In our everyday modern life, we are so bombarded by the demands on us, such as work, family and home life, and our social activities. We are living in such a fast paced lifestyle that it can be challenging to find balance in life. Many are so overwhelmed, over-stimulated, and just plain exhausted by the hectic pace we try to maintain.
Our human bodies are really not meant to maintain such a frantic pace. I encourage you to change your thinking on modern day life, use technology to your advantage, but do not let it control you, and run you ragged.
It is valuable to your well-being to take some time to wind down from your past paced life, reconnect with yourself, with nature, and with ancient wisdom that can sooth your soul.
The ancient practices of the indigenous people shows us how they followed the natural cycles, kept their communities and themselves in balance, and observed nature to show them where they were not in balance. But you dont have to become a shaman to learn how to use these ancient practices.
There are 3 valuable aspects of shamanism that can be implemented by anyone:
Education – This is about taking in information, knowledge. This can be from reading about something, being taught by someone else, or observing through personal experience.
For example, when learning how to meditate, you might read a book about it, listen to someone describe how they do it, and what process they go through to successfully meditate, and then finally you actually try meditation for yourself, and experience what it feels like for you.
Ritual – this is 2 way communication with spirit. You can ask spirit, your guides, your higher self, asking God in prayer, and you may see your prayers answered. Ritual introduces a process where you can use a series of objects, or practices to invoke your connection with your spiritual self. But in this process, in addition to asking, you can also listen for answers, or direction.
For example, you may develop a morning ritual which includes you sitting in a certain chair, or a place in nature, you might light a candle, have special music playing, and do a short meditation. When you continually repeat this process, it soon creates a message to your higher self, and to spirit that when you set up this ritual, you are ready to communicate with the divine.
Ceremony – this is honoring the divine. It can be the bridge between your ordinary life and your soul. Ceremony engages us in non-ordinary reality; it is a deeply felt way to honor events in our lives that we want to hold sacred. Ceremony reminds us how connected we are with Spirit and our divine nature, to celebrate the wonder of being alive. You can hold a ceremony to honor your gifts, what you have been given, and what you have achieved.
If you want to learn more about Ceremony, and connection with ourselves, with nature, and with the ancient indigenous practices, join the Wind Haven Shaman community for one of our monthly meetups. Connect with us on Social Media, find us on meetup.com or contact Deanna at www.wind-haven.com