Tying it all together with the Universal Spirit of Source
"Shamanism for me is a spiritual practice. When I say spiritual practice I mean it’s not just something that we do on Sunday or on the full moon. It’s something that we carry with us all the time. I feel this is an important thing to remember. When we’re doing our practice it’s good to remember what our intention [is]. What is our intention? Maybe you can ask what is our intention with life?" -- Jonathon Horwitz
I had been exchanging messages with Jonathon Horwitz for quite some time, but when a major challenge in my life arose it was he who introduced me to my greatest friend, The Teacher. I had recently been diagnosed with cancer. Announced as good news by myself because it could improve my chances of getting a much needed liver transplant. As crazy as that may sound to suddenly consider, Jonathon reached out and we spoke via video applications from Sweden to the United States.
"I don't want you to refer to it as "your cancer" any longer," he said out the outset. "It is your teacher."
Six years into shamanism and liver failure after leaving the life that had led to that point on day one in 2011, and for the first time something really made sense that I could hold onto, that I could carry across the finish line and live.
I did live and all of that is behind me. But the two years that followed that call, along with the six prior years of being in my own "otherworld" due to complications of the illnesses, featured the most personal growth of any point up until that time, and I was just 50. By the time transplant rolled around in January of 2019, Jonathon asked if I was ready to begin teaching for he felt that I was. But, things were not that simple. I had already been doing that in gathering and groups for years, talking about Runes, tales of Asgard, and of the Tuatha De Danann in old Ireland.
I was ready, but it was not yet time. That time has not arrived yet due largely to my interest, but also because there a lot more too it than what is offered in a workshop or group. That said, I have not been idle, but have instead expanded my consciousness to many other areas of spirituality without the need of diving in too deeply, but deep enough to become useful in my own life and therefore things such as meditation and several alchemical processes that lead to clarity, a sense of purpose, and a profound sense of one's self.
Spirituality does not mean religion. There is no need for any written text, any voice or opinion that needs to mater in your relationship to whatever it is you consider you can connect with beyond yourself. Perhaps it is God, perhaps it is a tree that you pass each day and exchange ideas, or perhaps it is simply yourself, if you can go that deep to a voice before now. A sense of purpose, that you are not an accident, is a major step forward gaining clarity along your life's path.
To that end, I am happy to work with individuals exploring Shamanism, but in the context of Nordic and Celtic traditions. Use the menu above to learn more.
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