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Spring/Summer 2017
 

In these challenging times, as practitioners of shamanism we are blessed with tools to find our way through illusion to truth. Shamanic methods can help us to let go of powerful negative emotions that block seeing, so we may align once again with the straight way. We can journey to our compassionate helping spirits and ask for knowledge,
understanding, and personal healing. We can ask about how to release fear, despair, anger, and sadness. Divination journeys can be made, seeking clarity and specific actions to take.

We are not alone. A vast reservoir of wise and benevolent assistance is accessible to us. And we are privileged to be part of a shamanic community of those who see with the heart--a community of people working to benefit all beings and our precious Earth
 

In gratitude,
Susan Mokelke
Editor
FSS NEWS
 
Advanced residential training offered in 2017:
A new summertime Three Year Program of Advanced Initiations in Shamanism in the Seattle, Washington area begins August 6 - 17, 2017, taught by Susan Mokelke. Learn more... Download the application...  
East Coast Two Week Shamanic Healing Intensive in Madison, Virginia, October 22 - November 2, 2017, with Nan Moss. Download the application...  

All workshops and training descriptions and schedules...
 
For more about the FSS Three Year Programs and Two Week Intensives, view excerpts of two live video conferences with instructors Susan Mokelke (view video) and Amanda Foulger (view video).

New Workshop: Advanced Shamanic Healing Practice. This two-day Advanced Shamanic Healing Practice is designed to provide students with advanced FSS training the opportunity for hands-on healing practice using multiple core shamanic methods. It provides students the opportunity to "put it all together" by applying multiple core shamanic healing methods in a solo session for another participant. This is also a rare chance to exchange information and discuss shamanic healing with other advanced practitioners. The first workshop will be taught by Susan Mokelke, July 8 - 9, 2017 in the San Francisco Bay Area. Learn more about the training and prerequisites...

 
Michael and Sandra Harner arriving at premiere. 

The live premiere of the new documentary film The Way of the Shaman: The Work of Michael and Sandra Harner took place on Friday May 19, 2017. An enthusiastic audience of about 200 FSS members, supporters, and guests were present at the Lark Theater in Larkspur, California for the first public showing. A viewer says:
"Thank you for making such a beautiful and inspiring film about the birth of the foundation. It was absolutely stunning! Thank you Michael and Sandra for your vision and your commitment."
The documentary will be available soon for streaming at no cost.   Learn more and view the trailer...
 
Applications have been accepted for the 2017 FSS Faculty Intern Program (applications were accepted until June 2). Accepted applicants are expected to be announced in the next six weeks. Learn more about the intern program...

The Foundation offers Continuing Education (CE) Contact Hours/Credits (CEUs) for its workshops and training programs in the USA and Canada. Learn more...
 
Cave and Cosmos by Michael Harner Kirkus Reviews named Michael Harner's Cave and Cosmos: Shamanic Encounters with Another Reality, as the Nonfiction Indie Book of the Month: "Harner's rich compendium gives many ways to consider and explore a powerful and inspiring view of the cosmos."
Translations available: Chinese, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Romanian, Slovenian, Spanish, and Turkish. Upcoming: Russian and Estonian. Cave and Cosmos is available in paperback directly through the Foundation, as well as online and in local bookstores. Paperback and e-book editions may be obtained online from Random House and Amazon.com. At Michael Harner's request, all royalties from Cave and Cosmos go to the Foundation for Shamanic Studies in support of its work. Learn more... 

SHAMANISM NEWS
 
Lost tourist aided by local shamans and tribe of rainforest monkeys. Deep in the Bolivian rainforest, a young Chilean tourist goes missing for nine days. Two local shamans join forces with guides to locate him. They work day and night, the shamans in the spirit realms and the guides in ordinary reality. Meanwhile, the lost tourist is receiving help from a group of monkeys who stay with him, dropping fruit and leading him to shelter each day. Read the story of his adventure and eventual rescue at NationalGeographic.com. Submitted by Stephanie Schoville, California. 
 
Is the popularity of ayahuasca a threat to the tradition? "From Brooklyn to Australia, there's a growing demand for ayahuasca, a tribal, hallucinogenic tea said to have both spiritual and curative properties. But, like any globalization fairy tale, the world's embrace is threatening to suffocate the tradition at its source." (from Motherboard) Read more... Submitted by Kevin Turner, Kyoto, Japan. 
 
As a service to the community, Sacred Hoop magazine editor Nicholas Breeze Wood is offering a free PDF download of a "Special Guide to Shamanism." This collection includes 27 articles about shamanism from some of the best known shamanic teachers, writers, and practitioners in the world. In the editor's words, "I hope it helps people grow in their own practice, helps people to listen to the spirits, both as a benefit to themselves, and more importantly as to benefit to their community." Download the Guide....
 
The FSS provides news articles and links as a service to the shamanic community; no endorsement is implied. Visit shamanism.org for articles, media, and more about the Foundation's work in shamanism. 
 
HEALING WORDS
Shamanism and Grief
by Lora Jansson  
 
So many people find themselves struggling through the dark passages of grief, depression, and angst in a world that seems to be teetering on the edge of destruction. In this essay from shamanic practitioner Lora Jansson, we are invited to look at this process as one of many ways the spirits initiate and call us. --NC, assistant editor 
 
It all began to fly apart almost one year ago. Depression about the planet, and the fate of the wild animals cut me apart like a hulking surgeon wielding his shiny scalpel while towering over me. I could feel his breath, and I felt bound to the operating table.
 
This was not my first time being dismembered by this hopelessness about the planet and her relations.
 
And this was new because a crippling anxiety came with my depression that made me shake for some hours every day as if I were receiving errant electric shock treatments. I had never had a breakdown with such anxiety before.
 
And it was all partnered to a knowledge, a CERTAINTY that some doom was coming that was so great that none of us could survive it. I could not only feel the grief of the earth and animals, did not only convulse as I shook with my own panic, but knew that all of this? All I was going through? This was the warm up for some catastrophe of such proportion that the world was going to be ripped apart.

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Being a shamanic practitioner is like being a sword fighter in some ways. The sword cuts and swings in two ways. In one, shamanic power feels much more like a magical wand, able to ease suffering, cure illness, and help us all evolve.
 
That's the sweet side of the sword. This story explains the second way the blade flashes.
 
Many years ago, I engaged in a powerful shamanic initiation, the Bound Shaman, where I was shrouded by a blanket, with both hands and feet tied with rough rope that also wrapped taut around the blanket in a series of knots. I could not breathe or move. We were told some teaching might come from our helping spirits while we were suffering, and perhaps, they would free us of the suffocating blanket and painful knots if we sincerely asked for a teaching.
 
It was pitch black as I was bound and gasping for air. Drums began to pound. Almost instantly, my shamanic helping spirit asked me this question in a loud voice, "Do you want to exchange hearts, which will mean we will be in charge of your spiritual growth and work for the rest of your life?"

I have always jumped before looking, one of my best and worst traits. I did not take even a breath before I said yes. I innately understood this would mean whatever I went through in my quest to serve, to ease suffering in others, I would be called to work in the way the compassionate spirits deemed proper and right, and not in my own way or at my own speed. 

And the second I said yes, all of the many knots in the ropes flew loose without my doing anything. The ropes unknotted themselves, and the blanket leapt off my body. All in under a minute. Read the full essay...  

From "Your Grief is Your Sister" (November 30, 2016) by Lora Jansson, onetribeonly.com. Lora is an FSS Three Year Graduate and shamanic practitioner from Washington state.  
 
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