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Introduction to Shamanism

Angie (Bear Heart) Rapalyea will present a series of classes on Shamanistic practices....drawing upon her many years of experience! The first session will be an Introduction to Shamanism, and will be an informative class for both beginners and people who have studied before.

Just to give you a taste of some of the teachings Angie has in mind, here are some presentation notes that she has compiled:

Everything is alive, even those things you think are inanimate: stones, furniture, etc. This is contrary to everything our Western civilization, which is very young in the world, has taught us, either directly or by inferred example.

All living things are sentient in their own way and as our cosmic Relatives are deserving of respectful treatment and Reverence for all Life Forms; if we learn to converse with them they can teach us much. Note: this means an accent on LISTENING, not talking.

Our ancestors are around us, waiting to converse with us; both our direct familial line and our cultural ancestors: Old Ones. This can include people from specific civilizations or healing practices, Elders in some way. Sometimes our points of intuition may be their whispers in our ears that we become aware of!

This is also true of Helping Spirits such as Totems: animal, plant or stone spirits, who are waiting to share the wisdom of their entire Nations with us: ex: Bear Nation, Willow Nation, Amethyst Nation, etc. If they show themselves as personal Teachers, they become our Allies. This involves a deliberate agreement on our part to be in respectful, long-term partnership with them; we must participate in and nourish these new relationships. Usually the totems/ allies spend their time in the Lower World, another level of reality. Results of working with totems can include strengthened health and psychic wellbeing, learning, and protection.

Totems have their own qualities and characteristics. They choose us, not the other way around, depending on those things they realize we need to learn or expand, or qualities we need to diminish. Even helping spirits have qualities we have to learn to govern: for example, Badger is a great healer and protector but can have a snappish, hasty temper if out of balance!

Other Helping Spirits, sometimes acting as Teachers and Mentors, usually are to be found in the Upper World, a different level of reality. Frequently these Helping Spirits take the form (show themselves to us) of humans: a grandfatherly or grandmotherly figure of wisdom. They can be symbolic of specific civilizations, or may show up as a particular personage you have heard about before: a wise person of renown.

With spirits of both Upper and Lower Worlds, there is an active wish to teach, protect, and support us. However, we must deliberately make the effort to call them to us by going to the places they inhabit and asking for them to make themselves known to us. We always retain our power of Choice when we make decisions to adopt their suggestions; we never lose personal sovereignty.

With all Helping Spirits, we need to honor their teaching ways and millennia of experience. It is considered childish and very impolite to announce to one’s friends “I have Buffalo as a helper, “ etc. without the express agreement and permission of the helping spirit. You will become increasingly aware of your vanity traps and lack of manners if you possess these things. Man is not #1 on the Importance Hit Parade!

There is a practice called Journeying: this is literal travel to the other worlds, achieved using “repetitive percussive sound” such as drum-sound or rattling. We can also visit the non-physical, spiritual aspect of our physical, Middle World that we customarily inhabit.


Traditionally, the Drum is ‘hot’ and is good at transporting us downward, and the Rattle is said to be ‘cool’ and takes us upward. Drumsound can defuse a situation and rattling can ‘clear the path’, as well as calling rain.

All of this is real and has been operating for millennia.

$15 class fee requested.

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  • Kim A.

    Hello how can we see the most recent conversations in a meet up group?

    August 12, 2013

  • Ina

    The class was lower than average - wasn't interesting at all although Angie is good person perhaps with some knowledge however discussions were all about examples of someone else and her teacher - basically about nothing, that we did not know! Less than Mediocrity!

    July 31, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Stacey, I'm going there in Nov. or Dec. again. Not sure yet though.

      August 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Awesome! I'd love to go with you. Please let me know when you're going. December would work best for me & I could only do the 4 day as I just paid for my birthday trip which I will be spending in Thailand for 2 weeks. But I still have some frequently flier miles that I need to use or lose before year end; however, I've already taken or planned to use all of my vacation & leave time. If you do a longer trip, perhaps I could join you for the beginning or end of it. Let's talk further. Email me at [masked]

      August 3, 2013

  • Francesca

    I think it's amazing and beautiful the way we are sharing our thoughts and opinions. Thank you everyone for being so open and receptive.

    August 1, 2013

  • Marie

    Very interested,and so happy to be around then learning other culture.

    July 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yes, it was after all, an "introdcution to ..." And while I heard familiar ideas, I also heard some things that added to my knowledge. Or a new perspective of a similar idea. I think that is generally the case if we are listening. Agreed that future classes, if held via MeetUp, could focus in on specific areas.
    As usual it was interesting to see the variety of people drawn to these topics.
    Thanks. B

    1 · July 31, 2013

  • Kim A.

    I had a directed purpose for attending the meeting. It was good to find a Shamanic practitioner close, as well as meeting others. I think I would have like to have seen an agenda in advance, but with meeting others flexibility is required.

    July 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hoping for a little more structure and focused curriculum in future classes. I am open to required reading and preparation prior to "class." I think the class would benefit from focusing on a single subject or two and drilling deeper into that topic as opposed to cursory touching on many different subjects. Example topics could include: ceremonies, energy of crystals & rocks, drum dancing-purposes & styles, communicating with other spirits, seeking spiritual guides. I would also enjoy more hands-on practices in future classes, such as a guided meditation to identify totems, power animals, helpers and guides, etc.

    I hope this constructive criticism is helpful. I look forward to future classes.

    1 · July 31, 2013

  • Kevin

    Also, if you are coming tonight and plan to attend the Six Weeks Series on Feng Shui & Native American Practices, you can bring a $50 deposit for that class as well. Thanks!!

    July 30, 2013

  • Francesca

    well, it looks like I won't be attending tomorrow might after all. I have houseguests and have a lot yet to do! I'll be there in spirit!!

    July 29, 2013

  • Francesca

    Heya!! for some reason, my name is no longer listed. I may have accidentally deleted it. :( Anyway, Angie has my $5.00 and I will definitely be there!

    July 27, 2013

  • Kevin

    Thank you to the people who have sent in deposits or payment in full!

    July 25, 2013

    • Marie

      Hi kervin this is mrs harley my deposit went out today. Please accept. my apologies. Thanks

      July 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If there is still room in the class I'd love to attend? I can get a deposit in the mail for you this evening.

    July 24, 2013

  • Marie

    I will send my deposit soon as possible. Thx

    1 · July 23, 2013

  • Marie

    To attend. the class! !!!

    July 23, 2013

  • Kevin

    Please remember everyone, to reserve a spot in the class by sending in a deposit. This class will be closed soon, and I will start a waiting list....

    July 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I mailed full payment yesterday.

      1 · July 23, 2013

  • Marie

    hi kervin can you feet me (in)for that special class.

    1 · July 20, 2013

    • Kevin

      Yes, there is room.

      July 22, 2013

  • Kevin

    Hi everyone......because space is limited for this class, and it is in high demand, we are asking for each person who has signed up to send a deposit of $5 (or the full amount) to hold your space in the class. You can send it to me at: Kevin Starbard, 318 Valley Rd, Oreland, PA 19075 Thank you!!

    July 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sent a chrck t oday. Thanks

      July 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Do you have a paypal account that I can use to pay this feel

      July 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Kevin, I am Roberta Johnson's "plus 1". I didn't realize she did that, so that should open up one space for you.

    July 19, 2013

  • Kevin

    Angie, can you post your exact address here for everyone?

    July 14, 2013

  • Kim A.

    Thank you Kevin

    July 13, 2013

  • Kevin

    Yes, I will get Angie's exact address for everyone!

    July 13, 2013

    • Kim A.

      Thank you Kevin!

      July 13, 2013

  • Kim A.

    I plan to be in attendance at the meeting will we be provided a specific address before that time. Don't want to get lost. Thanks

    July 12, 2013

  • Kim A.

    Hello! I have many who walk with me, has anyone pondered the lifetime debacle?

    July 12, 2013

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