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Embodied Shamanism

Shamans take their bodies with them when they journey.
Sandra Ingerman
People often ask me why I dance? Those 
who know me might expect a lengthy response, but I will try to be concise. I dance to deeply feel the emotions that get released when I move, to discover how the shapes of my movements reflect my habitual patterns in the external world. I dance to move into a grounded presence where all my senses are open and alive. I dance to connect with the elements of the natural world and the spirit that moves in all things and I dance to enter what shamans call non-ordinary reality, by moving through the veils that separate the world of the heart from the world of the mind... Ever since I first danced with Gabrielle Roth in 1974 I have been practicing a kind of embodied shamanism.

Now I'm not someone who has always lived in his body. Shortly before my first encounter with Gabrielle my Rolfer, Dub Lee, said to me, "Michael, you're the only person I've ever worked on who doesn't realize he has a body." A bit extreme, but probably true. I experienced a lot of trauma, shock and loss in my early years and had suppressed a lot of emotion. My body was tight, lean, strong and I thought invincible, but numb. It wasn't until I began to move with Gabrielle that feelings began to be released, my intuition and instincts sharpened, and I became conscious of a luminous interior world. Yes, like most shamanic healers, I am a wounded healer, and my wounds have become portals for exploring the infinite spaciousness of the unseen world. When I began studying with Sandra Ingerman ( www.sandraingerman.org ) I realized that I had been studying shamanism through dance and movement and it was then that I began to deepen and expand my practice.

Your body is the church where Nature asks to be reverenced.
Marquis de Sade

To continue reading Michael's letter,  click here.


Honoring Gabrielle Roth on the third anniversary of her passing
Gabrielle made an indelible mark on my soul. I knew from the  day I walked into her dance in 1974  that I had found a home (in my body and the dance) and that my life would never be the same. It was a slow dance  through the years of chaos and turmoil. I know that I am one of countless others that feel blessed,  honored and privileged to have known and loved her... Becoming a 5Rhythms teacher is not only the  best thing I ever did, I can honestly say that it saved my life. Thank you Gabrielle for the wisdom, embodiment  and joy you brought into the world. You are so missed on this day and always...
The videos below are her words about being in a body in this time on planet Earth.


Moving Meditation

For the past 17 years it has been my absolute joy and commitment to bring the 5Rhythms Moving Meditation classes and programs to Nevada County. I am currently exploring a move to BC Canada to be closer to my daughter. 

I have been lining up people to continue to bring you and the community our Morning Sweat Your Prayers or an alternative movement forms at the South Yuba Club in Nevada City. The following is our current schedule:

Oct. 18 th Juliette Sweat Your Prayers
Oct. 25 th Ingo Dance Church
Nov. 1 st Juliette Sweat Your Prayer
Nov. 8 th Ingo Dance Church
Nov. 15th Stacey Butcher
Nov. 22 th Ingo Dance Church
Nov. 29th Juliette Sweat Your Prayers



I hope you will enjoy these offerings and support your dance community in thriving together.
Many Blessings,
michael


Center for Shamanic Studies

 

www.CenterforShamanicStudies.com

JP Tindell, myself and other shamanic practitioners have started a new collective based on our vision and values around how an Inter-Being "WE" organization should operate and run to reflect the next stage of evolutionary consciousness. We will be making many new offerings with interview, articles, workshops, shamanic coaching and mentoring and much more. Please check it out and make any suggestions for programs, interviews and information you would like to have included in our offering. This site is for you. Enjoy!

Shamanic Coaching and Guidance

I wanted remind those of you who don't know that I have started up my coaching and mentoring programs again. My primary focus is on providing shamanic guidance, to organizations and individuals. At this time in our evolution I feel it is of paramount importance to transcend our beliefs in separation and access the wisdom of spirit that lives in each and every one of us. I offer a sliding payment scale based on value received and financial situation. Do to my schedule there may be some wait time and I am committed to serving you as best I can. Please give a call or email if you interested in any of the following: 

* Shamanic Coaching and Training
* Power Animal & Spirit Guide Connection
* Soul Remembering & Retrieval
* Organizational Shamanism
* Spiritual Guidance & Journey work
* PTSD and Trama Relief
*Conscious Death Transition


Organizational Shamanism
 
I am currently writing a book that integrates my shamanic practices  with three decades of Organizational Development work. Organizational Shamanism (OS) is the practice and application of ancient shamanic techniques to solve contemporary organizational and community challenges. It is a whole systems approach to gathering information that can help us to revitalize and energize the spirit of our organizations and tap into new levels of creativity, intuition and wisdom not available with contemporary perception. OS focuses on transforming inner states of consciousness to bring about outer change, and taps into a creative potential beyond limiting beliefs and assumptions. 
I am looking for organizations that are interested in trying these new approaches to solving organizational issues. If you and your organization or any one you know are open to applying this pioneering work in your company to bring about organizational change please give me a call. Or email 530.277.0937 or michael@wellofLight.com


Book of the Month

Why we dance: A Philosophy of Bodily Becoming
By Kimerer Lonthe

This is a book that can change your life by changing the way you view the world. Why We Dance introduces a philosophy of bodily becoming that posits bodily movement as the source and ultimate end of human life. Within this philosophy, dance appears as an activity that humans evolved to do as the enabling condition of their best bodily becoming. Weaving theoretical reflection with accounts of lived experience, this book positions dance as a catalyst in the development of human consciousness, compassion, ritual proclivity, and ecological adaptability. Aligning with trends in new materialism, affect theory, and feminist philosophy, as well as advances in dance and religious studies, this work reveals the vital role dance can play in reversing the trajectory of ecological self-destruction along which human civilization is racing.

If movement is all there is, then how humans move matters. And if how humans move matters, then dance appears as something more than physical exercise or an optional art. Dance appears as a way in which humans learn to participate in the ongoing creation of what is. It appears as a way of cultivating a sensory awareness that can guide humans to create relationships with sources of wonder and sustenance in their lives. And it has always been so.
Kimerer LaMonthe

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Poetry Corner
Wild Geese

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.

Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting --
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

Mary Oliver


Call Me by My True Names
by Thich Nhat Hanh

Do not say that I'll depart tomorrow
because even today I still arrive.

Look deeply: I arrive in every second
to be a bud on a spring branch,
to be a tiny bird, with wings still fragile,
learning to sing in my new nest,
to be a caterpillar in the heart of a flower,
to be a jewel hiding itself in a stone.

I still arrive, in order to laugh and to cry,
in order to fear and to hope.
The rhythm of my heart is the birth and
death of all that are alive.

I am the mayfly metamorphosing on the surface of the river,
and I am the bird which, when spring comes, arrives in time
to eat the mayfly.

I am the frog swimming happily in the clear pond,
and I am also the grass-snake who, approaching in silence,
feeds itself on the frog.

I am the child in Uganda, all skin and bones,
my legs as thin as bamboo sticks,
and I am the arms merchant, selling deadly weapons to Uganda.

I am the twelve-year-old girl, refugee on a small boat,
who throws herself into the ocean after being raped by a sea pirate,
and I am the pirate, my heart not yet capable of seeing and loving.

I am a member of the politburo, with plenty of power in my hands,
and I am the man who has to pay his "debt of blood" to, my people,
dying slowly in a forced labor camp.

My joy is like spring, so warm it makes flowers bloom in all walks of life.
My pain is like a river of tears, so full it fills the four oceans.

Please call me by my true names,
so I can hear all my cries and laughs at once,
so I can see that my joy and pain are one.

Please call me by my true names,
so I can wake up,
and so the door of my heart can be left open,
the door of compassion.



Websites of the Month
World Pulse

World Pulse increases the global voice and leadership of women worldwide using the power of digital communication. It is a powerful online community of women and allies worldwide, who speak out and build solutions to today's biggest challenges. They empower women leaders on the ground by advancing their digital skills and leadership to mobilize around the world and create real social transformation. Today, tens of thousands of women from 190 nations are using WorldPulse.com to start movements and pressure global leaders to take a stand on the issues affecting their lives, ranging from the allocation of economic resources to securing leadership at all levels of society. Please support this very important organization and platform for real change in the world.

World Pulse has developed a digital platform that is sitting on the most valuable storehouse of intellectual properties in the world:  the networking of women's knowledge in communities across the globe.
Hazel Henderson, World Renowned Futurist and Economic Evolutionist


Loomio

Loomio is a brilliant online tool for collaborative decision-making, built by a team of technologists, activists and social entrepreneurs in New Zealand. It is a powerful tool for using the internet to create collaborative initiative for making a difference in our world. It uses the internet to give people an easy way to make good decisions together, wherever they are in the world. Lomio is a mission-driven organization with a social purpose at our core: Loomio exists to make it easy for anyone, anywhere, to participate in decisions that affect their lives.

This is the wave of the future folks. We are part of a global movement that is shifting from a industrial growth society powered by fossil fuels to an egalitarian global community that recognizes the inter-relatedness of all life including past and future generations. Check it out!


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Mark Nepo: Reduced to Joy: The Journey from our Head to Our Heart

Mark Nepo moved and inspired readers and seekers all over the world with his #1 New York Times bestseller The Book of Awakening. Beloved as a poet, teacher, and storyteller, Mark has been called "one of the finest spiritual guides of our time," "a consummate storyteller," and "an eloquent spiritual teacher."

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Mirabai Starr writes fiction, creative non-fiction and contemporary translations of sacred literature. She teaches Philosophy and World Religions at the University of New Mexico-Taos and teaches and speaks widely on contemplative practice and inter-spiritual dialog.

11/03/15 Bhola Banstola: Nepal and Shamanism

Bhola Nath Banstola was born and brought up in the Bhojpur district of Eastern Nepal. At a very young age he was called by the ancestors into the healing path. Taught by his own paternal grandfather and later on by many master shamans from different traditions, from a young age, he started healing work. After graduating in Cultural Anthropology and Alternative Medicine, he established himself in Kathmandu to help and heal others.

11/10/15 Christina Pratt: Why Shamanism Now
Shamanic healer, author, and teacher, Christina Pratt is the founder of Last Mask Center in Portland, Oregon. She is the author of the two-volume set An Encyclopedia of Shamanism and host of the international, live-Internet radio show Why Shamanism Now, offering over 300 hours of free podcasts (www.whyshamanismnow.com) on the practical application of shamanism in our time.

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Dr. Michael Charles Tobias is a global ecologist whose field research has taken him to over 90 countries. He has worked in ecological anthropology, bio-cultural ethics, and large-scale biodiversity conservation; eco-restoration, the saving of endangered species, animal rights, and has a particular focus upon the future prospects for biological evolution.  

Jane Gray Morrison is an author, ecologist and filmmaker who has done field work dozens of countries, productions for many networks around the world, and written numerous books, including God's Country: The New Zealand Factor, Donkey: The Mystique of Equus Asinus, and Sanctuary: Global Oases of Innocence (www.sanctuary-thebook.org).

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Kimerer Lamonthe: Why We Dance 
Kimerer L. LaMothe is a dancer, philosopher, and scholar of religion. Kimerer is the author of numerous articles and five books, including Nietzsche's Dancers: Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, and the Revaluation of Christian Values (Palgrave), Between Dancing and Writing: The Practice of Religious Studies (Fordham), and her latest, Why We Dance: A Philosophy of Bodily Becoming (Columbia).
 
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Carolyn Baker, Ph.D.:  
Carolyn Bakerlyn Baker, Ph.D. is the author of Love In The Age Of Ecological Apocalypse: The Relationships We Need To Thrive and Extinction Dialogs: How To Live With Death In Mind. Her previous books include Collapsing Consciously: Transformative Truths For Turbulent Times (2013); Navigating The Coming Chaos: A Handbook For Inner Transition (2011) and Sacred Demise: Walking The Spiritual Path Of Industrial Civilization's Collapse (2009).
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Barbara Marx Hubbard 
Barbara Marx Hubbard is a world-renowned visionary futurist, evolutionary educator and inspiring speaker. Deepak Chopra has called Barbara Marx Hubbard "the voice for conscious evolution of our time". Barbara is the author of six acclaimed books that communicate the new worldview of conscious evolution. 
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Tom Butler: Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot
Tom Butler is the editorial projects director of the Foundation for Deep Ecology and the president of the Northeast Wilderness Trust. A conservationist and writer, his books include Wildlands Philanthropy, Plundering Appalachia, Keeping the Wild, Energy: Over-Development and the Delusion of Endless Growth and Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot. www.deepecology.org
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Andrew Harvey: Sacred Activism
Andrew Harvey is Founder Director of the Institute of Sacred Activism, an international organization that invites concerned people to take up the challenge of our contemporary global crises by becoming inspired and effective agents of change.