Emotional expression is a social taboo. We are taught from an early age the “Ladies don’t get angry” and “Boys don’t cry”. Anger, grief, resentment, joy, love, sadness, shame, helplessness, pride, jealousy, excitement … We are taught to stuff these emotions starting in early childhood. Now, fear on the other hand, is spoon fed to us daily by government, religious organizations, school, media, internet and even the weather forecasters seem to have gotten into the game now. It’s not a wonder that society is exploding. All the emotions that have been bottled up and fermenting are quite literally “blowing their cork”.
Today, we’re going to discuss grief. This is one of the emotions we don’t deal with well as a society. Continue reading
Aspects of Self −
A Shamanic Exploration
with Gary Gent of Shamanic Connection
March 18-20, 2016
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10am – 5pm approx.
Mt. Laurel, NJ (Private Residence)
Energy Exchange: $350 ($100 deposit due by February 19, 2016)
Pre-requisite – You must have a working relationship with
your Animal Spirit Guide. No Guide? Contact Debbie Overholt below for more information on the next upcoming Animal Spirit Guide Playshop.
What are ‘Aspects of Self’?
‘Aspects of Self’ are parts of one’s personality that allow and assist a person to function and respond to their environment and daily life experiences. Continue reading
The other day, I got sucked into an internet “rabbit hole”. You know, one of those times when you click on a link and then another until you’ve followed it into Wonderland and you never know what’s going to pop up …
Well, this journey yielded a great article on choosing your shaman. It’s called 11 Ways to Know a Good Shaman When You Meet One written by Jessica Brinton. So, I thought it was worth sharing. My own comments are in red. Continue reading
I’m sneaking this blog in between the first and second chakra in the series. This article was forwarded to me by a friend, and it really does fit into the chakra series. How you ask…well read on.
Dave’s list is all the things that we tell folks at our drum circles, and I thought we’d pass it on. And why recreate the wheel – it’s a good article. So, with Dave’s permission here is his article on the benefits of drumming…
Ten Reasons to Drum for Your Health
Copyright 2010, David Robertson
1. Drumming is for everyone Continue reading
Today I was cleaning out my filing cabinet and in a file of “Jokes and Goodies”, I found this transcript and thought it would be a great share. I don’t know where it came from, but thank the author for his/her wisdom.
INSTALLING HEART SOFTWARE
A customer was experiencing difficulty installing the HEART program. She called the company that wrote the program to get help. This is a transcript of a portion of the conversation between the Customer and the Customer Service Representative: Continue reading
Let’s begin today’s blog with a story.
A fence : A story with a great moral —
There once was a young boy with a very bad temper. The boy’s father wanted to teach him a lesson, so he gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper he must hammer a nail into their wooden fence.
On the first day of this lesson, the little boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. He was really mad! Continue reading
Today’s RSS feed from Shamanic Drumming
included a link to this article fromThe Huffington Post by Kelley Harrell, neoshaman and author of Gift of the Dreamtime
In her blog, she explores how our cultural perceptions affect our ability to heal and stay well. Many of us invite soul healing into our lives, and then experience an initial phase of euphoria and wellbeing, only to eventually take on symptoms of dis-ease or imbalance again. Kelley attributes this to our inability to fully embrace the mindfulness and worldview of our animistic forefathers.
She highlights some important points about attending to our healing at all levels, body, mind and spirit. Check it out. Read more.
Until next time –
Mitakuye Oyasin (A Lakota prayer reminding us we are all related),
Wow, I can’t believe almost six weeks has gone by since I posted last. Where has the time gone?
Well, part of the time has gone into the face lift for the blog. Made some major changes so no more ugly Blogger blog. We now integrate with the website! It wasn’t a huge project except that last night, when everything was working beautifully, I moved it from the working file and BOOM, it all disappeared! And I mean disappeared! I had to start from scratch 🙁 Fortunately, it wasn’t such a project the second time around.
Besides the new look, you can now post comments on the blogs. HA! Now I’ll know if you’re reading or I’m talking (blogging) to myself 🙂
Late summer at The Grove brings a flurry of activity with harvest and preserving the winter stores. Even though I didn’t get my garden in this year, we have wonderful farms and markets here to purchase my goodies from the local farmers. My cupboards are filling with pickles, corn, tomatoes, relish, peaches, tuna from the coast and more. Needless to say we don’t go hungry around here! And, we get to eat mostly local all year round.
I had a different blog planned for today, but I received the September newsletter from Healing Drummer and it contained a great healing stone ceremony. Toby said I could share it with you, so here it is, courtesy of Toby Christensen via www.healingdrummer.com. Enjoy and subscribe to his great newsletter. Continue reading
Recently I was talking with a colleague in New Jersey and we were discussing her excitement over drumming for an upcoming shamanic journey at an assisted care facility. As with many conversations, this one led us on a trail of discussing the healing power of the drum.
Through many years of drumming and hosting circles, Gary and I have been witness to the not only the calming and stress relief benefits of drumming, but the power that the vibrations have to shift the energy body to release pain and to heal deep physical and emotional disorders. Studies have shown that drumming stimulates the immune system and promotes the production of endorphins and the body’s own morphine-like painkillers helping to control pain.
Frequently Gary and I get calls from someone wondering if and how a shamanic journey can help them or a loved one with a disease. And often these are what the medical community sees as “terminal illnesses”. Their question is simple “Will a journey help?” The short answer is always “Yes, but what are your expectations?”
Here’s where we arrive at the issue of healing vs. curing. Continue reading