Monday, November 22, 2010

What is Shamanic Breathwork? http://www.shamanicbreathwork.org/index.php


Shamanic Breathwork™ is a way of using the breath in a deep, circular pattern, along with intense, chakra-attuned music, to enter into altered states of consciousness in which the ego steps aside and allows the soul to come forth and speak to the journeyer in visions and experiences.  The Shamanic Breathwork Process also uses energetic bodywork, art, group processing and ritual to develop a profound connection to Inner Divine Source, release trauma and old story lines and truly transform what is not working in our lives so that we can step fully into our Sacred Purpose at this time on the planet.

Some of the realms of consciousness that shamanic journeyers experience include:
·      The Sensory or physical realm (in which one may express and/or release a great deal of energy and/or emotion through the body by shaking, writhing, pounding, dancing, etc.);
·      The Rebirthing realm (in which one may give birth to some new aspect of themselves, or experience a re-patterning of their own birth;
·      The Interpersonal or Historical realm (relationship to self and others in the world, including personal story line);
·      The Archetypal realm (in which one may meet a spirit guide, an animal totem, fly with angels, visit the stars, get downloads from light beings, etc.);
·      And the Void state, i(n which one goes either very far out, or very far within, into a place of stillness and what can seem like no-thing to the ego mind.) We find that often this realm of consciousness is actually a place of deep integration and re-calibration at the cellular level.   

Shamanic Breathwork is a powerful tool for healing, release of trauma, personal empowerment and transformation.  It builds on the work of Stan Grof, Jacqueline Small, Leonard Orr, and it also brings in many tools from the Shamanic realms, including recovery of lost soul parts, extraction of energies that are blocking a person's highest good, trauma release, working with shamanic guides and animal totems and invoking the Elements and Archetypes  as allies in our personal transformation.  

Linda Star Wolf developed Shamanic Breathwork™ as a synthesis of her extensive life experience of recovering from addictions herself, working in the mental health and addictions fields, studying and facilitating breathwork with Jacqueline Small, and studying shamanism with her beloved teacher, Twylah Nitsch, Wolf Clan Grandmother of Seneca Nation.  The Shamanic Breathwork™ Process can be experienced in many different formats and/or venues ranging from an hour or so sitting in chairs at a bookstore, to a full day of shamanic journeying, to a weekend or week-long workshop.  

For more information:  www.shamanicbreathwork.org


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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