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  1. Karl

    First Time Recapitulation (Recapping Trauma)

    I would recommend simply recapping your day, every day, starting out. As you do this, you will start to feel like things connect backwards into your past. Then recap those things, but avoid active relationships or history with your children, and also traumatic events. If something seems like it's "too big" to recap, then just skip it for now. Once you've acquired some experience and time with recap, you can start to work around the edges of those things which are more difficult. There's not a rush to do so. You'll feel like there's a good time to start working on it. This is also what we do in the classes, to start with. -karl
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    Need help to Work with Shadows

    Moving that far as kind of more of an advanced practice, a deeper plunge. If you want to start working with shadows, I would suggest using them to, at first, to simply let your awareness shift a bit. It's kind of a relaxing feeling, where suddenly "new stuff" leaks in, like things shift or fill in. I don't think most could touch on the shadow world without a good amount of practice, simply because it's a bit further away than the nearby movements of awareness.
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    How to discover if I'm a shaman?

    Hi Jonothon, Certainly, the traditional view was that you would be called to it or born into a family tradition. Sometimes those callings could be dramatic, but they can just be something that you "need" to pursue, no matter what. If you feel in your heart that this is something you need to look into, then you should. You reach a point where it becomes about being true to yourself or not. I have seen people fight that need or calling, and it can be really tough to try and walk away from it if it's a deeply rooted thing. In this modern age, I think it can manifest itself in a more subtle fashion. Our energy sometimes takes note of a bigger picture. Some people's energy, upon realizing there's a bigger "thing" out there, can't really let it go. It's like suddenly knowing there's a second room in a house where it always thought there was only one room. Then notice there's a third room.. a fourth - even another house! A lot of people out there, their selves just shrugs their shoulders and moves on, but in some people there's a seed planted that won't go away. I don't know if shamanism is the path for people like that, but, to me, that is what shamanism is about exploring: the unknown side of reality. The only people I would tell that they should do shamanism are the ones where you can see that walking away from it would cause them harm. There are people like that, though not many. For almost everybody else, it's a personal decision you come to, maybe over many years, or maybe over a few days. I spent a lot of time looking for the path that "fit" me, but I found it - it happened to be shamanism, and specifically, a contemporary path. It's been the only thing i ever found that "fit" me. -karl
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    Lonely

    Sorry to hear that - are there places you could go to, nearby, where similar-minded people might hang out? Everybody needs people to talk to..
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    Transitioning, mind integration ?

    Great! I've seen a lot of people do the recap (seriously), and it's always a difficult road, with ups and downs. But I've never seen anybody who truly intended to succeed in it fail. Sometimes, we need to let go of our need for it to work right now, or a certain way. It has its own momentum and direction and timing. The important thing is to hold our intent to heal ourselves and recover our energy through it all.
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    Transitioning, mind integration ?

    You're welcome. Please keep in mind that it's a long process, with steps forwards and backwards, so don't be too hard on yourself. Sometimes, we need to learn to feel compassion for ourselves, more than anybody else. Something you learn when you start delving into patterns, especially deeply personal and/or life-long patterns, is that they bite back when you try to change them. They will kind of fight you and try to make you understand that you're the way you meant yourself to be - why bother changing anything? It's soooo hard. You're better off not ever thinking about changing - it's pointless. If you go into it with an unyielding intent to change, and understand that it's going to take its sweet time, but you don't care, that you're going to get there even if it takes a long time, it will happen, bit by bit. You built your current self up over a long time. It's going to take time and effort to change it, and being too hard on yourself only will get in the way.
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    Transitioning, mind integration ?

    If it comes in like "snapping back" into a form, those are patterns, habit of thought, etc. coming to the front. Those patterns are formed out of emotional energy and intent over the years of repetition, sort of like wearing a path or a groove into dirt by walking it a lot. Think of them as solidified thoughts, feelings, hopes and dreams, fears, and, of course, intent that you "snap into" when presented with the appropriate venue or triggers. It's made up of your own energy, like building your own walls, and while that energy is in there, it both locks you into those patterns as well as not being available for other things. We present a lot of tools to work with those, but the main one is the recap. You can also work energy free through things like stalking practices, but the best and most comprehensive tool is to unwind that solidified energy and take it back through the recap. Dealing with intrusive thoughts and stuff is especially difficult, because you feel kind of helpless. It feels very hard to change, and it is hard to change, but change comes through a lot of small steps and small bits of energy you retrieve through personal healing. If you set an intent to change it, if you work that boring ol' recap exercise daily for 15 minutes, recapping the day, it will start to give way. The parts of you that are stuck in those patterns are not stronger than the whole of you.
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    Spiritually confused

    Confilid, First of all, it sucks that you went through what you had to go through. That sort of thing leaves deep scars. You received some good spiritual things out of it, but they will be mixed up within you with the trauma, until you sort it out. For that reason, I would expect things to be a bumpy ride getting there. Don't be too hard on yourself when you hit those bumps. A deep spiritual path is already personally difficult, and mixing in your relationship stuff is going to make it more complicated than that. It will take a lot of personal patience on your part, so don't judge yourself too hard when you hit some difficulties. On all spiritual paths, the question of if it's "the truth" isn't the real question. The real question is whether it's "the truth" for you. What works for you, how you see and experience things, what helps you make sense of everything, could be very different than for the next person. People who tell you, "no, no, THIS is what is really the truth - how things REALLY are", they are selling you. This is true for religious and spiritual paths, but double for shamanism. In shamanism, it's all a a personal experience and a personal journey. What you experience follows no scripts, and not really any rules. For the shaman, it's vital that we be clear on what we experience for ourselves, but it still remains a subjective experience. When we learn to connect to the outside world, through seeing, healing, etc., then we need to validate what we see, understand it and verify it, but it still remains a personal experience. On to your questions: 1) if you find a particular way of doing things isn't working, I would suggest switching things up, or trying something different. Perhaps the way things used to work a certain way, now work differently. In shamanism it's important to not get too set into a particular modality of doing things - we need to remain flexible to circumstances, including ourselves. 2) shamanism isn't a "belief system" - it's not a religion. It's not a matter of belief so much as a matter of experiences. It's important to make sure that the path we're on matches our experiences, that what we're doing and feeling and seeing is shamanic in nature, of course. We can't simply put ourselves out there and say, "OK, universe, I'm just going to understand you directly. Hit me with it all!" If it were that easy, everybody would just "do it". Humans, even shamanically-inclined humans, have certain ways of thinking and approaching stuff which keeps us separate from "everything at once" - that's why shamanism exists, to give us a framework to go beyond our normal selves, to experience the universe in a different way. There's no sidestepping having to do that through a process. If somebody could experience it just by trying hard, they would probably be very, very insane. 3) I think the only true gauge for what works is a personal one. You have to ask yourself if this is working for you, if this is what you need to do, this way. There's nothing wrong with seeing what's out there and finding the path that matches you. The key is finding the "path with heart" - the path that is your personal journey, the one you're meant to walk and choose to walk. It is usually one of the hardest ones. The easy ones don't lead anywhere. What is it for you? I think you can tell it when it feels natural to you, like it "fits". It doesn't mean it's easy. Shamanism is not the only path out there, and it wouldn't suit most people out there, but the ones it does feel like it was meant for them. -karl
  9. hi Karl 

    if i did a spirit animal quiz and i got wolf witch i think is acurant becuz i love wolves and my friends say im more wolf then human lol. but is it really accurant i hope u can answer this.

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    Reiki

    While reiki isn't directly used by shamans, it's useful to examine it. I have done both reiki healing and shamanic healing. With reiki, you're essentially just channeling an outside energy, which has its own intent and purpose. If it works for the "good" of the person, then you have to understand what it's reiki that decides what that "good" is. Mostly, the results would be considered beneficial by people receiving it, but sometimes it can be abrupt or difficult when the inevitable changes come from a reiki healing. It's like a water faucet that you can turn on or off, but you can't direct or control otherwise. I don't know what the problem is with "outside forces" would be with reiki. If you work with elemental energy or other things, you are also working with "outside forces", though directed more by you. I don't believe reiki is capable of taking your energy, even if it was inclined to do so. Other outside forces could, perhaps, so it's important to be careful. I would recommend that, in general, people don't use outside forces until they have completed a lot of self-healing, and have a very good reason to do so - reiki is a bit of an exception due to the way it works. The upside to reiki is its relatively "safe" - you can use it, confident that it will do its thing, and you can't mess it up, This is why it's great for beginners, or people who have trouble feeling energy. The downside is because you have no control or direction of it, it doesn't really help when you want to accomplish particular things. If you're working on somebody with a broken leg, maybe reiki decides that it's more beneficial to heal some emotional damage, or even that 10 years in the future there's an event which has more of a healing need. You just don't have any real control of it. Shamanic healing is like a wielding a scalpel - you have a lot of control, can direct it exactly to where you want it to go. This is good in the sense that what you want to accomplish, depending on your personal power and skill, you can accomplish. But it's very unsuited to beginners - you can harm people, including yourself, potentially. We in this tradition from the website only teach healing work beginning about 3 to 5 years into training for that reason. Hope that helps.
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    Tobacco fasting

    Welcome, Taloy. I'm not familiar with them, but perhaps somebody is..
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    Repetitive Theme

    Sounds like a plan! If you have further questions or thoughts, just put them here
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    Repetitive Theme

    KAF, In my experience, those types of dreaming experiences are things which often happen with people who have tendencies to move during dreaming shamanically. Back to your original question, this does seem to be possibly related to shamanism. Some people just move naturally that way - it doesn't mean you want or need to pursue a shamanic path. It might mean that you just have that inclination, or tendency, to do so during dreaming. In the old days, having the same (or very similar) dream three times was considered significant, especially if it was precognitive. However, it's easy to tend to obsess about such things and try to figure them out. If the meaning isn't clear yet, I think it's better to maintain a watchful intent to understand it and recognize it, should you come across the world. Sometimes, even shamanic dreaming practitioners have three similar dreams that aren't connected, or it's not anything useful. I would feel more driven to find out more about the three dreams should the feeling in those particular dreamings or upon waking up be that it's something you really "need" to know, or that it feels important. Our dreaming energy can guide us to things which are important in dreaming in a way that the wakeful mind doesn't let us. This dreaming stuff could be something where you just go, "Hmmmm, interesting." and move on with your life, or it could be something you pursue actively. Hope that helps! -karl
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    Repetitive Theme

    Those dreaming experiences all sound typical of shamanic dreams. Have you had any control of the dreams other than when you're lucid in them? Like, if you wanted to dream a particular thing, or have a particular type of dream, could you do that?
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    Repetitive Theme

    A definition: lucid dreaming is normal (or semi-normal) consciousness during dreaming. In our tradition, consciousness during dreaming isn't necessary (or maybe desirable) to use or progress dreaming shamanically. Normal consciousness brings back a sense of normal dreaming energy (and therefore normal dreaming energy) back into the dream. It's difficult to then use the dreaming in a shamanic way. Using dreaming in a shamanic way would be things like setting a dreaming intent, dreaming outside yourself, moving dreaming energy into the world, etc. It's possible to do that lucidly, but it's often more difficult. Controlling the dreaming intent is completely separate from lucidity in dreaming. The intent of dreaming has nothing to do with consciousness in dreaming, if that makes sense. Lucid dreaming has other uses, of course - you can just have fun and explore, use it to overcome trauma, take control of nightmares, etc. Many people can dream lucidly and use it shamanically at the same time, but people who don't do that naturally often mistake lucidity for dreaming energy control. Lucidity is about the mind in dreaming, and not the dreaming energy. The dreaming energy is what we're interested in as shamans. What I was suggesting to KAF about changing programming is a kind of dreaming intent, with the idea of changing how the dreams are working for him. Changing the setting or dream is a way of taking control of it, and maybe switching things up. When you switch things up, you can create openings and opportunities for new "stuff" - insight, skills, knowledge, etc. Hope that clears up what I meant! -karl
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