Shamanism 101: Highlights from The Other Worlds


It has taken me longer to report back with notes from the field before … I finally got to this, though only highlights from the first of two days before I can’t keep my eyes open any longer on this flight home from a very fast business trip to the west coast and back.

Maybe that I applied the free (/imprisoned) hours to transcribing these overdue notes for you evidences my dedication to doing so. Aka I’m on this high road for us, and until I make good on my promise to share the good word/work, it sits at the top of my to-do list.

Also, I took a hell of a lot of notes. Pretty excellent stuff if I do say so though.

Enjoy, I hope you will!

As “Cliff Notes” because, you don’t need a narrative and because my brain is at whatever altitude in whatever time zone and no one reads long-form anymore anyway, this is Shamanism 101: Day One:

“The Way of the Shaman: The Shamanic Journey, Power and Healing” was a two-day intensive from The One Center, as taught by Nan Moss in January, 2015.

Nan Moss did not look like this:

The teachings were cross-cultural, “core” Shamanism. That is, not regional.

And, they’re best received with a “beginner’s mind”. Frankly, our teacher simply instructed that logic be abandoned. I don’t do that well, but a happy middle ground revealed itself – you’ll see.

To open the course, she began with meditation. Lit tobacco and sage in honor of the earth; in a shell for water; with a candle, fire – and then honored the cardinal spirits, “winds of the edge of the land” (air).

Next, we moved. Physical movement changes vibrations – personal and within a space – which is magnetic, and “attracts the spirits”. Spirits, spirit guides, animal spirits, all of those concepts, which are central to Shamanism.

Movement is powerful. We are meant to. We don’t enough, anymore.

The movement was optional and drowsy – an entranced sort of compulsion to stand (should you be), march, dance, or simply not. Eyes open or closed. But if seated, some part of you at least was proceeding around the circle (e.g. psychologically).

That procession was counter-clockwise in order to undo “natural reality” and accompanied by a beat-matched drumming/rattling, lead by Moss.

After several minutes, the group disperses and Moss leads an invitation for the spirits “seen and unseen” to join the circle.

When she does this, immediately, I could cry. The sound of the rattle and her non-words, some sort of singing sounds are deeply penetrative and sweet, good, right, welcome, cathartic. I’m taken by how strongly they strike me. I smile and have no idea why it feels so good and so am further convinced that there are things we know from sources or experiences beyond our general understanding of, sorry but, “life”.

Soul Songs:

We sing. (Optional. I am shy – you may know by now.) A “soul song” is the song you were born with, to sing, but which we rarely know any more. Singing is powerful. Not singing is a wound, and “power loss”.


  • Shamanism is about power. Accruing personal power in order to affect beyond oneself.
  • Shamanism is archaic but not obsolete.
    • “Excessive rationalism left behind the spiritual side of reality.”
    • Shamanism may be the earliest human spiritual practice.
    • Shamanism may be considered “the reality of the spiritual”. Moss calls this “non-ordinary reality” (NOR).

A Shaman:

  • Extraordinarily dedicated to “good work”
  • Wisdom keepers
  • Environmentalists, healers, psychologists, guides
  • Shaman are capable of channeling, and journeying. That is, traveling to the spirits, for healing, on behalf of others.


  • Is compassion and sentient.
  • Not, life-force. (Meaning, not the power you need to operate daily and healthfully, but a power beyond that – grander, wider reaching, more encompassing).
  • It is excess and connected to the helping spirits.
  • What we consider luck or the individuals we encounter who seem to be recipients or attracters of a good life, are likely powerful.
    • Those who appear unlucky or troubled, struggling, may be suffering from power loss. Or, more severely, “soul loss”.
    • It is possible to lose or gain power. And it is possible to lose or regain soul. (“Soul loss” is one of the first and more resonant tenants of Shamanism I’ve encountered. More on that in Day Two.)

Journeying: Non-physical travel, in pursuit of betterment on behalf of oneself or others. (my definition)

  • Journeying involves entering an altered brainwave state. Alpha, or deeper (theta, delta). (A trance-state, for those of you who’ve followed my Past Life Regression and Hypnotherapy explorations. If you’re intrigued here, look into BPM and audio meditations to help take you there. There are plenty on YouTube. +/- light drugs depending on your stance.)
  • We journeyed to drumming, at a specific BPM scientifically shown to facilitate an intentional, “active” trance (induce an alpha brainwave state).
    • While Moss felt strongly that journeying is not akin to meditation, I frankly disagree. It is different, but very similar.
    • “Journeying resembles a waking dream.”
    • We are in control of our self, but not what the spirits will give us.
  • I journeyed several times over the course of the weekend. Each time for about 15 minutes “reality time”. I began with an intention – a question or a purpose – and then traveled to either the lower or upper world, each of which serves different needs. Without too much detail, as you should experience your first journeys objectively, I believe, (with a beginner’s mind!), the basic structure involves:
    • Encountering the spirit(s)
      • When I take my first journey, to the lower world, I am again near tears. The process is slow at first and then suddenly vivid and strong. When I return, I think that I might well spend more and more time journeying – as I’ve started to feel the pull to with meditation, and hypnotherapy – reflection, introspection not that I’ve not spent so much of my life in my mind already but it is more expansive than, well, much of the “reality” we otherwise live in.
    • There are a lot of particulars and different approaches to getting into, navigating and leaving the journey – and it can be done in partnership as well, which we also did – but I’m not studied enough to get too into that for you. It’s also a personal experience and will be different for everyone.
    • Thereafter, anything that occurs, relates to the answer to your question, or in address of your intention.
      • This is where abandoning logic isn’t entirely required to be receptive to this stuff.
      • These spirits … could be external forces, or, I might believe, our subconscious. And if consciousness is collective, which I do believe at this point, then external and intuitive are one in the same. #absolutetruth? and I'll be damed if didn’t take me this long to get to that.
    • The direction
    • The intention or question

The Upper and lower worlds are compassionate and exist outside of time. It is only ever the present in those worlds. But, it always is.

  • The Lower World
    • To reach the lower world, we leave the middle world from a physical location that actually exists. A tree, a lake, a well – wherever you know, and that can take you down.
      • (I wonder, informed by The Field, which I’ve been reading and owe you notes on, is: Is this initial experience some sort of remote viewing? Which I also believe may be more integral to past life regression than I’d known previously. I’ll leave it at that for now and report back after I’ve reconvened with Dan Ryan.)
      • The Middle World
        • This is the world we “know”, which is only a shadow of NOR.

To be continued with Day Two, which will include:

  • The Upper World
  • Divinations
  • Power Songs
  • The Giants (Spirit Guides) and spirit animals
  • Partner Journeying
  • Ethics
  • Shamanic Healing
  • Soul Retrieval

And, Misc/Bonus material:

  • Consider that we are all here, exactly where we are now at the very moment that you are t/here, as a result of all paths, all choices and influences, all everything in your life to date that has lead you to the present moment.
  • The east is known as “dawnland”.
  • Do take the world personally; it does you. The natural world will always answer you. But, also know that you are not the whole story.

Quantum Physics & Reality 101. Amen.



This isn't yet my notes from The Field (the book and the as a matter of speaking), but I wanted to share because it's such a succinct explanation of what I've been reading (devouring) for the last year+. Gospel as far as I'm concerned. Enjoy.

Physicists have proven beyond doubt that the physical world is one large sea of energy that flashes into and out of being in milliseconds, over and over again.

Nothing is solid. This is the world of Quantum Physics.

They have proven that thoughts are what put together and hold together this ever-changing energy field into the ‘objects’ that we see.

So why do we see a person instead of a flashing cluster of energy?

Think of a movie reel. A movie is a collection of about 24 frames a second. Each frame is separated by a gap. However, because of the speed at which one frame replaces another, our eyes get cheated into thinking that we see a continuous and moving picture.

A TV tube is simply a tube with heaps of electrons hitting the screen in a certain way, creating the illusion of form and motion.

This is what all objects are anyway. You have 5 physical senses (sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste).

Each of these senses has a specific spectrum (for example, a dog hears a different range of sound than you do; a snake sees a different spectrum of light than you do; and so on).

In other words, your set of senses perceives the sea of energy from a certain limited standpoint and makes up an image from that. It is not complete, nor is it accurate. It is just an interpretation.

All of our interpretations are solely based on the ‘internal map’ of reality that we have, and not the real truth. Our ‘map’ is a result of our personal life’s collective experiences.

Our thoughts are linked to this invisible energy and they determine what the energy forms. Your thoughts shift the universe on a particle-by-particle basis to create your physical life.

Look around you.

Everything you see in our physical world started as an idea, an idea that grew as it was shared and expressed, until it grew enough into a physical object through a number of steps.

You become what you think about most. Your life becomes what you have imagined and believed in most.

The world is your mirror, enabling you to experience in the physical plane what you hold as your truth … until you change it.

Quantum physics shows us that the world is not the hard and unchangeable thing it may appear to be. Instead, it is a very fluid place continuously built up using our individual and collective thoughts.

What we think is true is really an illusion.

Fortunately we have begun to uncover the illusion and most importantly, how to change it.

What is your body made of?

Nine systems comprise the human body including Circulatory, Digestive, Endocrine, Muscular, Nervous, Reproductive, Respiratory, Skeletal, and Urinary.

What are those made up of?

Tissues and organs.

What are tissues and organs made of?


What are cells made of?


What are molecules made of?


What are atoms made of?

Sub-atomic particles.

What are subatomic particles made of?


We are pure energy-light in its most beautiful and intelligent configuration. Energy that is constantly changing beneath the surface and you control it all with your powerful mind.

You are made up of a cluster of ever-changing energy in the form of electrons, neutrons, photons and so on. So is everything else around you.

Quantum physics tells us that it is the act of observing an object that causes it to be there where and how we observe it. An object does not exist independently of its observer. So, as you can see, your observation, your attention to something, and your intention, literally creates that thing.

Your world is made of spirit, mind and body.

Each of those three, spirit, mind and body, has a function that is unique to it and not shared with the other. What you see with your eyes and experience with your body is the physical world, which we shall call Body. Body is an effect, created by a cause.

This cause is Thought.

Body cannot create. It can only experience and be experienced … that is its unique function.

Thought cannot experience … it can only make up, create and interpret. It needs a world of relativity (the physical world, Body) to experience itself.

Spirit is All That Is, that which gives Life to Thought and Body.

Body has no power to create, although it gives the illusion of power to do so. This illusion is the cause of much frustration. Body is purely an effect and has no power to cause or create.

The key with all of this information is how do you learn to see the universe differently than you do now so that you can manifest what you truly desire.

Slightly adapted from: The Mind Unleashed: Quantum Reality: The Limitless Potential Within Everything

Turmeric 101

Turmeric was traditionally called Indian saffron and has been used throughout history as a condiment, healing remedy and textile dye.

Turmeric comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant and has a tough brown skin and a deep orange flesh. This herb has a very interesting taste and aroma. Its flavor is peppery, warm and bitter while its fragrance is mild yet slightly reminiscent of orange and ginger, to which it is related.