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WHAT WE NORMALLY DO AT SHAMANISM MEETUPS
We journey together and share our experiences. We often do ecstatic trance postures: including one for self healing. Some postures require lying down or sitting on the floor. Please be aware that you will need to be able to get down on the floor and back up again, so please dress appropriately.
We often do group projects, such as soul release (psychopomp) ceremonies to help lost souls find their way to the spirit world. We are always open to projects that we can work on shamanically as a group.
Besides drumming, we have been journeying to all sorts of harmonic overtone music. We sometimes try out new CDs, depending on the mood of the group.
Some months we make group journeys (where we are aware of each other on the journey), using a photo as a focus. For example, one month we went to Lake Baikal in Siberia and had a great time together there.
We drum together to harmonize our energy. This is a nice big room in the middle of a parking lot, so we can drum all we want. If you have a hoop drum or frame drum with a beater, please bring them. I will bring a few extra drums for those don't have one.
Come and explore the ancient technologies of shamanic knowledge. All levels of experience are welcome, including beginners.
For more information on shamanism, including soul release (psychopomp) work and ecstatic trance postures, see http://www.shamanista... (http://www.shamanista.com)
For more information of harmonic overtones and using sound for healing (including drumming, ratting, and other sounds), see http://www.tengsha.co... (http://www.tengsha.com)
PLEASE RSVP IF POSSIBLE
Please RSVP as soon as possible. Knowing how many will attend really helps the leader prepare the ceremony, and it encourages others. You can always change your RSVP later if necessary.
But if you can't RSVP, just come anyway, everyone is always welcome!
Please leave home early and allow plenty of time to arrive by 6:15, so you can turn off your cell phone, recover from the traffic and settle into a relaxed, meditative state.
It's fine to just sit and meditate, but we ask that you avoid talking about mundane things like traffic and focus on the shamanic work ahead.
DOOR LOCKED AT 6:45 PM (NEW TIME!)
We will lock the front door at 6:45 pm, and no one will be allowed in after that.
But please arrive promptly by 6:15. When people dash in at the last minute, it takes longer for everyone to settle down and get focused so we can begin the ceremony.
SUGGESTIONS ON WHAT TO WEAR AND TO BRING
Please wear loose, comfortable clothes so that you can sit or lie on the floor.
Bring a bottle of water to drink.
The floor is carpeted with padding, but you may still want to bring a pillow and something soft to lie on. You may also want something light to cover up with in case the air conditioning gets too cool. (Journeying in trance tends to lower your body temperature.)
Feel free to bring any crystals, fetishes, or other spiritual objects or bundles that you wish to journey with or put on the altar to charge up during the ceremony.
Bring your ideas and suggestions for shamanic work that we can do as a group, including field trips, sounds for journeying, and especially projects that we can work on for healing the Earth and her peoples.
JOIN US FOR DINNER AFTER THE MEETUP!
Everyone is invited to go out to eat together afterward. The more the merrier. It's a good opportunity to get to know each other better and to discuss whatever is on your mind. We've been having some great discussions and a lot of fun.
We are always looking for good inexpensive 24-hour restaurants or cafes to go to after the Meetups to talk and visit. We are open to suggestions good, quiet, reasonably priced places that stay open really, really late and are near Carmel Temple.
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