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Welcome

Get new perspectives and experience adventures in growth as we are reconnecting with our Inner Spirit and Power Within. My name is Richard Ward. Welcome to richardedwardward.com. Thank you for visiting my eclectic blog focused on personal growth and spiritual development.

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Intuitive Consultant Career Life Coach

I work with clients as a Intuitive Consultant Career Life Coach because I have always enjoyed helping people with their careers and lives. I now work with a few clients every week from around the world.

Get new perspectives and experience adventures in growth leading to a more productive and fulfilling life with your career, in your business, and in your life in general.

Please take a looksee at my Ask Me! Intuitive Consultant Career Life Coaching Service.

Free 15-Minute Consultation

I provide a 15-minute free consultation known as the Introductory Conversation. The Introductory Conversation is a great starting point. It a great time to find out if we can work together. I may also have some useful personal advice for you.

Coming Full Circle

My blog has undergone quite a few changes since my first post in 2006. (You can find my posts here and my pages here here if you want to explore.)

Now in September 2019, I seem to have come full circle going back to focus on spiritual things as I did when I began to study for a Bachelor of Theology degree at McGill University in 1970. While I was studying theology and comparative religion I was working as a bouncer in a Montreal bar. Hahaha. An interesting dichotomy. 🙂

Telling My Story

My goal with my blog now is to follow the advice given to me some years ago by a Medicine Man from Zimbabwe Mandaza Kandemwa who told me:

“You are an elder and you need to, you must, begin to tell your story.”

His words surprised me as I didn’t feel or think that I was an Elder as I looked around a room in which many of the men and women present were people who I considered Elders were present. Many of them looked at me and smiled.

Some Basics About Richard Ward

In sharing my story perhaps you will find some of my experiences helpful in your own life, so let’s start with some basics about me. A more detailed bio of me can be found here.

I am a Canadian born in Montreal, Quebec in 1948. I moved back to Montreal in 2016 after living in Toronto, Ottawa, Halifax, and Beijing.

Having been around for more than 70 years now (2019) I have a lot of stories to tell as I have had quite a few experiences. I have not followed a straight path. As I mentioned I worked as a bouncer in a bar as I was studying theology.

In hindsight, it seems as if I have been wandering in circles, trying this and that, but always coming back to things spiritual.

And I have made a lot of mistakes. Perhaps you can learn from my mistakes.

Lots of adventures.

Underpinning my experience over the last few decades are a number of health related issues. I have been:

I have been a Reiki practitioner since 1992.

Over the years I have received training in Core Shamanism, Christianity, Druidry, EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), I Ching, Feng Shui, Pure Land Buddhism, Tantra, Taoism, Tibetan Buddhism, and more.

I hope that I am successful in sharing my interests with you in a meaningful and useful manner.

Looking Forward to Connecting

I am looking forward to connecting with you here on my blog.

I am also on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media and these are my connecting links. You can also read a brief bio of me.

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Awakening to the Spirit World by Sandra Ingerman and Hank Wesselman

In Awakening to the Spirit World: The Shamanic Path of Direct Revelation by Sandra Ingerman and Hank Wesselman bring together a circle of renowned Western shamanic elders to present a comprehensive manual on the oldest and most reliable human technology for accessing the realms of spirit – Shamanism.

The Shamanic Elder contributors are: Tom Cowan, Carol Proudfoot-Edgar, José Stevens, and Alberto Villoldo.

Awakening to the Spirit World: The Shamanic Path of Direct Revelation by Sandra Ingerman and Hank Wesselman

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Awakening to the Spirit World discusses:

  • How the original practice of shamanism shaped the world’s spiritual traditions and why it is still relevant today.
  • The art of the shamanic journey–a time-tested meditative method for experiencing important spiritual lessons and truths.
  • Guidance for avoiding common pitfalls of shamanic practice. Instruction for working with your dreams, connecting to your spirit guides, healing yourself and your environment.

Table of Comtents

Take a looksee at the Table of Contents:

  • Preface from Sandra Ingerman
  • Preface from Hank Wesselman
  • Introduction What Is Shamanism?
  • The Shamanic Journey
  • Reconnecting with Nature
  • Visionary Work with Weather and Environmental Changes
  • The Power of Ceremony and Ritual Dreams
  • Creative Art As a Bridge
  • Working with Sound and Light
  • Death As a Rite of Passage
  • Experiential Work with Death and Dying
  • All Change Involves a Death
  • Our Children Are Our Future
  • Working in Community
  • The Transformational Community
  • The Return of the Shaman
  • Further Resources
  • About The Society for Shamanic Practitioners
  • About the Authors
  • About the Contributors

Shamanism & Shamanic Practice

Learn more about shamanism and shamanic practice by visiting these pages:

Celtic Devotional: Daily Prayers & Blessings by Caitlin Matthews

Celtic Devotional: Daily Prayers & Blessings by Caitlin Matthews is a wonderful book of daily Celtic practices.

Drawing on the influences of early Celtic times Celtic Devotional concentrates on the seasonal quarters – Lughnasadh (Autumn), Samhain (Winter), Imbolc (Spring), and Beltaine (Summer) – of the Celtic world. Excellent complement for Celtic Shananic practice.

Other Books and Audio by Caitlin Matthews

Shamanism & Shamanic Practice

Learn more about shamanism and shamanic practice by visiting these pages:

Core Shamanism

Core Shamanism is a system of shamanic beliefs and practices synthesized by Michael Harner, the founder of The Foundation for Shamanic Studies, and beautifully presented in easy to read language in his books The Way of the Shaman and Cave and Cosmos.

Not a Fixed Belief System

Core shamanism does not hold a fixed belief system, but instead focuses on the practice of shamanic journeying. Specific practices include the use of rapid drumming (about 220 beats per minute) or rattling to attain the Shamanic State of Consciousness. In this altered state of consciousness, much like being conscious while dreaming, the shamanic practitioner goes on a shamanic journey to one of the spirit worlds in order to encounter and interact with the spirits, and effect healing and practice divination.

Interview with Michael Harner about Core Shamanism

The following is taken from an interview of Michael Harner by Bonnie Horrigan that is published on the Foundation for Shamanic Studies website.

Siberia & the Tungus Language

The word “shaman” in the original Tungus language refers to a person who makes journeys to non-ordinary reality in an altered state of consciousness. Adopting the term in the West was useful because people didn’t know what it meant. Terms like “wizard,” “witch,” “sorcerer,” and “witch doctor” have their own connotations, ambiguities, and preconceptions associated with them. Although the term is from Siberia, the practice of shamanism existed on all inhabited continents.

Mircea Eliade – Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy

After years of extensive research, Mircea Eliade, in his book, Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy, concluded that:

shamanism underlays all the other spiritual traditions on the planet, and that the most distinctive feature of shamanism—but by no means the only one—was the journey to other worlds in an altered state of consciousness.

“…in our culture many consider it avant-garde if a person talks about the mind-body connection, but the fact that the brain is connected to the rest of the body is not the most exciting news. It’s been known for hundreds and thousands of years. What’s really important about shamanism, in my opinion, is that the shaman knows that we are not alone. By that I mean, when one human being compassionately works to relieve the suffering of another, the helping spirits are interested and become involved.”

People Who Know

Shamans are often called “see-ers” (seers), or “people who know” in their tribal languages, because they are involved in a system of knowledge based on firsthand experience. Shamanism is not a belief system. It’s based on personal experiments conducted to heal, to get information, or do other things. In fact, if shamans don’t get results, they will no longer be used by people in their tribe. People ask me, “How do you know if somebody’s a shaman?” I say, “It’s simple. Do they journey to other worlds? And do they perform miracles?”

Shamanism & Shamanic Practice Related Pages

John Matthews

John Matthews is a respected initiator in the Shamanic, Celtic and Arthurian traditions, and who has opened many doors to a reappreciation of the mythic heritage of the Western World.

The material in his books and those of his wife Caitlin Matthews is based upon practical knowledge, which they teach worldwide. Together they have pioneered the shamanic use of the vatic and spiritual elements within ancestral and Celtic traditions.

The Matthews are co-founders of The Foundation of Inspirational and Oracular Studies.

Shamans and Shamanic Practitioners

Find other shamans and shamanic practitioners.

My Teachers, Guides, and Mentors

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My Points of Reference

You may also enjoy exploring My Points of Reference pages.

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Intuitive Consulting Session

An Ask Me! Intuitive Consulting Career Life Coaching Session with Richard has 3 parts plus Follow-Up. We meet using the phone or Skype.

We have already talked to each other during the Introductory Conversation and completed our preparatory work together so we are ready to dive in and explore.

Let’s take a looksee at the steps in the Sounding Board Coaching process. The three (3) parts are:

  1. Preparation before session
  2. Meditation
  3. Conversation

1 – Preparation Before Session

Before you call-in begin to think about what it is that you want to explore in the session.

Make notes.

Write down the question you want to talk about.

There is nothing like writing something down – by hand on paper – to help find clarity.

Writing in your Journal is a good idea.

2 – Meditation

We begin our session after you call in with a brief 3-minute meditation.

Although this is only a very brief meditation, ihis serves to help us clear our minds, bring our minds into the moment, and get insync with each other and our intuition.

3 – Conversation

During a Sounding Board session:

  • I listen to you – to your ideas and opinions.
  • I give my perspective if needed.
  • I give you my feedback.
  • I give back to you the ideas that come to me from what you are talking about.

This process is often referred to as brainstorming.

Hear Yourself

Many times what we all need is simply for someone to listen to us, to let us talk out loud with someone to listen, so that we can hear ourselves think.

We need to ‘get out of our head’ and listen to ourselves. We need to hear ourselves.

As we talk out loud about our ideas we can often hear ourselves think.

As we listen the answer we need often comes to mind.

Sometimes it because a question that I have asked has served as a catalyst.

Follow-Up

After an Intuitive Consulting Session questions and ideas will often bubble into our minds. Often the same day or later. When this happens write in your journal. After sleeping on the questions, ideas, and thoughts you may want to have a brief 10 minute chat.

The starting point, and foundation, for working with clients is a free 20 minute Introductory Conversation.

Book a time with me and we will talk.

How we can work together

Over the decades I have developed some basic terms and conditions for managing our scheduled sounding board and consulting sessions so that our time together provides you with maximum benefits. Please review these Sounding Board terms and conditions.

Ask Me! Intuitive Consulting Career Life Coaching

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Ask Me! Intuitive Consulting Career Life Coaching

Intuitive Consulting Career Life Coaching. Get new perspectives and experience adventures in growth leading to a more productive and fulfilling life with your career, in your business, and in your life in general with Richard Edward Ward.

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Step outside your mind and take a look at your world from a new perspective.

Dive into your heart and follow your dreams.

Intuitive Consulting Career Life Coaching can help you to tap into your intuition and see your story, and to see your environment, in a new way, and from different perspectives.

New Perspectives

A new perspective can help anyone to experience an adventure in growth leading to a more productive and fulfilling life with their career, in their business or finding a job.

You may be able to find new and innovative ways to solve problems as we work together. Let’s bounce some ideas around. Let’s look at things differently. Let’s explore.

You may become unstuck, get out of the rut you may be in and find that you can now follow your path to achieve your dreams.

15 Possible Adventures in Growth

We are all unique.

Clients of mine have found that Sounding Board Coaching Sessions have unlocked adventures in growth for them. Do any of the following resonate with you?

  1. Break out of deadlocked problems and find original solutions
  2. Develop strategies to cope with rapid change
  3. Follow your curiosity
  4. Stimulate your creativity
  5. Become attuned to your inner self
  6. Become more aware of your environment
  7. Make more skillful use of your energy so that you can realize your full potential
  8. Inspire thoughts and feelings
  9. Stimulate creative thinking
  10. Develop a values system
  11. Empower yourself as an individual
  12. Create a time investment portfolio
  13. Enhance personal growth and work performance
  14. Develop strategies for fighting boredom by changing your routines and expanding your interests
  15. Discover strategies for conserving inner energy by cutting down on criticism and defensiveness

Experience Your Own Adventure in Growth

Experience your own adventure in growth with Sounding Board Career Life Coaching.

If this resonates with you contact me.

I look forward to working with you to help you to get new perspectives and experience adventures in growth leading to a more productive and fulfilling life with your career, in your business, and in your life in general.

Ask Me! Intuitive Consulting Career Life Coaching

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