Outdoor play is an essential aspect of helping to ensure the health and wellbeing of children on the Spiritual, Mental, Emotional and Physical aspects of their being.
Being in Nature, exploring and experiencing life at different levels not only brings a sense of physical and mental wellbeing, it also fosters a deep connection to the Earth and all that inhabit Her. This is crucial not only for children's health, but for their future and the future of the planet. If human beings do not reconnect at a very deep level with the Earth, then the rate of destruction for the Mother is ensured.
A daily practice is crucial for developing and maintaining Shamanic wisdom and connections.
A daily practice should have the intention of connecting you to yourself, the Great Spirit and all of your relations. A beautiful way of developing a daily practice is to join in with what is know as The Great Conversation
I was taught by a Lakota Iyeska that the Great Conversation happens every morning at dawn, when all of the animals and birds come together to sing their prayers for us. If we join in the Great conversation every morning for one month, by singing our prayers out with the rest of our relations, we will begin to build relationship and deepen our own Shamanic understanding.
Waken Tanker is the Native American name for the Great Spirit in Manifestation. In Shamanic understanding, everything in creation has a spark of the Great Spirit within it, their forms vary widely, as do their earthly experiences and awareness of time.
Everything in creation, as it contains a fragment of the Great Spirit within it, has its own awareness of life and its own experiences of life. It is this Spirit fragment that is contained within all things, that links all things together, and through which we as Humans can connect with them.
early Native Americans did not record time by using the months of the Julian or
Gregorian calendar. Many tribes kept track of time by watching the seasons and
lunar months, although there was much inconsistency.
of moons often date back to Native American tribes, and early European pilgrims.
They helped keep track of seasons, and significant events at those times.
August's full moon, for example, is called the Sturgeon Moon, named for the
species of fish that is best caught in the Great Lakes at around that time.
Crystals are an important part of Shamanic Practice. However, often times Shamanic Practitioners do not choose their crystal helper by looking in a book and deciding which one(s) to ask for help (although this can be useful in some circumstances) but they will use their connectivity and intuition to discern which crystal wants to help them at any given time or for a particular need to be fulfilled.
Crystals are very useful helpers in our own personal work, on the physical, mental, emotional and Spirit aspects of our selves and also for us to help others with.
Indigenous cultures have been observing
community drumming for thousands of years. Now people all over the world are
taking up drumming in astonishing numbers. At a grass roots level, small communal
drum circles are springing up. While some drum circles are content to jam and
make a lot of rhythmic noise, others choose to explore Shamanic drumming.
Shamanic drummingis a time-honored
method of healing and helping others. A drumming circle is a place for
shamanic practitioners to get together for learning, healing, and the
revelation of spiritual guidance.
Creativity in the general sense of the word is very much about
artistic endeavours, crafts, cooking, writing, painting, drawing acting etc.
Indeed, these activities generally bring forth a beauty from the internal world
of the creator and offer their beauty to be shared with others.
Expressing our artistic creativity is a pleasure for us to engage
in, it can be calming, meditative and
rewarding but sometimes frustrating and irritating as well!
In terms of shamanic understanding, creativity is taken a few
The word “solstice” comes
from the latin wordssol (sun) andsistere (stand still) because on June 21, the sun appears
to stand still before it reverses direction and begins its decent back into the
southern sky. The Summer Solstice is the first day of summer in the Northern
Hemisphere and the longest day of the year. The sun is at its peak, the highest
point in the sky. The rays of the sun are the clearest and warmest for this
longest day, and shortest night.
Celebrations of the Summer Solstice
vary across the globe and from culture to culture.
Plants and humans have lived in partnership
since the beginning of human experience, not only in terms of food and medicine
but as a fundamental part of our spiritual experience and developing
Shamanic cultures worldwide see
everything around them as alive, aware, and related. From
a shamanic perspective nature is a complex web of support in which each part effectively
cares for another; the nature of nature is co-operation. Nature has not accidentally created the
plants around us to be as they are.
Shamanic practice places great importance on
shamanic tools and a shaman’s sacred implements may be of many different kinds.
They many include plants, special stones, animal parts, drums, musical
instruments, masks, costumes and feathers.
Feathers may be used as tools to ease us in to an
awakening of the whole self, used in prayer, or utilised for protection and
healing. Feathering can also be used in energy healing’s, such as cleansing the
auric field by sweeping a bird's wing or a single feather within the Auric
Field - the space of energy surrounding a person.