March 9, 2005
It was so long ago that I don't remember.
Yes, many times since 1989.
The traditions of some of the Great Plains peoples who have been willing to share their knowledge of the Spirit World has been very helpful in learning to contact the local land spirits. Studying and practicing the Tibetan indigenous religion, Bon, and Tibetan Buddhism has been helpful in learning how Tibetans interact with local spirits as well as with cosmic energy. I believe we have to develop our own ways of interacting with Spirit that are grounded in the part of the Earth where we live.
Always, I hope, but maybe not in the way the question was intended. I studied with Leroy Anderson and some of his students for a few years, then took two Foundation for Shamanic Studies courses: the basic course, and Soul Retrieval. I have taught a 10-week course in experiencing shamanic energy, taught or assisted in a few workshops, and led a circle for awhile. I am particularly a student of shamanic trance postures and have worked with them for several years. I have worked with sacred sound for journeying and for healing, such as Tibetan bowls and bells, drums and rattles, and Mongolian throat-singing (multinote toning and chanting) for about 15 years.
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Interested in classical shamanism, especially the use of sound and ecstatic trance postures.
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