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In a Nutshell: Shamanism

Last week on Mind Key the Blog we explored shamanism and how elements of this ancient tradition can help you discover your path to healing and balance.  "When I think of a shaman, the first image that comes to my head is an old, Native American man, grizzled and peaceful, sitting cross-legged next to a fire," our editor Charla Dury said in Shamanism for DummiesIn Nuances of Shamanism, member Vera Remes explains, "That power comes from a 'whole' soul and the protection of compassionate spirits and power animals, which create a spiritual force field around us."Meanwhile, Tara Ann goes bold and reveals the benefits of sharing your sacred spirit animal in The Spirit Deer."I may not agree with the suggestion of...

Sacred Smoke Bowl Blessing: A Native American Ritual

Among the many world cultures, I find Native American history to be the richest and most profound of all.  Deeply rooted in the great land that makes up the United States, their culture and practices are the foundation of our American civilization.  Much is credited to Native American history and traditions.  Many of their practices we still use today (think moccasins, teepees or dream catchers) but others are unfamiliar and worth exploring. Continuously aware of the spirit world and connected to the purity, symbolism and value of each nature element, Native Americans believed in the worth of life—most importantly the manner in which one conducts his life. As an immigrant who has grown up with a varied cultural background, I find the Native American culture...

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