The Pipe Ceremony

Those who desire to benefit their spiritual path by learning Native American knowledge and wisdom, some of which will come through the ceremonies, are recommended to get a Cannupa (pronounced Cha-New-Pa) or sacred pipe. The Cannupa is not restricted to only Indians. It has been jealously guarded by Native Americans, however, because many are fearful that the pipe may be used disrespectfully by non-Indian people. Many believe that a powerful good for all things can emanate from the respectful and proper use of the pipe, but it must be regarded as a spiritual instrument by the pipe holder, whatever their lineage or color happens to be. The pipe can become a strong catalyst to import a powerful feeling for our Mother Earth and all living things. Black Elk predicted that we would go forth in numbers as flames to bring forth beneficial change to this generation. The pipe, and […] Read More

2015: 7 Signs of a Sacred Clown: Heyoka Wisdom & The Healing Trickster Shaman

I felt these articles were thought-provoking and familial with the many disinfonauts who, from what I can tell, seek to enact change and incite awareness through irony and humor. This is for those of us who’d rather die from laughing than life without ever cracking up. The Path of the Sacred Clown: Where Trickster and Shaman Converge by Gary Z McGee “The main function of a sacred clown is to deflate the ego of power by reminding those in power of their own fallibility, while also reminding those who are not in power that power has the potential to corrupt if not balanced with other forces, namely with humor. But sacred clowns don’t out-rightly derive things. They’re not comedians, per se, though they can be. They are more like tricksters, poking holes in things that people take too seriously. Through acts of satire and showy displays of blasphemy, sacred […] Read More

TRADITIONAL SHAMANISM AN INTRODUCTION

The knowledge and truth of traditional shamanism exists everywhere. It exists for everyone to see, if you understand the message and see past your own illusions. It is the essential understanding of life, the oldest knowledge we have: that of who we are, why we are here, and what is our life’s purpose. It soars beyond the primitive healer whether in the rainforest, in the desert chewing roots, or waving rattles over a patient, to encompass the breadth of life, of all things. It exists in our history, mythology, fairy stories, culture, religion, and everyday life, for it is life itself. All the efforts of those in power, over thousands of years, to suppress it have not hidden it or destroyed it. For it is Truth, and it will indeed set you free. To know your true nature, self, and purpose is having power, being powerful, and is creating […] Read More

The Drum: Drumming from the Heart

The drum is the heartbeat of Mother Earth. The animal who provided the hide did so with intention and purpose. In the drum the spirit of the animal nation lives. The honor and respect you show the drum also honors the four-legged, the winged ones, the crawlers and the bugs. The birch tree who contributed the wood for the frame did so with intention and purpose. In the drum the spirit of the plant nation lives. The honor and respect you show the drum honors the trees, bushes, flowers, and grasses. The stone in the heart of the drum asked to be a part of the drum so that you would remember the stone nation. The honor and respect you show the drum is honor and respect for the rocks, the soil, the waters and the air. When you drum, prayers from the Web of Life are sent to […] Read More

The Sacred Hoop

The children of the earth, wakanyeja makah, are our winged, finned, insect, and four-legged friends who have a special knowledge of Mother Nature and the corresponding four directions. Each creature child of the earth can become a helper for two-leggeds to aid our seeking of universal knowledge. The four directions, the four quarters with the full power of the earth and sky and all related life is regarded as the Sacred Hoop. East Direction, East Wind Red Hawk (Cetan Lutah) Red Hawk was Crazy Horse’s medicine: fearless, aggressive and swift moving. The red hawk is a messenger. It is close to the eagle, and it’s gifts are very similar to those of its larger flying relative. The hawk is keen-eyed and observant. Like the hawk, we must all become keen-eyed and observe the signs that the environment is sending us. We must keep ourselves aware of the notable happenings […] Read More

1998: MODERN SHAMANISM

A CONTEMPORARY VIEW Extracting the heart of Shamanism from the traditional views we have from Native Americans, the Polynesians, and other primal peoples, we have the essence of the Truth. We learn that we are all connected, all one, and all-powerful spirit beings having a physical experience. We were all part of a single entity that split into individual components (each of us created in the image of God), and we are in fact connected to all life and all things. It is essential to know that we have the power to create our own lives in the way we wish or believe, and that is the key to understanding. Traditional Shamanic belief is that we are all equal and fundamentally entitled to an equal share in the abundance and prosperity available in life on the earth. The simple fact is that we have been conned into believing otherwise […] Read More

Ceremonies

Greeting the Sun ceremony This ceremony is adapted from a lucid dream I had one night. During my Dreamtime journey, I was a Native American maiden accompanied by the tribe’s Medicine Woman, with whom I was in apprenticeship. It was just before Sunrise, the Milky Way spanned the sky, and the celestial dome was filled with twinkling stars. We were facing the East, awaiting the sunrise in silent contemplation. With the first rays of Light, we bowed to the ground, offered sacred herbs, and greeted the Sun. When you first awaken in the morning, face the East. Offer some herbs or a pinch of cornmeal toward the sun. Think about your plans for the day: where you are going to be, who are you are going to be with. Feel your connection to All-That-Is flow through your body. Offer prayers of gratitude for what you have and what is […] Read More

The Inipi Ceremony

Some Indians prefer only males in Inipi ceremonies; others do not differentiate or mind the mixed male and female participation within the same lodge. As time moves on, mixed lodges are becoming more prevalent. Many believe there should be no differentiation as we are all creations of the Great Spirit, all equal, all holy, especially in the spiritual sense. What differences there are between man and woman are special, due to the Creator. It is a special relationship, in practical respects, but on a spiritual level, there is an equal sameness. An Inipi usually starts with the loading and offering of the peace pipe. As in the majority of Sioux ceremonies, the Woman’s role reflects her position of honor. A woman, representative of White Buffalo Calf Maiden, will take tobacco and circle clockwise around the fireplace, trailing some particles of tobacco. She will then leave a trail from the […] Read More

26 Principles of Life

By Jason Johns All Are Related: There is a Native American saying, which translates roughly to “All are Related”. Everything in the universe is part of The Great Spirit, from a rock to a plant, to a fish, to a human. The spirit flows between and within us all and is the building block of everything. Since we are all part of the same whole, we should treat the rest of the whole as if it is part of us, i.e. with compassion and love. We are all part of the Great Spirit, just like all the different leaves on a tree are still part of the tree. The Energy Flow: The universe is composed of energy. This energy flows between everything, us and within us all. When we have internal blocks, the energy fails to flow correctly, causing illness, lethargy and other symptoms. This energy can be directed […] Read More