If you are just joining me in these posts you can catch up on the chapter-by-chapter book review of Awakening to the spirit world through these posts:
- Chapter 1: What is Shamanism?
- Chapter 2: The Shamanic Journey
- Chapter 3: Reconnecting with Nature
- Chapter 4: Visionary Work with the Weather and Environmental Changes
- Chapter 5: The Power of Ceremony and Ritual
- Chapter 6: Dreaming (personal stories)
Chapter 6: Creative Art as a Bridge
I blazed through this chapter! As an artist it had some creative ideas, and affirmations for my own practice; And as it is I'm now in a creative frenzy because of the upcoming show; and the dream circle (still forthcoming) it paired up nicely with everything that is happening in this moment.
I spent the better part of today painting and trying out the casting materials for the August Show. I'm in the creative space.
Chapter 6, Creative Art as a Bridge, illustrated by example how various tribal peoples use art and the shamanic practices of healing throughout time beginning with the caves of the Late Stone, which houses ancient works somewhere between 32,000 - 36,000 years old. Theory, reasoning, provoking depth, Sandra notes the history of art and shamanic practice.
We come to Art in SHamanic Healing (page 142), where the connection between art as a practical application of the path cast for us,
"There are many different ceremonies that can be done to restore power and, by association, harmony within the client. The Ulcchi shamans in Siberia, for example, might work for a person who is ill or suffering from a loss of power in a way that incorporates shamanic art.
The Ulcchi shaman will journey into the spirit worlds on behalf of the client to find a power animal or helping spirit who is willing to come into relationship with the client to help restore the client's personal power and proveide him or her with support and protection. Then the shaman will commission a carver in the village to make an image of the power animal - a bear for example. From the traditional perspective, shamanic art does not represent power. Rather, it is power. The carving of the bear becomes the vehicle, the embodiment, of the spiritual power of bear, so the next step is for the shaman to imbue the carving with that power. Then the carving will be placed by the shaman in the client's home in order to serve as a literal and symbolic bridge between the person and the bear spirit. "
Personally I think that I find this true in most, if not all, of the work I do. I may be painting or crafting for someone in particular, or just for my own creative calling but the Spirit(s) connect, and imbue the work with the flavor and vibration of the creative evocation. I used to call this "Spirit Portraits" (thanks to Astrid!) and I honestly didn't make the real connection to now. I'm not the only modern "city person" who crafts in this way! I keep thinking I need to dip into Urban Magick, but I have enough books on the shelf that are begging for attention.... Anyway.
You can see this channeling of spirit in dance, photography, sculpture and other mediums. Myself, I don't think this connection and empowerment of spirit to the physical is limited to spiritual practices... but then again I don't think "spiritual" is just spiritual practice as recognized by most. Spirit can come through in dance and it can be of any sort, expressing needed energies for those that are viewing. I think that you can see this with creatives like Johnny Raymond (Johnny 2.0) in his exploration of the boundaries of flesh, pain, emotion.
Artists are edge-walkers, skirting the world of the invisible, in touch with beings others experience in the craft of the creative.
Yeah... Ha. Well I did say I take a mystical approach to things. For myself I make sure what's coming through is for healing or benefit and the rest is a matter of channeling or transcription.
Other topics in the is chapter were useful as well.
- Working with craft in your practice.
- Exercise for Crafting shamanic art.
- Healing words in song and affirmation.
- Blessing with words and walking in Truth.
This chapter by far has been my favorite. The practical application of the tools they offer rang and gonged my inner bells, most probably because I could use them right now.
Sandra Ingerman writes (page 149),
"The Navajo people have a saying, "May you walk in beauty." Whenever there is someone from the Navajo nation at one of my lectures, he or she comes up to me and tells me about this term. It means that one can choose to speak words that are loving and that will be healing to others - words that create beauty."
The chapter goes on. It's a gem.
I've taken a small break from the work here at home and popped out to do some errands. As I write, I tingle. I'm thinking about the new work that's pouring out and thinking, I will sing this beauty, this beauty will sing. I will sing this power, this power will sing. I will caress this work, this work will caress. Incanting the vibration of the creative, sensual, empowering words into the work.
It's all in the book, Awakening to Shamanism, The Shamanic Path of Direct Revelation.
See you next week.
A couple of notes here. You may have noticed that I've bumped the day that I post the chapter review. This was necessary as my schedule is changing throughout the month. Trying to make the Tuesday evening (personal) commitment was difficult when I began to journal the Tarot Journey in addition to the review.
I also have a show coming up in August. Details to come. At this point the entire operation is under wraps to build a sense of excitement. Tee hee. I'm glad the work I am doing pairs with that. :) Think Priapus, healing, fertility, recovery
– - – - Be well,
Scott K Smith http://lifencompass.com
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