LAST MASK CENTER
Christina also runs the Last Mask Center for Shamanic Healing located in Portland, Oregon.
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"I enjoy the intelligence, warmth, strength, and connection you bring. Thank you for doing this work."
Jonathan Horwitz, 2011
What is right relationship with power? Once we make a successful bid for power how do we use it? And, perhaps more important, how do…read more.
What is power? How do we make a bid for power? And, perhaps more important, how do we recover when our bid for power goes…read more.
Many in shamanic practice seek to deepen their relationship with their own ancestral lines and, in this, to reconnect with the shamanic roots in their…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.
Right relationship with the elements allows their energy to flow into our lives, creating well-being by balancing our own excesses and deficiencies. Learning to work…read more.
What can we do to address climate change and other big challenges to the balance of life on earth? We can do a lot when…read more.
“God lives in the heart while trickster dwells in the mind,” is a teaching of the Kalahari Bushmen. When trickster is in the head it…read more.
The teachings of the Kalahari Bushmen or San are the oldest spiritual, shamanic, and healing practices in our world. The San do not believe that…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.
In shamanic cultures around the world it is the Trickster who made the world as we actually find it; not a perfect Eden, but complex,…read more.
Sovereignty is the supreme power to self govern and it is the core of a life lived well. What does sovereignty mean in a time…read more.
Hoodoo, a wellness modality and system of folk magic draws from many sources. It “is not New Orleans Voodoo, Haitian Vodou, nor Santeria, Palo, or…read more.
Every individual has gifts to bring to the world, though many will live their lives precisely running away from those gifts. Every individual has gifts…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.
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.
Being shamanic is not a pass card from the responsibility of living a grounded and sane life. Shamanic skills are actually a means by which…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.
Indigenous people have been tracking a psychic virus for many centuries called “wetiko” in Cree and similar names in other languages. A wetiko is a…read more.
What is the relationship between our internal richness and monetary wealth? Money gives us a place to project all of our unresolved issues about our…read more.
The ancient stories of myth and religion speak of a time on earth when the land, the plants, animals, birds, bugs, and humans all communicated…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.
We must engage intimately with our wild heart to participate in shaping a new direction for humanity on Earth. Only through an intimate relationship with…read more.
“Any heartfelt practitioner of shamanism in the world today is deeply aware of the vital evolutionary role of this ancestral eco-spiritual tradition… Indigenous culture is…read more.
At the heart of shamanism is the pulse, the breath, the dance of complementary dualism, a Tao-like awareness of wholeness expressed in Nature and found…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 can happen now? We can step into our power to create a Global Shift out of our current Global Crisis. To do this we…read more.
Assumptions blind us to the heart of the matter before us. The most common reason people cycle around and around working ineffectively on the same…read more.
Now more than ever we must bridge the heart-centered, earth honoring, and interconnection-based practices of shamanism with the contemporary mind and depth psychologies—and we must…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.
Death is a point of transition. There is the approach to death, a process we call dying. And there is the departure from death, a…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.
The shamanic journey allows the journeyer to receive direct revelation from Spirit. A direct connection with spirit is the birth right of every human and…read more.
The Wild Heart Hypothesis states: “If we are to survive and thrive as humans on planet Earth, we will need to dive deeply into the…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.
“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.
We can use shamanic healing skills to address the suffering of humanity. Whether caused through human action, like war or drug use, or natural events,…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.
“The ethics of shamanic practice were brought by the First Shaman who was of Divine origins and not entirely human. The First Shaman brought knowledge…read more.
“The shaman works by asking for help,” explains Jonathan Horwitz, co-founder of the Scandinavian Centre for Shamanic Studies with Annette Høst. “We never get anywhere…read more.
Tom Cowan joins host, Christina Pratt, to explore the art of “standing in the conflux of power.” This traditional role of the shaman involved moving…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.
What makes shamanism authentic? Tradition? Certification? Or direct access to Spirit? Join host and shaman, Christina Pratt, as she explores authenticity and ethics is shamanism.…read more.
“The shamanic path is not a path traditionally intended to achieve enlightenment,” explains Michael Harner of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies. “It has been a…read more.
In her latest work, How to Thrive in Changing Times: Simple Tools to Create True Health, Wealth, Peace and Joy for Yourself and the Earth,…read more.
In shamanic cultures mental illness is a community illness that is caused when the community’s many shadow projections overwhelm the collective benevolent intent. When we…read more.
The Toltec I Ching: 64 Keys to Inspired Action in the New World by Martha Ramirez-Oropeza and William Douglas Horden has just been released by…read more.
In 1991 Sandra Ingerman published Soul Retrieval: Mending the Fragmented Self. In this beautiful, easy to read book she rebirthed the shamanic art of soul…read more.
Healing is transformation. Shamans don’t see healing as fixing what broke, eradicating a bug, or going back to a state of health before the illness.…read more.
Sandra Ingerman, our guest, is recognized internationally for addressing the needs of our times directly by bridging ancient cross-cultural healing methods into our modern culture.…read more.
Shamans look at “health” as well-being and balance in the individual physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually, communally, intimately, and personally. Shamanic healing works because the relationship…read more.
At the core of shamanic cultures is the lived experience of the interconnectedness of all things. All things are one and no one ever got…read more.
What was shamanism and what is it today? Join host Christina Pratt in an exploration of what shamanism is and what it isn’t. What answers…read more.