Shamanic Practices for Personal Empowerment: A Year-Long Series

Shamanism is a way of life that engages our interconnection to the natural world and the spiritual world. While professional shamanic training requires years of study, many core shamanic practices can be used for personal empowerment, guidance and healing. If you wish to deepen your spiritual awareness, strengthen your intuitive gifts, and expand your communications with the spirit world and with animals, plants and minerals, this year-long exploration will give you the tools and the experiences you need for your own personal shamanic practice. Core shamanism is welcoming of all spiritual and religious traditions. In these classes, you will explore your own personal experiences of sacredness and spirituality.

There are 12 different courses in this series. You may take each one in sequence if you are interested in receiving a certificate of completion in personal shamanic practice. Or you may take any classes that interest you without committing to the entire curriculum. Experience with shamanic journeying is helpful but not required for most of these courses.

This series is being offered through Infinity Foundation in Highland Park.

2019 Dates

Create Your Spiritual Sanctuary (Tuesday, January 22, 12:30 pm – 2:30pm)

Shamanism recognizes that the sacred is all around you and that spirit is in all things. Creating a spiritual sanctuary will help you access and connect to these gifts on a deep level. Find out how to build and use your altar for empowerment and spiritual deepening. Create a personal shamanic invocation to call in the directions, spirit guides, and the Divine that honors your sense of Spirit. Discover ways to honor the spirits and sacredness of the land that expands your relationship with the natural world. Explore the power of intention and prayer for bringing forth balance, change, and a strong sense of knowing. These shamanic practices provide a foundation for opening up to a spiritually profound way of being in the world.

Shamanic Journeying (Tuesday, February 12, 12:30 pm – 2:30pm)

Shamanic journeying is a powerful way to tap into your inner wisdom, strengthen your connection to the Divine, and expand your awareness of spiritual realms. Visiting the spirit realms and being in relationship with compassionate, enlightened beings changes you. Your perspective broadens and deepens. Your heart opens as you become more connected to Spirit and Light and learn how to receive divine guidance for living your life with love and purpose. Similar to a guided meditation, journeying allows you to travel in other dimensions of awareness. Interact with compassionate spirits, such as power animals, spirit guides, and angelic beings. Receive guidance, information, teaching, and healing to further you along your path of discovery. Apply real life situations on an energetic level to affect positive change. Discover how to journey safely and effectively.

Power Animals  (Tuesday, March 12, 12:30 pm – 2:30pm)

Receive guidance, protection, and enlightenment from the earthly realm by connecting with animals in physical and spiritual form. Using shamanic journeying, meet power animals and explore ways to work with them. Discover that all living things are imbued with spirit and wisdom and many are willing to assist humanity as guardians, teachers, and guides. If you’ve ever felt a special connection to an animal, a tree or a place, you’ve experienced this sacred relationship. Bring these insights into your everyday interaction with nature to nurture a deep appreciation and gratitude for the living organisms around you.

Spirit Guides (Tuesday, April 9, 12:30 pm – 2:30pm)

In shamanic work, spiritual guidance and connection can come through many different guides from both the earthly and heavenly realms. This workshop focuses on guides from the heavenly realms. Learn to connect with archangels, spirit guides, ascended masters, gods and goddesses, ancestral guides and other light beings. Explore ways to work with these spirit guides for guidance, protection and enlightenment.

Creating Personal Rituals   (Tuesday, May 14, 12:30 pm – 2:30pm)

Ritual is a powerful and creative way to honor changes in your life, set new intentions, strengthen relationships, release what no longer serves and offer blessings. Ritual brings power to your desired actions and focuses energies to bring about transformation. You don’t have to be a spiritual leader or a master teacher to create real rituals. Learn how to design your own personal rituals for all kinds of situations in your life. Explore different types of rituals and learn, step by step, about what makes a ritual effective and meaningful. You will have the opportunity in class to tap into your creative energies, take what you’ve learned and create your own personal ritual.

Clearing and Healing Your Energy Field  (Tuesday, June 11, 12:30 pm – 2:30pm)

Clearing and healing your energy field is an important part of any self-care practice. When your energy field is compromised, you can feel drained, anxious, unfocused, ineffective, sick, or depressed. Learn what weakens your energy field and how to recognize when you are being influenced by negative energies or emotional toxins. Discover a variety of ways to clear your field, including shamanic energy clearing techniques, working with stones, use of salt and salt baths, and grounding practices. Explore the power of different herbs for smudging and clearing. Once you clear your energy field, you will learn how to work with helping spirits to repair and strengthen your energy field. These simple and powerful practices can help improve your emotional and physical health.

Energetic Cord Cutting  (Tuesday, July 9, 12:30 pm – 2:30pm)

Clear and remove unhealthy energetic connections with people in your life who push your buttons, deplete you of energy, make you feel afraid or insignificant. Cutting cords can free you from unhealthy patterns, behaviors, and relationships. Find out how to effectively cut cords. Explore ways to ground and protect yourself and connect with helping spirits. Keep yourself free of unwanted connections and to strengthen healthy ones.

Release and Heal Negative Beliefs  (Tuesday, August 13, 12:30 pm – 2:30pm)

When you examine any pattern in your life that doesn’t serve you, you will most likely find at least one limiting belief about yourself that feeds this unhelpful pattern. In order to move forward and make improvements in your life, you’ll need to clear and release these beliefs. Using shamanic journeying, you will learn how to energetically release beliefs that no longer serve you. The energy you consciously or unconsciously invested in that particular belief can then be freed up and returned to you. As part of the healing process, you will also receive a healing message that will empower and strengthen you.

Clear Your Home of Negative Energy   (Tuesday, September 10, 12:30 pm – 2:30pm)

Your home harbors the energies of past experiences that took place in the space and on the land before the home was built Memories and emotions, as well people’s energetic imprints, can get stuck in any space. Simply burning sage or incense is not enough to clean out your home. Find out how to conduct an effective clearing ceremony that moves out negative energy, brings healing to unwanted energies trapped in your house and calls in blessings. Become informed about different herbs for smudging and how to smudge without smoke using an Epson salt burn.

Ancestral Healing   (Tuesday, October 8, 12:30 pm – 2:30pm)

*experience with shamanic journeying is a prerequisite for this class.

Unresolved issues in your ancestral lineage can cause illness and unhappiness in present time. Shamanic practices can bring healing to these patterns and release you from their influence. Discover underlying principles of how energetic patterns travel down through a lineage and explore a shamanic technique for clearing them. In preparation for the class, identify a pattern you’d like to clear. Find out as much as you can about the history of the pattern, including where and with whom it first began and who in the family has been influenced by the pattern.

Guiding Spirits to the Light   (Tuesday, November 12, 12:30 pm – 2:30pm)

*experience with shamanic journeying is a prerequisite for this class.

When a person dies, the spirit or soul may not be able to make the transition to the Light on its own for many reasons including sudden or traumatic death, fear of death, unfinished business, or loved ones unwilling to let them go. Such spirits need assistance from trained guides. This sacred work is called psychopomp. Learn how guide spirits to the Light with the assistance of spirit allies and guardians.

Develop and strengthen your awareness of the presence of spirits, ways to communicate with spirits, and practices to protect yourself while remaining open to your intuition.

Learning this psychopomp practice is especially beneficial for people who are intuitive or empathic and who sense, hear, see, or otherwise know when spirits are present. This is also helpful for supporting people in the dying process to help ensure that the spirit can transition easily. Bring one or two crystals to be initiated as helpers for you in this process.

Personal Healing Journey (Tuesday, December 10, 12:30 pm – 2:30pm)

*experience with shamanic journeying is a prerequisite for this class.

Shamanic healing works on an energetic and spiritual level to bring about powerful changes in your life. You will learn how to take yourself on shamanic journeys for personal healing. Meet a cadre of helping spirits who will facilitate profound healing for you. You will be guided through a series of healing experiences that will clear out what does not serve you, will bring in blessings and balance and will attune you to your Divine Light.


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