Shamanic Soup’s On!

resizesouppotjpgFor the last journey circle of 2012,  Institute for the Shamanic Arts (ISA) gathered to explore the tradition of soup making.

This was during our Shamanic Soup workshop.

Each individual brought a soup ingredient that they felt was an important soup addition.

While the soup simmered away full of spinach, kale, mushrooms, garlic, ginger, yams, sweet potatoes, spices, onion, and of course, love, we all journeyed to the beat of the shamanic drum.

We contemplated the thought of a caterpillar inside of its chrysalis in a soup state with all of its DNA present to make a butterfly.

We laughed at a coyote tale about coyote always being ready with his hidden spoon.

We expressed gratitude and realized that we are always in a state of gratitude.

We even recognized that, “It’s all perfect.” Each given moment is perfect.

We shared stories, laughed, listened to the rain fall, kept warm, ate homemade tortillas (thank you!) and enjoyed deeply nourishing soup.

As a final touch, we each went into our journeys and fetched what we thought would be the perfect ingredient for an ISA Shamanic Soup.

This special ISA Shamanic Soup sounds amazing and you are invited to partake in all of ISA’s nourishment for the year 2013!

See you then!

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Journeys to Reindeer and Angels

On December 23, 2012, a group of shamanic journeyers traveled down the stairs, into the underworld Grotto in downtown Tucson, to gather for community, and introspection, in the first few days of the returning light after winter solstice.

Reindeer

Our first journey was about, and to, Reindeer.  Christmas is the one time of year that brings Reindeer to mind for many modern people, yet Reindeer, and the people who rely on them, are shamanic peoples (see Reindeer in Siberian shamanism).  The word “Shaman” comes from a group of Reindeer People.

Photograph by Hamid Sardar-Afkhami

Here are some messages shared from the Reindeer journeys-

“I remind you of the interconnectedness of all things. As you have family, I have family. We coexist through a relationship of love, compassion and companionship.”

“Honor the sacred relationship with animals- as food- as companionship.”

“It’s not what I thought I needed,  but it is what I need.  I need to learn about what I need.”

“You too must be stripped and hung to dry so that you can be of use.  Shared among the others of your kind.”

“I am the gift.

I give myself to humans

And guide them in the cold.

Since fewer people need us now, there are more of us in the Spirit world, ready to guide you.”

Angels

Our second journey was to ask about Angel energy in each person’s life.  There are many beliefs and theories about what Angels are in each culture, so these journeyers asked their inner worlds for more information regarding their own relationship with “Angels”.

Earth_AngelsHere are some messages that came through the drumbeats-

“Angels are shapeshifters.  We are in all cultures by different names.  We appear to people as they need us to be.”

“It is better to hate the Angels than to pretend they do not exist.”

“Everyday people are angels, sometimes the person you least expect.”

“Angels as messages in dreams- guiding.  Guiding messengers.”

“Let go of expectations and live through the heart.”

“The joy and innocence of your inner child is your “guardian angel”.  Just think of the total love of a child, how powerful a force is that?  Where did we lose the joy a child has in the world around. Pull out that child and others around you will protect that beauty. ”

As 2012 closes, and a New Era begins, the Institute for the Shamanic Arts wishes you a good holiday season, and a warm bed this winter! Our shamanic journey circle happens every Sunday at 10am in Tucson, AZ. To find out more, go to our meetup group. Blessings to all, and to all a good night!

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DO NOT Be afraid- Shamanic Journey Circle for Turkey Wisdom

“Do not be afraid to go where your mind can’t reach. The journey is infinite and you will be prepared for all.”

On the Sunday of the four day Thanksgiving weekend 2012, journeyers gathered for a shamanic journey circle that happens every week in downtown Tucson, Arizona.  On this day there were 13, and the focus of their journeys was Wild Turkey. Many enlightening facts and stories were shared about the Wild Turkey’s strength of flight and sight, their longevity (11 million years!), as well as their sacredness to Peoples of the North America, and then Europe as well.  See Thursday’s blog post about Turkey. Fascinating facts!

“Your wild Nature is beautiful and tasty.”

Two drum journeys brought strong vision to the journeyers. At the end of the last drumming, each participant wrote a message of wisdom from their new Turkey allies.  They are shared here.

“You have nothing to be grateful for unless you have gratitude. Ask Turkey to provide you Thanksgiving.”

“The bad guy in the movies dies when he makes assumptions about the “ease” or manageability of the opponent.  If someone underestimates you that is their weakness and danger.  It is ok to be wild and to be able to defend a boundary. I nurture, but this is my space so respect it or beware.”
“Freedom to experience spiritual peace, finding it walking in natural surroundings.  Turkey gives you peace. Go to the tall trees and rock formations.”

“My energy is a gift of seeing into the distance, or beyond the immediate.  My giveaway is love. Know that it is given willingly and always from love.”

“Live close to the Earth.  Follow your curiosity.  Know you are more powerful than people realize.”

Don’t try and hide anything from yourself, but be aware of what you share with others.  It is a gift either way.”

“Peace. Joy. Freedom.”

“Turkey Blessing:  Turkey is generosity of heart in relationship (all kinds of relationships).  Turkey runs fast (and free).  Turkey shares!  Turkey does not get her feathers ruffled.  Turkey is easy-going but focused.  Turkey love is simple, valuable, and not to be underestimated.”

All quotes were written by circle participants.  Thanks to all who joined in.  Thank you Turkey.

FULL CIRCLE PRACTITIONER TRAINING coming up!

Written by Quynn Red Mountain, Shamanic Practitioner and founder of The Institute for the Shamanic Arts.
Quotes are from previous Training participants.
Photos are from previous Training years.

Recently, I hosted an Introduction to ISA’s Healing Practitioner Training.  A group of people felt called to join in the circle and practice their intuitive abilitiesAt the end of the day long session, I asked them to write something they learned while together. This is what they wrote:

“Today I practiced asking for guidance and trusting that I would be shown to a higher perspective.”

 “Willingness”

 “I learned that I cannot “fail”, that I just make choices, some more effective than others.”

 Today I was shown how “our triggers are what connects us.”

 I have grown to look forward to this time of year because it means that latest Practitioner Training begins soon. I started offering trainings in either 2003 or 2004 ( I cannot remember now). The next 5 part training series begins on Saturday, December 1 and is the first Saturday of the month through April. This series is called “FULL CIRCLE Shamanic Practitioning Techniques Training” and is a little different twist on the series offered last year. 

Every person is so unique. So many people have intuitive/shamanic/psychic/helping abilities that are just waiting to flower more fully.  I have come to see that out of 10 gifted healing arts practitioners, maybe 1 will be a ‘shamanic practitioner’.  However, shamanic techniques of the shamanic journey, communicating with spirit guides, divination and connecting with the different worlds/layers of reality can be beneficial tools for any practitioner/facilitator and healing person.  So, I decided to offer Healing Practitioner Training sessions  where I share my experience of holding sacred space for people, exploring my own personal healing, and unfolding my shamanic tools, and my focus is that each participant can sample, try and experiment with their own abilities and gifts.  This works well.

We work together in a group, and then each session, there is a time for hosting sessions for each other, and later, the community. This series adds another layer, which is to consciously practice the following 8 approaches to Holding Shamanic Space for people (whatever your modality):

THE ART OF HOLDING SPACE

1) Soul Healing and Activation for self and others
2) Shamanic Journey skills (traveling the worlds)
3) Sensing in the Dark
4) Divination
5) Nature and Spirit Communication
6) Rhythm/Movement/Trance skills
7) Gathering Allies between Dimensions/Layers of Reality
8) Mythmaker/Storyteller skills

My job is to hold space for you, while you explore your gifts. I create opportunities for you to practice your gifts on others.  I create ways for you to be ‘out’ with your new abilities, in ways that are comfortable for you.  I share what I have learned, and facilitate the group to learn from each other, while each person learns from their Spirit Guides.

Instead of me going on about what the training might do for you, I would like to share some quotes from some of last year’s training participants-

“It was really beautiful!  I learned a lot about myself and received some wonderful gifts from the spirit world.”

“Thank you, Quynn, for offering practitioner training that is personal to each participant.”

“I prospered from the continuity, the deepening over time. In each all-day “in person” circle, I found support, inspiration, and motivation to practice my healing skills.  Quynn led me through “I’m not ready” to developing a unique form of divination that surprised and delighted me. Her encouragement of each person’s unique gift and acceptance of where each of us is on our journey made this class work for a very diverse group of individuals.”

ISA’s practitioner training with Quynn gave me a tremendous amount of guidance, and many new opportunities have arisen this year because of this experience. Recently, I co-facilitated a three-day retreat in nature. We held sacred space for participants through the entire retreat (including a variety of shamanic journey circles, nature meditations, facilitated discussions, and meditations). While I came to ISA with a background in managing retreats and leading outdoor activities and meditations, holding sacred space for such an extended period of time was a very new experience for me. I feel such a great and happy debt of gratitude to ISA’s practitioner training for my ability now to so confidently guide others with words, drum, and sacred presence.

“I feel that I benefited from the practical aspects and practice opportunities of ISA’s practitioner training, and also from the encouragement—and nudging!—both seen and unseen that was offered (and received). Also, I feel so happy and inspired to continue developing in this work, and I highly recommend ISA’s practitioner training and the work of Quynn to others. May many benefit!”

“I learned much by simply observing and experiencing Quynn’s very skilled shamanic circle facilitation during the training. She demonstrates a certain fearlessness that cuts through, as well as her own deep honesty and presence—all of which makes her highly effective as a facilitator and trainer.” Alyson Greene

“Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.  I feel the movement of my voice.  I have stepped to the other side of fear.  I am so greatful for a circle to focus on what needs to happen.  The five month focus in the background of my life has helped me move through my resistance.” Josephine

Quotes from participants of past trainings

“Thank you for creating the space for me/us to PRACTICE….. I know that I wouldn’t be practicing on people without your encouragement and you having this class.”  Julianne  MPH, CCT, CYT

“Quynn, thanks for you, who you are, what you do and the way in which you are able to help us find the bright parts of ourselves we have hidden and denied for years!” K in Tucson

“Quynn’s unique way, or shall I say, gift, for teaching is like no other. She will guide you through journeys with your ancestors, guides, angels, higher self, and totem animals through her instruction and dynamic drumming. Teachers like Quynn are a rare find.”    Linda Rettinger of www.meaningfulthings.net

 If you feel ready to practice your skills in a supportive and non-conformist environment, and are interested in learning more about:

*What your Guides want from you

*How to live in the world with your abilities “open” and how to stay protected

*How to create a niche for your services, and how to let people know what you do and what you have to offer

*Ethics

*Ourstory (Past, Present Future of this path)

*Non-Congitive Skills

*Building a Lodge

*Living in this culture as a Shamana

then please consider joining me for these 5 sessions.  I have made them affordable so that people of all walks of life can participate.  Details for this series is listed at our meetup calendar (same listing as the one at http://www.shamanacircle.com) :
http://www.meetup.com/tucson-institute-for-the-shamanic-arts/events/84981092/.  You can sign up there. You can also contact me through the meetup group if you have questions or issues.

If you are unsure of your readiness for such a training, another option is to take part in Exploring your Spiritual/Sacred Abilities, a 3 hour circle on Monday, November 26.   It will be a good way to get to know me better, and to see if the training is a good fit for you at this time.
Blessings to you on your path!  May our paths meet when it is time.

 

ISA Performers share their Experiences

On Saturday, October 20th 7 people who participate in ISA shamanic circles decided to offer a second public performance, called “The Plasmic Portal” in Tucson, Arizona.  Each person felt called to participate, even if/when she/he was called to do something publicly that pushed their personal boundaries.  Each “performance” was a conscious enactment of an aspect of each performer’s personal shamanic practice.

One of the performances was channeled, written, enacted and narrated by Alyson Greene.  In preparation for her participation in the 2012 All Souls Procession Walk on November 4, she wrote of her performing, and enacting, experience in The Plasmic Portal. See her Blog Post.

After walking in the 2012 All Souls Procession Walk, Quynn Red Mountain felt called to share her experience of embodiment during her segment in “The Plasmic Portal”.  See her blog post here.

When another performer feels guided to share about her/his performance experience, they will post here. Thank you for your interest, and your support!

More photos of this invigorating experience can be found at  http://www.meetup.com/tucson-institute-for-the-shamanic-arts/photos/11375442/

We will create another performance when we feel guided to do so. 🙂

Thoughts from ISA Practitioners

Recently ISA Practitioners gathered to journey and reflect on how ISA is growing and evolving.

We began by lighting candles that represented each practitioner and the light we carry with us in all of our work. Then Celia Blackwood called in all the directions and asked that our spirit guides be present. This is really important because all ISA work, events, circles, journeys, labyrinths, etc. are spirit guided.

Next, we tuned into what messages our spirit guides wanted us to share. Each of us received meaningful information from our journeys that we imparted to others in our group.

In the picture to the left you can see a big octopus. It represents ISA and the different branches of ISA. All around the octopus is an ocean and that is like Earth Web Media-the umbrella for ISA.

We exchanged positive thoughts regarding ISA and then finally we closed with a beautiful blessing offered by Alyson Greene.

Each of us took time to reflect and write a thought about ISA down.

Here are our offerings:

Alyson Greene: Hummingbird magic journey of delight. Room filled with energy of Hummingbird (joy, love, beauty, quick flight, far journeys between the worlds). Everyone (all of us) had profound Hummingbird experiences in our journeys. One theme that came through was being courageous, shedding what is not needed, and the steady loving presence that arises when the busyness is set aside.

Celia Blackwood: Being involved with ISA has been a deeply enriching experience on a personal and community level. ISA has helped me discover and develop my own abilities and connections with my helping spirits as well as my own highest self. My confidence in the tools and techniques of shamanic practice has grown and continues to be nurtured. I am so grateful to offer circles and teachings to others because I know how transformative this shamanic experience can be.

Darcey Blue: The Idea! Yay! series helped me to define, clarify and enhance my professional image and presentation-with spirit guidance.

Plant Journey Walks that are magical and deeply move people to connect with nature in a meaningful way and put them beyond their usual comfort zone helping them to grow and feel the joy and magic of the world.

Plant Journey Circles help people of all skill experience levels to trust their intuition, the shamanic process, and their ability to communicate and understand nature and its messages and gifts.

Quynn Elizabeth Red Mountain: I am very happy to say that our recent shamanic performance came together perfectly. I am grateful that each performer was brave and listened to their guides about what she was to present. Each segment shared an aspect of the shamanic path as experienced by the performer. I don’t know if the whole audience “got it” but I know our spirit guides “got us”.  Thanks to all who attended.

I am grateful to be back to offering personal sessions for people. I took a break over the summer and then while I drummed for participants in a workshop in September, I was given a clear “go ahead” from my guides to offer shamanic journey sessions. I am thrilled to be of service in this way once more.

Elisabeth Black: My positive note is that ISA is having a greater outreach to younger people. Children have started attending circles and labyrinths with their parents. Sensorium for Kids is having a growing outreach. We are striving to meet the needs of children and their parents.

ISA has a strong foundation of beliefs and practitioners that understand and live these practices. They are models for healthy, vibrant, light filled, shamanic mindfulness.

Thank you to our ISA practitioners for bringing us all of the wonderful workshops and circles!

If you are interested in becoming an ISA practitioner, your first step is taking the Healing Practitioner series offered by Quynn each season. The first meeting for this takes place on Saturday, November 3. You can find out more information about it on our meetup page at:

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

The Plasmic Portal is Coming!

Some of us at ISA have felt, once again, the call from our Spirits to share ourselves in a theatrical way.  We have been asked to make aspects of the Shamanic path visible through Performance and Ceremony for modern people in our evolving world.  We are doing this on Saturday, October 20 at 7pm in Tucson, Arizona.  We brought you Cracking Open in 2011, now it is time to enter the Portal within.

Six female shamanic performers will share Spirit Guided segments, performances, and offerings to whoever feels called to participate in this interactive ceremonial experience.  Your Spirit is calling! Join us! Find out more at https://shamanacircle.wordpress.com/is/performance/the-plasmic-portal-a-ceremonial-performance-honoring-shamanic-elements/

THE BEST PARKING IS IN THE LOT ON THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF STONE AVE AND TOOLE AVE.

We hope to see you there!

To Life!

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

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!