I have really enjoyed taking this course, and have learned alot about the history of Shamanism throughout the world, and in other cultures. I was hoping that there would be more details about healing techniques though. In all, the whole course was very educational and informative, and well presented. Bishop Pat has done a fine job with the writing of this course.
As a child, I lived in the four-corners area of Utah, until I was 5 years old. My Dad worked for an oil company and we lived in a oil camp on the Navajo reservation area near Montezuma Creek. I remember having a very high temperature and having a "vision" of cloud pictures crossing the mountains near us. I have always been drawn to the Native American culture and "oneness" with Nature religious views. I never knew what to call my personal religious beliefs, but knew that the mainstream was not what I felt in my heart.
Balance is the key to all things. Balance in the human body, balance in nature, balance in the universe. In today's world everything seems to be out of balance and needs to be put back into balance if we are going to survive as a species. In the Hopi language, the word Koyaanisqatsi means "crazy life, life in turmoil, life out of balance, life disintegrating, a state of life that calls for another way of living". If a person is out of balance, either physically or spiritually then you become sick or ill. Through Shamanic Journeying and other techniques one can start putting their life, and help others to start putting themselves back into balance. We can also do this to help get the Earth back into balance also. In order for us to achieve balance we must use our inner senses to observe the world around us. By using these inner senses with our outer senses we can "see" what needs to be put back into balance. This can be used in both physical healing and emotional/mental healing. We can learn to access, hone and use these inner senses by meditation and spirit journeying.
I have found that Shamanism/Animism is the exact way of my beliefs, in that everything has a spirit and is inter-connected with the Great Spirit. The healing of mind and body is the main purpose of the Shaman. I have experienced first hand how powerful this can be, and that was before I started studying Shamanism. Now that I have taken this and other courses, I can appreciate what energy was actually behind this, and how to use this healing energy in the future. I have learned how to use spirit journeying to learn more, and to heal/help myself and to help others. I am also learning more about herbalism to further expand my Shamanic Path, and find this to be very useful in everyday life.
Thank you so much for offering this course. I have learned very much and will recommend it to others.
Russell GreWolf Mauck