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.

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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