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Playing: 'I Am Your Friend'
By: Simon Kelly
everywhere telling us what we should and shouldn’t do.
But often the most important signs we should heed are those not
but those that resonate within our innermost being.
By: Lynn V. Andrews
Ways of Life
He Who Sees Through The Eyes And Wisdom Of The Eagle
By: Dr. Rangimarie (Rose) Turuki Pere
- the Course
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From Some Readers
own no lands
Yet all the lands are Mine.
Wherever my footsteps fall
I share that land with those
Who have walked it
I must leave it for those
Who will follow.
That is my Legacy.
It must be my Gift.
Micheal “Katene” Naera runs workshops called ‘The Power
By: Mary Spry (Portland Vic.)
have just finished reading ‘Women who Run With the Wolves’
by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, and all I can say is wow! Clarissa
really knows mythology and the archetypes of our unconscious, as
learnt from her responsible position as a ‘Traditional
Storyteller’, and her understanding of Carl Jung’s work. In
my opinion this work is as important and helpful in
understanding life as Joseph Campbell’s work. Although this
book is directed at women to help them understand their psyche,
there are many universal archetypes discussed, and the main one,
the ‘Wild Woman’ is the universal energy of Life/Death/Life
which affects and effects All Our Relations (everything living),
and is very much about contacting the powers of our Mother
Earth. I recommend that anyone, especially women read it over
and over until they not only know it, but also live it. Clarissa
has done a marvellous job here, and I will be discussing bits
and pieces of it here and there in future articles as I have
done with Joseph Campbell’s work. The only thing that I find
disturbing is that many women have a copy of this and have read
it, but in my opinion they have not appreciated it, for they,
like almost everyone today, keep trying on new ‘Red Shoes’.
Those who have read the book should know what I mean by new red
liked something I read about the teaching brilliance of
television. The television they were talking about is the: “I
tell you a vision, and you tell me a vision.” Now that is good
TELL-A-VISION! And that is what this magazine is all about. So
to begin I will tell you a vision.
I had come some way through my own transformation /
individuation, I became aware that the pain and suffering that I
had gone through for most of my life was not uncommon. As I was
well on the way to being healed, I had a vision of human beings
being healed and therefore healing all other life forms on and
in this great Earth Mother that belongs to all of us.
was when I started seeking as much information as I could about
Shamanism, Psychology, and Spirituality, all the things that had
helped me to find the joy and rapture in being alive. So here I
am just a lowly little owl sitting on all this knowledge trying
to give it away so as to help heal the pain of humans and All
yet, almost every day I am blown away by seeing some of the
rubbish that is marketed today to all the people who are looking
for: a quick fix to their problems and the world’s problems;
all manner of easy ways to find that ‘Knight in Shinning
Armour’, the solution to all women’s problems; how to make
‘Magick’ happen in your life to attract love, wealth and
more by using things; and everyone wants to know their future as
told by a spiritually gifted psychic, medium (wow more
channelling from God knows where) or clairvoyant, as seen on TV!
When will people learn that cures, solutions to problems, and
happiness in life does not come from any thing, not even my
magazine or advice. All power comes from within, from your own
consciousness, your soul or God self, and it helps if you are
aware that everything is a living being, equal to yourself, even
if different, and therefore has the same rights to be happy and
respected by all other beings. No one and no thing is going to
come and save you, you must become a warrior yourself and let
go, open up and share. Yes you can have someone who has been
through similar experiences and found their bliss to guide you,
but the final step and most of the hard work must be done by
YOU! There is no amount of money or barter that you can give
anyone to do it for you. Everyone can walk on water if they give
it enough conscious effort.
For A Vision)
‘The Sacred Pipe’ By: Joseph Epes Brown, and:
‘Quest – A Guide To Creating Your Own Vision Quest’ By
is so much involved in discussing the sacred and personal ceremony
that is referred to as 'Vision Quest' that I couldn't hope to make
a full discussion here. I am here giving some basic ideas based on
information from the above mentioned books. This brief guide is to
help those interested to be somewhat prepared and have some
understanding of this important ceremony that is most often
performed at times of transition in one's life; rites of passage.
I strongly suggest you experience it for yourself; I am available
to be asked.
is vitally important to have a clear purpose for doing a Vision
Quest, whether it be for healing, over coming fears, finding your
spirit guides, or seeking answers to questions of life; basically
there is no limit to the reasons for seeking help from the higher
preparation for a quest it is advised to spend 4 weeks, or at
least 4 days on clearing yourself of each of the four directions
by concentrating: firstly on your spiritual self, connecting it to
your purpose (East); and then your emotions (North); your physical
self, by eating and drinking lightly in preparation for fasting
and being aware of all bodily movements (West); and finally
clearing the mind and being mindful, or conscious, of all thoughts
(South). It is also advisable to have the questing site already
a shaman to conduct a Vision Quest.
a quester presents their pipe, stem first to the shaman, then puts
it on the ground with the stem to themselves, and then asks the
shaman to conduct a Vision Quest for them. The shaman may say:
“Hee-ay, Hay-ee-ee” 4times, and then say: “Grandfather
and Father, Wakan-Tanka, you are the source and end of everything.
Everything belongs to you. It is you who have created all things.
We send a voice to you. (Quester’s name) wishes to offer
the pipe to you. We ask that you give (Him/Her) help in a
few days when (he/she) will offer (His/Her) mind and
body to you. (He/She) will place (His/Her) feet on
Grandmother and Mother Earth in a sacred manner. I (Shaman)
ask all the Powers to bless this pipe that is being offered, so
that Wakan-Tanka will bless (Quester).” The shaman
then offers the pipe to the six directions and lights it before
passing it to the Quester. The pipe is then smoked till finished,
and the shaman asks: “When do you want to do this quest.”
THE WORLD BEHIND
the day of the Quest
unpacked pipe is layed down in front of the shaman, who asks:
“How long (1 to 4 days or more) do you (Quester)
wish to cry for a vision.” The shaman then purifies
(Smudges) the pipe and everything before entering the Inipi,
Purification, or Sweat Lodge
other participants enter after the Shaman and the Quester, who sit
in the East and South respectively. The shaman then says: “O’
Grandfather, Wakan-Tanka, you are the source and end of
everything. Everything belongs to you, your pipe, this sacred
place we have made, the centre is your dwelling place.” As
he/she rotates the pipe and then touches it to Mother Earth.
shaman and the quester then make tobacco ties, after which the
shaman will pack the pipe to the 6 directions and the quester
tapes it closed until after the quest is completed. The pipe is
then held by the quester, who now sits in the West of the lodge
with the pipe stem facing the East. The shaman will then conduct
his/her own pipe ceremony. Each participant then mentions their
relationship to the quester, or the reason for them participating.
Shaman begins with the opening prayer something like: “O’
Great Spirit, Grandfather and Father, Wakan-Tanka, you are the
source and end of everything. Everything belongs to you. It is you
who have created all things. We send a voice to you. (Quester)
wishes to offer the pipe to you. We ask that you give (Him/Her)
help in a few days when (He/She) will offer (His/Her) mind and
body to you. (He/She) will place (His/Her) feet on Grandmother and
Mother Earth in a sacred manner. I (Shaman) ask all the Powers to
bless this pipe that is being offered, so that Wakan-Tanka will
participants then sing: “Grandfather, I am sending a voice to
the heavens of the universe. Grandfather, I am sending a voice
that my people may live.”
everyone embraces the quester’s pipe before it is layed on the
altar with the stem facing the East (spirit).
the water is brought in, the quester can drink all or some of the
water, but they must not spill a single drop.
other participants now pray for the quester and tell a story about
one of their experiences in doing a Vision Quest.
and fourth rounds
shaman prays, asking the powers to help (Quester) as he/she ‘Cries
for a Vision’.
the quest site.
first task is to locate or feel the centre point where the
strongest power and connection to your heart ‘feels right’.
Then as you collect the direction stones feel for the stones that
call to you for the particular directions, connect with the
stones. As you create your circle call in the powers of the
directions and of each stone person. When completed, stand back
and see if it ‘feels right’, it can always be adjusted now but
preferably not during the quest. The quest circle should have a
pole in the centre, tobacco in the hole, with the prayer ties
attached. On the perimeter there should be the 4 direction poles
with robes tied. The quester can have a bed, of leaves, with their
head touching the centre pole and their feet facing the east.
the circle from the east and symbolically, with intent if not with
smoke also, purify yourself; beginning with your head, so as to
think pure thoughts, then your eyes, to see the truth, your ears,
to hear the truth, your throat, to speak the truth with clarity,
and finally purify your heart, so as to give and receive love
freely and unconditionally.
you keep the intention and purpose of the quest clearly in your
mind pray to your creator, asking for blessing. Call in your
guides and give thanks to them as you centre yourself with seven
breaths drawing in energy from each direction and the centre.
quester can pray by holding their pipe up to Wakan-Tanka at the
centre, and then do the same at the east returning to the centre
after each prayer to the directions, in the natural order of
nature (East, North, West, South, for the Southern Hemisphere).
Praying something like: “O’ Great Spirit, be merciful to me
that my people may live.”
only according to the cross of the directions. Be attentive. Note
all thoughts and beings that come into vision, especially the
winged ones. Be aware and pure of heart. The quester may sleep,
but should pray mostly in the middle of the night and be up before
sunrise, to pray to it.
EXAMINE LIFE by re-experiencing every part of your life like an
observer, and determine the turning points, the happy moments and
the painful ones. Ask yourself, “What is your essence (truth)
and your theme (freedom)?” Look at life’s consequences and try
to project into your future, based on knowledge of your past and
present. Take responsibility for your actions, but don’t get
bogged down in guilt or fears.
EXAMINE RELATIONSHIPS, looking at your self-beliefs (belief
systems), especially the core beliefs, and see how you may like to
restructure them. Ask yourself: “Do you identify yourself with
your body, mind, or possessions?”; remember that you are spirit.
“What is your joy? Where is your power?”
EXAMINE PAST RELATIONSHIPS with forgiveness to yourself and
EXAMINE CURRENT RELATIONSHIPS listing each person and their
quality, good point and bad; and any actions to be taken to
strengthen the relationship or dissolve it.
EXAMINE RELATIONSHIPS WITH PARENTS, listing the beliefs you have
adopted from them and how you feel about them.
FACE FEARS. RELEASE AND SURRENDER ATTACHMENTS. A fear named is a
fear tamed. Visualise a worst case and in the comfort of
detachment find a solution or acceptance of any fear, anger,
addictions, possessions, children, parents or beliefs by cutting
the connecting energy cord, through creative visualisation.
TAPPING INTO SPIRIT AND POWER WITHIN by shape-shifting –
expanding consciousness into other forms; sensing energy, light
and sound; drumming; finding a spirit name, a spirit song – to
sing the world into existence, a spirit animal, a spirit guide, or
a spirit dance – allowing emotions to flow freer; or making a
prayer stick, being specific with your intent.
GIVING THANKS for every event in your life, for it has a hidden
gift. Give thanks to your body, part by part. And give thanks to
nature and your Creator.
OPEN FOR A VISION
for a vision actively by beseeching – calling sincerely from the
heart. “O’ Great Spirit, be merciful to me, that my people may
live.” Call on spirit guides, ancestors, angels, or allies. Be
open and accept, with a still mind, to receive, breathe, and
observe all things, all actions, and all dreams.
At the end of the Quest.
quester goes strait into the lodge with the shaman who lights the
quester’s pipe and smokes it to the 6 directions before passing
it to the quester and back until it is all smoked. While the
shaman then holds the pipe he/she says: “Words are very sacred,
even more sacred now. Tell us the truth of everything that
happened, and don’t leave out a single ant’s movement.”
the story is told and discussed by the shaman as to the messages
that where symbolically given during the quest, he/she hands the
pipe back to the quester who embraces it before passing it outside
to be placed on the altar, stem to the west (manifestation).
shaman will pray something like: “I thank you Wakan-Tanka for
the vision that you have given, which is for the good of All Our
Relations.” At the end of three more rounds of prayers, the
whole gathering of friends, relatives and well-wishers join in a
and REFLECTION are just as important as the purpose for questing,
or any visions that you may have received. Give time, persistence
and patience to understand all the messages given in each vision
or experience. It can take many years.
Lynn V. Andrews
act of power [An act that you manifest in the world from your
deepest passion. When you perform an act of power, you are
manifesting your true destiny in life. You are living your dream.]
is the key to your destiny. Like a sacred flute player enticing
your truth of spirit out into the light of day, own your power,
because you are made of power. An act of power comes from a place
of passion within your deepest being. It is an expression of your
totality, of who you are in the world. To find your act of power
is to live your dreams. What would you do if you could do
anything? Discover what that is, and then do it. To find your
power is to find your destiny.
flute player uses sacred sound to coax your spirit into physical
manifestation. The lotus blossom symbolises the birth into you
spiritual nature, you true destiny. When destiny is found, it
exemplifies your illumination.
with permission from:
‘The Power Deck’
assails the world.
God’s secret and
sacred Will in the world of the unknowable prevails.
The New Millennium is
humanity’s unhorizoned God-surrender-victory.
Divinity’s most glorious earth-blossom-discovery.
Reality of Our Reality
All that we are.
All that we can be.
And all that we will ever be,
Is right here.
Our Gods have left and ascended
Our power animals and lower world spirits have become outlawed,
As demonic, vile and illegal.
And so we close our mind’s eye to
‘All that is’.
And we indulge in New, the first,
The fast, the bright, neon, the loud,
Hide, don’t make eye contact with
The other, the selfhood.
Ignore the crying child within.
You may, in time, learn to realise it’s
Not here for you.
You are part of it.
These are an order of words that came to me upon waking after a
night spent in the rain forest. I possibly call it ‘the
reality of our reality’. They also mark my time of
transformation, wanting to be a better being, righting my
wrongs, to benefit the whole of creation.
Ways of Life
He Who Sees Through The Eyes And Wisdom Of The Eagle
is the beauty of living in the bush, you never get bored, because
you have to do so much to survive. Today's kids are committing
suicide mainly because of information burnout. They have so much
they can do, but they get bored with it very quickly, and
depression sets in. If they lived in the bush without the TVs,
Video Games, and computers, they would soon find things inside
themselves to enrich their lives beyond the toys of our modern
society. And they would even enjoy the company of the rest of
their family, whom in modern society, they probably don’t even
know. My fondest memories are playing cards or games with my
family, back before we got our first TV, which then kept everyone
from talking or playing together. That is why this world is
getting so bad. The family unit has been torn apart by technology,
not brought together. People will find living together far more
enjoyable in the Golden Age, because they will do everything
together, such as gardening, going fishing, or berry picking,
great joys of life.
had a feminist lady tell me once that she did not wish to live the
way the Indians lived, where women were under the thumb of a man.
I had to laugh. If my mother had been there she would have found
out what real feminism is all about. To most people the way the
Indians lived comes from old movies, which are the products of
Hollywood imagination. The reality is very different.
first white men who saw the way things get done in an Indian
village were totally shocked by the fact that nothing happens
without women’s approval. They described the Indian form of
government as a “Petty-coat parliament”, because the men would
get together, and at the same time the women would get together,
and both would pass judgement on any of the issues of the day. The
men and the women would then get together and see if they agreed.
If they did not agree, then it would be put off for a time until
one side or the other saw things differently. To the white man, he
saw it as nothing getting done in a hurry. To the Indian, it was
simply a matter of equality.
were never under the thumb of an Indian man. Once a woman made her
mind up who she wished to marry, she would then at anytime have
the right to leave him if she wished. If he was mean to her, or
did not hunt good enough to feed her family, or if she simply
liked someone else better, she could leave. She also had the right
to become a warrior if she wished. I think that would have been
the way my mother would have gone, had she been raised in the old
days! So you can understand that women having so many rights in
marriage, the men did not treat their wives badly, or they would
Grandfather had many wives which, to the white men is also not
right. But the circumstances were always for the benefit of the
women involved. My Grandfather’s first wife had a friend that no
one else wanted to marry, so my Grandmother asked him to marry her
friend, so that she would not be alone. My Grandfather did so out
of respect for his wife, not because he wanted another wife.
Another young woman of the tribe was very beautiful, so beautiful
that all the young warriors were ready to fight over her. The
council got together and gave her to my Grandfather as his wife.
This may seem crazy to you, but my Grandfather never slept with
this woman, knowing he was only keeping her for the council. Soon
the young men started marrying other women, and forgot about the
beautiful young maiden. One warrior was so in love with her that
he would not marry any other women. When he was the last man left,
my Grandfather asked the young girl about the warrior that wouldn’t
go away, and she told him that she loved him too. The next day my
Grandfather gave her to this warrior to be his wife. This happened
many times in Indian villages to keep the young warriors from
killing each other over a beautiful woman. To me it is very
civilised, not the work of savages.
young warriors in love, there were several options in picking and
getting the woman he loved. He could offer all the riches he had
such as blankets, horses, or make a beautiful knife for the
father. But it was always the mother who would check with the
daughter to see who she preferred, then the mother would inform
the father who the daughter wanted to marry, and he would show
favour to this man. If the father did not think you were worthy of
his daughter, but you knew she really loved you, you still had one
option left. You could try to steal the girl from under the father’s
nose in the middle of the night from his lodge. This was a very
dangerous thing to try because if the father caught you, he would
certainly kill you dead on the spot. But the way the Indian father
thinks is different than most. If this young man was willing to
put his life on the line to marry his daughter, then he would
surly die trying to protect her later on, wouldn’t he! Warriors
who managed to steal their wives in this manner, were treated with
the greatest respect among the tribe.
thing that today’s women would like about the Indian way of life
is the way women were treated when they were menstruating. Once a
woman’s period began she was moved to a special lodge. The other
women of the tribe would then feed her children and do her normal
chores, such as gathering wood and cooking for her family. At the
same time they would also feed, bathe, and rub the woman down to
ease her pain. This was the way of life for Cherokee women. If the
white man had joined the Cherokee way of life, I don’t think
there would have been the need for a women’s movement or
feminists around. An old Cherokee joke says it all; “A white man
asked the Cherokee woman why she walks three paces behind her
husband?” She Replied, “How else can I show him where to go!”
way of life for the American Indian can be summed up quite simply
with saying, “All things are forgiven”. No matter what the
crime, there was always a way for the Indians to forgive. Just as
John Smith found out, even though he had killed one of the members
of the tribe, if anyone in the tribe was willing to forgive him,
then all the tribe had to forgive him. There was always a way of
paying for a crime or for forgiveness. If the tribe could not
forgive you, then you were usually banished from the tribe for a
year or two. Once your banishment ended, you were welcomed back to
the tribe like a long lost son.
Who Sees Through the Eyes and Wisdom of the Eagle
Dr. Rangimarie (Rose) Turuki Pere
culture is more or less important than another, to suggest that
there be, is to criticise the Creator.
– Divine right,
is a quality of the person that demands the highest respect and is
the quality that a person knows he/she has from AIO Matua, the
Godhead. It is a most important basic belief.
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Tasmanian Hero Adventure
letter to Sitting Owl from Ben Maloney
Hello Sitting Owl
Thank you for your letter and good
wishes. I am glad you got to meet my family and friends at the mass of hope
It was like the trickster caught me off guard when I made it back from the
Tassie wilderness. When I was out
bush I hoped (probably to god) for strength each day and I hoped that the
authorities would be kind and understanding. It was like these requests were
answered but I didn’t think to ask so that the media would be kind. I didn’t even think about television and newspaper popularity, so I
didn’t expect help about it. In hindsight they are just concerned about the
money spent on the search, that’s okay.
At about day 20 my mind was very
wound up and stressed. It was so
intense and full of thoughts at about 4.30 p.m., under my hoochie (tent). It
felt like my brain was about to explode this day. [Yes, I know
this feeling. Ed.] I knew I was about to go
through a mental breakdown. I was
not over worried or scared though, because I knew it was going to happen and
that it was a positive thing that would eventually happen to me. I used your
knowledge/teachings to help me survive, because you mentioned Carl Yung went
through a mental crack up. Without
that understanding of your knowledge, life out there would not have been as
got really wound up and yelled, “For f_ck sake God break my f___ing mind
up.” And it began, I began to
hyperventilate and I began to sort of go ha-hum, ha-hum in a controlled and
yet uncontrolled manner. I
literally felt my brain move and feel at peace. It actually felt good.
ha-hum, ha-hum and the hyperventilation happened for about one minute. At the
completion of this strange experience I felt basic peace, when I chose, and
whatever it was chose to finish at the same time. My thinking became rational
again. About a half-hour later I
moved my shelter into a better position and not long after that, about 10
minutes, after collecting my tree bark mattress, it snowed. I was eating the
snow like snow cones like they were a gift, and then I slept like a baby.
The entire walk was like a Hero’s Adventure managed by the trickster energy
in conjunction with Creator. [Ben,
the Trickster and the Creator are one and the same. Ed.] It allowed me to know that it is OK to accept help, and that to try to
do all things independently is not the best way to go. It must be so that
spirit listens to what we hope. My
best mate looked after me, and with your help I knew how to accept the help.
obviously had an experience with God, as I have never before heard him
referred to so reverently as ‘My Best Mate’. Ed.]
A Hero Adventure planned by my ego and desire was transformed into a good
a fair amount of pain and suffering I suspect. Ed.] I now know that life is important. I am now very interested to know if
everything is controlled by the hand of God or if our consciousness is the
boss; to know if everything is managed by chaos or choice. [Both,
because God is consciousness and consciousness is God, and both must be
respected to the max. Actually, the universe is managed by both choice, which is
consciousness or as you put it, inertial energy, and by cycles. Some cycles are known to us and others are unknown, some repeating
within a split second, and others on cosmic scale like the cycle of a star’s
life from birth to death. Ed.]
I let the layout of the bush lead me thorough. Decisions I made were life
saving, but I don’t know if anything outside myself told me what to do.
There could be 100 million angels managing our lives. [Angels,
spirit guides, animal totems etc. are all parts of the mind, namely intuition
that can only be expressed in these symbolic ways. All memories, both known and unknown are stored in the unconscious or
subconscious. The trick is to be
consciously aware of all of them so that we have more control of our entire
life, but this is one mean feat, and I have only been scratching the surface
of my own subconscious. Ed.]
I sort of now know ego steps to the side, but I know too that ego can come
back on call. [As it must when it needed; the
only question is on what energy centres is the ego conscious directed and
influenced by? Ed.].
Thanks Sitting Owl.
Prayer of the Yogi
Thank you Lord that
I have come to this place in consciousness.
Thank you for the
ways that have brought me here – for the highs and the lows;
which after all, are part of any journey.
Right now I thank
you for where I am, here with friends to walk with, talk with
and opportunities to grow and here where I am told I need not
strive to be in my neighbour’s shoes and I am allowed to be in
my right place at my right time, and know that you are here with
Thank you Lord that
I have come to this place in consciousness and even now have the
opportunity and ability to move upward, forward, led by the
Close your eyes and
you will see clearly –
Cease to listen and you will hear the truth–
Be silent and your heart will sing –
Seek no contacts and you will find union –
Be still and you will move forward in the tide of spirit –
Be gentle and you will need no strength –
Be patient and you will achieve all things –
Be humble and you will remain entire.
and Female Energies
there are two ways of seeing these two different universal
energies, and one must remember that both of these energies are
equally present in all of Creation.
the European systems of mythology and thought, as well as the
Chinese system with the Yin and Yang, we can see the dual system.
This is the system based on the male principle of separation,
separation between male and female, good and evil etc., the pairs
of opposites. The man is the aggressive, active power, and the
woman is the receptive, passive power. For this system to bring
enlightenment, we must bring our minds to the middle, to the one
uniting principle of ‘God’, which is beyond all pairs of
in the Indian, Hindu, system we have the female, Sakti,
life-energy principle. She is the active force that gives life and
awakening to all forms of physical existence. Sakti is the serpent
power that rises up through the Chakra centres, awakening them all
the way to the Crown Chakra and thus giving birth to
‘The Mythic Image’, Joseph Campbell has said this:
womb is the field of space, her heart the pulse of time, her life
the cosmic dream of which each of our own lives is a reflex; and
her charm is the attractive power, not of a yonder shore, but of
this. In short: in Biblical terms, she is Eve; or rather, Eve
extended to be the mother, not only of mankind but of all things,
the rocks and trees, beasts, birds and fish, the sun and the moon
female energy is also the great divinity of the Bronze Age, where
the Pharaoh is found sitting on his throne, which is the source of
his authority. And the throne is the symbol of Isis whose image,
with Horus her son on her lap, has been transferred to
Christianity as the Virgin Mary with Jesus on her lap.
female power is the power to give life to all forms, she is what
manifestation and life is all about, and therefore all females
must realise this. She is the symbol of all power in the natural
world. She is the symbol of our Mother Earth. And she is the one
that is beyond all pairs of opposites.
‘A Joseph Campbell Companion’, Selected and Edited by: Diane
K. Osbon, some dialog of the month-long seminar at Esalem
Institute, Campbell is quoted as saying that:
I think has happened now – with so many women, left without
husbands, being thrown into the field of male achievement – is
that women have been sold a bill of goods – perhaps not
intentionally, but actually. With our strong emphasis on such
dramatic and conspicuous male activities as building cities filled
with skyscrapers and sending jet propelled rockets to the moon,
women have come to believe that only the aims and virtues of the
male are to be considered, and that male achievement is the proper
aim for everyone, as though that is what counts. No indeed.
used to know how to run the world, but when they move into the
secondary energy position of doing the job of the man – who is,
in fact, just the agent of the female power – women lose their
real power and become resentful…”
man’s function is to act.”
“The woman’s function is to be.”
“It.” She is Mother Earth.”
this seminar Joseph Campbell also told the following story:
little girl has a golden ball. Now gold is the incorruptible
metal, the sphere is the perfect sphere, and the circle is her
soul. She likes to go out to the edge of the forest, the abyss,
and sit beside a little pool, a little spring, the entrance to the
underworld, and there she likes to toss her soul around: toss the
little ball and catch it, toss the ball and catch it, toss the
ball and – bing! – she misses it, and it goes down into the
starts to weep; she has lost her soul. This is depression. This is
loss of energy and joy in life. Something has slipped out. It is
the counter part of Helen of Troy being stolen in the classic
story of the ILIAD: Helen of Troy was stolen, so they want to get
the little golden ball has dropped, her soul has been swallowed by
the wolf of the underworld. Now, when the energy goes down like
that, the power that’s at the bottom of the pool, the inhabitant
of the underworld comes up – a dragon, or in this case, a little
frog. He says “What is the matter little girl?” And she tells
him, “I’ve lost my golden ball.” And he says, “I’ll get
it for you.” And she says, “That would be very nice.” And he
says, “What will you give me.”
she has to give up something, there has to be some kind of
exchange, so she says. “I’ll give you my golden crown.” He
says, “I do not want your golden crown.” “I’ll give you my
pretty silk dress.” “I don’t want your pretty silk dress.”
“Well”, she demands, “what do you want?” “I want to eat
with you at the table, be with you as your playmate, sleep with
you in your bed.” So, underestimating the frog, she says, “Okay,
I’ll do that.”
frog goes down and brings up the ball. Now he is the hero who is
on the adventure. She, without so much as a thank you, takes the
ball and goes trotting home, and he comes flopping after her,
saying, “Wait for me.” He’s very slow.
gets home, and that evening, when the little princess and King
Daddy and Queen Mother are having dinner, doing very nicely with
their meal, this green creature comes flopping up the front steps:
plomp, plomp, plomp. The girl goes a bit pale, and her father
asks, “So what’s the matter? What’s that?” And she says,
“oh just a little frog I met.” And he says, “Did you make
there’s the moral principle coming in; you have to correlate all
these things. So, when she answers, “Yes,” the king says, “Well,
then, open the door and let him in.” So, in comes the frog, and
he’s down on the floor, and then he says, “I want to be on the
table. I want to eat off your golden plate.” Well, that spoils
dinner. The dinner is finished, and she goes up to bed. He comes
flopping up the stairs after her and bangs against the door,
saying, "I want to come in.” So she opens the door and lets
him in. “I want to sleep in your bed with you.” Well, that is
more than she can take.
are several ways of ending this part of the story, but the one I
like best is where she just picks up the frog and throws him
against the wall. The frog cracks open, and out steps this
beautiful prince, with eyelashes like a camel. It seems he had
also been in trouble: he had been cursed by a hag into the
condition of a frog. Now that’s the little boy who hasn’t
dared to move on into adulthood. She is the little girl who is at
the brink of adulthood. Both of them are refusing it, but each now
helps the other out of this dilemma, and it’s a beautiful,
the story says, the next morning, after they had been married, a
coach comes to the front door. It was his coach. He was a prince,
after all, whose kingdom had been in desolation since his
transformation into a frog. So he and his bride get into the
coach, and as they are driving away, they hear a loud sound: Bang!
He says to the coachman, “What’s the matter, Henry? What’s
happened?” And Henry says, “Well ever since you have been
gone, my prince, there have been four bands of iron around my
heart. One of them has now broken.” As they ride further, there
are three more “Bangs,” and then the heart of the coachman
beats properly once again.
coachman is symbolic of the land that requires the prince as its
generating and governing power. He’d failed his duty and gone
into the underworld, but down in the underworld, he found his
like that story particularly, because both of them are in trouble,
both are at the bottom of the pond, and each rescues the other in
this funny way. Meanwhile, the world up there has been waiting for
its prince to return. So that is one example of the hero journey.”
the case of a woman giving birth, nurturing, bringing up a family,
and successfully and happily following her nature with full
awareness of her position and power in the world, there is no such
hero adventure. However if a woman engages herself in the field of
men’s tasks, she will undergo the same basic hero adventure as a
man. The imagery will be a little different, but the basic stages
of the inner journey, the visionary quest will be the same.
imagery will often be centred around a radiant jewel, or a gem,
whereas women’s imagery might be of her giving birth to a child
and holding it in her arms. As Joseph Campbell says: “The
child is her spiritual birth, since the imagery of biological
commitment is translated even to the spiritual forms.”
it is the female energy of the universe that gives life its forms.
It is also the female energy that is the nurturing and healing
force in the universe. This means, however that it is also the
female energy of the universe that can take away, or refuse to
give forms. The mythological images that equate to this aspect of
the feminine energies in the Hindu system are Kali, or Shakti, who
in one form before creation is the Maha-Kali (Mighty Time, the
Mother, the Formless One, the Great Power) who was one with Maha-
Kala, the Absolute. Or Shyama-Kali, who is the Dispenser of boons
and the Dispeller of Fear. But Shmashanna-Kali is the embodiment
of the power of destruction. And in Greek mythology, there is
are some more of Joseph Campbell’s quotes on this subject, also
found in ‘A Joseph Campbell Companion’, subtitled: ‘Reflections
on the Art of Living’:
agriculture is a main means of support, there are earth and
“Where hunting predominates, it’s male initiative that
empowers the killing of animals.”
= social order.”
“Female = nature order.”
male’s job is to relate to life.”
“The female’s job is to become it.”
Goddess gives birth to forms and kills, or takes these forms back.”
male power dominates, you have separation.”
“Where female power dominates, there’s a non-dual, embracing
Shamanism - The Course
following will become a regular feature for a while, if that’s
what you, the reader, wants. It is the questions from a final exam
of a correspondence course on shamanism. I have copied one person’s
answers and have included my comments, as if I were marking them.
Be aware that some of the questions are irrelevant to the true
spirit of shamanism.
factors do you think are responsible for attracting people towards
resurgence of interest in shamanism is a reflection of the fact
that humankind has increasingly fallen out of harmony with nature.
contemporary society fragments, shamanism refreshes ancient
memories of harmonious human community and offers us hope.
and similar mysterious areas of research have gained in
significance because they teach new ideas about mind and spirit,
healing our wounds and discovering the truth within. They speak of
things like vastly expanding the realm of consciousness. They do
so at a time when Western thought finds itself in a general crisis
and traditional modes of thinking are being questioned.
traditional place of the natural sciences and our ethical and
moral codes of value seem to be no longer adequate. This
restrictive apparel is coming apart at the seams, and through the
gaps we can perceive aspects of the shaman’s world.
modern science wishes to avoid an increasing alienation from these
new insights and realities it cannot afford to ignore them. We
have begun to explore the darkest corners of the human mind, and
many ideas belonging to the primitive are coming to be looked upon
as progressive and as extremely significant for the future of
mankind. If we do not succeed in integrating that which we have
suppressed or crowded out for so long, the dark shadow hovering
over our mechanistic and materialistic lifestyle will become ever
fact, our culture needs a great deal more than a changed
lifestyle. Thought structures and the relationship between
consciousness and matter are badly out of balance, so that our
world is threatening to squash us to destruction.
teaches us to reach below the surface of modern superficialities
and reconnect with something old and mysterious within the depths
of our soul. Many people are now experiencing an awareness of the
spiritual deficit that exists in the world today.
mythographer Joseph Campbell frequently expressed the need for a
mythology for our time. Perhaps shamanism will be the new
spirituality for the millennium.
Owl's Comments on Q 1.
In my opinion you have hit the nail on the head at every step
of this discussion, however, the important new discoveries in
shamanism and mysticism are not new ideas about mind and spirit
but universal ideas that have been suffocated for so long that
they seem new. There are plenty of true new ideas, but most of
them are more illusions or fanciful twists of old truths.
Campbell’s expression of a mythology for today was usually added
to by saying that society is currently moving too fast to be
mythologised, and that the trick is to bring the messages of the
old myths into current understanding. When we live with an
understanding of the messages, society will slow down enough to
evolve the old mythologies into new ones. Shamanism always has
been and always will be the true experience of life and therefore
there is no need for belief. Belief comes from someone else’s
experience, like believing Jesus’s teachings. If you go and have
your own experience that Jesus had, you won’t need belief.
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