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Summer/Fall 2019

We are pleased to introduce a new column on the FSS News blog, Core Shamanism Chronicles. The Chronicles feature brief personal shamanic healing accounts and practical applications of core shamanism in daily life. By sharing our inspiring stories with each other, we hope to reveal the power, effectiveness, and beauty of shamanic practice. The first three entries are negotiating with ants, shamanic help for autism, and healing for a neck injury. Read entries and see the guidelines for submitting your own example of core shamanism in daily life 
Have a delightful Fall season.     
In gratitude,
Susan Mokelke
Advanced Residential Training 2020
♦ The 12th East Coast Three Year Program, taught by Nan Moss, will begin May 17-22, 2020 in Madison, Virginia. Download information-application.    
♦ The West Coast Two Week Shamanic Healing Intensive, taught by Amanda Foulger, will be held June 7-18, 2020 in the San Francisco Bay Area. Download information-application.  
Harner Shamanic Counseling, taught by April Tuck, will be held August 3-7, 2020 in the San Francisco Bay Area. Download information-application. 
♦ The 17th West Coast Three Year Program, taught by Amanda Foulger, will begin October 18-23, 2020 in the San Francisco Bay Area. Request application
Documentary film The Way of the Shaman: The Work of Michael and Sandra Harner . Free online streaming
Way of the Shaman movie  
Interested in training in shamanism and shamanic healing? Download this helpful guide to getting started with the Foundation for Shamanic Studies' integrated series of workshops and programs. DOWNLOAD THE GUIDE (PDF):   Shamanic Training - Getting Started.
A new workshop, Shamanism for Inspired Local and Global Change, was offered for the first time in the San Francisco Bay Area in April 2019. In these challenging times, shamanic work, when combined with ordinary reality knowledge and action, can make an immense contribution toward effective long-term solutions for community and global problems. Shamanic divination -- asking the fully compassionate spirits for answers to questions -- is particularly helpful in providing inspired and workable ways to address complex issues in ordinary reality. FSS Faculty are in training now to offer this transformative method throughout the USA and Canada. For details, and workshop schedule visit the FSS website.
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Susan Mokelke FSS President Susan Mokelke was invited to teach Shamanism for Inspired Local and Global Change in Ohlstadt, Germany, to participants and FSS Europe faculty members. In September 2019, a large group of participants from various European countries successfully completed the training. In the coming year, Roland Urban, Director of FSS Europe, plans to train the faculty there to teach this method to students throughout Europe.
An FSS workshop was sponsored by the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) International Conference July 18 - 21, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. On July 18, Susan Mokelke facilitated a one-day pre-conference workshop, "The Shamanic Journey, Pathway to Another Reality," introducing Michael Harner's core shamanism journeying method to the enthusiastic attendees. Participants had the opportunity to experience the shamanic journey using drumming to alter consciousness, make contact with power animals, gain knowledge, and awaken the soul and dormant spiritual power. Read 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." Cave and Cosmos is available in paperback directly through the Foundation, as well as online and in local bookstores in paperback and e-book editions. Available in many languages. 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... 


Forests as superorganisms 
Within a shrouded New Zealand forest, a tree stump keeps itself alive by holding onto the roots of its neighboring trees, exchanging water and resources through the grafted root system. New research details how and why this happens. The findings suggest a shift from the perception of trees as individuals towards understanding forest ecosystems as "superorganisms." Read more... 
Thanks to Sandra Harner, FSS co-founder, faculty, and vice president. 
The Earth as a Drum  
The drum is said to be the horse that carries the shaman's spirit on its soul flight. Modern research has shown how drumming at a particular tempo changes brain wave patterns to facilitate an altered state of consciousness. There is also much promising research into the beneficial effects of drumming for everything from depression to Alzheimer's. And now, scientists at Queen Mary University of London have evidence that the Earth itself may be a drum. Or at least its magnetic field functions like a drum. Read more...   
Thanks to Kevin Turner, Director for FSS Asia.
Everything that is, is alive 
People who believe in oneness, the idea that everything in the world is connected and interdependent, appear to have greater life satisfaction than those who don't, regardless of whether they belong to a religion or don't, according to new research. Read more...
Shamanism for the curious but hesitant 
In this blog post, FSS faculty member Narrye Caldwell addresses some of the common hesitations and misunderstandings people have about shamanism.
My client's eyes were wide with amazement. Flushed and glowing, she described the herd of wild horses that had thundered through the room during her shamanic journey, how she could hear their pounding hooves, smell their dusky coats, and feel the floor vibrate. She was filled with awe. There was not an ounce of her being that didn't sense the reality of those horses. And she left my office that day feeling the same wild power in her own soul. ...I've noticed that there are many misunderstandings about shamanism in our culture; I've picked a few of the most common ones to talk about in the hope that you will be encouraged to explore further ... Read more...   
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 FSS Polestar highlights some of the questions we are frequently asked about contemporary shamanic practice. "Polestar" is defined as "something that serves as a guiding principle." It reflects our commitment to helping practitioners stay oriented to authentic shamanic methods and ethics, while maintaining their own independent spirituality, which comes from learning directly from the compassionate spirits. We plan to address one practice-oriented issue a month, which will be posted to the FSS News blog and on the Facebook page. Email us your practice-related questions for consideration for Polestar. Use our CONTACT FORM, and put "Polestar" in the subject line.
Question: How can I provide shamanic help in cases of natural or human-caused disasters? ( Read on the FSS website)
Shamanic healing is powerful and can produce miracles of healing. It also operates outside of ordinary reality time and space, so distance healing can be just as powerful as in person work. Where there is massive trauma from natural disasters, like earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, etc., as well as human-created disasters like war and terrorist acts, distance shamanic work can bring spiritual healing to souls in need.

The issue of permission is always an important consideration in proceeding with shamanic work. An extra layer of complexity is added when doing distance work, whether for an individual or for large numbers of people. It is crucial in the ethical practice of shamanic healing and divination to obtain express permission, in ordinary reality, from any person for whom you are doing work. This is because none of us can presume to make decisions on behalf of another person's soul, even if we feel sure that what we want to do is only for healing or "for the highest good." See Ethical Considerations in Shamanic Healing.

Given the permission issues involved, there are generally two ways to proceed in cases of mass trauma. One option is to journey to the area of suffering and ask your helping spirits how best to help on a spiritual level. Here, the ethical issues discussed above are paramount. For instance, if in your journey you find living people experiencing pain and suffering, you cannot get permission to do shamanic healing for them from a distance. Remember, permission to work on behalf of living humans must be granted in ordinary reality, not telepathically or spiritually or by communicating with their soul. If, on the other hand, you encounter deceased human souls, you can offer psychopomp work; but again, only with each soul's express permission and only if you have been trained in this work.

A second way, often neglected, is to gather factual information on the issue, then journey to your helping spirits to ask what you can do,  in ordinary reality,  to help. The collection of information is an important preparatory step to successfully consulting with the spirits. Once you have done your ordinary reality work, the spirits build upon it and may offer surprising and elegant concrete and spiritual activities to help ease the suffering of the people, life forms, and earth forms involved in these larger disasters. For training and experience in using shamanic methods for addressing both local and large-scale healing of our planet, please check out the new FSS advanced workshop,   Shamanism for Inspired Local and Global Change.

Due to climate change and other factors, these days we are experiencing an overwhelming amount of trauma and damage to the earth itself. Many shamanic practitioners want to work in partnership with their helping spirits to relieve the associated pain and suffering. Before proceeding, since the land, the water, the forests, and all of creation is inspirited, we must ask permission before doing any shamanic work. We do this by journeying to the soul of the land, the water, the trees, and other earth and life forms. And always, we consult with our helping spirits about how to proceed in a wise, ethical way, and humble way, never assuming that we have the final answers.

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