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  1. Hi Strange, I use an analogy with dance these days. See shamanism as dance, there's dance everywhere in the world, it has enough in common so that you recognize it is dancing, but it also encompasses many practices and many tunes. You could learn to dance on your own and become a very good dancer, but what if you had teachers with a lot of experience with dancing? Maybe they could make you learn faster by giving you exercises or dancing routines. Maybe they could also show you some aspects of dancing you never considered. Dance well, Ralph
  2. Hi Sphinxy, Let's talk a little about Alchemy. I'm not an Alchemist myself (not yet) but I love the way the teachings are brought and can really see a very close relationship between them and the Maker's Tradition. Here's a hint, they work in a Laboratory (half labor, half oratory). Alchemists have a say about what brings us to a Tradition; First you begin with a speculative phase and then you enter an operative phase. Seeking Truth through reading is the speculative phase. You can learn a lot, but you won't advance on your path very much. Depending on your own personal experience,
  3. Hi Douglas, Nature has cycles and humans had to understand some of them in order to survive. Think about seasonal rytmes for instance when you have cattle or crops. The solar and lunar cycles are both easy to follow and accurate concerning to seasons. That's why you find them a lot in human folk lore. On the other hand, energy wise, you can of course find difference between time periods as well as you do in different places. So in order to achieve things, humans wanting to put all chances on their side, used particular rituals, in particular places, on particular days. But if you n
  4. Hi MorgusHroud, When you spend your time meditating in natural places, your own energy gets attuned and aligned to natural energy around you. So you're not so much of an obvious, smelling, noisy human anymore. No wonder some animals get surprised. I would just enjoy and use this opportunity to look at the animals, how wonderfully beautiful they are. R
  5. Hi Whiteeagle, I guess anger stones are more practical because we can feel bursts of anger and the use of a tool to ground it can be handy. To me, sadness is better handled by looking for the causes and try to work on them. But to answer your question, you can use a stone the same way for multiple purposes, it's just that some will be more effective than others. Ralph
  6. Hi Whiteeagle, I'm afraid I don't know much about bartholomew and his teachings despite the fact that he was teaching and healing people, certainly transmitting things he received himself from his own teacher. So it seems really valid to me but I would make some remarks : In my humble opinion, traditions are best tought by a living person, because the words that are used are adapted to our specific cultural context. Teachings use words to make you feel things that transcend words. Once you master what is behind, you are free to reexpress it in whatever way you feel appropriate.
  7. Hi Lyla, You can also try a different approach, try to get the 'feel' of the dream, how it appeals to you. Maybe in your day you will get the same feeling about some casual stuff, or thought. This keeps all the metaphors and your mind trying to make sense out of it in check. Ralph
  8. Hi Vasily, A good way to do it is to clean the place, I mean physically. Take a broom, whatever is necessary to clean it in full. While you do it, link your intent and intend to clean it energetically as well. R
  9. Hi Douglas, You have a talent for bringing up topics that could take books to explore that would eventually only scratch the surface. I like that. As far as I know, the Makers Tradition as it was brought to me doesn't meddle so much in religion or religious beliefs. Yet some of the Makers were priests, why is that? I think it is because whatever insight you gain, whatever awareness depth you reach, your ultimate freedom is to give it the meaning You want. This tradition is about teachings, but beliefs can't be taught nor can they be discussed. Believe what you want, what serves you
  10. Hi Douglas, Once again, we are faced with the limitations of words. Words only apply in a particular cultural context. To the Makers, love is an emotion and emotions are a way for humans to express their energy. So you could say love is a color of expressed human energy. To other traditions, other contexts, Love isn't an emotion, it is the perception of Unity. Makers would call it Clarity. Greeks would say 'to see the great Pan' etc ... So we can go back to your sentence and say : The Universe was made by the intent of Unity. Works for me. Ralph
  11. Hi Douglas, The maker's tradition has a lot to do with Personal Power. You can see it as the Power you have over your own life, taking full responsibility for it as opposed to fate. That doesn't mean there aren't beings in the universe whose consciousness is far beyond what we can imagine, it's just that they respect the spark of energy and intent given to us or more probably they just don't care. Think about it this way : Would you stop to give guidance to an ant ?
  12. Hi Ali, Your perception is changing and you discover a new world. Congratulations. What you need to do now is building some reference about what you see to apprehend your perceptions better. What you call entities can be a lot of things only part of them are inorganic life forms. Learn to watch and observe so you can understand things before you wish to act on them. And have a nice ride. Ralph
  13. Hi Ali, Payback is a big word and I understand it can be scary. I'll try to develop a little about plants. First of all, when you take a plant like ayahuasca, there's a form of agreement occuring, you will touch the awareness of the plant and it will touch yours. The trade is something like energy for knowledge. The makers spend a fair amount of time retreaving their energy through recap and becoming sober about it in stalking, so every experience involving a trade of energy will not be considered lightly. That doesn't mean it is forbidden or that we strongly advise people against it.
  14. Hi Sabre, I can't advise a book because I don't really believe shamanism can be learned in a book. There's a lot of material on the shamanscave website that you can consult if you want to know a little more about the maker's tradition. Since shamanism is a practice, you'll also find some exercices that you can try. I hope you can find some answers there. Ralph
  15. Hi Mehkeis, You're very welcome to post here, we are always glad to hear from people with other traditions. Ralph
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