Core Shamanism Chronicles: Help for Ukraine

The FSS is providing this forum for our shamanic community to share inspiration, activities, artistic endeavors, actions, and ideas about what is being done to help Ukraine and its people.

Scroll to the comments section below to leave a comment. Comments will be reviewed and selected ones will be posted.

See also FSS Polestar: Responding to Events in Ukraine, for important links, including training in shamanic methods to help.

Some guidelines for comments:

  1. Comments that involve actions in ordinary reality that are inspired by the compassionate spirits are especially helpful
  2. Posts and activities must align with shamanic ethics and permission issues
  3. Actions taken must be respectful of all beings, without expression of blame, anger, and judgment

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Core Shamanism Chronicles logo ©2019 Foundation for Shamanic Studies
FSS Core Shamanism Chronicles features brief personal shamanic healing accounts and practical applications of shamanism in daily life. By sharing our inspiring stories with each other, we hope to reveal the power, effectiveness, and beauty of shamanic practice.

If you have a core shamanic practice story to share, use our CONTACT FORM and put “Chronicles” in the subject line. Submission guidelines: Accounts should be no more than a few paragraphs long and offer a specific personal example of healing or applying core shamanism methods in everyday life. As always, keep in mind ethical standards of confidentiality and permission: Ask your clients for permission before sharing and do not reveal their names. If your submission is selected for inclusion in the Chronicles, you may use your name or choose to be listed as anonymous.

Core Shamanism Chronicles: Beginning Journey Experience

I have been reading Michael Harner’s books The Way of the Shaman and Cave and Cosmos. I have recently taken two trips to the Lower World by following the instructions in Way of the Shaman. My second time journeying was definitely eye opening.

When I came out of the tunnel, I could have sworn I was in the Amazon but it was night and everything was very dark. I could hear birds and water. I started to doubt what I was seeing; then I saw a white bird coming towards me that I thought was an owl until it got closer and I realized it was actually a white hawk (I had no idea they existed.) It was looking at me and moving its head. We flew together to what I thought at first was above the forest outside my window just outside St. Petersburg, Russia. However, there were mountains and I came to think it may actually have been Tuva, Altai, where I flew with the hawk. While we were there, I felt my body get cold. We then went somewhere else really fast through a tunnel. I’m not sure where it was but there was an elephant and it was waving at me with its trunk.

As soon as my journey finished, I went to look up white hawks to confirm that’s what I saw, and this is when I knew everything I saw was truly real. To my surprise the white hawk I saw does exist and they are from the Amazon. This was my first confirmation. My second confirmation was when I wanted to find out more about white hawks on YouTube and one of the first videos that came up talked about them as an omen and specifically a great shamanic sign to see. This blew my mind.

Thank you so much for all the work you all have done and I am so excited to continue my spiritual journey through shamanism.

Jay C., beginning journeyer

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Core Shamanism Chronicles logo ©2019 Foundation for Shamanic Studies
FSS Core Shamanism Chronicles features brief personal shamanic healing accounts and practical applications of shamanism in daily life. By sharing our inspiring stories with each other, we hope to reveal the power, effectiveness, and beauty of shamanic practice.

If you have a core shamanic practice story to share, use our CONTACT FORM and put “Chronicles” in the subject line. Submission guidelines: Accounts should be no more than a few paragraphs long and offer a specific personal example of healing or applying core shamanism methods in everyday life. As always, keep in mind ethical standards of confidentiality and permission: Ask your clients for permission before sharing and do not reveal their names. If your submission is selected for inclusion in the Chronicles, you may use your name or choose to be listed as anonymous.

Core Shamanism Chronicles: My Spontaneous Healing

My name is Eli and I have just returned from the second year of the FSS Europe (FSSE) Three Year Program in Advanced Shamanism, October 2021, in Switzerland.*

In November 2020 I came down with a neurological condition that left me virtually an invalid. I spent two weeks in the hospital, six weeks in a neurological rehab center, and six more weeks as an outpatient. My husband had to take three months off work to care for me. During this time, although I was not able to actually “work” with my compassionate spirits, they never left my side. They guided me and gave me much strength to keep going. Eventually, I regained enough function to be able to attend the Three Year session, although I was still in a lot of pain and had a movement disorder in my right leg.

During the course of this session, in one particular exercise, the movement disorder literally disappeared, spontaneously. I cannot express, after over 10 months of not being able to walk properly, the sheer joy of doing such a simple thing as putting one foot in front of the other. Especially as before the onset of this condition, I was able to run 20 km! Now I am learning to walk again, but every time I walk it is exhilarating for me to feel my leg again.

During my stay at the Rehab center I decided to take the plunge and train to become a psychotherapist, specializing in working with patients with neurological conditions. I have a special interest in helping those who are suffering from the same rare condition that I have. As this condition is relatively unknown it is my goal to set up a self-help group and carry out advocacy work through an international non-profit organization. Currently these ideas are just little acorns, but out of little acorns great oak trees grow! With the support of my family, friends and of course guidance from my spirits, I am feeling strong and well equipped to walk this new path.

I wanted to say, from the bottom of my heart, a HUGE THANK YOU for all the work that the FSS and FSSE do. I know that much of this healing has come from my spirits (and I thank them every day!) but my FSSE teachers** gave me access to these tools and the setting to experience healing like this. A tool is only as good as the teacher who teaches you how to use it. That is why I wanted to take this opportunity to say my deepest appreciation for all the work the FSSE does and that without my teachers’ extensive experience I certainly would not be walking (and even able to consider running!) again so soon, if ever!

All this would not have been possible without the strength and wisdom I received from my helping spirits in the darkest of times, to turn something so life changing into something so wonderful, and where I can really give back to those suffering around me.

Eli, FSSE Three Year Program participant

*see https://www.shamanism.eu/
**Roland Urban is director of the FSSE and its faculty. He, along with a team of FSSE faculty members, facilitates the Three Year Program in Europe.

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Core Shamanism Chronicles logo ©2019 Foundation for Shamanic Studies
FSS Core Shamanism Chronicles features brief personal shamanic healing accounts and practical applications of shamanism in daily life. By sharing our inspiring stories with each other, we hope to reveal the power, effectiveness, and beauty of shamanic practice.

If you have a core shamanic practice story to share, use our CONTACT FORM and put “Chronicles” in the subject line. Submission guidelines: Accounts should be no more than a few paragraphs long and offer a specific personal example of healing or applying core shamanism methods in everyday life. As always, keep in mind ethical standards of confidentiality and permission: Ask your clients for permission before sharing and do not reveal their names. If your submission is selected for inclusion in the Chronicles, you may use your name or choose to be listed as anonymous.

Core Shamanism Chronicles: Spirit Song

I’m trained and have practiced as a psychiatrist for more than 40 years. Many years ago, after sustaining a head injury due to a fall, I started having some amazing, overwhelming, unexplained experiences (some call them “peak” or “transcendental” experiences), where I felt I was dissolving and merging into the “oneness” of everything. These experiences led me to Michael Harner’s Basic Workshop: The Way of the Shaman, and then on to more advanced trainings in core shamanism including Extraction Healing, Spirits of Nature, and Shamanism, Dying & Beyond. Over the years, I’ve had some miraculous treatment successes using core shamanic healing methods for severely traumatized patients (including some health care professionals), who were struggling with depression, anxiety, and body experiences that were totally refractory to mainstream intensive psychotherapy and medication. I’m writing now because a long time ago I received a song during one of my journeys that I feel others may benefit from knowing. The words are as follows:
Spirits, Spirits
Within and Beyond
With Wisdom, Power, Compassion
Guide me safely
Flying through worlds
Guide me safely
Riding my drum

FSS student and shamanic practitioner

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Core Shamanism Chronicles logo ©2019 Foundation for Shamanic Studies
FSS Core Shamanism Chronicles features brief personal shamanic healing accounts and practical applications of shamanism in daily life. By sharing our inspiring stories with each other, we hope to reveal the power, effectiveness, and beauty of shamanic practice.

If you have a core shamanic practice story to share, use our CONTACT FORM and put “Chronicles” in the subject line. Submission guidelines: Accounts should be no more than a few paragraphs long and offer a specific personal example of healing or applying core shamanism methods in everyday life. As always, keep in mind ethical standards of confidentiality and permission: Ask your clients for permission before sharing and do not reveal their names. If your submission is selected for inclusion in the Chronicles, you may use your name or choose to be listed as anonymous.

Core Shamanism Chronicles: Drumming and Singing for the Animals and Land

The devastation wrought by the fires in Australia left me wondering what I could do. Taking to heart the words of a teacher: search out ordinary reality actions in addition to shamanic work, I proceeded. With a heart still heavy with sadness and grief, I wondered, “What more?” Soon after, a helping spirit in the form of one of the animals from that land appeared to me.

So I journeyed to this helping spirit to ask what I could do with permission. This is what it said: For now, drum for those needing and seeking help and support, and sing if song were to arise. It conveyed that the animals and pockets of land affected that are in need of help and seeking it, would tap into what I was asked to do—that this would also help with the transitions of the animals seeking help to move on.

I did as asked, offering the drumming and song to those seeking help, and saw that, indeed, this was helping animals transition. I then invited a shamanic practitioner friend to join me after checking in with the helping spirit from that land, and with permission, we both drummed and sang for the animals and the land in need. We both had similar experiences: that the drumming and spontaneous singing were helping those wanting to transition. This experience is yet another reminder to me that the helping spirits are there for us all. As I struggle with an extremely difficult situation or reality, help is available. I just need to pay attention to the helping spirits.

RG, FSS Three Year Program graduate

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Core Shamanism Chronicles logo ©2019 Foundation for Shamanic Studies
FSS Core Shamanism Chronicles features brief personal shamanic healing accounts and practical applications of shamanism in daily life. By sharing our inspiring stories with each other, we hope to reveal the power, effectiveness, and beauty of shamanic practice.

If you have a core shamanic practice story to share, use our CONTACT FORM and put “Chronicles” in the subject line. Submission guidelines: Accounts should be no more than a few paragraphs long and offer a specific personal example of healing or applying core shamanism methods in everyday life. As always, keep in mind ethical standards of confidentiality and permission: Ask your clients for permission before sharing and do not reveal their names. If your submission is selected for inclusion in the Chronicles, you may use your name or choose to be listed as anonymous.

Core Shamanism Chronicles: Formulated by the Spirits

I was praying after doing my shamanic journey work. My thoughts were about wanting to help those in pain, especially chronic pain like individuals with fibromyalgia – like those that I had treated so often as a massage therapist. As I walked from my barn to the house, one of my helping spirits started dictating a list of ingredients to me. This ended up being a complicated, all-natural formula that would help with almost all types of pain, including extremely difficult cases of muscle and joint pain, shingles and fibromyalgia, just to name a few. I didn’t know a couple of the ingredients, so I asked my spirit to spell them and to my amazement, he did. Then, it just kept repeating like a song stuck in my head until I wrote down all the ingredients. We took the formula to an FDA approved facility to have it made on a large scale. Wonderfully, 90% of the people who try our cream, purchase it.

Paul Amoroso, FSS Two Week Shamanic Healing Intensive graduate

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Core Shamanism Chronicles logo ©2019 Foundation for Shamanic Studies
FSS Core Shamanism Chronicles features brief personal shamanic healing accounts and practical applications of shamanism in daily life. By sharing our inspiring stories with each other, we hope to reveal the power, effectiveness, and beauty of shamanic practice.

If you have a core shamanic practice story to share, use our CONTACT FORM and put “Chronicles” in the subject line. Submission guidelines: Accounts should be no more than a few paragraphs long and offer a specific personal example of healing or applying core shamanism methods in everyday life. As always, keep in mind ethical standards of confidentiality and permission: Ask your clients for permission before sharing and do not reveal their names. If your submission is selected for inclusion in the Chronicles, you may use your name or choose to be listed as anonymous.