Shaman’s World

 

(This training is no longer offered in groups but only one-on-one)

 

It is common knowledge that we live in a fast world. Everything is accelerating and changing at an exponential rate. This is true not only in the domains of technology but even permeates spirituality and the domain of the intangible. What once used to take a minimum of twenty years to master is expected to be learned, assimilated and integrated much faster than ever before.

 

The Q’ero shamans of Peru – known as Paqos – say that the state of the earth and the crises that we face are such that there is no time for long and laborious apprenticeships. They have also predicted that the problems of the world will have to be addressed by Western shamans, for it is the West that is responsible for many of the crises before us.

 

That brings you into the picture. You who are reading these words. You who are seeking at the fringes of your culture for answers that are clearly not available in the mainstream. You who are perhaps wanting to find some sanity in this unbalanced world that we have created. You who are looking for the face of your own true self.

 

If you decide to embark on this training you will explore the world of spirit (aka: energy), the invisible world that surrounds you and that informs everything. You will be guided by techniques, processes and wisdom that are as old as humanity and as relevant today as they were in the ancient past.

 

I hope you will find what you’re looking for in the training that I offer. I hope that you will find fulfilment and joy. But above all else I hope that the earth will find a true and courageous servant in you.

Training Outline

 

The journey of becoming a shamanic healer in this tradition is divided into two main phases.

 

PHASE ONE begins with your own personal healing, for anyone wanting to heal others must first take a long hard look at themselves. This is done by assembling a Mesa, the primary tool of the Paqo or healer.

 

A Mesa is a medicine bundle containing several stones called Khuyas. At the completion of this first stage of your training you will have acquired 13 Khuyas, each of which will embody a very specific archetypal energy that will have become empowered by you through a corresponding number of healing journeys.
These are all journeys that you must make within yourself, to find the source of your specific wounding and transmute these into powers. The Wounded Healer is just such a one: someone who has managed to  transform their darkness into light.

 

Once your Mesa is complete you will begin PHASE TWO where you will learn several healing interventions and processes that you will need to practice with friends and volunteers until you become proficient enough to venture out on your own.

 

Session duration and frequency are negotiated on an individual basis, but mostly I find that one day a month suits most people. The days can be fairly intense – most inner work is – and the time between training will give you a chance to integrate as well as practice what you have learned. Mostly you can expect to cover both phases of training within one year.

a taste of the first four Khuyas

 

1. Power of the Feminine

 

The Mother is the first energy we experience when we come into this world. Many initiatory processes around the world are geared around separation from the physical (and fallible) mother and re-identification with the Divine Mother, with the Goddess, with Pachamama.

This will be the first healing journey where you will travel to release the old energetic imprints (conditioning) associated with the feminine and forge a new relationship with the creative and nurturing Mother of All.

 

2. Power of the Masculine

 

The Father is the second energy we experience in this world. Similarly to the above, shamanic initiatory processes are often geared around separation from the physical (and fallible) father and re-identification with the Divine Father, with the God, with Tayta Inti.

Here too you will journey to release the old energetic imprints (conditioning) associated with the masculine and forge a new relationship with the creative and protective Father of All.

 

3. Power of the Tribe

 

In the west we no longer live in tribal societies, and yet within our psyche (our energy field) we still carry many tribal energies and imprints. These energies still connect us to the ancestors of this body that we are sharing a temporary partnership with. Some of these energies are energies of repression or bondage that may be keeping you stuck in cyclic patterns of restriction or dysfunction.

In this journey you will seek these energies out and look at ways of releasing the past so that you may move freely forward once more. Here you will empower our Tribal Khuya and will experience a process of recapitulation. You will also co-create and journey the beautiful earth altar known as the Medicine Wheel.

 

4. Power of Alchemy

 

As part of journeying with the fourth Khuya you will explore your power to transform, to use alchemical processes to change things from one state into another. Naturally the best thing to practice on is yourself. You will recognise how this power has already manifested many times in your life and how, when used consciously, alchemy is a great transforming tool that you can use to shape the life that you want to live.

 

a parting note

 

I hope you will find what you’re looking for in the training that I offer. I hope that you will find fulfilment and joy. But above all else I hope that the earth will find a true and courageous servant in you.