Initiation is the thing we most need from shamanism and are least willing to receive. Much has been written about initiation in psychology, shamanism, and the writings from men’s and women’s groups. Most of it misses the point. Initiation isn’t a form or an ancient ritual. Initiation is a function. It’s a transformation that requires context, fear, and surrender to be present in large amounts. Initiation can happen spontaneously or within a traditional practice, however it rarely happens on purpose. It is required to move a human from child to adult or an adult onto a path of mastery.
Join host Christina Pratt and explore why life certainly teaches us, but rarely initiates us—(If the school of hard knocks could do that, the planet would be over run with wise, compassionate elders, passionate, joyful adults and children who are safe and free to truly be children.) Let’s discuss what we need to create and to over come to reintroduce initiation into contemporary American culture.
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About Christina Pratt…
Shamanic teacher and author, Christina is a skilled shamanic healer who weaves her authentic shamanic experience, extensive training, and experience with shamans from Ecuador, Nepal, Tibet, and Africa into her contemporary practice. She has been in practice for 20 years, specializing in soul retrieval healings, soul part integration, and ancestral healing. She is the director of the Last Mask Center for Shamanic Healing in Portland, Oregon.
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