Tuesday, February 9, 2010

What Does "Aquarian Shaman" Mean? by Linda Star Wolf

People ask me all the time what I mean by "Aquarian Shaman."   I am referring to the current death of an old way of life that is happening on our planet, and the birth of a new one - something which I think we can all relate to.  It takes many years of of strict discipline, commitment and practice to become a traditional shaman.  We are not claiming that we have done that and do not call ourselves traditional shamans, although myself, my husband, Brad Collins, and many others of our team have done our fair share of learning at the feet of elders, some shamanic as well as other paths.

This is the age of the Aquarian Shaman, meaning that we are awakening to an inner wisdom, an inner light, the inner Buddha, or Christ Consciousness.  What ever you wish to call it, this is an  age of sudden expansion into conscious awareness where we begin to look within for the answers to our being instead of to an outer authority dictating to us who we are.  We are multidimensional, shape-shifting beings who are becoming aware that we are the grown up sons and daughters of the universe and it is time to claim our birthright and become the wise and capable beings that we truly are. We can only do this by healing our past, surrendering to the great life force energy that we have all been gifted with, accept our true heritage and step into the light of our true being, our future selves. Shamanic Breathwork™ helps us navigate between all these worlds, to heal the past and to bring the future into the present - once we can let go of our old story lines!

We use the powerful metaphor of the Inner Shaman as an activating archetypal force that can be awakened and who will accelerate our learning and opening to a deep inner truth through the transformative, healing power of the sacred breath.  Our medicine tool is the “breath,” along with chakra-attuned music, art, and sacred community - people who have dedicated themselves to a spiritual path and who practice sacred ceremonies from many traditions, including the ones that are being born from deep with in each of us spontaneously.  Although we honor all life affirming  traditions, Venus Rising’s tradition is non-denominational and is based on what Carl Jung referred to as “the path of direct experience, a path of heart and wisdom.”

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Star Wolf's Welcome

My journey in life has been a spiral path of wholeness that continues to move through cycles of change taking me through many symbolic death and rebirth experiences, which I refer to as “shamanic portals of transformation.” I have learned more than I ever thought possible through a process I will share with you in my future writings, called the Shamanic Breathwork™ process, and the five initiations process called S.H.I.P. Once I have made sense of the lessons on my path and discovered the bigger picture, I am ready to pass on and share both my stumblings and my leaps along the way. In my own spiritual quest, I have always appreciated most those who shared their struggles and victories in an authentic way. That will be my humble attempt within the context of this blog.

I believe that we are all indigenous to this earth. I respect all my relations, whether they be human, animal, plant, mineral, visible or invisible ones. We are all related by the great web of life and sent here from the great beyond. Everything we say and do touches all parts of this magnificent web of creation. If I treat myself or anyone else unfairly, we are all affected in some way. Fortunately, the converse is true, as well. I am not perfect. If I am honest and have humility, I can admit that I will make mistakes as I seek to further evolve my conscious awareness. I can also make living amends by striving to change my negative thoughts and behaviors, and live from a more open-hearted connection to others and to myself. I have learned over time that all the changes I seek in the outer world must begin by looking within myself first. I have also learned that it is imperative that I have the courage to be honest with myself and to look at the “shadow” side of my personality. When I have had the courage to truly know myself better, the light and the dark, I have found the inner strength to change my life and shape-shift myself into the light of my true soul’s image.

From time to time I will share different programs and events that are being offered through my non profit organization (Venus Rising Institute for Shamanic Healing Arts) in my blog, as well as photos, videos and teachings, etc. But the main purpose of this blog is to provide an outlet to share the inner musings of my shamanic spirit and journey, and to hear yours as well. I look forward to connecting with all of you who intuitively know that you, too, are a valuable part of the shamanic process of conscious co-creation and evolution on the planet at this time. We each have a role to play and a soul purpose in the drama unfolding in our world today. Together we can create a better place for all beings on earth to live and leave a powerful legacy for those who are yet to come.

I believe we will all be remembered by future generations for the choices we make during this time of huge evolutionary change. In the words of the wonderful poem, “Summer Day,” by Mary Oliver, “what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

In Love, In Service, In Gratitude,
Namaste’
Star Wolf
Feb 2nd 2009