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A great inspirational speech by Terence McKenna. He has given me much to think of, and I consider myself one of his followers, even if I do believe in other things as well and have my own thoughts I believe that much of what he said are indeed true. Listen and read his speech and you might understand.

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Meeting With The Raven

I have never been confident about speaking about my spirit animals. But for a while ago I met a raven which I feel I can talk about. I first met him when I was waiting on the bus early one morning. I first noticed that he didn’t fly away when I came to close but stayed, confident like a dove. I walked to the station and sat there a while. Then I saw that same raven again walking towards me. When he was about 40 cm from me he stopped and looked at me. He just looked at me, and then I heard in my mind how he spoke to me saying; Good morning, how are you? I answered with my thoughts and said fine, little tired but ok. The raven answered; Ok, well im hungry, im going to look for food. And it walked away..

I have never before got that connection to a live animal, so I thought it was really cool.  A couple of nights later I had a lucid dream about walking on a road in a forest. The raven was flying next to me and protected me from other spiritual beings. I met other animals passing by, and also other humans with their spirit animal. I remember specifically one girl I met which was walking with a fox and a falcon. We talked for a while and took a swim in a beautiful lake before I woke up.

In my lucid dreams the landscape are always very beautiful, I see rainbows, stars, rivers and deep old forests. And I wish that the world would go back to this, to the time before the big cities and exploited forests. But that’s another story.

Anyway, later on I made a journey to meet the raven and asked for his name. Old Angus Kane he replied, I’m your guide, your eye in the spirit world. I am magic, your teacher of will. I don’t really understand yet what he ment with this. But then, time is a very good friend.

In the latest experience, via meditation, to lucid dream, I met him again for short while. I gave him food, and he gave me a feather in return.

Every experience with this raven connects me more with it. But not always do I understand him. I guess I will learn with time.


Symbolic Meaning of The Raven

In Native American lores the raven is a creature of metamorphosis and symbolize transformation/change. In some tribes it is a trickster because of it’s transformation attributes.

Often honored among medicine & holy men of tribes for its shape-shifting qualities, the Raven was called upon in ritual so that visions could be clarified.  Native holy men understood that what the physical eye sees, is not necessarily the truth, and he would call upon the raven for clarity in these matters.

Foremost, the Raven is the Native American bearer of magic, and a harbinger of messages from the cosmos.  Messages that are beyond space and time are nestled in the midnight wings of the Raven and come to only those within the tribe who are worthy of the knowledge.

When I looked up the symbolic meaning of the raven I understood a lot more. But now it’s time to seek more answers from Old Angus Kane.

Regards,
Nick

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First off I want to remind you that the shamanic traditions can vary a lot from region to region, but in general the beliefs are very close. Animals and plants are intimately related to aboriginal religions and to shamanism and its practices in particular. In this respect, European, Central Asian, and North African shamanism probably have the longest history of evidence of this association: many petroglyphs, dating from the Upper Paleolithic to the premodern period shows evidence of a close relationship to animals.

Animals and plants aswell as animal-anthropomorphic figures, mythic or real, sacred or profane, have played very diverse roles within and across Asian cultures. Unfortunately, Eurasian shamanism, much of the territory of the practice of which falls within China, Mongolia, and the former USSR, has not been studied in all its diversity due to the severe ideological restrictions in the above-mentioned countries. Therefore it can be hard to understand or get knowledge about the asian view on power animals or totems.

Although there are regional as well as tribal differences the shaman generally believes that the “Spirit Animal” (Totem, Power Animal, Spirit Guide etc) is something that everybody have from the beginning and can learn to know and find a communication with. But all through life you will find other totems or will be visited by them. The most common as I have found is the bear, wolf and eagle. In the north (Scandinavia) where I am from we have since the Viking ages and earlier used names from animals and nature. Name such as Bjorn (bear), Arne (eagle), Alf (wolf) and so on are very common and if we would look at the Native American names I believe we find the same amount of animal connected names.

 

Just a  beautiful song by Steve and David Gordon

Sometimes you have a favourite animal or some animal you’ve been connected to from your birth, that could be (but not always is) your “Birth Totem”. The birth totem is one of the two types of animal spirits that remain with us from the cradle to the grave. Our birth totems tell us what a person is really like, this can be seen as we share the same traits with our birth totem. Our psychic awareness is also closely linked with our birth totem.

Then we have our “Power Animal” which is the other animal spirit that stays with us from the cradle to the grave. Our power animal will compensate for our weaknesses and our short comings. These Power Animals also share their wisdom and their abilities with us, often giving us the knowledge to answer questions on subjects we know nothing about and also giving us the courage to complete our tasks when we want to give up. They also serve as an indicator of our possible growth and full potential they are able to provide us with everything we need to attain to reach our full potential, helping us to learn and grow.

I would not recommend anybody to tell who their Spirit Animals are if it’s not okay with them, so ask it first. It can be that your birth animal is confident enough to spoken loud about, but your Power Animal would become angry if you did that. You are supposed to connect with them and get to know it so that it can help you with answers and knowledge. See it like a friendship you will have all life long and treat it like a best friend.

Animal helpers are the type of animal spirit that comes and goes as the need arises, they share their wisdom with us and show us what we need know to remedy any situation in our lives at any time. They will stay with us until the situation is resolved then they will leave to help someone else. The sooner these animals go the better as it means the problem has been resolved and we can move on. It is important that we be aware of these helpers and that we listen and pay attention so that we can use their wisdom when it is needed.

Then we can have Animal Messengers which is exactly what it says, these animal spirits are the dispatch riders of the spirit realms and they deliver messages from the spirit world. They often appear in our dreams, but can appear in meditations or along our chosen pathway as we journey. Their visits are always brief, they depart as quickly as they arrive. We may only ever get to see this particular animal spirit once so it is important that we listen, carefully, to what they have to say or look ,carefully, at what they have to show us, we may not get another chance to fully understand what was given, if we miss something.

The Medicine Animals is similar to the helpers, except this animal comes loaded with medicine and this is to aid in healing. These animals only come when you call them and will stay until you tell them to go. These medicine animals also have a great wisdom to share with you and they will guide you whilst you do your healing work, in addition to all this they also provide extra protection, should you need it, whilst you work. Please remember when you use these animals to honour them with your thanks when you send them away.

You can connect with your totems through shamanic journeys, and it’s in one of those inner journeys (and the dream-world in some cases) you will find your totems. But that is another chapter.

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Last night I was out in the forest with some friends. We made a fire which took like 2-3 hours to make because the wood was so wet. We of course wanted to do it for real so the only modern product we used was the lighter. But anyway, it was very enjoyable cause we talked much about Samhain and the story behind it, we did a simple protection ritual and chilled out. I feel that it was one of the best time in a long time and to breathe the fresh air, watch the moon and stars move on the sky as the day was coming closer… I felt like a real romantic and a light was opened inside me more and more as the time went on. When we came home the clock was about 06:30 in the morning and I fell asleep and had a lucid dream about a very protective raven sitting on my shoulder attacking spiritual enemies and keeping me safe.

 

 

This morning I woke up hungry, so after a coffee, meditation and the basic grounding I started with the brunch; reindeer with chanterelle’s, different roots and poached eggs and a glass of fresh juice was the menu of today and a part of my paleodiet. I cooked quiet a lot so I had the same for dinner. I met a new friend this weekend and he has a big problem with wild swine’s and offered me as much wild swine meat as I wanted for free. This mean that I can get meat for the whole year and really concentrate on the paleodiet. I will vary between reindeer, elk, wild swine, deer, duck, pheasant, ox and lamb (because I love lamb) meat. A new era in my life starts now!

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Who are the Shaman?

Withdraw yourself from the never ending masquerade of life.
Go within, there you will find your treasure.

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First off I want to say that the medicine wheel is a part of many different cultures which makes it hard to tell that “this is how it works”. In this post I write about the Native American Medicine Wheel only.

The medicine wheel is a symbol for the wheel of life and are representative in Native American spirituality. The medicine wheel teaches us that all lessons are equal, as are all talents and abilities. Every living creature will one day see and experience each spoke of the wheel, and know those truths. It is a pathway to truth, peace and harmony. The circle is never-ending, life without end. The Medicine Wheel symbolizes the individual journey we each must take to find our own path. The wheel or circle represents the circle of life and the center of the circle represents the eternal fire.The medicine wheel is sacred and the native americans believe so,  because the Great Spirit caused everything in nature to be round. The Sun, Sky, Earth and Moon are round. There are four cardinal directions and four sacred colors in the Medicine Wheel.

  • East is red and represents success, triumph
  • North is blue and represents defeat, trouble
  • West is black and represents death
  • South is white and represents peace, happiness.

The sacred directions is:

  • Up above and the color is yellow
  • Down Below with the color brown
  • Here in the Center and the color is green

The medicine wheel is also connected to the year and the four seasons. East is spring, North is winter, South is summer and West is autumn.

O Great Spirit of the East,
radiance of the rising Sun,
spirit of new beginnings
O Grandfather Fire,
great nuclear fire of the Sun.
From you comes life-energy,
vital spark, power to see far,
and to envision with boldness;
with you we can purify the senses,
our hearts and our minds.
We pray that we may be aligned with you,
so that your energies may flow through us,
and be expressed by us,
for the good of this planet Earth,
and all living beings upon it.

O Great Spirit of the South,
protector of the fruitful land,
and of all green and growing things,
the noble trees and grasses.
Grandmother Earth, Soul of Nature,
great power of the receptive,
of nurturance and endurance,
of bringing forth and growing,
flowers of the field,
fruits of the garden.
We pray that we may be aligned with you,
so that your powers may flow through us,
and be expressed by us,
for the good of this planet Earth,
and all living beings upon it.

O Great Spirit of the West,
spirit of the great waters,
of rain and rivers, lakes and springs;
O Grandmother Ocean,
deepest matrix, womb of all life.
With you comes the dissolving
of boundaries and holdings,
the power to taste and to feel,
to cleanse and to heal.
Great blissful darkness of peace.
WE pray that we may be aligned with you,
so that your powers may flow through us,
and be expressed by us,
for the good of this planet Earth,
and all living beings upon it.

O Great Spirit of the North,
invisible spirits of the air,
and of the fresh, cool winds;
O vast and boundless Grandfather Sky,
your living breath animates all life.
From you comes clarity and strength,
and the power to hear inner sounds,
to seep out old patterns,
and bring challenge and change.
The ecstasy of movement and the dance.
We pray that we may be aligned with you,
so that your powers may flow through us,
and be expressed by us,
for the good of this planet Earth,
and all living beings upon it.

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Peyote is a spineless cactus that is dome-shaped and soft with button-like nodules. It is blue-green in colour and grows to about 5cm tall and 8cm    wide. There are 2 species, Mescal (Lophophora williamsii) which has flowers white or pink in colour, and Lophophora Diffusa which is more primitive with yellow to white flowers and a yellow-green body. These plants are native throughout the Chihuahua Desert from central Mexico to southern Texas and are also known as Mescal. Peyote is an entheogen containing mescaline as its primary active chemical, well-known for its hallucinogenic effect after chewing the dried out or fresh nodules found on the cactus. They can also be boiled and drunk as a bitter tea. A “trip” last around 6-12 hours depending on the individual.

It has a long history of use as a medicinal herb and often used for journeys to the “invisible dimension of spirits”. It was given to the ancients of this world by the gods so Mexican art to celebrate Peyotethat the shamans could communicate with everything else in the nature. The sacred cactus was apparently well established before the European conquest of Mexico. And at that time, Spanish people declared its use to be a devilish crime against God. Ironically, native peyotists, relying on the humble cactus for divine guidance and inspiration became targets by evangelists and hunted down with sometimes ruthless punishments. The peyote takes up to 30 years to ripe, so unfortunately its very close extinction in its wild habitat.

/ Spirit Drum

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