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Shamans have played an important role in evolving consciousness in cultures across the globe for at least 30,000 to 40,000 years, and possibly as long as 100,000 years. Through their abilities to travel into the dark and mysterious spirit realms they bring healing and integration.  In fact, the word “shaman” originates from the Tungus tribe in Siberia and means “spiritual healer” or “one who sees in the dark.” 40298925_l

The practice of Shamanism is designed to bridge the formed (ordinary) and formless (non-ordinary) realms through the use of tools and ritual. To bridge these worlds, a practitioner learns how to journey into other dimensions by entering a shamanic state of consciousness.  Usually done through the use of sound or movement, referred to as sonic driving, this involves a repetitive rhythm, that is produced by a drum, rattle or stick as well as through chanting or ecstatic dancing. Our Shamanism segment is designed to deepen your understanding of how this ancient practice can facilitate transformation.

Magpie Messages – Finding Magic Around Us

There were many Magpie messages for me that night.  I have always loved these birds.  I admire how elegant they appear in their formal tuxedos with their long snappy tails. They seem clear cut, black and white, and then I see the flash of blue and the shimmer of iridescent green that sparks around them, reminding me that there is a hidden magic to life. I admire their intelligence, their ingenuity, and resourcefulness. These birds are bright and bold and proud of who they are.

By | September 30th, 2017|Categories: Jan Hornford, Nature and Animal Messengers, Shamanism|0 Comments

The Labyrinth – The Journey Within

Looking to the Horizon The earth meets the sky in a thin line. The land pours over the edge into a vast unknown. We look to the horizon because hope lives there. [...]

By | September 16th, 2017|Categories: Jan Hornford, Nature and Animal Messengers, Shamanism|0 Comments

Nature’s Soul Messengers – Sunset Reverie

At sunset, there is a clarity of the air that transports me from the ordinary into the extraordinary. Warm light spills across the landscape, a web of spun gold that captures my heart. The liminal time between day and night hangs suspended in the gauzy light. In this magical space, we can find ourselves. We can feel our essence, pure and clear, free of the distortions of our daily living.

By | June 24th, 2017|Categories: Jan Hornford, Nature and Animal Messengers, Shamanism|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Discovering the Magic of Raven

The first time I met Raven, up close and personal, was when I was a young woman working in the Rocky Mountains. I had often seen the birds floating on the wind, high above me or heard their calls, but I had never looked a Raven in the eye. I came upon her as I was walking in a meadow. She was striding through the tall grass, just a few feet from me. I thought she might fly away or be frightened by my appearance, but no, she stood her ground and observed me. She had such strength and presence, in truth, I was the one who felt intimidated! This bird was huge! She came up to my knee and looked at me with such intensity; it was as though she could see right through me. From that day on I felt a special connection with Raven. I read all about them and would watch for them. They are amazing creatures with a keen intelligence. They have many vocalizations and can problem solve and use tools. They build alliances with other species and will work together to achieve their goals. They are very family oriented and form strong pair bonds. Ravens are playful and love to fly as demonstrated by their aerial displays.

By | June 7th, 2017|Categories: Jan Hornford, Nature and Animal Messengers, Shamanism|Tags: , |0 Comments

Summer Storm

The forest has a wild abundance of life and possibility. It holds all emotions: peace and joy and fear. The unknown and the unknowable are here. There is an intersection of the visible and invisible. I see the trees and know that I am only encountering a small part of the Being that is the tree. When you look at the forest, the forest looks back at you. The woods teem with animals, yet they are elusive and hidden. I know that bears, cougars, and wolves all live in this realm. Although we do not encounter them face to face, we can sense them on the periphery of our vision, dancing in the shadows. The soul is like that, shy and elusive, camouflaged by our roles and responsibilities. The forest beckons hidden aspects of our Being to come forward, offering us a glimpse of an unrealized truth, opening our hearts to a new understanding of ourselves.

By | May 26th, 2017|Categories: Jan Hornford, Nature and Animal Messengers, Shamanism|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Mother Bear

Trading Fear for Respect Bears tend to evoke fear in most people.  We fear their strength and power. It is proper to have a healthy respect for bears, to know their ways [...]

By | May 3rd, 2017|Categories: Jan Hornford, Nature and Animal Messengers, Shamanism|Tags: , , , |0 Comments