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

Re-Gratitude Sunday

Our shamanic journey circle on Sunday focused on -rethinking and re-generating and re-joicing ourselves.  This was the first Sunday after the close of our most recent Mercury Retrograde experience, and so an idea came to me for the focus of our two shamanic journeys.  Each week, I ask for our intentions and tools to be revealed, and an idea comes to me. 🙂 This time, I saw many Re words, like Re-new, Re-vise and Re-member.  Mercury Retrograde slows things down, backs things up, and if we are lucky, things don’t break (unless they are meant to). Return in many ways occurs.  We back up, stop, and come forward for another time in many ways in our lives.  Our intention was to look at our last month, and ask for guidance about our journey through the next phase.

I asked the circle participants (aged 18-74) if they would play with me. They did 🙂  We each wrote 2-5 Re words. Anything that came to us. “Can we make up words?” someone asked. “Sure” was the answer.  We each wrote, and then put our words (on papers) in a box.  We played a divination game of picking 2-3 word papers without looking at them.  We pondered our word combos, and then got comfortable for our journeys.  Each session consists of 2 shamanic journeys.  One or more drums keeping a consistent beat unleashes the dreaming mind.  People who wanted to, shared what they wanted to, after each drum session.  I continually feel awe to hear people’s journeys.

Here are the word papers that people didn’t take with them… maybe you can think of your last month, and ask “what will be helpful to me in my next phase”?  Pick 1-4 words from the ones below that seem to speak to you. Listen to a drum or rattle beat, and ask for assistance.    By the way, I named this blog ‘Re-Gratitude’ because a voice in my journey said it to me, and it means to give gratitude over and over.

Rejoice, Remember, Regenerate, Regain, Resist, Reveal, Reinvest, Repeat, Remind, Return, Repair, Reschedule, Revision, Recreate, Reunite, Relief, Reincarnation, Restrain, Resistance, Reclaim, Reintroduce, Relove and Relaugh (Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, hee, hee, hee, hee)

Written by Quynn

Shamanic Seer-Divining Bones

Bone readings have played a part in different cultures around the world.

Generally, bones are cast into a circle and the way that they fall determines the outcome of the reading. In addition to bones, other small objects may be added to the cast such as coins, shells, nuts, dice, or stones. Patterns are looked for in the way the bones fall or markings on the bones have significance.

For the Shamanic Seer-Divining Bones night, a different style of reading the bones was used. This method had been presented via the dream world.

My style of bone reading (Elisabeth Black) was shown to me by the spirit world in dreams. These dreams started with the initial dream where I was watching a Native American bone reader give readings to people. He spoke to me and told me that I am to read bones. When I asked him how I would do that, he answered that I should start by getting bones.

Many talkative bones have since been gifted to me. They find their way to me with an urgency to share messages from the spirits. This urgency gets so strong at times that the bones seem to rattle to get out of their protective case.

Together, the bones and I act as conduits to bring forth messages.

The night before the Divining Bones shamanic circle, my spirit teachers appeared in a dream. In this dream, they showed me how they wanted me to share information and proceedings for the night. Tuning into them and being open to their guidance assures me that I am truly being a “hollow bone” and allowing their wisdom to channel through me.

Here is what one man had to say about the night:

“Hi Elisabeth, The Shamanic Seer- Divining Bones session was wonderful. Sharing the info from Spirit as each of us perceived it from our individual points of was very enlightening. It was truly a blessing to be part of this shared experience! I highly recommend this to anyone who feels Spirit guiding them to participate. I’m very grateful for all the opportunities for Spiritual Growth and Healing provided by ISA’s various Shamanic Practitioners.”

In addition to using the bones, I also had the card deck modeled after Tikar Spider Divination. In Southwest Cameroon they use earth spiders which are relatives to the trapdoor spider. It is believed that because they nest underground they have supernatural wisdom.  Originally, plum leaves were used instead of cards. A spider was used to divinate on special occasions.

I pair the use of these cards with the bones because I feel that they share a lot of the same qualities of earthiness and grounded messages.

If the idea of a Bone Reading calls out to you or you are curious, I encourage you to reach out for your own personal Bone Message.

You can find out more information for when the next Bone Readings will be at:

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

You can find out more information about Elisabeth Black at:

https://shamanacircle.wordpress.com/is/practitioners/elisabeth-black/

I am also able to do long distance readings. My email is:

sweetnessofsoul@yahoo.com

Animistic Love Notes from the Earth

Coming Full Circle

On September 11 2011, 8 journeyers gathered to bring back messages from our Earth Kin.  Using divination, each journeyer picked an Earth element/aspect  and then wrote humanity a message after listening to a drum and rattles.

These are their messages…

The Sky is the limit.
Soar through the sky like an Eagle flies. 
The sky offers boundless space.
Blue sky, nothing but blue sky overhead.

Father Sky above watching out for those below.
We look at Father Sky holding the space between Earth and Void Space.
Embracing the Clouds, look through the Sky to reach for the Stars.

Owl flies silently through the Sky to catch her prey, as we too can achieve what we want and need.

From Sky, through Dee

Tree of Life

Strong roots to sustain the strong branches that carry our lives.
Finding balance through the turmoil and stillness for all Animists!

From Tree, through Patricia M.

”Water” is not one big being.
”Water is a collaboration, a coming together, of millions of little beings, all who want to nourish you, and all other beings who need Us.

Do not take Us for granted, please, We are special because whether on this world or the next, You need Us!

From Water, through Quynn

 

Place the Sun in your belly.
Let it light your happy face.
Let it shine through the darkness.
Let it bring warmth to those who greet you.
Let it nourish the Earth.
Let it turn you into gold.

From Sun, through Dave

 

There are many, countless moons.  Some- one person can sit upon and cover completely this small blue Moon.  It says Listen- This place is Vast.  Human Life is short. Begin!  Seize hold!  Do your passion now!  Soon you will be gone. 

Start by listening to yourself with the heart of a loving parent.
Listen for your needs and wants and give them to yourself.

Then this won’t seem an order from a mountaintop, but a nurturing joy to love yourself into ecstasy.

Anyone, no matter how hurt, can listen to themselves and take action.

From Moon, through Allison T.

 

Ocean
We are all waves of Ocean, with Ocean inside of us (our blood, and our other body waters).
We do not need to be afraid of sea storms, crashing surf and tsunamis as long as we recognize that our skins are made of water too, and we are therefore not actually separate from each other.

We are Ocean.

From Ocean, through Alison I.

 

The Air carries with it the breath of life, that which we need for our survival.

Know that the Air you breathe now contains molecules that came from the Air your ancestors carried in their lungs.  And know that the Air you breathe is carried on the winds and shared with living beings from around the globe, and not just the two leggeds, the four leggeds, eight leggeds, and the no leggeds.

And know that your actions today affect the Air that will be breathed by your children, their children’s children, and their children’s children. 

So we are all connected.  We put our thoughts onto the air with the sound of our words.  Be aware of those words and if they are hurtful or unhelpful, do not give life to them.  And remember that the air can lift you up and take you places, like it helps the wings to fly and experience new places and new things. 
Open your heart to your new experiences and share your sky with others.

From Condor about Air, through Cindy

 

Situations that appear to be tense and chaotic always have a clear, soft pool below that is calm and serene. If we can become quiet enough, we can gently float down into the cool serenity and find resources within ourselves to create a harmonic situation that will provide each person with what they need.

From Clay, through Mandee