The focus of my MooseBoots journey is very wide, ranging from learning native skills to practicing healing. It is really a study of "technologies" that we, all being from some indigenous tradition if we dig back far enough, have lost. It is this wisdom that helps us all to live more satisfying and fulfilled lives, to be a part of the natural world, which, in my opinion, is alive with spirits, love, and purpose.
The reality is that this knowledge, these beliefs, have been dying, slowly fading from the general consciousness as fewer and fewer people practice, or even acknowledge that it exists. I have read, but have no first hand experience, that even in some native tribes the youth show no interest in learning these practices. As such, elders carry these treasured teachings to their graves and beyond into the spirit world.
There has been a resurgence of interest recently. There are people, my teachers for example, teaching these skills. Perhaps because of this renewed interest, there seems to be some shift of consciousness occurring in the world. Maybe, the inverse is true. It has been suggested that the world will end in 2012 ... the Maya calendar starts a new cycle on December 21, 2012. Perhaps, it will simply be the beginning of some new phase of humanity.
Last weekend, I achieved a milestone, a part of my conscious shift out of the mainstream goals and focus. I completed my initial 2-year training program in Shamanic Studies. During the course of this training, I was introduced to techniques of healing, divination, working with death and dying, and general spiritual practice. Regardless of any cosmic shifts that may be occurring, it has triggered a mental shift for me. I will be continuing on, with Wendy's encouragement and support, to the Graduate Program in Advanced Shamanism and Dreamscaping the New Earth. I am also planning on furthering my studies of herbalism, storytelling, and general native skills.
As I've said many times, knowledge gained but not applied is useless. It is even worse than useless, it is wasted. I do not wish to waste these precious, treasured teachings. I will continue to practice these things, to use this knowledge to help make the world a better place. I do not claim to have any super-human power or to be an all-powerful shamanic practitioner. I am simply a man who would like to help any way he can. I am but a cub in my awakening, if you need assistance, I would like to help in any small way that I can. Send me a message.
Thank you for following along on my MooseBoots trail. I am grateful for all of the gifts I have been given, especially the love and support of Wendy, the Girls (Big Little Sister, Little Fire Faery, and Precious), my family and friends. Of course, my gratitude also extends to each of the connections I have made on this path.