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Some Shamanic Prayers from Praying with Power

Jose Luis Stevens offers a wonderful number of prayers that I have found to be very helpful in his book Praying With Power: How to Use Ancient Shamanic Techniques to Gain Maximum Spiritual Benefit and Extraordinary Results Through Prayer.

Here are a few of the prayers that I use daily. I hope that you enjoy these prayers and find them helpful.

Jose recommends that we modify the prayers to suit our own personal needs.

Some shamanic prayers from Praying with Power with Richard Edward Ward

The Seven Levels of Shamanic Prayer

From a shamanic point of view there are Seven Levels of Prayer. There are seven states of perception that lead to different forms of prayers and these are at times antagonist it to each other.

These different states of perception account for vastly different beliefs about reality and you will find people in every culture of the world who adhere to one or another of them. The latter ones are usually ascribed to Mystics and are more difficult for the average person to understand. At the risk of vastly oversimplifying seven states of perception corresponding levels of Prayer.

  1. Kill my enemies; be strong over them.
  2. Please don’t punish me! I’ve been bad; save me.
  3. Make me Rich! Give me, give me, give me. You were great as long as you give me.
  4. Life is so hard! Help me, give me strength, help my loved ones. You have the power to help. I am so confused! I know you were there but why don’t you help me help me, damn it?
  5. Thank you for providing for me. I love you! You are wonderful!
  6. Thank you for making me in your image. Allow me to know you more and more. I am your servant. Thy will be done.
  7. You and I are one. I am peace. Make it so. I am that. I am who I am.

The above is taken from Praying With Power: How to Use Ancient Shamanic Techniques to Gain Maximum Spiritual Benefit and Extraordinary Results Through Prayer by Jose Luis Stevens, beginning on page 8.

Some Shamanic Prayer Basics

The Seven Levels of Shamanic Prayer with Richard Edward Ward

Winds of Spirit by Renee Baribeau

Winds of Spirit: Ancient Wisdom Tools for Navigating Relationships, Health, and the Divine by Renee Baribeau that helped me to connect with Wind spirits, exploring the rich mythology and cultural significance of wind.

Winds of Spirit by Renee Baribeau

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In this book, you’ll explore the rich mythology and cultural significance of wind, and discover a powerful system to utilize the subtle, healing energies in your life.

Winds of Spirit will teach you how to connect with your true inner self, use your body as a compass, and receive life-changing messages from nature.

Based on an ancient sacred technique used by farmers, shamans and sailors, this system will show you how to navigate your personal path, providing insight into how to manage the wind patterns and shifting conditions affecting you.

You will also learn how to invoke wind deities –gods and goddesses from around the world –and the cardinal winds from the four quadrants of the sky, each of which relate to the inner landscape of your life: mind, emotions, body, and spirit.

By working with the omnipresent winds in your life, you can restore harmony and balance, heal the body, and inspire creativity.

Table of Comtents

Explore the Table of Contents of Winds of Spirit to see how you can begin to learn and use the power of the Winds:

  • Introduction: Navigating Change
  • PART I: THE WINDS OF CHANGE
    • Chapter 1: The Goal: The Awakened Self
    • Chapter 2: The Story of Wind: Applying Ancient Knowledge to Modern-Day Navigation
    • Chapter 3: Intensity: Types of Wind
    • Chapter 4: Recognizing Wind Patterns: Cycles of Change
  • PART II: FROM WHAT DIRECTION IS THE WIND BLOWING? CARDINAL FORCES Introduction to the Cardinal Winds
    • Chapter 5: The Cardinal Wind of the East (The Mind)
    • Chapter 6: The Cardinal Wind of the South (The Emotions)
    • Chapter 7: The Cardinal Wind of the West (The Body)
    • Chapter 8: The Cardinal Wind of the North (The Spirit)
  • PART III: WHEN THE WIND BLOWS—NAVIGATING LIFE
    • Chapter 9: Wind Magic throughout History
    • Chapter 10: Finding Your Center
    • Chapter 11: Calibrating Your Inner Awakening Compass
    • Chapter 12: Weather Vane Process: Staying Balanced During Changing Winds
    • Chapter 13: Wind Bath Chapter 14: Wind Knots: Managing Intensity
    • Chapter 15: Cooperating with Your Inner Winds
    • Chapter 16: Removing Resistance to Change
  • PART IV: THE INNER WINDS—FORCES OF NATURE
    • Introduction to the 29 Wind Gods/Goddesses
    • Amaunet (Egyptian): Obscurity
    • Bieg-Olmai (Lapp): Signs
    • Cardea (Roman): Facilitator
    • Dogoda (Polish): Compassion
    • Ehécatl (Aztec/Mixtec): Passion
    • Enlil (Mesopotamian): Destiny
    • Esaugetúh Emissee (Muscogee Creek): Protection
    • Feng Po Po (Chinese): Harmony
    • Fūjin (Shinto): Purification
    • Holle (Teutonic): Mystery
    • Ilmarinen (Finnish): Inventor
    • Kari (Malaysian): Expression
    • La‘amaomao (Hawaiian): Ancestor
    • Mari (Basque): Gift
    • Nilch’i (Navajo): Intuition
    • Njörðr (Norse): Prosperity
    • Oyá (Yoruba): Transformation
    • Shu (Ancient Egyptian): Separation
    • Sila Innua (Inuit): Wisdom
    • Stribog (Slavic): Dispersal
    • Tāwhirimātea (New Zealand): Tempest
    • Tȟaté (Lakota Sioux): Messenger
    • Vayu (Indus): Strength Vēja Māte (Latvian): Nourishment
    • Wayramama (Peruvian): Right Relationship
    • Yaponcha (Hopi): Moderation
    • Yel Ana (Turkish; Yörük): Guidance
    • Yeongdeung Halmang (Tamna): Balance
    • No Wind (Equator): Doldrums
  • Afterword: Deepening Wind Wisdom

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Shamanism & Shamanic Practice

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The Way of the Shaman by Michael Harner

The Way of the Shaman by Michael Harner is the classic book on shamanism and Core Shamanism, that has helped to pioneer the modern day shamanic renaissance.

The Way of the Shaman by Michael Harner

“Wonderful, fascinating…Harner really knows what he’s talking about.”
Carlos Castaneda

Shamanic Resource and Reference

The Way of the Shaman is the foremost resource and reference on understanding shamanism.

The Way of the Shaman is the definitive handbook on practical shamanism. It offers in easy to understand language a guide to current resources and shows you: what it is, where it comes from and how you can participate in shamanism.

“An intimate and practical guide to the art of shamanic healing and the technology of the sacred. Michael Harner is not just an anthropologist who has studied shamanism: he is an authentic white shaman.”
Stanislav Grof, author of The Adventure of Self-Discovery

Contents of The Way of the Shaman:

I am listing the table of contents below so that you can easily see the solid info that Michael Harner presents. It is easy to read and understand.

  • Chapter 1: Discovering the Way
     
  • Chapter 2: The Shamanic Journey: Introduction
     
  • Chapter 3: Shamanism and States of Consciousness
     
  • Chapter 4: Power Animals
     
  • Chapter 5: The Journey to Restore Power
     
  • Chapter 6: Power Practice
     
  • Chapter 7: Extracting Harmful Intrusions
     
  • Appendix A: Drums, Drumming Cassettes, and Training Workshops
     
  • Appendix B: The Hand Game of the Flathead Indians
     

“Harner has impeccable credentials, both as an academic and as a practicing shaman. Without doubt (since the recent death of Mircea Eliade) the world’s leading authority on shamanism.”
Nevill Drury, author of The Shaman’s Quest

Books by Michael Harner

Society for Shamanic Practice (SSP)

The Society for Shamanic Practice (SSP) gathers and shares extensive knowledge and resources about the practice of shamanism in all its forms, its evolution in the modern world, and how shamanism can be applied in the 21st century.

The Society is dedicated to creating an educated and empowered community who walk a shamanic path with integrity, respect, and practicality.

Society for Shamanic Practice Membership

Membership in the Society for Shamanic Practice is open to all people interested in walking a Shamanic path.

Visit their website to learn more.

Shamanic Training Organizations

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Taoism

Taoism came into my life through the I Ching. Taoism, or Daoism, is based on the teachings of the Tao Te Ching written in the 6th century BC in China by Lao Tze with an emphasis on spiritual harmony within the individual complements the social duty focus of Confucianism.

Taoism symbol -Taiji Tu - Yin/Yang

Taoism is rooted in the cultural experience of the Chinese people, and for centuries influenced the philosophy, art, literature, science, statecraft and the military arts, medicine, the martial arts, divination, and especially the arts of spiritual cultivation in China.

Tao

Tao is, according to Deng Ming-Dao in Everyday Tao: Living with Balance and Harmony “literally the movement of all life … the total ongoing of the universe,” and that to live according to Taoist principles is to go along with this movement, this flow. Deng Ming-Dao notes eight “special qualities” of people who internalize Taoism as being: simplicity, sensitivity, flexibility, independence and being focused, cultivated, disciplined, and joyous.

Two Main Taoist Schools: Philosophical & Religious

The two main Taoist schools are philosophical Taoism or Tao-chia and religious Taoism or Tao-chaio. Tao-chia generally focuses on the philosophical writings of Lao-Tzu, Chuang-Tzu and other early mystics while Tao-chiao emphasizes religious rituals aimed at attaining immortality.

Taoism and Confucianism – the two great Chinese belief systems – were founded at about the same time and continue to co-exist the China of today.

Shamanism: The Roots of Taoist Practice

The Taoist and Shamanic worldviews have much in common and this is reflected in Taoism today. Shamanism goes back for thousands of years before the emergence of China and Taoism.

For instance, the Shangqing (also spelled Shang-ch’ing) sect of Taoism is the most mystical of Taoism’s main lineages. In it we find practices similar to those performed by the shamanic cultures of ancient China.

”The world of Shang-ch’ing Taoism: a world where guardian spirits live inside the human body; a world where mystics fly to the sky and journey among the stars; a world where people absorb the essence of the sun and moon to cultivate immortality; a world where the highest attainment in life is to merge with the Tao in bliss and ecstasy …”

– Eva Wong, from The Shambhala Guide to Taoism

Taoist priests use talismans to invoke the powers and protection of supernatural beings. We see that the components of many Taoist rituals and ceremonies, as well as some forms of qigong, are oriented toward communication with the plant and animal kingdoms. This goes with the practices of Taoist Inner Alchemy are designed to produce, from the very bodies of its practitioners, the mystic wine of ecstatic spiritual union.

Points of Reference

Shamanism & Shamanic Practice

Shamanism is the intentional effort to develop intimate and lasting relationships with personal helping spirits by consciously leaving ordinary reality and journeying into the non-ordinary realms of the spirit world.

Shamanism has been practiced in every continent of the world since the beginning of history including Australia, Europe, the British Isles, Asia, India, China, and the Americas.

And the practice of Shamanism is, therefore, available to all people from every race and culture worldwide.

World Tree - Shamanism
The World Tree

Shamanism is a cross-cultural spiritual path that is a method rather than a religion. And Shamanism coexists with established religions in many cultures.

I like the observations about Shamanism that Tom Cowan has written in his useful, and easy to read book “Shamanism As a Spiritual Practice for Daily Life“:

“But for all the mysterious and exotic phenomena associated with shamanism, the core shamanic experience is really simple, timeless, and universal. There are many ways to define and describe shamanism, which is basically a way of viewing reality and the use of empirical techniques to function within that view of reality.”

Essential Perspective Of Shamanism

The essential perspective of shamanism is based on the fact that we are, and all creation is, one with Spirit:

  • Everything is alive.
  • Everything has spirit and awareness.
  • Energy and matter are the same. Everything is vibration.
  • Everything that exists is an energy system within a greater energy system.
  • Everything that exists is connected to everything else in a web of energy or life.
  • Unseen/inner/spiritual reality affects visible reality.

My Introduction to Shamanism

Although a number of Shamans conducted workshops over a number of years during the 90s in The Reiki Store that I co-owned in Toronto, Ontario, Canada I never took their workshops.

Shamanism came onto my life after a heart attack in 2004 via Bernie Morin, a gifted Shaman and Reiki Master. Bernie then lead me to the Foundation for Shamanic Studies.

Foundation for Shamanic Studies

The Foundation for Shamanic Studies referred me to Jeannette McCullough who became my teacher and a dear frriend. My first work with her involved a weekend Medicine for the Earth workshop that had been developed by Sandra Ingerman.

I took the Basic Workshop in Core Shamanism The Way of the Shaman® – Shamanic Journeying, Power, and Healing offered by the Foundation for Shamanic Studies with Sharon Van Raalte.

Other Shamanic Training

I have also received training as a Shamanic Practitioner from many gifted Shamans. Please visit my page of Shamans and Shamanic Practitioners.

Shamanic Reading

There is a wealth of shamanic teaching available through books, videos, and audios prepared by Shamans worldwide. Of course, there is a lot of garbage produced as well. One doesn’t become a shaman by taking a 2-week course over the internet. If you are interested please visit Recommended Reading and Audio in Shamanism.

Shamanism & Shamanic Practice Related Pages

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Is shamanism a religion?

The practice of shamanism is a method, not a religion. It coexists with established religions in many cultures.

In Siberia, you’ll find shamanism coexisting with Buddhism and Lamaism, and in Japan with Buddhism. It’s true that shamans are often in animistic cultures. Animism means that people believe there are spirits. So in shamanic cultures, where shamans interact with spirits to get results such as healing, it’s no surprise that people believe there are spirits. But the shamans don’t believe in spirits. Shamans talk with them, interact with them. They no more “believe” there are spirits than they “believe” they have a house to live in or have a family. This is a very important issue because shamanism is not a system of faith.

Shamanism is also not exclusionary. They don’t say, “We have the only healing system.” In a holistic approach to healing, the shaman uses the spiritual means at his or her disposal in cooperation with people in the community who have other techniques such as plant healing, massage, and bone setting. The shaman’s purpose is to help the patient get well, not to prove that his or her system is the only one that works.

Shamanism & Shamanic Practice

Reconnecting with Our Inner Spirit and Power Within

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