Monday, May 6, 2013

Return of the Blog: A VRU Update

Welcome back to the Aquarian Shaman Blog!

When Mom (Linda Star Wolf, or "Mammy Wolf" to the rest of the world)asked me to revive this long-abandoned thread, I decided that the first order of business would be to introduce myself to those who don't know me and then to offer a broad update of some of the exciting new developments within Venus Rising (VR) and Venus Rising University (VRU).
My name is Casey Piscitelli, and I am the new Director of Media and Online Learning for VR and VRU... and I am Star Wolf's Son. Having grown-up in the midst of Mom's work - from her days as a mental health professional, to her addictions recovery work, to holding breathwork sessions in our living room, and throughout the journey that led to Shamanic Breathwork in its current incarnation - one thing is clear: this work is in a constant state of fluidity, and change/evolution is an inevitability. I was approached about coming to join the VR team just at the cusp of one of these shifts - perhaps the biggest one yet.

Many believe as I do that the world is in need/on the verge of a paradigm change, and this change will happen regardless of our readiness for it or our complacency with the status quo. Some see it as a purge. Some see it as a revolution. However this turning of the collective unconscious manifests itself, we believe that it can ultimately (but not certainly) be a change for the better. It's an opportunity for a course-correction for humanity, where like-minded, peace-loving, Earth-loving, self-aware, nurturing, forward-thinking humans who embrace shamanic consciousness help to usher in the new age... which, of course, is right up our alley at VR!

But, I will leave the esoteric musings to Mom and get to the point: Our Earth-Tribe needs to open its arms and expand and welcome and let in not only those who have sought this path, but those reluctant shamans as well. The concepts of shamanism and other aboriginal mysteries have started showing up in mainstream culture, priming the masses for an acceptance and embrace of these wisdoms that couldn't have happened just a couple decades ago. This has been further facilitated by the geometric growth of information technologies, which have served to shrink our globe. Venus Rising recognizes the need to adapt and plug-in to this global network in order to grow, to teach, to enlighten, and to heal at a pace that is consistent with the world around us.

From the beginning, as Mom and I lined-out exactly what my responsibilities would be with the organization, I felt called to do something with VRU. Real-world degrees in Shamanic Psychospiritual Studies - now that was something I could sink my teeth into! I had always imagined that, if I ever were to work with Mom and VR, it would be in a capacity that helped bridge her work to the “mainstream” or at least to a much wider audience.

My first thought was that the classes needed to be adapted to an online format in addition to the in-person courses in order to broaden the exposure and appeal of the school. I'm pretty sure that was already on the minds of everyone on the VRU staff, as it was an easy sell.
Homepage Sneak-Peek

The project to develop began in earnest in the fall and is in the late stages as of this writing. There have been many obstacles – so many moving parts to integrate. It has been frustrating at times, as collaborative efforts can be. The world doesn’t stop turning, and many of the players already have enormous demands placed upon their time and energy. I am confident, however, that end result will make a significant impact on the lives and work of all who are affiliated with Venus Rising.

The functionality of the site is ambitious. Not only will it be a place where one can browse degree programs, view instructor biographies, apply and enroll in classes, but we hope to soon have the "VRU Portal" live and online. This section of the site will allow students and instructors to log-on and access their personal VRU page. From that page, one can view their assignments, grades, current courses, and overall progress, as well as access the virtual classrooms of their online courses. Instructors will have the flexibility to deliver their course in person, online, or a combination of the two. They will also enjoy the ability to use any combination of documents, multimedia, and live or recorded webinars (Cisco WebEx) – whatever works best for a given course. The portal will also grant access to the lobby - a place for social networking and sharing images and ideas, fostering a sense of community.

 Sneak-Peek #2

In the coming weeks, expect password protection to be removed from the site, allowing open browsing (right now, the site is in construction mode). That will be followed by the steady addition of new courses. Until then, prospective students may still read all about VRU and enroll in the university by visiting:
Degree programs include:

◦Bachelor of Sacred Elemental Studies

◦Master of Shamanic Intuitional Practices

◦Doctorate of Shamanic Psychospiritual Studies

◦Doctorate of Ministry in Shamanic Psychospiritual Studies

Many Blessings

Casey Piscitelli
VR/VRU Director of Media and Online Learning


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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