Death of Michael Harner

Death of Michael Harner An appreciation From my teacher Jonathan Horwitz Scandianvian Center for Shamanic Studies “Our first human teacher of shamanism, Michael Harner, left the land of the living to join the Spirits on February 3rd. He left behind him a great legacy. No, not his organization, The Foundation for Shamanic Studies. The legacy he left behind are the thousands of people who have had their lives changed because he showed that the ability to do the shaman’s work is not limited to people living in tropical jungles or on the arctic tundra. The ability to intentionally contact and interact with the World of the Spirits is a human birthright, and Michael’s work helped to show how to do this without the use of drugs or psychotropic plants. A true academician, he set up a formalized course of study leading to shamanic practice. For many, myself included, this seemed to be antithetical to the spirit of shamanism. In some traditions, it took only one experience of the Spirit World to initiate the shaman. In others, children were initiated as a normal part of their upbringing. But those of us born in the 20th and 21st centuries have many layers of socialization imposed upon us from childhood on, and many of us may be helped by a set structure to learn who we really are and what our true relationship to the Universe is. Others of us prefer a more open, natural way of study where we learn from a tree, a boulder, a moose calling its mate as the sunsets, or an adder basking in the morning Sun. However we come to it, once we learn to contact the Spirits and surrender to their wisdom, they become our true teachers. We humans, and our Earth-home, have paid a huge price for what we refer to as “civilization” and the accompanying so-called “realism” which is the underpinning of the world’s economy today. This civilized realism has brought us environmental destruction in the name of progress, built on the backs of slave labor while it poisons the Earth, the food we eat and the water we drink. The shaman’s path leads us to other truths and other ways of being: the ways of nurturing, creativity and love. As followers of the shamans’ paths we take it as a given that our ancestors influence who we are today, though we do not even know their names. Michael has gone to join the Ancestors, and in a hundred years his name may also be forgotten and still he will be part of the continuing change. But one person is not the reason for change. Change comes because of the hard work and dedication of the many. If we are to achieve a world where the bounties of Nature are revered and shared by all, it will be because of all of us. We need to hear the voices of All There Is – and follow their call.” Jonathan Books by Michael Harner: The Way of the Shaman (1980); Cave and Cosmos (2013); Hallucinogens and Shamanism (1973); The Jivaro (1972)

Singing with Nightingales Fingringhoe Wick, Essex

singing with nightingalesApril 16th 2017 @ 6:30 pm to April 17th 2017 @ 12:30 am

A unique experience of starlit walks in English woodland by the River Blackwater, at Fingrinhoe Wick Nature Reserve. Listen to a rare concert by wild nightingales and special guest musicians lead by Sam Lee.

Share an evening of feast, story and song around the campfire, gain wildlife insights, eat vegetarian food and listen to stories about the magical nightingale.

For details and to book please visit the website for SingingwithNightingales. This event is taking place in association with the local Wildlife Trust.

Guest House in Ulaanbaatar

My friend in UB has opened a guest house in town. Khan Uul District, not far from the Bodg Khaan Palace Museum. One of my most favourite places.

The Bodg Khaan Palace now consists of seven Summer Prayer Temples and the Winter Palace. The museum has a fabulous collection of rare and valuable objects relating to the political, religious and artistic history of Mongolia from the 17th to the 20th Century.

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Our Journey was Amazing

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report on the reindeer project trip to buy three new breeding deer.

Our journey was amazing. It was very difficult to organize and happened later than planned.

In the first days of August we left for Tofalaria, which place can only be reached by helicopter. First we had walked through to the area, where gold is mined, and from there we were able to take a, very expensive, flight which was delivering benzine. We boarded the machine early one morning but left only in the morning of the next day! After we left the helicopter we had a remote trek to our friends’ village. The weather was warm and we planned to walk for two days. However, it came about that although we were lucky at the first fords, at the later river crossings we were not able to cross for a long time. The currents were strong and all that turned up was risky and dangerous.

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