A Community Healers’ Council Lecture
by Sarah Kerr, PhD
A discussion of shamanism raises important social, political, cultural and personal questions. Understanding what shamanism is, and what aspect of it we’re speaking about helps clarify how we might meet some of those questions.
This lecture explores shamanism as a universal archetypal phenomenon, rather than an anthropological one. Like all archetypal forces, the shamanic archetype is present, and can be activated in all people, regardless of the cultural framework or community support for those experiences.
Many of us are long-separated from our ancestors’ wisdom teachings about how to meet and nurture the shamanic archetype. We need cultural models that allow the healing power of the archetype to express itself within us, while honoring the current and historical realities of colonization.
~ How can people who feel a soul-calling to nature-based spirituality and the embodied mysticism and ritual practices connected with “shamanism” walk that path with respect and integrity?
~ How can we do that in a way that serves their community?
The connections between the seen and unseen worlds have been largely ignored and neglected by dominant western culture. Creating opportunities for the resurgence of the shamanic archetype can help us heal those divisions, and restore a healthy relationship with the ancestors, the spirits of the land, and the rest of our sacred living world. Join us for an exploration of what that might look like.
About the Community Healers’ Council
The Community Healers’ Council is a learning laboratory for ritual practitioners. We meet monthly in Calgary, and use the tools of council, divination, constellation, dreamwork, and ceremony to deepen our connections to our sacred living world.
About the Community Healers’ Council Lectures
This lecture is the first in an ongoing series that explores the different theoretical concepts underlying the experiential activities of Council. Everybody is welcome.
If you’ve been curious about the Community Healers’ Council, and considered joining us, this is a great way to learn more about who we are and what we do.
The event will be recorded and available to Community Healers’ Council members only.
November 1st, 2017
The Scarboro Community Hall
1727 14 Ave SW, Calgary
General admission – $20
Current Community Healers’ Council members – no charge
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