Shamanacircle.com is Two Years Old

March 2013. Looking back thru the archives of this site, it is revealed that shamanacircle.com began two years ago this month.  ISA has had a website since 2000 (www.shamanworld.com) but for a period of time we were unable to update it (before we moved to wordpress).  In order to keep moving forward, Quynn decided to create shamanacircle.com and wait until a tech angel came to help update and change the old site of Shaman World.  This has now magically occurred.  Our tech angel came in the form of Re Carlson of abtek.ca media.

Shamanworld.com is now updated, recreated and alive and well once more!  It is bigger and better! Ready for action!  So…now it is time for some spring combining.  ISA will be migrating the content from this site to shamanworld.com for one easy-to-find megasite for ISA’s Spirit Guided Shamanic Community. By summer this will be complete. Stay tuned!!!

While reading past posts, many wonderful events are remembered, and some awesome quotes and photos are seen once again. Here are some by, and of, community members past and present. Enjoy!  If you have yet to attend an ISA event, you are welcome to do so!  Find out more about our events at http://www.meetup.com/tucson-institute-for-the-shamanic-arts/

ISA has given me a community of brothers and sisters on the path and safe place to explore all that my inner and outer worlds have to offer. It’s given a way to connect to the earth no matter where I am.

ISA is a true community…an open, kind welcoming and strong force for personal and global change.

I can feel the pulse of community when we rhythm together. This will heal us and our world. Thank you for our blessings.

These are beautiful people and they took me to a beautiful place. For that I thank them.

I feel relief from the lonely feeling… it is a relief, not being the only person who hears voices or sees spirits….I am able to bare my soul without fear of ridicule.

ISA has helped me connect with the most awesome group of people. There are so many with so much to share, and they are here to share with all their hearts, as am I.

The Institute of Shamanic Arts has given me an amazing sense of community. I have met so many wonderful people with whom I share common interests. This is a safe haven for those of us who have felt “different” from common society, you will not be judged or labeled “weird” here. Nothing but open arms and loving hearts.

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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/

Sacred Nature Adventures: Beauty, Bats, and Blue Lotus Tea

Yesterday evening, a group of adventurous journeyers gathered at dusk in the Rillito River wash. Relaxing into our circle, we quietly awaited the arrival of Tucson’s famous shamanic flyers of the night – our own Rillito River bats! We journeyed to the drum and asked for messages from Bat.

In various tribal, shamanic cultures, Bat is a symbol of rebirth. Often bat accompanies those undergoing great change, transformation, or ego death (release of old habits, old identities, old ways of being). It is 2012! At this potent time in history, many are feeling the quickening of personal and collective initiation. Bat is a powerful ally and guide for such times.

After our first journey, we relaxed into the quiet evening. As eyes adjusted to the changing light, we saw the bats begin to emerge from their daytime roost (under the Campbell bridge). Then, to the journey drum, we experienced thousands of bats swooping and swirling into the night in the sky above us. One participant later shared, “It was magical and awe inspiring when Alyson drummed and we watched the bats fly into the sunset.” Some received special messages or visions from Bat, and there were many smiles as we reclined on the sand, relaxing.

Last week, several of us experienced a different sunset adventure. We journeyed into Sabino Canyon for a Sacred Blue Lotus Tea Party! As we attuned to the canyon, we listened to the sounds of flowing water and gentling rustling leaves. We sipped our tea and journeyed to the drum. One journeyer received clear guidance in how Blue lotus could be used to assist people shamanically in the emotional realm.

Blue lotus (Nymphaea caerulea) is a sacred medicine plant with a rich shamanic history. Technically a water lily, it grew wild along the ancient Nile River and in little ponds and marshy lands nearby. For centuries, Egyptians have prized this exquisitely lovely flower with a dreamy lilac scent for its ritual, visionary, sedative, and aphrodisiac qualities. It was a pleasure to share this beautiful plant with others.

 In the coming weeks, look for more Sacred Nature circles, retreats, and adventures offered through the Institute for the Shamanic Arts. If you feel called to dive into the heart of deep plant connection magic, mark your calendar for September 28 – 30. You are invited to the Sacred Medicine Plant Retreat 2012 with sacred nature guide Alyson Greene and herbalist and shamana flora Darcey Blue.

Written by: Alyson Greene (photo from the Sacred Blue Lotus Tea Party)

 

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

Adventure with the Plant Spirits

As shadows lengthened across the saguaros and sunlit clouds gathered above us, six journeyers hiked into Sabino canyon. Herbalist and plant whisperer Darcey Blue led the way. As we traversed a rocky, narrow trail above mature cottonwood trees and willows, we could see and hear the water flowing below. Our recent monsoon rains have brought out perky new growth on shrubs and trees, and everything smelled fresh and lovely. Even the rocky outcroppings seemed to be a more vibrant shade of desert pink.

 As we walked, we discussed the deliciousness of freshly-plucked prickly pear trail snacks. Then, as we rounded a bend in the trail, we spotted a prickly pear fruit loose on the path. Darcey quickly (and valiantly) rolled the fruit on the ground to remove its spines and then skinned it for us. Happily, we each tasted a bit of the succulent red fruit. Smiling, we continued along our way. 

At our lovely gathering place nestled in the canyon, with the sounds of flowing water and rustling cottonwood leaves, and with flying clouds all around us, Darcey invited us to imbibe the scent of the intoxicating Desert Lavender (Hyptis emoryi), which is also amusingly known as “hippopotamus lavender” to a few of us. After several dreamy “oohs” and “ahhs” were uttered, our group gathered in a heart-shaped “circle” and began a special heart meditation. We were invited to connect with the plants by way of our deepest heart knowing, rather than with our thinking minds. We felt very peaceful, and then Darcey instructed us to each choose a plant and to settle in with it for a shamanic journey.

Our group dispersed, some people sitting with trees or herbaceous plants next to the water, others with mesquite or willow. As dusk floated into the canyon on pink clouds, the brilliant red and orange hues of the river rocks intensified. Even the water began to glow. Cottonwood leaves turned a deep green, seemingly lit from their own source of light. As Darcey began to drum, the cicadas immediately began a lively concert. It was a symphony of summer night sounds—the insects, leaves, water, hawk, sky! Darcey drummed and drummed, and the journeyers traveled with the spirits of their chosen plants. When we gathered back in our heart-shaped “circle” to share our experiences, we heard that vivid messages and imagery had been received. Also, Snake and Hummingbird had visited two of us.

 Darcey drummed for us a second time, and this time Nature loudly called out to us! Soon after the drumming began, the winds suddenly raised a wild ruckus of cottonwood leaves, and then Hawk let out a sharp greeting across the sky! During this second journey, the plants themselves made strong requests of at least two of the journeyers. Later, while hiking out, we were a merry little group walking through the night. The temperature was perfect, and the breeze so lovely. After we arrived back down at the trailhead, a few little drops of rain (and three frogs!) blessed our evening, and we all said good night to each other.

In the coming weeks, Darcey Blue and others with the Institute for the Shamanic Arts will be offering more shamanic events in nature. You are invited.                               

 

–By Alyson Greene

 

 

Darcey and Alyson both offer circles through our meetup group. To find out more information please see:

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

The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show 2012

Every February, Tucson hosts The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show.

About 50,000 visitors flock to Tucson to barter, collect priceless crystals, buy stock for their own enterprises, purchase delights, and exhibit gems and minerals from all over the world.

We are surrounded by the high vibrational energies of thousands upon thousands of crystals.

These are crystal beings that are ready and willing to guide us in raising our consciousness, sending and receiving magical messages,  contacting extraterrestrial intelligence, and transmitting love, peace, balance, understanding, protection, and self-empowerment.

The year 2012 resonates with each of us in a unique and visionary way.

The Institute of Shamanic Arts (I.S.A.) recognizes our star connections with all benevolent beings and extends to you the opportunity to receive messages being offered from other realms.

We employ the use of the drum beat to journey within and we work closely with guides (including crystal beings) to expand our understanding and experience non-ordinary reality.

I.S.A. and its talented facilitators will have many special community offerings for the month of February and throughout the year so that we can all interact with the guidance and connections that unfold this year.

For more information about our offerings please see our Meet-up site at:

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

Solstice Shamanic Techno Blast!

On Thursday, Dec. 22, we celebrated Winter Solstice.

45 light beings joined us in this spectacular celebration.

Together we celebrated by infusing each of our 7 chakras with light.

We called in the Spirits of Light to be present.  We were thankful for “light” and felt much love.

This celebration used a combination of traditional celebration with chanting, meditation, journeying, rhythm of all sorts (bells, rattles, drums, etc.) and the new techno aspect of video and shadow play.

It was lovely to see how the senses were activated and how each person received just the right “light” message.

Thank you to all of our wonderful facilitators-Shannon, Don, Lance, Kym, Alyson, Ian, Elisabeth, Patricia, Dee, Quynn, Jacob, and Phil.

Thank you to Quynn and Jacob for making this celebration possible and for the prepping and detail work.

Thank you to Wilson for the use of the space.

Thank you to Kati for her beautiful imagery video.

Thank you to all that participated and were present during our celebration.

Thank you to all spirits, light beings, and star people that were present.

Here’s to a year full of much love and light. So say we all!

Cracking Open-EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT!

On Saturday, November 26, the Institute for the Shamanic Arts presented Cracking Open-A Shamanic Evocation.

Performance members spent the day preparing the space by setting things up, clearing the space with ritual, smudging,  bringing in love and light, communing with our spirit guides, sharing camaraderie, and really invoking our intentions for the the night.

There were many well thought out goals for this performance. To revisit some of them, they were:

1. In a shamanic style, we will act as hollow bones to evoke messages of “cracking open” (creation anew through the power of memory or imagination).

2.  We will personally bring forth a part/parts of ourselves that are ready to be manifested.

3. We will be a welcoming group to benevolent star beings. (This was amended to include all benevolent beings).

The performance was magical, moving and beautiful.

The audience left their  “audience” status at the doorway and were like tribal members participating in the flow of energy, love, and belief.

Pieces flowed and morphed into what was needed. Even the train cooperated by arriving at just the most opportune time and then as it moved on it cleared the space for whatever was next.

There was a full house and no empty chairs with 50 people present.  People even traveled from Phoenix to witness and be part of this wonderful event.

Comments were received after the performance that it was exciting, riveting, entrancing, and that we are onto something good.

Considering the feedback, and the way the cast and crew felt after the performance, we feel that we met and exceeded our goals!

Many talked of how they did personally “crack open” and about how excited they are from the process (even today, the day after.

Please know that if you didn’t get the chance to make it to Cracking Open, I.S.A. plans many future performances and you are welcome to be a part of them in whatever way you are called! 

Remember, you are LOVED! And you are also very welcome to join this tribe.

For a full listing of our meetups please see:

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

It’s all about Visioning

That’s right shamanic friends!  There is so much visioning going on at Institute for Shamanic Arts.  Keep in mind that “vision” in the shamanic realm extends much further than just to see with your eyes.

One such example took place on Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26 during the workshop called Council of Tribes-Expressing your Shamanic Character which was presented by Quynn.  During this workshop, participants had the opportunity to journey within and find a character that was calling out to them to be either honored or embodied.  Pieces were put together to create these characters and the end results were absolutely transforming and amazing, as you can tell from the picture above.  This workshop was popular and very well received.  Be on the lookout for more fun and very fulfilling workshops like this one, and please come join Quynn Elizabeth and ISA for such events.

ISA is also delighted to experience the revival of  Quynn’s weekly journey circle called Vision-Shamanic Journey Circle.  Several participants expressed gratitude and joy that there will now be a consistent weekly journey circle in which anyone can work on their own spiritual practice.  As one person said, “Just keep coming back!”  Keep in mind also that this sort of practice has much joy and reward to it.  We hope to see you at the next Vision-Shamanic Journey Circle on Sunday, at 11:00 a.m. (check Meetup calendar for details.)

Now, on the note of protecting your visioning, Jenni stepped right up to provide excellent tips and ideas on protection and boundaries.  As “sensitive” folks we need this kind of useful information. Thank you Jenni.

Using seer skills takes another sort of visioning.  Elisabeth Black used her intuition and empath skills to give feedback to questions that participants had.  It was like ISA’s own mini John Edward’s or Sylvia Brown medium show!

Dee, our own special Owl Woman, brought us information about the new moon in Cancer.  There was a lot of joyful energy, nurturing and love in this circle as we tapped into protection and feelings.

Those of us that were interested in love, peace, transforming fear and HUG really enjoyed Everett’s recent circle called Hug.  We got to tap into our child side and enjoy the freedom of interpersonal communion.

These are just some of the cool, fantastic, thrilling, authentic, shamanic, fun, community building, joy filled circles that all include VISIONING going on at Institute of Shamanic Arts.  We hope you will join us in experiencing them!

To find out more about what is going on at Institute for Shamanic Arts, please go to:

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