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RITES : "DEASGNHÁTHA"

 

The Irish-Celtic Codes Of Shamanic Initiation

 

 

Sourced in personal initiation into our native tradition, anthropological research and initiation into other non-native traditions, John and Karen bring a progressive, living system of Irish initiatory, shamanic rites through the training cycles at Slí An Chroí. This is a unique aspect to Slí An Chroí training, a training that retrieves the indigenous heart bequeathed from the energies of the island of Ireland. The Rites ("Deasghnátha" in Irish-Gaelic) are activations or energetic transmissions that awaken within the practitioner seeds of awareness, connection, belonging, power and wisdom. Through the ages of shamanic lineages, there has always existed cherished, sacred codes for Spiritual opening that are transmitted from generation to generation. This is done to keep alive an experience of homecoming for the human to Mother Earth (Danú), Father Sky (Daghda) and to the source of all creation and energy from whom our physical universe emanates, Great Creator (An Dúileamh).

 

In the Irish tradition, the mythology of the shaman speaks of key encounters with animals, mountains, archetypal gods and goddesses, ancient wisdom keepers who visit the apprentice as he/she wanders both this world and The Otherworld. Anointments in the form of gifts and new perceptual states occur in these encounters, allowing the emerging shaman to embrace and be embraced by the deepest magic and mysteries of life as a Spiritual being, in a physical experience on Earth. Receiving these Rites brings forth from within the person emerging enlightenment that illuminates how and why we are created and vitally, how we are to take our place as co-creators of our physical and metaphysical universe.

 

Ownership of the Rites/Deasgnátha does not belong to any person nor organisation. They are revered for coming to us from the most loving archetypal energies (organising principles of energy) present in the trinity of Danú, Daghda and An Dúileamh. When we take a path of the shaman, ever seeking to open to our inherent oneness and stewardship with all life, blessings in the form of the Rites come to be offered to us from Spiritual energies active in our natural world. As facilitators of Slí An Chroí, we take our place as mindful conduits of the Rites, creating the setting and timing their offering throughout the progressive structure of The Medicine Spiral and The Healers Spiral. In some instances, an individual Rite may be offered to a person to fortify them in a specific area of their life, e.g. Rites Of Protection may be transmitted to a person seeking greater freedom in the face of psychic stress or attack. To advanced practitioners who have received all Rites, we teach them the forms to transmit the system of Rites in a safe, measured way to assist the Spiritual emergence of another. Astute mentorship of those receiving Rites is coached concurrently with imparting the forms of the Rites, this is a vital quality for all who wish to be purveyors of initiatory experiences.

 

In essence the Rites/Deasgnátha are at the core and what defines a shamanic tradition. They are stepping stones for Spiritual growth originating from the landscapes and shamanic mythology of the culture holding that tradition. However they are not witheld from people from other cultures, quite the opposite in fact. The calling of shamanic consciousness is encoded in all humans and many will retrieve that consciousness through contact with non-native traditions that resonate deeply with them, illustrating that we as a species have many diverse traditions, that share one source, Great Spirit. To receive the Rites/Deasgnátha is to take your place on an ancient journey, contemporised and renewed by you through how you choose to hold them. Many who have received the Rites/Deasgnátha speak of a deep familiarity with what is in this lifetime, a new mind, body, Spirit experience. Scientific research of Spiritual emergence documents the positive cellular, biochemical and neuro-linguistic impact arising as a consequence. Shamans hold their tradition's initiatory experiences as critical activations to bring forth what is truly within the human. The Rites/Deasgnátha available at Slí An Chroí serve the recipient, our native tradition, the welfare of Mother Earth and that of our species, simultaneously. To receive such natural awakenings is the birthright of all human beings.

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

 

 

 

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