy session and in a shamanic ritual is that during the latter the confrontation typically happens in an archetypal, collective and/or mythological manner. This means that practitioners frequently experience visions, voices, demons and angels etc. While traditional therapy allows for cognitive control and incremental cognitive understanding of one's inner process, shamanic ritual work can be extremely challenging in that it profoundly immerses the practitioner in mythological visions symbolizing deep and often unexpected roots of personal conflicts. It usually takes time to incorporate these processes and understand their healing quality.

Shamanic rituals, on the other hand, also have an unparalleled power to put the practitioner in touch with the divine source of all being. The more a practitioner learns to navigate the challenging waters of the visionary experience the more she or he will be empowered to access a place where the longing for deep meaning, for being one with the whole, and for being at peace with what life presents each moment is fulfilled.

Eventually, shamanic practitioners find that the truth of their being is comparable to the particular and individual sound of a flute: Each flute has its own sound and yet, if played with love and reverence for life, each flute expresses one facet of the divine. The art, then, is to become like a hollow bamboo, through which the divine can play its tune to the world for the healing and benefit of all beings.

Mark is available for lectures about shamanism. He offers shamanic individual or group sessions as well as residential shamanic retreats for advanced practitioners lasting several days. Contact Mark if you'd like to book a session or would like more information about shamanic retreats.

A part of the proceeds from Mark's shamanic work flows to non-profit organizations promoting consciousness development.

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