Shamanism

Restoring Honor within the Feminine Body

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Contemporary Greek Goddess Amy Schumer

Join us this month with Laura Durbin, the Belly Woman for this rendition of the Red Tent Community Steams. The next topic for our monthly Red Tent is restoring honor within the feminine body. 

What does it mean to slow down in this contemporary world and honor our bodies that cycle with the moon instead of the sun? The tides of our bodies are effected by the moon just like the tides of the ocean. A moon cycle is on average 29.5 days, with shifting hormones and energy levels during each phase of the cycle. Different strengths also present themselves during different phases of the cycle. Here in the states we live in a masculine world where the work force and day to day life is structured around the masculine hormonal system which is a sun cycle. This 24 hour cycle and day is great for getting work done in a masculine structured system, and not so great if your hormones and energy have a more tidal, bigger picture rhythm.

How can we love our cycle and bodies, harness the power of it, and learn to appreciate and honor it? We often forget our connection to divinity, but the river that runs from the mountain does not forget that it joins with other rivers to flow out to the sea. We are all connected to the moon, the ocean, nature, and one another. Join us on Sunday the 26th as we explore what it means to tap into our inner rhythms. Limited seating available. Reserve your space now by purchasing a ticket and completing your registration form.

The feminine body deserves to be honored and celebrated, no matter what state or shape it’s in. All of it is BEAUTIFUL! The real question is how can we have a heart big enough to hold the love to accept our beauty just the way it is?

We welcome all female identifying goddesses to our Red Tent events. We care about your predominant identification, not about what society thinks. Even if you have had surgeries, take hormones, or were born with different bits – that doesn’t make you any less of a woman.

Join us for 4 hours of Ceremony and Prayer at 4pm on May 26th in Alexandria, VA – as we sing, sweat, and share in community. Share as little or as much as you feel like sharing, because this will be a group of safe women that you can share with.

Other details about the event:

We are offering a community space for women to connect and heal. This is a full body sensory spa experience from a Traditional Thai herbal steam sauna, to self massage, to herbal tea, to handmade traditional medicinal oils.

How Does a Full Body Herbal Steam Sauna Work?

There will be pots of medicinal boiling herbs inside the sauna tent. The aromatic medicinal herbs are transformed into the subtle medium of steam, opening up the pores and delivering the therapeutic benefit of the herbs into your entire body. This whole body treatment is deeply relaxing and rejuvenating. The sauna combined with the herbs are wonderful for general health, pain relief, cleansing of the skin, soft tissue injuries, detoxification, melting away knots and tension, releasing fascia, fatigue, headaches, colds, respiratory complaints, emotional distress, deep ailment, and postpartum care.

What Can I expect?

You can expect to:

  • Experience a full body herbal sauna and learn how to do this for yourself at home.
  • A sacred ceremony space.
  • Tea will be served.

Traditional Thai Oils will be available for putting on your body before entering the sauna and inside the sauna.

The opportunity for 2 sauna rounds of 20 minutes each. And 2 rest rounds of 20 minutes each. Your rest rounds can be used for journaling, stretching, self massage, breathing, and rest.

A sacred space for getting in touch with your body and emotions

Connecting in community with other women.

What should I bring?

  • Bathing suit (optional)
  • 2 towels ( you will sweat a lot!)
  • Water Bottle
  • Snacks
  • Journal and pen
  • Warm clothes, scarves, and hats for the journey home
  • Mug or travel mug for tea

Full Body Steam Sauna Contraindications:

  • Pregnancy
  • Fever
  • High or low blood pressure
  • Heart Disease

AfterCare:

  • Immediately dry off.
  • Shower the next day to allow the herbs to continue to sink into your skin.
  • If you can, allow some rest and integration time following this event. Your body will thank you.
  • Go home bundled up with scarves and hats. ♥

Event Details:

  • Event located in Alexandria, VA at a private home
  • Tickets are sliding scale ($70-$150)
  • 13 tickets available
  • You MUST pre-purchase a ticket.
  • MAKE PAYMENTS to VENMO ( Laura-Durbin-2) or to PAYPAL (thebellywoman9@gmail.com)
  • Tickets are nonrefundable.

IMORTANT:

Due to flow of the evening, safety, and keeping a safe and sacred space doors will close at 4:30. Latecomers will not be able to enter the event so please arrive early or on time.

You must fill out a waiver if you would like to attend.

Address will be given to those who fill out the intake form and purchase a ticket.

Interested in future events? Join our Red Tent Community Steaming Facebook group.

SJG: Finding Balance With Stillness

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The suggested journey topic for this bi-weekly journey group is about Journeying to the stone people for advice on how to be still without dipping into stagnation. Often, when we slow down, we must play this vicarious balance of slowing down without sacrificing flow. How do we slow down in a good way and be in the flow of life without getting in our own way?

Please post your comment if you wish to share what you received in journey space. If you would like to join this discussion on Facebook, join our Journey Group on Facebook.

Some helpful references:

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Soul Compass Path 2019

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It’s that time again! For those that are not aware, Eagle Therapies will be starting up the Soul Compass Path in June of 2019. We had a great first year of the Soul Compass Path with 9 graduates.

Below is the information for what the Soul Compass Path is, and why someone would want to take it. For more information, you can click these links:

We live in a time that is challenging. How do we become the people who can create a sustainable change and transformation in this world? Join Eagle Therapies starting in the Summer of 2019 on a 9 day program stretched across 9 months.

New to Shamanism?

Don’t worry! This program will teach you all the basics you need to get you started.

Seasoned Shamanic Practitioner?

This 9 month program will meet you where you are. The purpose of this program is to help give you structure, solidarity, and a community to measure your discernment with. How many times have we stumbled in the dark, questioning if the message we received from a guide was accurate? This program is meant to challenge our perspective and deepen our relationship with our guides in a group setting by experiencing healing ceremonies and journeys together.

About the Program

This program was specifically crafted and co-created with Spirit to help bring people the basic foundational Shamanic Skills necessary to engage with the world around them in a good way. It doesn’t matter if you are new to this path or have been down the road of several spiritual traditions for decades. Using ancient Shamanic techniques and honoring the ancestors of the worlds traditions, we will engage with Spirit in an age old fashion that has been specifically crafted for this time. The cosmology and teachings in this program are based off of the Cycle Teachings and the Last Mask Community, an authentic and contemporary cosmology which honors the way our ancestors have done it without taking their rituals, ceremonies and culturally appropriating them.

Stephanie Seger has graduated from Mary Tyrtle Rookers 2 year Shamanic Training program and is a current student of Christina Pratt, Shaman, Author, creator of the Why Shamanism Now podcast and Director for the Last Mask Center for Shamanic Healing. Through Stephanie’s vast life experiences and training, she strives to bring her best to giving her all to this program.

The Soul Compass Path is 6 hours once monthly stretching over 9 months. There is an optional halfway “check in” that meets over Zoom about 2-3 weeks between classes to help support any questions that come up while sifting through the material. Recordings of important class material as well as the Q&A will be provided.

This program delivers a practical set of tools, techniques, and a way to engage with the more intimate aspects of yourself. If you are new to any type of spiritual exploration, this will hand you the basics. For the more seasoned practitioner, it will provide the framework to deepen your connection with your inner guidance and allow yourself to hear the song of your soul ever more clearly. This program is dedicated to helping one get out of their own way and step into their power with authenticity, integrity and sovereignty. Learn how to find your own life’s purpose and be able to live it in the world.

Payment is based on sliding scale, negotiated between your own heart and Spirit. Eagle Therapies is just the vessel to deliver this program of self transformation. What is the sacrifice you are willing to make? Suggested sliding scale pricing is $75-$200 per class. Payment due at time of class. Orientation and first class considered “one class”.

What might be a comfortable set of finances for one person might be a large sacrifice to another. Is $100 a night on the town, buying movie tickets and a couple of drinks? If so, then $100 is not a sacrifice, it is a simple commodity. This is an opportunity to put meaning to the monetary exchange and intentionalize it, not blankly pay with a consumerist mind. The sacrifice should not produce guilt, it should feel right in your heart, and pocketbook to offer.

The Spirit world understands the language of sacrifice, and it is up to you to decide what is the right price to pay within your own heart. Use your intuition and measure it with your own truth. It is possible that one month you can pay towards the higher end of the fee, while others it is the lower end. It is also possible that money is no issue at all and $200 per class does not cover the value of what is within the course material itself for you.

*reworded, but basic concept of language attributed to Christina Pratt

We, as a culture, have large wounds around the exchange of money. If you would like more guidance in this arena, a lovely book you can download for free is “Sacred Economics” by Charles Eisenstein. Once you read the book and you feel compelled to gift back, then you can choose to pay for it. The Non-Local Shamanic Community that Stephanie participates in is currently doing a community wide transformation around Love and Money, and obviously it has a large impact on what she is offering to the world. If you want to change something in the world, start with yourself first. Change comes from within.

If you feel very drawn to this course but do not think you can commit to the full 9 month program, then you can choose to be present for as many classes you feel comfortable taking. Payment is due before the start of each class, or you can choose to pay in one lump sum. If finances are a challenge, there is always delving deeper into the material learned and then hopping on to the program next year (yes, we are planning for this to be a repeating yearly program).  Once you take the class, the materials and resources from that class will be shared with you, and you can still choose to communicate with your fellow classmates.

Is this program right for you? Read more about it on the Soul Compass Path landing page to check out dates, the syllabus, and other tidbits you might find interesting.

Already feel that this resonates within your bones to take this course? Fill out our application form!

A good resource if you are anxious to get started is through the free, listener supported podcast, Why Shamanism Now. There are over 400 archived hours, and a teaser to what is available both within this course and beyond. A great place to start is the Basics of Living Well series and the specific podcasts below:

If you would like an in-depth resource, there is an online course by the Last Mask Center called Energy Body Mastery. We cover similar things in the Soul Compass Path, but for a more in depth exploration, we highly recommend the course.

Other material to get you started that is on this website:

You also have access to the archived recordings of the Bi-Weekly Shamanic Journey Groups.

The song of your soul is calling you.

Now.

The world is waiting for your gifts.

SJG: Battin’ down the hatches!

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The suggested journey topic for today is “Batten down the hatches!!!” The element of air corresponds with out mental body, our thoughts, truth, and communication. What happens in this time of excess air? And is it a true excess of wind or just a symptom of something deeper? Sometimes in elemental medicine, one element is out of balance because there’s something else that’s happening beneath the surface. If you are being affected by the excess wind that’s in the air, what can you do to batten down the hatches within your own internal landscape to be a person of power and navigate this time of chaos?

Please post your comment if you wish to share what you received in journey space. If you would like to join this discussion on Facebook, join our Journey Group on Facebook.

Some helpful references:

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Wolf Grief Ritual

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This is a do-it-yourself, at-home ritual that is simple, and easy to follow. It is recommended to have head phones in, or to use a good speaker system. It is best to turn off your phone or put it on airplane mode once you download these recordings.

Lost? Find your way back to the recorded Ceremonies page.

Grief is one of those emotions that when stuck in the body, creates a lot of stagnancy. This can manifest in many way physically, including joint pain, stiffness, muscle aches and a general feeling of malaise.

When we love something, our heart expands. Many people have felt this heart stretch, and at times it can be uncomfortable or painful. Most of the time it feels good if it’s one of those gratitude inducing moments, our heart expands in a joyful way that brings a smile to our face and lightness to our step. When the heart expansion is so large, our heart breaks because it isn’t able to hold the amount of love necessary in order for your heart to show how much you cared for that particular event/person/being. Heartbreak is a common thing that happens to humans, and is a necessary part of our personal development, otherwise how will our heart grow? Most people do not focus on the expansion, but instead focus on the pain and the love that was lost when experiencing heart break.

Many indigenous cultures all over the world used to embrace grieving rituals because they knew how important it was to release the energy of grief. There are many modern cultures today that still practice them. It is important to move grief because once we move it, we can really begin to explore the landscape of our heart instead of focusing on how broken it feels.

The wolves themselves stepped up to offer a grieving ritual to help humans process grief. I was driving in my car, and I could tell something was bothering me. I couldn’t get it out, and it felt like I wanted to cry – but it was stuck! Memories came to the surface and I had made some connections to things, and then I felt the loss. It hit me right in the chest and I felt such a blockage that my shoulders automatically slumped. It manifested as a lump in my throat and tears stung my eyes but didn’t fall down.

This was when I felt a gentle push from a spiritual muzzle behind my elbow. When I looked with my felt sense, I was able to feel and hear a wolf howling next to me. Without thinking about it (because it just felt right), I began howling and the tears gently started rolling down my face. The hot tears felt good against my cheeks, and but the feeling of stuckness in my throat got a little more intense. So again, I howled and let more tears fall.

This happened repeatedly until I was able to cry and howl for a good 5 or 10 minutes. I howled until my tears ran dry and my throat felt clear. I was back to my normal sitting position and able to start driving again.

When I sat in meditation with the wolves, the wolves shared how their hollow cries are so mournful, they carry the energy of grief up into the sky. By the time it makes it to the Sky People, the grief forms clouds and collect together as rain water. When enough grief has been collected and transformed, it rains down as nourishment for the rest of creation. The major message from the wolves, was about how we are not alone. When we cry, we can connect to others that are also crying. Grief is shared because it’s a shared experience that all humans and animals on earth have the capacity for feeling. When something has been lost, there is a reverence and a respect for it. Grieving is how we let go and allow what has been lost to rest, allowing ourselves to bring in the energy of forgiveness. Once we let go, we are fully able to embrace the emptiness within ourselves so we can learn to love again with a bigger heart.

If you are new to Ceremony or Ritual, it is important to create the space. Call in the directions and ask for support from your Spirit Guides and Nature Allies. If you don’t know how to do that, you can follow this suggested protocol that we use for shamanic journeying (just replace the journeying with Ceremony instead). It is important to both start the process in a good way, and end it in a good way.

Once you are in sacred space, set your intention to focus on what you would like to grieve. The recording can be listened to repeatedly, and as many times as needed. There are two audio files. Both are located on Google Drive, and there is the option to download them or add them to your own Google Drive. When you hover over the audio file with your mouse, there’s an option to “pop out”. When you click there, it opens up the audio in a second page, and there is where you will see the download option.

  • One is the full recorded Ceremony (not including call in and call out) with prompts and time for meditation/movement.
  • The second is for if you have more to grieve after you listen to the full recording, or for follow up grieving.

Full Wolf Grieving Ritual

Grieving song, no prompts

There is an option to download and listen to your song whenever you feel like you need to cry. Howling like a wolf at any of those tense moments is definitely a release and you don’t need sacred space – but I would highly recommend starting off your relationship with Wolf and using the grieving with howling as a tool by listening to the full recording first. Once you have felt the Spirit of Wolf howling with you, then you can feel free to download and listen to just the song whenever you need it.

The original song behind the ritual is by Brooke Medicine Eagle, and it is called the Wolf Chant.

These rituals are offerings and a gift from my Spirit to the Great Web of Life. I encourage you to share, and the best thing you can do is to really allow this ritual to help you move the grief so you can fully embrace being your medicine in the world. Seriously. We need you and your medicine.

If you feel called to donate, I will happily accept donations via PayPal (eagletherapiesevents@gmail.com) or Venmo (@Stephanie-Seger-1). These recorded Ceremonies are a labor of love, and the donations help support me so I can create more of these wonderful Ceremonies. Please write a note so I can track where the donations are from, since we also track ticket sales through PayPal and Venmo. You can also choose to support Eagle Therapies monthly with Patreon.

Ready to explore more? Visit these links for more offerings from Eagle Therapies

 

SJG: The Cage of Expectations

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The suggested topic for this meeting is about the energy of expectations. Expectations have a way of bogging us down and pulling us out of the moment so we are not fully present. We ask the question tonight, of where in my life do I have hidden expectations I place on myself?

Please post your comment if you wish to share what you received in journey space. If you would like to join this discussion on Facebook, join our Journey Group on Facebook.

Some helpful references:

 

Lol, it looks like I have a bad taste in my mouth or something. Didn’t expect that! 😉

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SJG: Grounding In the Moment

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The suggested journey group topic for this meeting is grounding in the moment. Sometimes when it feels as though life is pushing us around, it’s hard for us to be in the moment because we are constantly thinking about the past and our failures, or the possible futures. Which means we are not in the moment. Today we explore some of our most interesting roots and ask the question of what is our biggest challenge that prevents us from being present?

Please post your comment if you wish to share what you received in journey space. If you would like to join this discussion on Facebook, join our Journey Group on Facebook.

Some helpful references:

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SJG: Power of Choice

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Our suggested journey topic for this session was the Power of Choice. A lot of what I have been seeing in myself as well as in my friends, family, and clients, is the blindness of how much power is in the ability to choose. Despite all of the pain, discomfort, and general malaise we could be potentially feeling in our down time – we ask the question, “What situation in my life feels like it I have no choice in the matter? And how do I take my power back in that situation?”

Please post your comment if you wish to share what you received in journey space. If you would like to join this discussion on Facebook, join our Journey Group on Facebook.

Some helpful references:

 

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Soul Retrieval Clinics

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Many people have felt that something has been missing in their life, constantly searching and yet feeling like they’ve just scratched the surface. For those that are unfamiliar with soul loss, feel free to read this article. There is an epidemic of soul loss in our society, and Eagle Therapies feels called to step up to do our part in helping bridge this gap.

We will be experimenting with our first Soul Retrieval Clinic on Sunday, March 3rd, 2019. Based on the success of the first event, we will plan how often the events will repeat.

Why?

  • Community wounds take community healing. A lot of the people I am running into have been doing a lot of personal development work on their own. When you have really deep wounds that were caused by family, loved ones, or society, it can be hard to heal on your own. There is a certain “bigness” that makes it feel super big or almost impossible to slog through as an individual. Having others that have gone through similar experiences can help “lighten the load” and help us feel less lonely on our healing journey.
  • There have been a surge of people that have approached me within the last few weeks that would benefit from a Shamanic Healing, but wouldn’t be able to squeeze in an individual session at this time. Offering healings as a group is a more affordable way that people can receive the benefits of a soul retrieval, and best of all, find other people who are on the same journey of healing themselves.
  • There will be a 2 week and 2 month check in on Zoom after the healing ceremony. Those who cannot be present live are encouraged to share their updates with email so we can keep in touch with each other.
  • This is not just for individuals that are new to Shamanism, but others that are stepping more into their path and deepening their relationships with their helping spirits. The community container we put together often has a deepening experience where you can connect easier to your emotional, spiritual, and energetic bodies.

Logistics:

Event will take place at the Intuitive Wellness Center:

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    8996 Burke Lake Road. Burke, VA 22105
    Suite L106, bottom floor. Entrance is on the side of the building, first door on the right.
    Hours are from 1pm to 4pm
    No remote participation for this event. We will consider it for future events.
    Sliding scale between $30-$100 per participant. Cash, card, PayPal (eagletherapiesevents@gmail.com) or Venmo (@Stephanie-Seger-1) accepted

Structure of event:

  • Plan to arrive around 1pm. We will begin introductions and opening exercises to get to know each other.
  • Around 1:30, I will explain the process of going into sacred space together, then we will create it together. We will enter ceremonial space, and that’s where the magic happens!
  • Typically there is a pattern or theme of why people have gathered together. Feel free to join me while I do a diagnostic journey to see what that pattern is, and how to proceed conducting a Shamanic Healing for the whole group. If you are new to this, then I would encourage you to meditate and reflect on what has been stirred up for you since the start of the ceremony.
  • We will pass around the talking stick and share what felt/experienced during the diagnostic. It’s okay if we want to pass and not share.
  • From here, it’s a group commitment to participate in our own healing. We will generate the energy through singing, dancing, drumming, or enjoy doing some conscious movement. When the timing is right, I will blow a soul part into each participant once I get the cue from Spirit. I will explain what the soul part is, what it’s gift is, and where in the body it landed. Since there will be a group of people there, I will be recording each individual retrieval so that each person has record of their retrieval during the Ecstatic experience. I will not share your experience with anyone else. You can opt out of this if you choose and if you don’t want your soul retrieval experience recorded.
  • After the healing, we will rattle the space clean to seal up the work. There will be a moment of silence for integration, then we will close up circle.
  • For those that choose to share, they can share their experience at the end.

Follow up

  • Each individual will receive a copy of their soul retrieval recording.
  • All participants will be able to participate in a 2 week check in using Zoom, to share their experience of how the healing affected them and their patterns. This is where we discuss common experiences of people integrating soul parts.
  • There will be a 2 month check in using zoom, going over common experiences and “what to expect” after a soul retrieval integration.
  • Those who aren’t able to make it to the 2 week or 2 month check in will receive the recordings via email.
  • We will have a group email thread (since a lot of people don’t have a Facebook or are transitioning off FB) if people feel called to share their experiences with integrating that particular pattern.

Considerations for the future?

  • If this event is successful, then I will consider creating similar events for Veterans, as well as survivors of domestic abuse.

Thank you for sharing in my vision by reading this post! Many blessings to you and yours ❤️

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SJG: Breaking Up The Ground

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Our suggested journey topic for this meeting is about breaking up the ground. How can we be like the weed in the sidewalk that can grow anywhere? We will talk about how our tenacity at being ourselves can erode the old structures of foundation within our minds.

Please post your comment if you wish to share what you received in journey space. If you would like to join this discussion on Facebook, join our Journey Group on Facebook.

Some helpful references:

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