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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Yes it's working. Usually there's more likely to be people around in the evening US time
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. Typically, they last 1-2 hours, depending on how many questions there are, and how long Niteshad can stay.
  7. Karl

    Visions

    What was the situation where you were experiencing this?
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. Karl

    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..
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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
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