"Gods and Diseases" by David Tacey
- Aug. 31, 2014 - PORTLAND, Ore. --
Streaming live on the Co-Creator Radio Network on Tuesday, September 2, at 11am Pacific/2pm Eastern on "Why Shamanism Now? A Practical Path to Authenticity,”
shaman and founder of the Last Mask Center for Shamanic Healing Christina Pratt tells listeners that aboriginal elders warned the religious missionaries they encountered that if the trials of initiation were stopped, then an even greater suffering would be unleashed on the uninitiated. According to Pratt, we see this greater suffering unfolding today in the epidemics of depression, mental illness, addiction, sexual abuse, and suicide plaguing the contemporary “first world” and those who follow in our developmental and religious footsteps. In Gods and Diseases,
David Tacey explains what our ego-based society cannot understand; that it is “the task of culture to tell the person who he or she really is.” And that it is through the trials of initiation that the person comes to believe that deeper truth and use it as the foundation for sustainable mental wellness.
In this week’s episode of “Why Shamanism Now?” titled “A Shamanic View of Mental Illness: Tacey, Part 2”, Pratt continues her exploration, begun on last week’s show, of the power of Tacey’s work, which offers a an important way to look at mental illness and the possible new paths toward health and wellbeing that this point of view opens up.
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.
"Why Shamanism Now? A Practical Path to Authenticity"
, a live internet talk radio show with host Christina Pratt, airs Tuesdays at 11am Pacific/2pm Eastern time on co-creatornetwork.com/
host_bio.htm. Each week host Christina Pratt and guests explore the practical application of shamanic skills in our contemporary lives to create robust well-being, strong and clear community connections, and life enriching spiritual maturity. Listeners can ask questions by calling 512-772-1938 or via Skype. Prior episodes from "Why Shamanism Now" can be downloaded for free by visiting whyshamanismnow.com. Pratt also talks about Shamanic Healing on YouTube.
Upcoming Last Mask Center events includeThe Basic Shamanic Journey on September 13 at Whole Being Health in Portland, OR; a Shamanic Journey Circle on September 17; and a Last Mask Community Teleseminar on September 24,. For more information on these and other events, see the monthly calendar on http://www.lastmaskcenter.org/calendar/
. For more information on Christina Pratt, the Last Mask Center for Shamanic Healing, or to order An Encyclopedia of Shamanism at a special discounted rate, visit www.lastmaskcenter.org. For additional information or to arrange an interview with Pratt, please contact Linda Woznicki, 845-417-8811, firstname.lastname@example.orgPhoto: