Online Introduction to Irish Celtic Shamanism
Your Preparation Before Tutorial #2
“Bend with the tree that will bend with you.” (Ancient Irish Proverb)
To Have With You:
*Your Lia/Stone. This is a stone you brought to the 1st Tutorial. If you have mislaid it, no problem, simply ask permission of Mother Earth, local to where you live to grant you another stone/lia. Hold the intention to call forth a stone/lia that knows the medicine you need from your Online Introduction to Shamanism journey.
*Your journal, pen/pencil.
*Pillow and blanket/covering when lying down.
Practice facing the Four Directions, beginning with North, turning deosal (clockwise) to East, then South, then West. Practice connecting downwards to Mother Earth, upwards to Father Sky. Finish by bringing your hand(s) to your Heart Chakra. There is no need for words or trying to replicate us as seen/heard in the 1st Tutorial. Move through this sacred choreography slowly, being with your breath, alive and observant of all feelings, sensations within and about you.
Anytime before the 2nd Tutorial, write in your journal:
What are the outstanding lived experiences in your life in recent days that you see as an outcome of participating in Tutorial #1?
*Note what you remember most of Tutorial #1. Highlight the sections that caught your interest the most and the sections the least. How is this exercise helping you prepare for Tutorial #2?
*How has Mother Nature been speaking to you in the days since the Tutorial #1?
At any time before Tutorial #2, give a gift to Nature. Something organic like a fruit, vegetable or seed. Blow with your breath into the gift, a breath of gratitude to all of Nature. Blow a 2nd breath into the gift, a breath of acknowledgment to your Ancestors and the Ancestors of the land where you live. (You do not need to know factual information about these Ancestors, hold your intention in your breath).
Blow a 3rd breath into the gift before giving it to the Earth, a breath of appreciation for all that is to come into your life, expected and unexpected, anticipated and unanticipated, as a consequence of preparing to take part in the 2nd Tutorial of this Introduction to Irish Shamanism. Be very observant of Nature before, during and after this Ritual. Ask permission of the Nature place to allow you put your gift there, so that it may be received. Listen with your heart, you will know if permission is granted. (If it is not, ask to be directed to a suitable other location).
Seek to self-care in the 24/48 hours leading up to each Tutorial as much as possible. Rest, hydrate, eat healthily, be in Nature, include any regular personal practice (such as yoga, meditation, exercise), note dreams remembered.
Is treise an dúchas ná an oiliúint.
[Phonetically: “Iss tre-shah on doo-ch(k)ass naw an ill-oonch]
Nature is stronger than nurture. Old Irish Saying
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