Between Worlds: Introduction to Shamanic Practice
with Cindy O’Connor

Sat & Sun, June 10 & 11, 2017, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
East Windsor, NJ
No previous experience required.

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SHAMANISM

the practice of seeking guidance and support from compassionate helping spirits, has supported humanity for more than 40,000 years. Traditionally, shamans were responsible for the health and well-being of their communities.  It was acknowledged that shamans had special abilities to communicate with the spirit realm. However, all people were credited with the ability to establish relationships with spirits, and many people recognized their power animals and their helping spirits. We are in a time when more and more people are interested in reclaiming their power and in being in relationship with the unseen realms.

The shaman’s place is often described as “betwixt and between,” and a shaman is said to “walk between the worlds.” What is seen and known in these places?

Shamanism is a path of direct revelation, and the shamanic journey is a “first step” on the path. Fortunately, you need not be a shaman to experience the insight, guidance, and transcendence of shamanism.

This is a two-day introduction to non-ordinary reality and is intended for people new to the shamanic journey. We also welcome those with experience, who wish to reconnect to their helping spirits, and to experience the power of a circle of people joined with common intention. This is an experiential, initiatory workshop. It will include:

·         A brief overview of the history and perspective of shamanism;
·         Traditional and unique ways of creating sacred space;
·         Exploration of traditional shamanic cosmologies (the Upper, Middle, and Lower Worlds, etc.);
·         Guidance in how to engage in shamanic journeys, and opportunities to engage in specific journeys;
·         Introduction of important spirit allies, including the True Self, Power Animals, and other compassionate guiding spirits;
·         Information about how to communicate safely and respectfully in the spirit realm;
·         Recommended Reading List.

The training includes opportunities to experience shamanic journeys first-hand, as well as experience with other practices of direct revelation (guided meditation, systemic constellation work, ceremony, etc.). Please bring a drum or rattle, an eye-covering, a light blanket and a journal. Drums and rattles are also available to borrow here. Participants may brown-bag a lunch, or eat at a nearby restaurant. Light refreshments will be available throughout the day. If you have questions about the workshops, please call or email Cindy O’Connor directly, at cindyoconnor.net@gmail.com or 609.273.4399.