In this episode of the LightSong School of 21st Century Shamanism Talking Stick Podcast, Jan Engels-Smith answers questions from the extended LightSong community through LightSong’s global Talking Stick Forum.
Listed below are the questions that Jan Engels-Smith covered in this broadcast.
Jan also dialogues about how to heal from anything using shamanism as a platform.
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In this episode of the LightSong School of 21st Century Shamanism Podcast, Jan Engels-Smith is interviewed by David Newell of Inner Truth. A broadcast and show out of the UK.
What is shamanism and how is it useful to us in day-to-day life? Are there other realms we can journey to and experience? Has science disproved or given further evidence to support this ancient practice?
These are some of the questions I put to Jan Engels-Smith, a shamanic practitioner and the founder of the LightSong School of 21st Century Shamanism and Energy Medicine where she teaches shamanism and journeying techniques.
Central to Jan’s work is the philosophy that shamanism is not the preserve of a gifted few seers or just for indigenous cultures to practice but that we all have the capacity to cultivate a shamanic skillset through journeying and practices that help move us from left brain focus into right-brain experience.
In her book, Through the Rabbit Hole, Jan talks about dominance of left-brained thinking in our culture and in particular the limiting belief that all we see is all there is. This belief keeps our imagination and our other subtler senses locked away from the wider world around us. Opening up our minds to other realms and possibilities connects us in new ways to the universe.
You might think scientific findings would be at odds with a shamanic perspective of life but actually there’s more correlation than you would first imagine. Relatively theory and quantum mechanics indicate there is a vast amount of the universe not observable to the human eye, indeed almost all of it is dark matter and dark energy. Within that, it’s already been shown for some time that our consciousness has a direct impact on the world around us, a phenomenon known more widely as the observer effect and something that has been espoused in shamanism for millennia.
With this level of cross-over though, shamanism still remains a niche activity in popular culture today. I caught up with Jan to talk about what has happened to shamanism in the West, the ways it can help cultivate a relationship with spirit and mostly importantly help us find greater fulfillment and peace in life.
In this episode of the LightSong School of 21st Century Shamanism Podcast, Jan Engels-Smith talks Bernie Taylor author of Before Orion: Finding the Face of the Hero. Bernie shares his experiences with patheolithic cave art and how it relates to shamanism through the eyes of psychotherapy using Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell as reference. Jan Engels-Smith and Bernie dialogue about this cave art, imagery, the hero’s journey, and shamanism both ancient shamanism and 21st century shamanism.
LightSong School of 21st Century Shamanism’s founder Jan Engels-Smith joins with her husband Ed Smith. Together they tell the story of Ed’s recovery from a traumatic and dramatic illness experience. The story shares intimate details of what happened, the spirits explanation of why it happened as well as guidance from the spirits in what has to happen in order for recovery to be possible.
A profound understanding of the bigger picture of life from a shamanic perspective is presented. Why we become ill from a shamanic or energy medicine perspective is discussed. How we evolve in our personal actualization or growth through trauma, how the spirits have our back, and the miracles that are possible are all discussed.
The story is filled with love, the power of prayer, Reiki, shamanic healing, and a channeling from Arch Angel Michael. Jan incorporates shamanic healing principals, and energy medicine techniques to help the listener understand and begin to grasp the power of spirit and the power of miracles.
Jan supplies listeners with other articles to read as supplemental material. http://lightsong.net/articles-by-jan-engels-smith/
Jan Engels-Smith invites listeners to attend Through The Rabbit Hold: Explore and Experience the Shamanic Journey a class being taught January 13-14, 2018