Shamanism and the Trickster

“The Trickster cannot be trusted,” writes author Lewis Hyde, “It is a contact that puts us slightly at risk; we open ourselves to disruption whenever we call on him.”  But it is that opening that allows miracles, the impossible, surprise and the reversal of fortunes. Work with the Teacher supports us in our mastery along the steady path of our lives.  However it is the Trickster who reveals the short cuts that allow us to get there—to the full, loving expression of our soul’s true purpose—while we are still young enough to enjoy the fruits of our labors.

Join host and shaman, Christina Pratt, this week as we explore the ways that we unwittingly cut off The Teacher in our lives, relying instead on old, soul-killing patterns of judgment, control, and distrust.  Yet even when we are at our most wretched, positional and righteous in our suffering the Teacher—usually in the guise of the Trickster—is there to open the way back to balance and wholeness.  Author Lewis Hyde explains that the trickster made the world as we actually find it. Other gods set out to create a world more perfect and ideal, but this world––with its complexity and ambiguity, its beauty and its dirt––was trickster’s creation, and the work is not yet finished. Join us as we explore the art of the Teacher and within that, the life saving, sacrifice demanding, crazy logic of the Trickster.

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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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