Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Born Again - a Shamanic Breathwork Journey with John Deakyne

John Deakyne recently graduated as a Shamanic Breathwork™ Facilitator through the Venus Rising Accelerated Transformation program.  He is currently living in Asheville, NC and planning a big breathwork event there in May!  This piece is reprinted with permission from his blog:  On the Road to Find Out

I am in the heart of my third round of breathwork and shamanic minister training, and while these events have been the inspiration for much of my writing, I have not until today blogged from the workshop. I am sitting on the deck outside the octagonal meditation lodge. The day is overcast by a veil of clouds but still quite light. I am facing due south according to the adjoining medicine wheel, and the breath of spirit is blowing into my eyes with some force.

I journeyed this morning and experienced my first rebirthing. I have not been the most active traveler on the breathwork floor. On my first journey I laughed and cried; I flew and I swam in the ocean; I danced around the tribal drum and I sang out loud. Afterward my partner told me I barely moved and though she saw my mouth move, there were no audible sounds. I have stayed within myself, somewhat shy even when I have run along the shamanic path.

The habit of quietness is built in; it is hard-wired. And it has served me to sit back and observe, to reflect and to analyze. I have mentioned before that when I first moved to Sedona I sat in the sacred circles for three months before I spoke. My friends refer to that time as “the good old days”. I need new friends.

I have become progressively more active in my breathwork journeys and that coincides with a parallel opening and more active movement into the outer world. As within, so without. As above, so below. This morning, in my breathwork journey, I sat up for the first time and rocked to the rhythm of the energetic music.

My co-journeyer, Karen, rubbed my back and I leaned forward into an unintentional child pose and felt like I was sinking into the floor. She instinctively moved to put pressure on my shoulders and I started pushing. I did not push too hard at first because the sensation of rocking and the resistance and the darkness was pleasant and comforting.

I continued to push and my space became constricted as I began to struggle to be born. Karen held me between her legs as Star Wolf encouraged me to push and to fight for life. When she invited me to vocalize, I found myself yelling so forcefully that later my throat felt raw. Star Wolf let me take her hand and urged me to claw and to kick my way out. Karen held me tightly like she was trying to keep me in the womb. When I would have quit the struggle all together, I was commanded to kick myself free, and I did.

When I was out, I collapsed exhausted into the arms of these two amazing and beautiful women. And they held me like I cannot remember ever being held by my genetic mother. Star Wolf whispered in my ear that I was welcomed, that I was wanted; that I was loved very much, and I cried like a baby. (Because that’s exactly what I was.)

These women held me for the longest time and I remember thinking that they should just let me go and attend to someone who needed them more. At one point I had a twinge of anxiety for being cared for so closely and for so long.

I was not unwanted by my own mother, and I was not unloved. She did the best she could. It is significant though that I perceive that I was neglected as a child. My father died when I was quite young and my mother seemed, to me, understandably preoccupied with her daily pursuits and with my sisters.

It doesn’t matter if I imagined or constructed this scenario because it was real to me. And it is the source of my deepest wounding. It is the wounding that created deep-seated and unconscious patterns in my tissues that have been repeatedly triggered and activated ever since. These patterns have shown themselves most frequently in my intimate relationships. And it is only in exposing them to the light of day and noticing them when they arise that they do not continue to cripple me and keep me short of my happiness.

We are all wounded. And we all continue to be buffeted by unseen forces that seem to be beyond our control. I am thankful for the breathwork and other experiences which have brought my shadow into the light and transformed much of my unconscious stuff into consciousness.

Please don’t misunderstand – I’m not done yet. And I’m grateful to all the others who have come into my awareness and held me when I was raw and when I was in pain; all these beautiful souls who have hugged so much of my resistance out of me.

Look at the website for Venus Rising to learn more about Shamanic BreathWork and to begin your own Shamanic Journey.  http://shamanicbreathwork.org/

Please visit John's blog:  On the Road to Find Out

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Changing Victim Consciousness, by Brad Collins

Brad Collins is the Co-Director of Venus Rising Association for Transformation, the Director of Venus Rising's Transformation House Soul Recovery Program and a Shamanic Minister.

"When we feel victimized on all fronts, we are the only one we can change.  We are the only common denominator in all our relationships. Even when we consciously choose not to be a victim, there is an unconscious part of us that that makes choices for us, as well. This part usually speaks louder than our conscious mind and, at some point, screams for attention.  This unconscious childhood piece often feels it doesn’t deserve better because of the way it was treated as a child.  Being a victim feels like home to this young un-loved part because that is what home was like.  Because this part of ourselves is unconscious, it is in our shadow; we are often not aware of it. This incongruence between our conscious mind and our unconscious shadow is a universal human condition that causes a lot of pain and addiction.  We human beings can be kind, caring, loving, and thoughtful, and simultaneously be caught up in addictive patterns of thought and behaviors that keep us stuck in a lot of pain. This is not easy.  However, my experience personally, and with hundreds of kindred spirits, is that we can change our unconscious shadow issues when we become willing to face the truth about ourselves, open to the possibility that something greater than anything we can possibly imagine exists, and ask that something greater for help.  We at Venus Rising also believe that having the support of a loving community is an important element in finding the strength and courage to make real and lasting changes in our lives."

The Transformation House Process is a residential soul recovery program designed for people going through major life changes or desiring a deeper level of intensive mind-body-spirit healing and rejuvenation away from the daily routines of every day life.  Past participants have attended in order to deepen their spiritual connection, find their sacred purpose, work on self-defeating behavior patterns, move from one phase of life to another, deepen recovery from addictions and focus on relapse prevention.

We use the words “shamanic psycho spiritual transformation” to describe our programs. “Shamanic” refers to the death of the old self and rebirth of the new. “Psycho” describes how this experience is deeply rooted in our psyches. “Spiritual” expresses our belief that we are spiritual beings having a human experience.

Transformation House is located at Isis Cove Retreat Center in the magical Blue Mountains of western North Carolina.  If you are ready to make some changes in your life, call us at 828-631-2305 or email:  brad@shamanicbreathwork.org.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Star Wolf on Prophetic Voices

Click HERE to listen to Linda Star Wolf discussing Shamanic Breathwork™, the spiral path, moving through spiritual crisis, pathways to true soul recovery, Grandmother Twylah Nitsch, Visionary Shamanism and her views on the Earth Changes that we are all currently experiencing on Prophetic Voices Radio with Janet Lighthouse.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Wise Wolf Councils, April 28 - May 1 at Isis Cove, NC

Join us for the annual Wise Wolf Women's and Men's Councils at Isis Cove.  This is a FREE gathering to connect with spiritual community, laugh, breathe, dance, celebrate, vision and plant the seeds of the new Eon.   Talented facilitators from many different paths come together and offer their rituals and ceremonies as a give-away to the people.  There is only a nominal land use fee to cover the expense of renting tents and port-o-potties.  The Women's and Men's Councils meet separately for most of the weekend and will come together on Sunday to co-create a sacred labyrinth on the land at Isis Cove.  Click HERE to read more.  We hope to see you then! 

When it's time to change your life: Transformation House

"Our problems cannot be solved in the same state of consciousness that created them.” – Einstein

The Transformation House Process was designed for people going through major life changes.  We offer a place and a process for those desiring a deeper level of intensive mind-body-spirit healing and sacred purpose rejuvenation away from the daily routines of every day life.  The transformation process is a two to four week residential program.    Past participants have attended in order to deepen their spiritual connection, find their sacred purpose, work on self-defeating behavior patterns, and moving from one phase of life to another.  Transformation House also provides a place for deepening recovery from addictions and relapse prevention.

The Transformation House program offers a cozy, rustic cabin style living space in the magical Blue Mountains of Western North Carolina with such amenities as a rocking chair porch, walking paths to magical prayer and reflection spots such as our Medicine Wheel, Labyrinth, Spirit Temple and Forgiveness Pond, an eat-in kitchen, a living room/meeting space with a reading/reflection space,  and outdoor space for morning movement ritual. All food provided is wholesome and most is organic.  Nutritional counseling is also provided.

Shamanic Psycho Spiritual Transformation
We use the words “shamanic psycho spiritual” to describe our programs. “Shamanic” refers to the death of the old self and rebirth of the new. “Psycho” describes how this experience is deeply rooted in our psyche and psychological processes. “Spiritual” expresses our belief that we are spiritual beings having a human experience. Our programs offer a variety of teachings and methods for shamanic transformation. Our main tool is the Shamanic Breathwork™ Process, birthed through Venus Rising’s founder, Linda Star Wolf.

Transformational Tools Offered:
Shamanic Breathwork Journeys, Spiritual Counseling, Bodywork/Massage, Yoga, Dance/Movement, EMDR, Purification Lodge, Art Processes, Music /Sound Healing, 30 Shamanic Questions for Humanity, Medicine Hikes and Walks, Personal Altar Building, Divination work, Astrology Sessions, Shamanic 12 Step Meetings, Enneagram Work, Meditation & Guided Imagery, Grief & Anger Work, Inner Child Work, Medicine Wheel and working with the elements, Journaling, Educational Films & Teachings.
CEUs available for professionals who wish to do personal inner work while earning educational credits. 

If you are ready to make some changes in your life, call us.  We'd like to support you in your transformation process.

Venus Rising Institute for Shamanic Healing Arts
P.O. Box 486
Sylva, NC 28779-0486

Friday, March 4, 2011

28-day Certification for Shamanic Breathwork™ and Shamanic Ordination, March 27 - April 23, 2011

Click HERE for full details!

This program is designed for individuals who are called to the fast track – those who desire to accelerate their personal transformation as well as enter into training as an ordained Shamanic Minister and Shamanic Breathwork™ Facilitator.  We normally offer this training in one and two year formats. This new month-long intensive minimizes travel time and expense and provides students the opportunity to deeply immerse themselves in their personal process of transformation while simultaneously engaging in Shamanic Psychospiritual training.  At the end of this 28-day experience participants will be ordained as Shamanic Ministers and certified as Shamanic Breathwork™ Facilitators authorized to use this process in their own healing practices.  This immersion program will be the experience of a lifetime!

Click HERE to read more.  Contact us for more info or to apply for the program:  828-631-2305 or venusrising@shamanicbreathwork.org.

All Venus Rising Programs may also be taken for credits in Venus Rising University's degree programs - offering Bachelor's, Master's and Ph. D.'s in Shamanic Psychospiritual Studies.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Transform Your Life and Bring Your Gifts to the World!

Shamanic Breathwork™ Accelerated Transformation and Training Program
at Isis Cove Retreat Center in the beautiful Blue Mountains of western NC, March 27 - April 2, 2011.

Many people on the Shamanic Path of transformation are Wounded Healers, walking consciously between the worlds so as to bring the “good medicine” to those they serve. We are committed to becoming the change we wish to see in the world, thereby assisting in the birth of the New Eon.

The Venus Rising Shamanic Breathwork Accelerated Transformation and Training Program is designed to meet the needs of students who know they are on the fast track of transformation and change. This program serves several functions: certification as a Shamanic Breathwork™Facilitator, ordination as a Shamanic Minister thru the Shamanic Ministers’ Global Network, and deep personal healing and transformation.

These are stand-alone workshops for personal transformation as well as part of a series in our training program. You may participate in one workshop for your own personal healing and empowerment, or as many as you like. You can also mix and match these 7-day workshops with other Venus Rising workshops (at Isis Cove or around the country) if you are interested in our training program. Please contact us so we can help you design a program that works for your life. All Venus Rising workshops may also be taken for credits towards a degree with Venus Rising University.

Click HERE to read more.  Contact us at 828-631-2305 or venusrising@shamanicbreathwork.org.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Shamanic Breathwork™ Training in Sedona, March 18 - 24

The Shamanic Breathwork™ Accelerated Transformation and Training Program is designed to meet the needs of students who know they are on the fast track of transformation and change. This program serves several functions: certification as a Shamanic Breathwork ™ Facilitator, ordination as a Shamanic Minister thru the Shamanic Ministers’ Global Network, and deep personal healing and transformation.  The March 18 - 24, 2011 training takes place at the beautiful Sanctuary at Sedona.  All Venus Rising programs can be taken for credits with Venus Rising University, offering Bachelors, Masters, and Ph. D. degrees in Shamanic Psychospiritual Studies.  Click HERE to read more.  To register, contact us at 828-631-2305 or venusrising@shamanicbreathwork.org.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Spirit of the Wolf

Dear Friends, Someone dear to me recently forwarded this public use image to me because she knows I am so connected to the Spirit of the Wolf.  I love this image and just wanted to share this Wolfie blessing with you.  Every day can be a re-birth day when we wake up and remember who we really are! 

The Spirit of the Wolf is about trusting your intuition, learning through life experience and having a desire to share your experience to help others. Would you like to be connected to a community of Spirit Wolves who support each other in stepping fully into living our soul purpose in this lifetime and sharing our gifts with the world?  The Venus Rising Spirit Wolves are a community of people from around the world.  We gather together several times a year via conference call to go within on a guided shamanic journey to connect with our guides and remember at an even deeper level who we really are and what we came to do on the planet at this time. I truly believe that if we are all living On Purpose, we can change anything in our own lives and for the planet.  If you would like to join us for the next Spirit Wolves inspirational call, please contact us at:  venusrising@shamanicbreathwork.org to get the call-in info.  Click HERE to learn more about the Spirit Wolves program.

Wishing you the blessings of the Wolf!

Linda Star Wolf

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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,
Star Wolf
Feb 2nd 2009