LAST MASK CENTER
Christina also runs the Last Mask Center for Shamanic Healing located in Portland, Oregon.
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“…everything in the Podcast seemed to reach deeper and deeper into some knowing that I always had. So, thank for that. And thank you for the incredibly moving blessing at the end of the podcast.”
Sun Kim, USA
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.
We need initiation into adulthood desperately, as individuals and as a culture. At this time the lack of initiation is at the root of much…read more.
Initiation is not graduation. Initiation is not the formal certification of the successful completion of a course of shamanic training, nor is it the ritual…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.
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.
“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.
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.
Appropriation is theft; it is to take something without the owner’s permission. Cultural appropriation almost always involves members of the dominant culture taking from cultures…read more.
Rebuilding a new life from the rubble of your old one is at once an exciting and a scary prospect. Whether you tore your life…read more.
How do you rise up when you have lost more than you thought you had to lose? How do you avoid the contemporary pitfalls of…read more.
There are times that we simply need to fall apart. …not having a bad day, call in sick, fall apart, but losing more than you…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.
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.
When we co-create our lives with Spirit and our Shadow together, we end up following the path of crazy logic. If you can use your…read more.
The everyday empowerment of shamanic life is available to all who choose to step into direct relationship with their own helping spirits. This act of…read more.
What if our Shadow is actually trying to save us from a successful and safe but un-soul-satisfying life? What if our Shadow was actually trying,…read more.
Co-creation is an art that must be practiced consciously. Without conscious engagement our ability to manifest a life that is more joyful for us can…read more.
There are some basic principles needed to co-create your reality, to orient your energy and your vision, and then manifesting a better world should be…read more.
Each of us has the ability to manifest a life that is more joyful for us and transformative for the world. Humans are manifesting all…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.
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is an issue of the soul, not the mind. To define PTSD as a psychiatric disorder is to miss the…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.
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.
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.
A life hack enables us to manage our time or daily activities in a more efficient way. While there are no short cuts to gaining…read more.
What will it take for men and women to return from their respective circles, respective retreats on the mountain, and respective “Wisdom Schools” and begin…read more.
Those who engage in life and live it to its fullest, die many, many small deaths. When we live fully, learning, healing, and expressing who…read more.
Are your visions just illusions? Are your dreams really just fantasies? How do we know that our connection with spirit is authentic? Regardless of type…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.
“The fundamental precept of the New Story is that we are inseparate from the universe, and our being partakes in the being of everyone and…read more.
Your life magic is just waiting for you to notice it, to notice the natural (visible) and supernatural (invisible) forces that influence the events of…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.
“For millennia, people have entered the wilderness to encounter the Spirit, to seek their direction, purpose, or medicine,” explains our guest Sparrow Hart, author of…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.
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 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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
How do we cultivate the internal richness needed to sustain the true power of action? Where do we find the integrity to face our darkest…read more.
We have lost the true power of action in the habits, expectations, and excess fire of the Old World and its story. The Warrior warns…read more.
The spirits teach us about love, one way or another, in each and every contact with them in journeys and out in nature, in dreams…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.
Who will guide us as we stand together with new allies: The Unknown, The Wild Heart, and The Tao, at the dawning of the New…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 stand at the dawning of the New World envisioning the journey ahead, the co-creation of a world different than before. Who are our allies…read more.
The Visionary asks us, “What does it take to envision a truly new future? How do you open to possibilities that have not yet existed…read more.
The Teacher asks, “can you be passionately committed to the process without attachment to the outcome?” Can you step through the door and into the…read more.
The Warrior calls us out to do what must be done for what we love in the world. What would you do today if you…read more.
The Healer speaks to us of death and rebirth and asks, “What needs to die?” In this time of ending and new beginnings, you must…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.
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.
“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.
The right use of power requires that you are willing to do whatever it takes. The person of mature spirituality understands that this will mean…read more.
Facing our fear is the first hurdle to get over when we take action to create the life we are dreaming of and it is…read more.
Your Shadow Self is an important aspect of who you are. Engage it well and it will show you your greatest assets and deepest passions.…read more.
Shamanism offers us direct relationship with spirit and through that ongoing relationship guidance and direction. With the help of spirit, every individual can find his…read more.