In this week’s episode of “Why Shamanism Now?” titled “Shamanic Ritual and Ceremony”, Pratt is joined by guests Lenore Norrgard and Kent Dorsey to share the use of shamanic ritual and ceremony among contemporary practitioners. Pratt, Norrgard and Dorsey delve into the Conjure Dance, a very powerful dance ritual that grew out of the confluence of cultures in 18th century New Orleans. It is performed to bring about social healing, like the end of slavery, which was one of its historical uses. Pratt and her guests explore the use of this ritual to create social healing in our time.
Christina Pratt is a contemporary shaman specializing in mending the soul and transforming the parts of life that feel impossible. A teacher of exceptional clarity, humor, and inspiration, Pratt brings the power of shamanism into the practical grasp of anyone willing to take responsibility for improving the quality of their life. Her book An Encyclopedia of Shamanism clearly discusses the basic concepts of shamanism, methods, and traditions of over 50 different shamanic peoples. Pratt is the founder of the Last Mask Center for Shamanic Healing, creator of the original Foundations of Shamanism and Shamanic Healing course at the University of Minnesota, and a frequent and honored speaker for the American Holistic Medical Association.
Lenore Norrgard, MA, HMSC,was called to the shamanic path in 1987 following 15 years of intensive social activism, during which she worked as a journalist for Reuter News Agency, earned a Masters degree in China studies, and lived in China for three years. From the time she was initiated into shamanism through a spontaneous healing from an animal spirit, she wanted to bring that miraculous healing power to bear on social ills. She experienced a life-changing paradigm shift around how to achieve profound social change, and started seeing herself as a social healer rather than as a social revolutionary. From very early on, her work as a shamanic healer, teacher and consultant has included working at the social level, most markedly through rituals for social healing. Norrgard offers “Shamanism for Activists” trainings; leads large, public peacemaking rituals, most recently for the opening rally of The Peace and Justice Studies annual conference; and she is currently involved in the Occupy Wall Street movement. Read about Norrgard’s spiritual activism in her article, “Ritual and Activism: The Alchemy of Social Transformation”
Kent Dorseyhas had a private shamanic healing practice for 13 years offering individual and group shamanic and spiritual healing sessions, chaplaincy, and officiating sacred ceremonies. He was one of two American members of the Foundation For Shamanic Studies 2003 field expedition to Tuva, traveling to the Russian Republic to participate in the International Symposium on Shamanism in August 2003. The Tuvan government, the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, sponsored this gathering where Dorsey worked alongside of 80 indigenous shamans from all over the world collectively performing healings for over 500 people. Dorsey has developed a deep connection to spirit based on his own experiences of direct engagement. In addition, he has trained with Michael Harner, Sandra Ingerman, Betsy Bergstrom, Lama Wangdu Rinpoche, Q’ero elders, Master Stephen Co (Pranic Healing) and the Iranian Master Healer, Behrooz Danadoost (Shafaw). His passionate focus is in teaching shamanism in our diverse western culture and bring it into the 21st century, www.munaykiawakening.com
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Upcoming Last Mask Center events include a Shamanic Journey Circle every third Wednesday of the month in Portland, OR and an Ancestral Healing Training April 22-24 and Actual Energy Clearing April 24-26, both in Boulder, CO. For more information on these and other events, see the monthly calendar on http://www.lastmaskcenter.org/