Rainbows Galore for Autumn Equinox

Recently, ISA (Institute for the Shamanic Arts) gathered on a magical and glittering golden day to welcome in Autumn.

Duck Anticipation

Rubber duckies were lined up (some kept falling over but they tried their best) awaiting divination. On the bottom of each duck, Quynn Red Mountain had written meaningful words. Participants had the thrill of choosing a duck and finding out what word was just right for them.

Rainbow Wand Making

People gathered round with Elisabeth Black and used their creativity to make rainbow wands.

Alyson Greene storytelling

Then we were treated to spectacular storytelling about the colors of the rainbow by Alyson Greene.

Finally, as the sun began to set we got to walk a rainbow labyrinth made by our official labyrinth maker Jacob Gardener. The setting sun glimmered and glowed and rainbow colors and blessings followed each of us as we wove through the gentle turns of the labyrinth.

What a fantastic Autumn Equinox!

Colorful Sunset

Walking the Labyrinth

Rainbows Galore

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I.S.A. Empaths

Clearing methods

Grounding and Centering with tree energy

I.S.A.’s Empaths gathered together on Sept. 8 to practice different skills.

In the safe, secure, and loving environment of the Grotto, each Empath had the opportunity to try different skills and do self-reflection about what works best personally.

We used clearing methods and shared ideas about ways and when to clear ourselves.

Then we did a meditation to ground and center ourselves. This helps us to focus on what emotions belong to us and which ones are not our emotions.

After that, we chose a way to protect ourselves from taking on emotions. We were mindful of the idea of not completely blocking ourselves.

Color Protection

Some ways to protect ourselves were using color, an animal guide, an angel protector, or using light.

Angel Protectors

We realized that all of these protectors were available for us to call on for assistance with our empathic abilities.

Animal Guides

After preparing for practicing our skills, we were then able to try some “sensing” activities where we tuned into what sort of emotions were coming forth from someone else.

These are some helpful thoughts that I.S.A. Empaths had to share:

“Be kind with yourself. See the humor. (What do I do with it? Should I tell the person? etc.) then ask your guides and protectors for assistance and clear instruction. Remember that if you don’t know what to do with the incoming emotions or energies, you can always return people’s “stuff” to them with love.”

“Cherish and value your gifts. Stay vulnerable. Eat beets.”

“Who does this belong to? Me? Someone else? Something? I return it to sender with consciousness. Access Consciousness.”

“If you are unsure of what to do with sensing information that you receive, it is okay to check in with your guides and ask for clarification. It is also okay to ask someone, “Are you open to me sharing information that I received?”

“Clearing, grounding and protection is not optional. It is as important as sleeping and eating.”

“Embracing your talents can be scary and allowing your talent to blossom and to be in your life and your practices can be very fulfilling. Love yourself and good things will come to you.”

“You are important. Take time to nurture and protect yourself. Being Empathetic doesn’t have to be a weakness as long as you value yourself and what you can do and feel.”

For more information about our meetups please see:

http://www.meetup.com/tucson-institute-for-the-shamanic-arts/

If you would like to join our Empath Facebook group please do so here:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/136884413056445/

Shamanic Animism in 13 sentences

During the last couple of months, friends of Earth Web Media’s ISA have been gathering information, and opening our minds, to write a document.  It was decided that we needed a “Statement of Beliefs”.  Earth Web Media is a Shamanic Animist Church (a word used by the IRS).  Religions usually have a sacred book or text that tells them how to be and pray.  However, ‘Shamanic Animism’ does not require a book or sacred text to tell people what to believe or how to pray.  Animism is considered the ‘first human “religion”‘ to many (although most don’t like to consider it a ‘religion’), and has been with humanity since its beginning.  Animists tend to believe that the spirit world guides each person as to what to do and how to pray.   This being the case, we still wondered what we, as Shamanic Animists, might be able to agree on regarding our ‘beliefs’.  So we began a discussion about this, we wrote down and organized our thoughts.

We first wrote our “Statement of Beliefs” as written here, and then, for even more simplicity, a friend of ISA compiled the following.

So simple. So descriptive.  Here it is!

Shamanic Animism in Thirteen Sentences
Brought to you by Earth Web Media

  1. Everything, including multiple realities/states of consciousness, is connected with an incorporeal and immortal essence.
  2. Everyone can connect without an intermediary.
  3. Humans have always journeyed among realities/states of consciousness (which is often called the spirit world) for guidance in every aspect of human existence.
  4. Sacred tools and techniques, particularly trance drumming between 220 and 260 beats per minute, facilitate communication and knowledge gathering from the spirit world.
  5. Connection through the senses to non-ordinary reality can take place in a waking and a dreaming state.
  6. All manner of spirit beings exist in the spirit world and on earth outside the range of our five senses.
  7. Humans strengthen a trusting, working relationship with benevolent spirit guides by remembering and exploring the spirit worlds.
  8. Ritual and ceremony, especially in gatherings, are sacred acts that acknowledge and strengthen our connection with the spirit world and the sacred web of life.
  9. In each human’s spiritual life there are important life passages, sacred timekeepers, to be honored with ceremony.
  10. We honor the human body as the sacred companion for our Soul while incarnated on Earth;  our DNA connects us with All That Is.
  11. The Sun and Moon cycles structure our sacred Earth home and all of Nature is our house of worship.
  12. These beliefs and practices can help people restore their mind, body and spirit from past soul wounds experienced or inherited.
  13. Our sacred circles express gratitude, service and reciprocity, arising from our unity with the spirit and physical world, balancing the sacred web of life.

Thanks to Elisabeth, Quynn, Celia, Kym and Jacob for contributing to the creation of the original version.  Edited down to 13 sentences by Alison of www.alisontorba.com    Intellectual Property of Earth Web Media 2012.        Credit when you Use It….Link!  Thank you.

Wind and Water Stone and Stream

Ancestors calling to us from the Dream.

“Remember” they whisper, to the cells of our souls

“Remember the secrets of Creatrix and Crone.”

So we call to you butterfly, snake, coyote and bat.

Honey bee, fish, beaver, bison and bobcat.

Help us old wise ones of wing, fur and fin.

We know you can help us remember our Kin

Those who knew how you speak and who heard their own voices within.

So we ask in prayerful voices because our people have strayed,

we ask that you forgive us, and help us remember your ways.

Poem by Quynn

The Institute for the Shamanic Arts (ISA) and Portlandians

Picture this scene:

It’s early evening.  As you walk up some steps onto a porch, you notice the the sun is glinting with a rosy light. You feel anticipation and  you wonder what the evening will be like. When you enter the charming house, you are welcomed and invited to find a pillow to sit on. You look around and notice that the pillows and chairs are arranged in a circle.  After finding a comfortable pillow to sit on, your eye catches on the altar in the middle of the circle. Here, various instruments are spread out. There are two different decks of cards, an abalone shell with sage, and a book.  You feel that this is a safe and nurturing atmosphere. Out the window, little prayer flags waver in the gentle breezes and one catches your attention. Up against the window is a prayer flag that reads, “GRACE”.

Now you have either been transported to, or reminded of, the journey circle that was recently facilitated by Quynn Red Mountain (shamanic practitioner and founder of ISA) when she visited Portland, Oregon.

At this circle there were both experienced participants and those seeking to delve deeper into the shamanic realm.

Each person used divination to choose a card from the Shaman’s Oracle Deck. This deck of cards has beautiful pictures of cave art from around the world.  There are five different types of archetypes that are represented. These are Spirits, Ancestors, Hunters, Dancers, and Shamans.

After pulling cards,  Quynn read from the book what was being represented by each picture. This gave us insights and prepared us for our journeys. It also invited the spirits, ancestors, hunters, dancers, and shamans into our circle providing protection, love, guidance, and wisdom.

We all traveled into our own shamanic worlds via the rhythmic beat of the drums. Messages of inspiration, love, peace, and enlightenment were shared with individuals. We showed courage by being open to receiving information and then sharing in the best way possible for each of us.

In addition to working with the Shaman’s Oracle Deck, we were guided to choose a card from the Medicine Cards animal deck. These animals guided us in our second journeys.

It was an enchanting journey circle and a pleasure for ISA to bring shamanic tools and guidance to Portland.

Thank you to all that attended- both human and spirit!