LAST MASK CENTER
Christina also runs the Last Mask Center for Shamanic Healing located in Portland, Oregon.
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"BTW...your show is fantastic. I often send my clients to episodes to help them understand certain pieces. Especially the "Gifts" episode."
Bill, Shaman's Well, 2010
Working with spirit is at the heart of what defines shamanism as shamanism. What does “working with spirit” mean? What are shamans talking about when…read more.
The fixed and constant idea of the invisible world ordered in upper, middle, and lower worlds is a fundamental assumption of neoshamanism. However, if the…read more.
One of the great challenges and ongoing questions in contemporary shamanic practice is “what is initiation?” or more accurately “am I initiated?” It is messy…read more.
The shaman’s working relationship with spirit defines the practice or the healing as “shamanic”. It is the basic working relationship of shamanism and it is…read more.
The ability to face the impossible and do it anyway is at the core of what it means to be human. At their best humans…read more.
The solstice of 2016 gives us the opportunity to step off the wheel of the Old World whether we are enjoying winter or summer. A…read more.
What actions are required to unite a nation divided? If we are not insane (and one wonders these days) then we must innovate and take…read more.
Now that the ugly racist, sexist, violent, ignorant underbelly of America is exposed for the world to see, will we learn to heal the wounds…read more.
True visionaries are a dime a dozen. Humanity is full of great ideas. What we find in short supply are those people who will actually…read more.
Leading is a thankless job, whether you lead a community garden or a nation. People criticize, blame, and project their unacknowledged flawed selves onto leaders…read more.
Discernment, the ability to accurately tell one thing from another, is a necessary quality of wisdom, along with objectivity and clarity. Cultivating discernment is critical…read more.
Living with chronic illness is a challenge, a challenge more and more people are being required to navigate daily in an already busy life. How…read more.
A mythical beast is a beast that we believe never existed in physical form, like dragons, the basilisk, and the phoenix in the Harry Potter…read more.
Elemental Spirits are often ignored as we reach for helping spirits in the vast range of land spirits, from the smallest garden sprite to the…read more.
“Nature communicates through energy, not words. It communicates with us through signs, symbols, omens, and feelings,” explains our guest Ana Larramendi of thehollowbone. Ana joins…read more.
Deities have a long history of engaging as helping spirits with people in shamanic altered states. What does it mean when a deity enters your…read more.
Why would I want a working relationship with my ancestors when I can’t stand my own relations? Fair question when so much addiction, depression, social…read more.
Direct communication with our helping spirits is one of the greatest gifts in the reintroduction of shamanism into contemporary life. Yet in this age of…read more.
Contemporary shamanic practice looks different depending on the tradition, cosmology, or beliefs that guide your practice. The variations in authentic shamanic practice are a rich…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.
Feeling fear—whether real or imagined— initiates a variety of chemical responses in the body that support the needed physical response, either fight, flight, freeze, or…read more.
This week host and shaman, Christina Pratt, shares case studies of shamanic healing with people who found a path to health and freedom by engaging…read more.
The Mental Wisdom Body is largely locked away in our inability to distinguish our self from our mind. We are more than our mind and…read more.
You have a vision that you love and the wisdom to live it, but where does the power come from to make it real? The…read more.
The Emotional Wisdom Body is a world unto itself. It is every bit is vast, complex, and intricately interconnected as the mental wisdom body but…read more.
When we live far from our true nature the voice of our physical wisdom body becomes hard to hear. The guidance that could bring us…read more.
Shamanic skills allow us to engage with the world around us, each other, and ourselves in a nonordinary way that integrates intelligence and intimacy, vision…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.
In this time of profound ignorance justified as American politics, escalating racial violence, homicidal cyber bullying, and ever-present aggression against women, it is easy to…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.
Many questions arise as humans open their awareness to the possibility of a world larger than the here and now. “How do I know I’m…read more.
Personal transformation efforts often fail because all that is really needed is change. And often our personal efforts to change fail because what is required…read more.
Not all who die leave the realm of the living easily and these souls need help. From the beginning of people the shaman has served…read more.
Shamanic possession is not actually possession at all, but the intentional embodiment of spirit help with whom the shaman has already developed a working relationship.…read more.
Summer is the season of joy, enthusiasm, purpose, and radiance. Ancient peoples around the world have used the Summer Solstice Fire to focus this innate…read more.
What are the ethics for receiving shamanic healing? Much is written about ethics for practitioners, but is it really ethical to drop all the issues…read more.
Every human has the ability to imagine, to learn from dreams, to feel insight and intuition, and to “see” at a distance. “These many forms…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.
“Follow your bliss” is really not enough to go on when we need to clarify a vision of our true calling and engage that path…read more.
To live your true calling requires you to maintain right relationship with power—your power and the power of others. Like the captain of a ship…read more.
Shamanic skills can help us to turn the fears that stop us in life into the ability to discern the deeper truth that resonates with…read more.
When we embark on finding our true calling we are first faced with all we must sacrifice, release, and let die in our current life.…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.
When we focus on the element of water we are focusing on the quality of our relationship with our own emotions. Do they flow or…read more.
When we focus on the element of fire we are focusing on the quality of the relationship we have with our own spirit. As a…read more.
Air is the visionary in transformational processes showing us how to engage the power of our vision through the clarity of our heart. Working with…read more.
Earth is the teacher in transformational processes showing us how to engage the power of the heart through our strength of heart and to make…read more.
What does it mean to have strong moral principles and to be whole and undivided in our spiritual life? Many people feel that the fact…read more.
Shamanic ritual and ceremony are the “power tools” used by shamanic practitioners around the world to create change and transformation in their lives. Humans engage…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.
“This is a good time to settle into yourself and go beyond the surface of your spiritual practices,” advises our next guest, Sandra Ingerman MA,…read more.
Cosmology is the science of the origin and development of the universe. When we say “a cosmology” we are talking the way we interpret what…read more.
Lessons in Courage, by Don Oscar Miro-Quesada, is a guide for changing our lives and bringing much needed healing to ourselves and our planet through…read more.
How is shamanic practice evolving, as it has in every age, to meet the challenges of our time? The spirits gave us good council as…read more.
True shamanic trance states, those that actually clear the control of the small self, require intimacy with spirit. “Intimacy grows with contact,” explains host and…read more.
The axis mundi is an existential place or point wherein creation and entropy, the essential generative and destructive forces of the universe, exist as one…read more.
Shamanic Journeying is not an “out of body experience.” When this particular alternate state is achieved the journeyer has “a foot in both worlds.” The…read more.
“Creativity is a magical and sacred process. The process transforms the artist and the product transforms the world,” explains artist Mark Wagner of Hearts and…read more.
True power can be accessed through the spirit of dance in a freeform atmosphere. Anyone can access his or her power anytime. You don’t need…read more.
Sacred sounds resonate with the original blueprint for life and for your life. Sacred song can be a direct path by which the shaman restores…read more.
“Making sacred images co-creates reality and feeds into the soul and web of life…” explains visual artist, author, and shamanic practitioner, Faith Nolton. “Making paintings…read more.
How do we live a sane life in an insane world? First we need to question Old World definitions of “reality” and “sanity” without throwing…read more.
Indigenous shamans share a quality of connection with the world that allows them to simultaneously sizzle with spiritual power, remain entirely grounded, and express a…read more.
If we are to write a truly new story for the people in the new world we must transform the communal shadow behaviors that shaped…read more.
Most of us are aware of the Shadow thanks to the genius of Karl Jung. However knowing and doing are two different things and, let’s…read more.
“It’s not the year 2012 that is important. It’s 2013,” said Hale Makua, Hawaiian, Kahuna elder. “…what we decide to build on will determine the…read more.
Witches, vampires, werewolves, and the living dead appear in our dreams, nightmares, and fairy tales. They also appear in our journeys and as manifestations of…read more.
Direct revelation from spirit is a human birthright, but what do we actually do with those messages from spirit? Whether our answers come to us…read more.
The shamanism of today must continue to evolve if we are to respond to the times we have chosen to live in. Our contemporary shamanic…read more.
If the New World is to be different than the one before then we must learn to ally our minds with paradox. We must see…read more.
There has been a great domestication of the heart in America, numbing and dumbing down the voice that should guide us. It is the rare…read more.
Not all shamans are great visionaries; not all understand the universe at the same depth. However, they all apply the knowledge they have and that…read more.
What is our part in the global crisis we find ourselves sharing in September of 2012? What is the nature of the challenge ahead of…read more.
For those of you interested in shamanism you can experience a shaman finding her shaman legs, reshaping the workings of her mind, and awakening her…read more.
We all have the ability to create art, make love, and offer healing. And some people have the gift. Part of the art of life…read more.
“Shamans cannot undertake personal healing, action in the world, and service to the community using only their personal life-fore energy; they must harness the more…read more.
2012 is here. What do we need to focus on? “Many of us have been moving forward to wake up, but we are still in…read more.
The distinction between acts of healing and acts of sorcery is self-control. In the realm of shamanism a conscious act of sorcery isn’t about good…read more.
Shamanic practices involve the intentional movement between the visible physical realm and the invisible mental/emotional/spiritual/mythic/archetypal/Unknown realm. They also involve the inner journeys between the realm…read more.
“Health is divinely given,” explains Yewshaman Michael Dunning, “As is the consciousness with which to perceive it therapeutically. Thus Health in an embryological context exists…read more.
You can open the door to a life of meaning and purpose by “picking up your medicine.” Your medicine does not come to you in…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 spiritual emergency, our process of awakening becomes difficult and destabilizing,” explains our guest, Kevin Sachs PhD of Safe Journeys Home. “These states can be…read more.
“The spirits want you to be a human being, in right relationship with all persons, both human and other-then-human,” explains our guest, Stephan Beyer, professor,…read more.
The shamanic altered state of consciousness and being a “hollow bone” are not necessarily the same thing. All over the Internet contemporary practitioners are claiming…read more.
Today being “the wounded healer” has become the excuse for poor discernment in contemporary practitioners around boundaries, responsibility, and personal healing. In western thought the…read more.
Spiritual Warriorship is more than a metaphor that your therapist drags out every time you are challenged to take the actions necessary to change. Our…read more.
“With great power comes great responsibility.” What will come of contemporary shamanism if we only focus on learning new skills to access greater and greater…read more.
“The spirits are teachers, not therapists. They are here to teach us to be better humans,” explains host and shaman, Christina Pratt. The helping spirits…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.
How does someone become a shamanic healer in the 21st Century? What is the first step? What do you do if shamanic healing has been…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.
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