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Information on the advanced shamanism courses. Study all aspect of core shamanic practice, including: soul retrieval; extraction and other shamanic healing methods; shamanic meditation practices and shamanism as a spiritual practice.
The Three Ravens College of Therapeutic Shamanism.
Exploring Symptoms: finding out what body (and other) symptoms really are, and what to do about them.
Dates: Ran in 2016.
A course learning how to explore what body (and other) symptoms actually are and what they are an expression of, before deciding on the appropriate course of action shamanically.
Just as some surgeons can be a bit ‘knife happy’ in the sense of their default position is to operate and cut the problem out(rather than medicate, for example), I have observed shamanic healers who are ‘extraction happy’ Their default position and assumption is that illnesses are an intrusion of some kind (in the sense of there is something in the person’s energy body that shouldn’t be there), and that whatever it is needs extracted and removed.
However we now know (from the work of people such as Jung and Jungian analysts, Arnold Mindell and Process-Orientated Psychotherapy, and many other people and psychotherapeutic schools) that symptoms far from being foreign entities that need to be removed, can in some cases turn out to be wise messengers that need to be listened to. In these cases, listening to the symptom is the key to the healing. Sometimes symptoms can be unintegrated parts of us that are trying to get our attention so that they can be integrated and made whole. Unintegrated and denied aspects of ourselves can often appear as ‘other’, even appearing as ‘monsters’ or ‘evil’ that we project out into the world (Jung’s idea of the Shadow). For a shamanic practitioner to then collude with this process of denial in someone, in terms of trying to extract what is in fact an unintegrated part of the client, will at best be futile and at worst will reinforce the problem and make matters worse.
The problem is that our underlying belief system tends to colour and inform what we see (or how we chose to interpret what we see). Shamanic healers can be guilty of tending to see intrusions that need removing. Psychotherapists on the other hand can be guilty of not spotting what is in fact an intrusion, and reducing everything to being a part of the psyche that needs integrating. In this, the two disciplines have both much to teach each other, and much to learn from each other. On this course we will explore this interface. Doing this involves learning how to approach a symptom with an open mind and ‘stalking’ our tendency to let our belief systems colour and distort what we see. We will practice cultivating an open mind, raising awareness of our preconceptions that get in the way, and try to see things as much as possible as they are. We will explore when dialogue and integration is appropriate, and when extraction and removal is appropriate, and how the two may sometimes be combined.
The course will provide plenty of opportunity to explore our own symptoms in depth, and work on them.
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