In 2000, I created my neoshamanic practice, Soul Intent Arts. I’d worked with others for two years, and had crafted a personal animistic path with strong shamanic influences for ten years prior. Making the transition from spiritual seeker to committed shamanic practitioner was a huge step. Twenty-two years of experience seeing life through a shamanic lens and working with others has given me insights that feel right to pass along at this auspicious time. To celebrate Soul Intent Arts’ presence in this plane and this exceptional dance we’re doing toward this Winter Solstice, I’m closing this momentous year by listing my ten most poignant observations of personal shamanic work and maintaining a shamanic practice, and will present them over the next few days.
Thank you to all of the readers, clients, students, confidantes, comrades, and spaceholders who have contributed to Soul Intent Arts’ sustaining life force. Bless all of your dear hearts.
- Totem dictionaries are no substitute for the animal, plant, element, or life force that has come to you. I often encounter people whose life has been touched by an animal, angelic creature, or some dream symbol, and their reaction is to scatter to dictionaries seeking the definition of that symbol. While these tomes often are chronicles of ancient insights and modern archetypal conditioning that provide a wealth of information on symbols, there is no substitute for the manifestation of the symbol that has come to you. Ask the spirit of the symbol to speak with you and tell you what strengths and gifts it brings you. Ask what gifts you bring it. This exchange is the basis of every intuitive’s relationship with her guides. An excellent resource on whollistically working with totems is Lupa’s DIY Totemism.