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  1. Those types of weird illnesses and experiences do happen for people with the inclination towards a shamanic path. However, there's also usually a pattern where there's an inclination towards the shamanic, a desire for your energy to experience the "bigger" stage, healing, visions, etc., and then a fighting-back process, trying to get back to "normal" life. That creates a conflict where you end up in a downward spiral and the shamanic sickness happens. That's sort of the classic variation. In some, especially in childhood, you can just have it happen, but often it's part of this sort of conflict that's set up in our energy. That conflict is often part of our shamanic path itself, the desire to move outward, and the fear of ultimately following that way. So, could it be shamanism? Yes. Could it be something else? Also yes. If nothing else, you can find yourself on a path of self-healing out of desperation, and that is a very shamanic moment, in and of itself, and it can give you a very strong sense of purpose to succeed in it. You reach a point where you have nothing to lose. To figure out which is which, you have to explore it yourself, where it began, and the detail of it, where it's taking you, especially the emotional and spiritual side of it, rather than the physical disease of it -- although that is also part of it. -karl
  2. Karl

    Sleep Changes

    Decreasing sleep time is a bad idea. You need sleep for a lot of reasons. Lack of sleep, or reducing sleep, will decrease your physical and mental ability to deal with illnesses. Intentionally staying awake at the expense of sleep is a good way to drive yourself insane, and not in a good way. If I may be so bold, it seems you see sleep as a negative thing, or lost time, or something. I'm not sure. Sleep and dreaming time is very meaningful, especially to shamanic path seekers. It can be deeply shamanic. In fact, some of our most shamanic experiences can be deeply in sleep - trying to force wakefulness into dreaming in a western consciousness sense goes against the shamanic approach. The goal of shamanic dreaming is not waking up into consciousness or "awakeness", but into waking up into awareness. An expansive movement, rather than "thinking". Very different things. Sorry if that sounds blunt.
  3. Can you describe some of the things you are dealing with about it? Like what are some of the central parts of the depression, or the most difficult things about it? -karl
  4. Hi Karl, 
    Long time no see!
    I couldn't seem to figure out how to send personal messages, so I wrote it here.
    My partner is keen to get into these courses, and I want to start again with her. Do you know when the next set of classes are likely to start? Are there April/May ones?


  5. Recap is really the best tool, most of the time. With the recap, your own intent and work will release other people's energy within your own energy, release patterns, and recover energy stuck elsewhere. That usually does the job well, even for difficult and traumatic events, though it can require a good amount of work. Once in a while, there are issues with self-healing through recap, where other tools, or a shamanic healing would be better. -karl
  6. My take: Energy debt is when, though a process of actions or manipulation, you have inflicted or caused somebody else to take some course where they have suffered some sort of harm or created issues for themselves they otherwise would not have where they got hurt. This is a serious thing, not an everyday or casual problem, and not simply somebody taking advice and ending up having made a mistake. Some examples where you might create energetic debt: 1) inflicting energetic damage, 2) misleading somebody, 3) manipulating somebody, 4) using somebody for your own benefit, etc. You get the idea. Note that intent is a key part of this. Making a mistake where something goes wrong doesn't mean you have a debt, although it could. Sometimes you give the best advice you can, but it ends up going wrong - nobody's perfect. Giving bad advice when you know better, or misleading somebody, especially for your own benefit would create debt. When this situation arises, you have an energetic tie, a negative balance. Removing the debt isn't a matter of recapping it, because in a sense you've unbalanced some scales. You have to right the energetic scales, if you can, between you and the person involved. Sometimes that's not possible, and you have to find another way to make things better, if you can. It's usually pretty difficult. Again, this isn't anything like karma. It's something personal. -karl
  7. hi SacredBridge, Lucidity in dreaming isn't necessary to have shamanic dreaming movements or follow a dreaming intent, for example, to not be afraid in dreams, or to change them when things happen. Sometimes, moving more intently in dreams in a direct manner will actually decrease lucidity in dreaming because the energy is moving in a way where the mind doesn't become involved. Lucidity is often more a mental awareness or consciousness thing than a dreaming thing. You can "know" you're dreaming in a dream but not rise to consciousness in a lucid manner because they are two separate things. When our dreaming self "dives" into the dream, lucidity is a process of that dreaming state partially moving into normal awareness from the dreaming side. However, the energy in dreaming can also follow other paths, where we direct it through dreaming intent, emotional energy, etc., and it can be even more effective than lucidity. (Although maybe less cool) While a lot of dreaming practices or books or sites emphasize lucidity in dreaming, in my view it's not necessary to move your energy. If you pay attention to how the dream "moves" and your energy is moving in the dreams, how you feel, you can find awareness of dreaming even if you're not conscious, and that works just as well as a trigger. -karl
  8. Yes, we do unknowingly align with other intents. For some, it can happen a lot. As peastacey said, recap is the best tool to use. It does a number of things. It can help you recover energy from past intents, including where you agree with other intents. Some of that is emotional energy (usually) which makes us vulnerable to it. It can help you learn to understand how it looks when other intents are out there, trying to get your agreement. It can teach you what your own energy is doing, why it wants to align with somebody else's intent. Recap is the most essential tool to get a handle on it. After that, you can use experience with your own intent, such as in spirals, to notice when these intents are around you, and when you align your own energy or intents with one outside of you. This becomes sort of a feeling you can feel with experience. Without the clarity and knowledge provided by the recap, it can be a lot harder to notice, though -karl
  9. Yes it's working. Usually there's more likely to be people around in the evening US time
  10. Hi Nite, Please see this link: https://www.shamanscave.com/library/class-curriculum/ Usually we try to offer 1-2 classes in each tier per session -karl
  11. I've removed your link, Vladimir, since we do not allow links to other sites. Please respect this policy - for more information, see the pinned posts.
  12. Typically, they last 1-2 hours, depending on how many questions there are, and how long Niteshad can stay.
  13. Karl


    What was the situation where you were experiencing this?
  14. 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
  15. 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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