LAST MASK CENTER
Christina also runs the Last Mask Center for Shamanic Healing located in Portland, Oregon.
Contact:email@example.com ext 02586
"I am very grateful that Christina Pratt is making her pod-casts. She is making sense in a lot of ways. She is very good at sorting out much of the modern confusion that we all fall into."
Anonymous, Sweden, 2011
The poison arrow of racism is a double wound. It is the arrow—the direct injustice inherent in the act that harms the heart and mind.…read more.
The collusive, fearful, racist underbelly of the American culture has been exposed by the hate-filled rhetoric, violence, and lies of the current presidential race. The…read more.
To bring our mature courageous hearts into action in the world we must be resilient. But resiliency is the first casualty in a culture that…read more.
The highly skilled wounded child arises when an adult learns an assortment of excellent skills to move out of the pain caused today by their…read more.
Hatred is a luxury we do not have. It costs too much, eventually destroying all that truly matters and leaving the soul lost as collateral…read more.
We need shamanism now for the same reason we needed it in the beginning. The “first shaman” came in many forms to many different peoples…read more.
We are spirit incarnate. The first decision that we make in life, when we are very smart and still part of the Oneness, is to…read more.
“We all suffer. We are all sacred. We are all bound together. We are all fallible. We are all capable of redemption.” And we are…read more.
Everyday fear-based thinking is fertile soil for the seeds of evil to germinate and take root. Chronic fear and anxiety nourish the roots of the…read more.
A cult is a system of religious veneration and devotion directed toward a particular figure or object. The practice of this devotion can be beneficial…read more.
The shamanic healing form, soul retrieval, can result in the direct and immediate return of our personal power and our sense of purpose in life.…read more.
Humans are messy. And love is one of the messiest bits of human life. So what do we really mean when we strive to rise…read more.
Where people gather in community there is Shadow, even in spiritual communities. Where there is unacknowledged Shadow there is sex, often good and exciting, and…read more.
Shamans are made by spirit, through initiation and training, to become the answer to the prayers of the people. What could the world community of…read more.
What are the next steps that the world community of shamanic practitioners and healers needs to take in order effect cultural transformation on the global…read more.
“Healing into death” sounds reasonable until the terminal diagnosis has been handed to someone we love, especially when that someone is young with a whole…read more.
The sacred is inherent in all things. Relationship with the sacred nourishes our deeper self, rekindles our passion for our soul’s purpose, and opens the…read more.
Sacrifice enlivens our spirit. It opens the way for miracles or the impossible or that which we truly desire to come into our lives. To…read more.
We interpret the world and our experience through our mind. Ancient peoples understood this and were sophisticated enough to leave nothing to chance. The ancient…read more.
There is nothing quite as powerful as making your own power objects and shamanic tools. Artist and shamanic teacher, Evelyn C. Rysdyk, joins us this…read more.
A spiritual life is nothing but dogma and deception without the heart’s active presence. The heart’s active presence will soon wander, bored to death with…read more.
Knowing where you stand in life—and how to truly stand there—is essential if you want to live a spiritual or enlightened life. This is one…read more.
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…read more.
What we diagnose as “mental illness” today grows ever more resistant to reason, logic, pharmaceuticals, or medicine. What if these are not illnesses of the…read more.
One significant root of disease is the chronic stress created in the body by suppression or denial of emotions and the resulting abnormal release of…read more.
When we look at mental illness through a different cultural lens we can see something entirely different than the standard allopathic interpretation of the situation.…read more.
The Human Potential Movement arose out of the fertile soil of political unrest and a deep desire for meaning and truth in life…and the vague…read more.
What is Shadow Work, really? Psychologically speaking the Shadow is an unconscious aspect of one’s personality that the conscious ego judges, fears or rejects to…read more.
Among the indigenous cultures of the Upper Peruvian Amazon, the Shipibo are one of the few cultural groups which has managed to maintain their language,…read more.
What is it really, creatively, effectively like to do good shamanic work these days? How do you manage the demand that every class, ritual, and…read more.
The Amazonian rainforest is home to a system of healing and plant medicines as vast, intricate, and effective as Chinese Medicine or Western naturopathy. Our…read more.
The most direct path to living your soul’s true purpose is both individual and communal. As individuals, people often feel lost, fragmented, or unknown to…read more.
When we are not aware of our soul’s true purpose or simply not aligned in our actions, contemporary life can fill quickly with dis-eases of…read more.
People around the world are calling out for new forms of leadership, economic exchange, and community. If we can tap the wisdom of our long…read more.
We live in sacred space all the time, everyday, but most of us do not know how to acknowledge it or to use it. By…read more.
Space is inherently sacred, as are all things, as are you. When we act to “create sacred space” we are acknowledging that fact of the…read more.
In a culture that can barely sort out the distinction between wants, needs, desires, addictions and obsessions, the power of Joy remains strong, but largely…read more.
“It is your commitment to be in your highest level of integrity, to teach what you are and not what you want to be.” So…read more.
“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…read more.
“As I rekindle the indigenous spirit within myself I connect to my sacred roots listening to the voices of the ancestors while honoring my connection…read more.
“Recognition Rites is a ceremonial rite of passage which honors and celebrates Elderhood,” explains our guest, author and shaman, Tom Pinkson, PhD. Join host Christina…read more.
“Making Ceremony is a way of reminding ourselves that in fact all that we do is sacred,” explains Annie Spencer, founder of Hartwell Centre for…read more.
In an oral tradition no reproduction of the teaching is allowed in any form; not written, recorded, filmed, txted or put up on youtube. This…read more.
A lovely man from France informed me that my Encyclopedia could be pirated for free on the Internet. My initial response was to be flattered. …read more.
John Lockley, a senior shaman in the Xhosa lineage of South Africa is our guest this week. John is one of the first white men…read more.
The Elements—Earth, Air, Fire and Water—are true nourishment for our spirit. This is equally true for three-element and five-element systems also found in shamanic cultures…read more.
The point of our practice whether spiritual or shamanic is the Celebration of Life. What is a shamanic view of life if it is not…read more.
This week we explore the lifeway of a shaman and what that can still mean today in this world of advertising, misinformation, and workshops on…read more.