Learn to Shamanic Journey Workshop | Sat., May 19, 2018, 2pm – 9pm | Pittsboro, NC

Shaman-Elizabeth-laughingTaught by Shaman Elizabeth Herrera.

If you ever wanted to learn to shamanic journey, come join us for an intense, yet relaxing, day of instruction.

Shamanism is the oldest known spiritual practice in the world, and is still practiced by indigenous people on every continent today, including Native Americans. While there are many different rituals, one commonality is that the shaman acts as a catalyst between this world and the spirit realm.

Here is a short overview of shamanic journeying:

  • During a shamanic journey, a shaman/practitioner uses a visionary process to travel to the spirit realm to request healings, receive divine messages, help guide lost souls home (psychopomp) and commune with nature/universe.
  • In the spirit realm, a person interacts with spirit guides, ancestors, angels, and enlightened beings.
  • Power animals act as protectors and guides for the shaman. They can be a part of a person’s journeys for many lifetimes or brief periods during which their archetype power is needed.
  • The spirit realm has three “worlds”: the lower, middle and upper. None of the realms are better than the others; they simply offer different experiences that are appropriate for different circumstances.

You will learn how to:

  • Find your power animal in the spirit realm
  • Explore the lower spirit realm
  • Meet your spirit guide; explore the upper spirit realm
  • Understand the healing process

teepee-shaman-houseCost: $275/person ($137.50 deposit to reserve your spot)

Location: Pittsboro, NC

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Additional details:

Wear something comfortable and bring your own blanket and pillow since we will often be laying either on the floor or ground during the workshop (depending on the weather). This is a rustic venue with an outdoor toilet. Feel free to bring a drum or rattle as well.

A vegan/gluten-free dish of some sort and a salad will be served. If you wish, you can bring your own dinner and use the kitchen. We can also roast over the campfire.


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Shaman Stone Soup

The Book that will Help You Believe in Miracles!

I wrote Shaman Stone Soup after learning that some people were afraid of shamanism. This was surprising, since I had discovered through my experiences with shamanism that it offered a divine connection with enlightened beings, nature, and the loving Spirit. I have experienced many miracles in my life, and I wanted others to know that miracles occur and to believe that they could receive these wonderous gifts for themselves!

The title Shaman Stone Soup was based on the parable of Stone Soup, which demonstrates that when people give a portion of their abundance to others who lack, we create a pot of delicious “soup” that can be shared by all. A wonderful analogy of miracles!

The book includes a short, introductory memoir of how I was led to the path of miracles and 20 true-life stories based on my personal experiences and as a healer for friends, family, and clients.

In Shaman Stone Soup, I offered a view of the healing process from the “other side” by showing how spirit guides, angels, and enlightened teachers answer our calls for help through miracles.

Inside the book are stories of a ghost who overstayed her welcome, the spirits of ancient wise men who offered advice and a miraculous cure from cancer, a conversation with a hurricane and its unintended impact, the man who got out of his wheelchair to go hunting and fishing, the severing of karmic ties and its healing impact on a young college boy, a vivid dream of a pastor who needed guidance, the transformation of a schizophrenic, loving contact from my mother who died unexpectedly, and more.

Shaman Stone Soup offers a multifaceted view of miracles that is not limited to shamanism, A Course In Miracles, religion, spirituality, or lack of faith, but rather emphasizes that miracles are natural occurrences experienced by everyone.

“I really enjoyed reading Shaman Stone Soup…clearly written from the heart.”
— Sandra Ingerman, Author of Soul Retrieval and Shamanic Journeying. www.SandraIngerman.com

“Beautifully written and heartfelt stories.”
— Hal Z Bennett, Author-Writing Coach and Best-Selling AuthorSpirit Animals & The Wheel of Life: Earth-Centered Practices for Daily Living and Spirit Guides: Companions & Mentors for Your Inner Journeywww.HalZinaBennett.Com

“Take this journey into the world of the Shaman and the miraculous power of love in the healing process.”
— Louis LaGrand, Ph.D., CT Loss Education Associates. Author of Love Lives On. www.ExtraordinaryGriefExperiences.com

“Unique and captivating.”
Awareness Magazine, www.AwarenessMag.com

For more information, visit the book’s website at ShamanStoneSoup.com.

Overview of Shamanism and Shamanic Journeying

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Excerpt from Shaman Stone Soup by Elizabeth M. Herrera

Shaman Stone Soup Cover-2017.inddShamanism is the oldest known spiritual practice in the world and is still practiced by indigenous people on every continent today. While there are many different rituals, one commonality is that the shaman acts as a catalyst between this world and the spirit world.

Sandra Ingerman and Hank Wesselman, in the book, Awakening to the Spirit World, offered this insight: “Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice that can help us thrive during challenging and changing times. In our modern-day technological world we have been led to believe that what we see, touch, hear, smell, and taste with our ordinary senses connects us only to the world that is visible around us. Conversely, shamanism teaches that there are doorways into other realms of reality where helping spirits reside who can share guidance, insight, and healing not just for ourselves but also for the world in which we live.”

I personally have found the practice of shamanism to be life changing. The connection to the Divine power has opened my mind to the wonders of the unseen world, which affects every aspect of our lives and even the entire universe. Through shamanism, I have learned that we are all connected—the Earth, sky, nature, animals, winged and sea creatures, and mankind—all singing one song of unending love.

Here is a short overview of shamanic journeying:

~ During a shamanic journey, a shaman will use a visionary process to travel to the spirit realm to request healings, receive divine messages, help guide lost souls home (psychopomp), and commune with nature and the universe.

~ In the spirit realm, a shaman interacts with spirit guides, ancestors, spirits of people from this world, angels, and enlightened beings.

~ Power animals act as protectors and guides for the shaman. They can be a part of a shaman’s journeys for many lifetimes or brief periods during which their archetype power is needed.

~ The spirit realm has three “worlds”: the lower, middle, and upper. None of the realms are better than the others; they simply offer different experiences that are appropriate for different circumstances.

Changing Perspectives

CougarDuring a shamanic journeying, I was guided by Jesus to a waterfall. He asked me to look at it and give my impression. I looked at the waterfall with its cascading water flowing into a lake surrounded by lush trees, and said it was beautiful.

Suddenly, we were at the top of the waterfall. The sound of the water was deafening as I peered over the edge. Jesus asked me again to give my impression.

I said, “I am afraid of falling and it’s scary.”

Jesus said, “It’s the same waterfall, yet your perspective changed. This applies to everything in life.”

Then, we were in a forest. A fox appeared and came up to Jesus. As Jesus petted him, He said, “You are like this fox…smart, fast and cunning. Yet, the fox hunts at night, too afraid to show himself during the day. You must become more like the bear and cougar, and be able to show your full strength in broad daylight, without fear and being true to yourself.”

Jesus was kind enough to help me see that my perspectives are based on whether something seems ‘good’ or ‘bad.’ Judgements that I am not qualified to make. I must rely on the Spirit for its judgement, and be willing to take action as I am inspired to do.

Transformation takes time and involves many life lessons—not necessarily easy lessons. But no one said it was going to easy.

Blessed journeys!

Blessings and Fearless Changes

While walking the dogs the other night, I noticed a yellow-and-black butterfly. I thought how odd it was to see a butterfly flying at night. The next morning, while looking out my bedroom window contemplating the start of a new day, I saw a yellow-and-black butterfly flutter by.

I took the butterfly’s appearances as a sign that it was a totem animal (which in this case happened to be an insect) offering me its archetype energy and bringing me forewarning of the changes to come. Butterflies symbolize transformation…inevitable change that should be taken with joy and non-resistance.

Earlier today, during a shamanic healing that I was performing for a client, an ascended master gave this message, “A blessing is always a change. It takes courage to face change and realize that it is for your best good. Take this time to meditate and reflect on your spiritual path. You are never alone – I am always with you.” I know this message was for both the client and me.

The totem animal guidance was especially interesting to me at this time, because 1 1/2 weeks ago, I received a blessing from an angel. During the night, I was awakened by an intense spiritual connection. I then saw an angel, who spoke these words, “You have been given insight.” I thought, “How wonderful!” and then fell asleep.

The angel’s appearance was special for two reasons. Although, angels are almost always a part of my shamanic healings by offering protection and bringing in the Divine light, I had never had one speak to me. Additionally, the angel’s appearance and message made me realize that I am ready to take another step in my spiritual journey.

I do not know how the upcoming changes will impact me. But, I have faith that the changes will be for my highest good. I will accept the changes with as much grace and joy that I can, and trust in the Divine’s will.

As the ascended master said, “A blessing is always a change.”

Note: After this posting, I began to see yellow-and-black butterflies everywhere! But, today, while driving away from home, I saw a yellow-and-black butterfly fighting with a purple-and-black butterfly. Whether they were really fighting or mating wasn’t important. What was important was the insight that came to me. These butterflies represented the fight within myself, which has allowed fear to enter instead of knowing that I have nothing to fear. Lately, I had performed several spirit depossessions, and the fear that the people bring with them is often contagious. I have had to refocus my mind on the truth that dark forces have no power except that which we give them.

As I traveled down the road, I kept a watchful eye for the yellow-and-black butterflies, since I had a premonition that I would hit one. A few minutes later, I saw the butterfly flying in front of me. I slowed down, but still hit it.

I pulled over at the next street and looked at the front of my vehicle. The butterfly was on my radiator but still moving his wings. I decided he was being held by the force of the fan and shut off the car. When I went back to check on him, he was gone! I looked everywhere, and even opened the hood, but the butterfly was nowhere to be found.

I gave up looking for him and got back in the vehicle, when I saw the butterfly fly away! Triumph! But only because when adversary hit, I responded in a loving way. If I had given up and kept driving after hitting him, the butterfly would have perished.

The force of the fan symbolized the power that I had given to the dark forces, which when shut off, allowed the butterfly to be free.

This power animal was showing me that the fears I felt, are tests that can be overcome with faith and love.

Different Paths, One Destination with Sandra Ingerman

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I was fortunate to have an interview with Sandra Ingerman today. She is a gifted shamanic practitioner, licensed therapist, healer, author and for 30 years has taught others shamanic practices. I enjoyed talking with her very much, and it was obvious she practices what she teaches. I hope you enjoy the insights that she shared with me.

When talking with Sandra Ingerman, I brought up the topic of A Course in Miracles (ACIM), which is a book where Jesus was channeled by a Columbia University professor beginning in 1965. I read the book during a road trip two summers ago to see how this book stated miracles occurred and compare its teachings to shamanism. I was startled to discover that the ACIM teachings were a perfect companion to my shamanic practice. I could find no differences between them. This was surprising since one is an ancient practice and the other a fairly recent channeling. It really helped me to see that although they had different forms, each was leading to the truth and there was no conflict. I was also surprised to learn that Sandra’s husband follows the ACIM teachings as well.

Sandra responded, “I think people have to find what they are passionate about. If you find a path that speaks to you, stick with it. It will bring you to the same place that all spiritual paths lead. If you are in a shamanic workshop and after a couple of days it’s not speaking to you and it doesn’t feel right. Then explore another path that you feel passionate about.

Shamanism, A Course in Miracles and others speak of love, not in an artificial way, but about a true place in the heart and the transformation of healing that happens from love. We also need to recognize that the world we are living in is a dream, and learn how we can work together to create a dream of harmony for all of life.

We all talk about the mind, body and spirit, and often say those words without really thinking about what that means. If you dissolve the body and see the body as a temple of the spirit, you will find that you are a spirit made of divine light. We are just spirits who chose to come into a body and learn how we can manifest our dreams into form. I believe our original intent was to create beauty, but we forgot that. The spirit guides are also divine light and don’t actually have a form. One task I give my students, when they shamanic journey, is to ask their spirit guide to drop their form and show their true selves. They are just divine light as we are. I believe that it is a core teaching to remember that we are spirits with the same power as our spirit guides. Our spirit guides have a bigger perspective and can provide insight that we don’t have, but the power is the same. It is our egos and bodies that limit us. Shamans have learned to let go of their mind and connect with the divine source which is where the power is. This is where the clarvoyant and healing powers come from.”

The Role of a Healer

My role as a healer is to help people understand the reason their life is not as they would like it be. I help them face their fears and acknowledge that they have created their life circumstances. I offer advice, given to me by the spirits, on how to correct their perspective. It usually involves forgiveness and a willingness to let of the past. The healing is accomplished by the person. I act as a catalyst to help them help themselves.

People may be angry about their childhood or a recent injustice, fearful, depressed, or ill. All of these emotional or physical concerns are manifested by the thoughts of their higher mind. We create our own lives — for better or worse.

During a shamanic healing, I am shown visions that help me (and them) to understand what thoughts and actions created their circumstances. Sometimes these thoughts were created in a different lifetime and a past life healing will be performed, or sometimes the thoughts are from this lifetime and a soul retrieval healing is needed. If a person is suffering, it is because they have a thought that needs understanding and forgiveness, and ultimately a shift in their perception.

What is the single requisite for this shift in perception? It is simply this; the recognition that sickness is of the mind, and has nothing to do with the body. What does this recognition “cost”? It costs the whole world you see, for the world will never again appear to rule the mind. For with this recognition is responsibility placed where it belongs; not with the world, but on him who looks on the world and sees it as it is not. He looks on what he chooses to see. No more and no less.
— A Course in Miracles, Manual for Teachers, page 18

The outcome depends on the readiness of the person. If a healing will cause them distress because they are not ready to acknowledge that they created their world, the healing will wait.

Blessed journeys!

Distant Healing

People often wonder how distant healing is possible. Many believe that distant healing is more difficult than an in-person healing. If you look at people as a body, then everyone is separate and every healing distant, even if they’re in the same room. But, if you look at everyone as a spirit and part of the collective consciousness, you would see that we are all connected and that every healing is done “in-person.”

As a shaman, I perform shamanic healing in the spirit realm. It’s a meeting place where spirit guides, enlightened beings, the person being healed and myself will gather to perform the healing. And sometimes other spirits will join us. For example, during a healing for a client, I noticed a spirit watching my client’s spirit. After the healing was completed, he sat next to my client and hugged her. I mentioned this to the client and she asked what the spirit looked like. I describe the spirit as a man in his early 40s or late 30s, plaid shirt, dark hair, and thin build. The client started crying. Her friend, who met this description, had died the night before.

I believe that every healing is an “in-person” healing no matter how far apart we are or whether we have a physical body. The time and space limitations of this world do not exist in the spirit realm.

Depression — A Dark Cloud on a Sunny Day

I believe that depression is caused by a blocked connection to our Divine Spirit. The spiritual connection can never be severed, but a person can create blocks that reduce their awareness of the Divine Spirit — like black clouds that block the sun. The longer the separation, the harder it is to remember a sunny day, and the depressed person’s world becomes a darker and darker.

Depression is not the only symptom that can be caused by Spirit disconnection. There are others, such as anxiety, possession, addiction, anger, compulsive behavior, etc. that manifest.

Through shamanic healing, some of the blocks can be removed. But it takes more than a few healings to alleviate depression, and people must take responsibly for building their own spiritual connection. I recommend that people learn to shamanic journey or find another method that builds and maintains a strong connection to the Divine Spirit to offer healing for themselves. It’s a life-long endeavor to maintain a spiritual connection and make sure that the black clouds stay in the distance or pass quickly.

Blessed journeys!