Chat file opened 07/26/89 09:57:51 WICCAN SHAMANISM by Selena Fox typed by Lewis for P.A.N

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Chat file opened 07/26/89 09:57:51 ---------------------------------- WICCAN SHAMANISM by Selena Fox typed by Lewis for P.A.N. 508-795-7628 Shamanism exists in tribal ccultures around the world and has done so for  centuries. Yet, in reading most anthropological texts on Shamanism, there is  little, if any reference made to shamanism in Europe. Howeverm Shamanism has  existed among the peoples of Europe not only in ancient times, but also  through the present day. During the Middle Ages, the Old Ways largely  disappeared from public view because of persecution. Yet they were not  erradicated but took a more underground existence. Today, there are some of  us of European ancestry that are bringing Shamanic ways rooted in  pre-Christian Europe back into the light. Wiccan Shamanism is a term I began using several years ago in an attempt  to describe my own path of magick and spirituality in relation to the other  forms of Shamanism on the Planet. Wiccan Shamanism draws on the Old but it is  not simply an attempt re-construction and revival of the Old Ways of tribal  Europe. Wiccan Shamanism blends both the Old and the New to suit the modern  times in wich we live. Although emphasis is on European symbology and  traditions Wiccan Shamanism is multi-cultural, incorporating ways of other  helaers and magick workers from many places and eras. What follows is a glimpse into Wiccan Shamanism as I know it and practice  it. While Jim,Dennis, and others who help with various aspects of CIRCLES  work may share many of these concepts, I speak here only for myself - for at  the heartof this spiritual approach is the idea that each persoon must seek  their own connection with the Divine, within their own Self, rather than  having me or anyone else do this for them. This is not a path of a leader  with followers, but a path where each becomes thier own leader. ******************************************************************************* I call to the Powers of the Four Quarters -- to Earth in the North which  is the Realm of the Physical Body and Material Plane, to Air in the East which  is the Realm of Thoughts and Intellect, to Fire in the South which is the  Realm of Will Power and Action, and Water in the West which is the Realm of  Emotions and and Intuition. My Medicine Wheel is the Magick Circle which  connects the Four Quaters. The sacred places I frequent include a high rock,  a crystal clear spring fed pool n a hidden valley and a circle of stones in a  grove of Oak and Birch on a mound. I am a channel between Planet Earth beneath my feet and the Heavens above  my head. I become the World tree when I Shaminize, linking the transforming  Dark of the Underworld with the Awakening Light of the Upperworld. I am the Crystal LIght that is at the Center of the Circle and is the  fifth Element Spirit. I seek always to act out of MY own Inner Self which is  at the enter of MY being, for my Inner Self in the Balance of all the  Elements, of my Female and Male sides, of my Lunar and Solar natures of my  intellect and intuition my Inner Self is my doorway into the realm where All  is One. I see the Circle of Life from the Center. I watch the Seasons change as  the Wheel of the Year turns and I clelbrate the 8 sabbats. I connect with the  dance of Night and Day, of Fair and Stormy Weathers, of the Waxing and Waning  Moon. I see the cycle of Birth, Growth, Maturity, Death, and Rebirth in all  of Nature. I examine the cycles of my own life and of the lives of those who  seek healing aid from me. I am the traveler between the World of Daily Life and the Otherworld  which is the land of Dreams, visions and Spirits. I am a Consciousness  Explorer. the Otherworldis as real and as important to me as the Day-to-Day  World. I bridge the Worlds rather than seeking to dwell solely in one or the  other. I journey into the Otherworld for a reason -- to bring back healing  and knowledge to apply to Daily Life, helping others, myself and the Planet. I see the Divine in all things. My friends and allies include not only  humans but also plants, animals, rocks, winds, waters, fire, stars, and other  life forms. I commune with the Source some call "God" as both Mother Goddess  and Father God, for both aspects are necessary for the Unity. The main focus of my Shamanic work is Healing. I was called to this path  as a young child in dreams and Out-of-Body experiences, but I didn't begin my  work until my aduly years when I started Helaing myself. To do this  Ijourneyed alone into the Pit of my Shadow Self and came face-to-face with my  problems and hang-ups; my doubts fears, disillusionments, rejections, angersm  and hurts; with all MY false self images. Words can not begin to express the  misery, the utter despair the powerlessness I felt during this time. Yet  coming apart was essential; it enabled me to break through the barriers which  I had formed and let others form in my psyche that had kept me from being one  with my True Self. In the deepest Darkness, I felt the Light of my own Inner  Self beginning to shine through. I focused on the Light and slowly emerged  from the Pit, stronger and more integrated than ever before and with the power  to heal others as well as myself. As a result of this transformation process,  my life's work became clear. I now help others from thier own pits of  negativity and become whole again. Yet my work also extends to more than Humankind; it involves bringing  Healing to the Planet as a whole. In my communing with the Land, I have heard  the cries of the Earth mother, sorrowing over the self-centered, greedy,  intolerant, and destructive behaviors of many of Her human children, who are  polluting the soild, waters, and air; who are playing power games with nucler  fire; and who are polluting the spiritual atmosphere of the entire world with  their narrow mindedness and hate. I am deeply concerned about survival -- not  of the Planer Herself for all the humans in the world can not destroy Her even  with all their weapons; She is too stong and powerful for that to happen.  What I am concerned about is the survival of the human race. -- will we  anhilate ourselves and many of the life forms around us, or will we wake up in  time to see the larger picture, find and implement creative solutions to the  worlds problems, and enter a New Age of expanded consciousness? The Balance of Life can be restored on Planet Earth; Harmony can be  restored between humankind and other life forms; Love consciousness can  increase and be prevalent on the Earth. I, along with numerous other healers  and ministers from a variety of spiritual traditions around the world today  have responded to the upset of Mother Earth by dedicating our lives to this  Planetary Healing Work, each in our own way. It is this Great Work that  underlies all the healing and other things I do. It is the Heart of Wiccan  Shamanism. First published in fall 1984 CIRCLE NETWORK NEWS; (C) 1984, CIRCLE, Box 219, Mt. Horeb WI 53572 USA.;

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