SHAMAN 101 - Intro
Shamanic techniques encompass a philosophy that is quite practical in
modern terms. Shamanism is not a religion, and can be practiced by
anyone who is willing to put in the time and effort. It requires two
things: a respect for all life in all forms, and an openness to
knowledge and experience.
I am a shaman, although I follow no established tradition and I have
never studied with another shaman. This path comes naturally to some,
and to fight it is to waste your life and talents. To others, it is
merely a technique for becoming more effective in the physical world,
and learning about the esoteric worlds as well.
Western magickal traditions largely center around the Qaballah, and
most people have at least heard of the Tree of Life. For those more
advanced, Israel Regardie's famous Technique of the Middle Pillar
exercise is a familiar and comfortable way to open and energize the
chakra system of the bodies. In my own way, I've given a shamanic view
of a similar exercise.
Shaman 101 is not a course to make a shaman out of you. It is rather
a way to start you working with your chakra system, learning where
the blockages are, and learning to control the amount of power you
emit or take in to any one area. This will help you overcome
difficulties in the "real" world - with your job, your peers, and
your parents, among others. It MAY also start you down the path to
becoming a shaman in your own right. It may not. That is for you to
Shaman 101 A is the basic journey technique, the acquisition of a
power animal, and a map of the spirit world.
Shaman 101 B is learning about the spirit body and how it affects
your physical body.
Shaman 101 C is a description of the chakras and some indications of
Shaman 101 D is the exercise for opening and clearing blockages in
Shaman R is an abbreviated calendar and resource list.
Please be aware that I do not claim to have all the answers. On a
"smart" day, I don't claim to have ANY answers... I do, however, feel
that this information will be especially helpful to those who have
limited (or no) occult training, and who wish to explore a new world.
This is not a game. It is not all that serious, either. Humor is
necessary in this world and in the world "inside" to which you will
journey. Be respectful, be open, be curious. Ask questions, and
learn, learn, learn! And I would love to hear about your
experiences, so please consider posting it to me privately or (if your
pride will take it), to the board in general.
While I don't do consultations, I will happily answer questions if I
can. If you find this interesting enough to want to pursue it
further, there are some meetings and gatherings in the coming months
that might be useful. I will try to post some of them as they become
Balance and light to you, in the oneness of life!
-=Satinka Istari 12/89