Your Ak Tun represents the heart of your shamanic practice. It is where you will sit to meditate daily and it is where you will perform the majority of your ritual practices.
Choose a place in your home where you will not be disturbed and where it is relatively quiet.
Your work table is where you will keep the essential tools for your shamanic practice. The table can be large or small depending on the space you have available. But once it is set up, maintain it in one place so that it is not moved.
To meditate you will want a chair that you can pull up in front of your work table.
Before you begin to work with the course content that follows, take a week or two to gather together the essential tools for your work table. You will be working with these for the duration of the program and beyond.
See the list provided.
Next, you will be cleansing and activating your tools using sacred mantra and the essence of the Sun and the Moon.
We first must begin to clean the elements of our work table: the quartz crystal, the feather, the rattle, the drum, the candles. We must clean these objects with the sun and the moon to initiate. We begin with the crystals.
Sun Crystal Cleanse:
1. To initiate the cleanse of the Sun you will use another crystal of your choice: amethyst, agate or quartz crystal. Place this crystal in a glass of salt water or ocean water. For the next 7 days leave this crystal in the salty water under the Sun.
2. Then, after a few minutes, pick up the crystal from the water and hold it in your hands for the chant: “Too-Na-Tui”. You will chant this for 10 minutes under the Sun. Once this is completed, wrap the crystal once again in white cloth and place it on your altar. Tonatuih means the essence of the Sun.
3. The next day, remove the crystal from the cloth, place it in a glass of salt water under the Sun for a few minutes. Then hold it in your hands while you do the chant, again for 10 minutes. Afterwards, wrap the crystal in a white cloth once again and place it on your altar.
4. Repeat this process for all 7 days if possible. We charge the crystal under the Sun each month so that it may take in the magnetic frequency of the Sun.
Moon Crystal Cleanse:
1. The first step to initiate this cleaning is to begin the cleanse with the New Moon and to complete it with the Full Moon. For this cleaning you can choose from: an amethyst crystal, agate or quartz crystal.
2. Place this crystal of your choice in a glass of salt water or use ocean water. Leave this outside under the moonlight for 7 days and be sure to start on a new lunar cycle. This work will be performed on each Full Moon for the next 9 months so it will be an important part of your integrated ritual.
3. After your crystal has been under the Moon in salt water for at least seven days, at the time of the Full Moon, you will chant with your crystal. The chant used for this work is ‘Ak Tun’, meaning Turtle Stone, or the place where sacred information is stored within Mother Earth. Draw out the syllables as you chant:
“Aaaak…Tuuuuun….”. Chant this 7 times.
4. After each Full Moon ritual, wrap the crystal in a white cloth and place it on your altar. Keep it there until the next New Moon when you will place it in salt water under the Moon for another 7 days.
5. Everyday, chant Ak Tun to your crystal to magnetize the energy.
6. At the time of each Full Moon for the next 9 months, repeat this ritual again to activate the crystal with the Moon.
Putting the finishing touches on your Ak Tun, your temple of manifestation.
Salutation and greeting to begin and end each session.
The word shaman originates from the Tungus tribe of Siberia. It means, "one who sees in the dark".
Shamans throughout the centuries have been the spiritual guides and the healers of the individual and of the community. Their function is to restore harmony and wellbeing. They consider that everything in nature is permeated with spirit, and that each being has its own spiritual essence: human beings, animals, plants and minerals.
When we feel vital, full of enthusiasm, joy and our life flows easily, we are 'full' of spirit. When we feel exhausted sick and stuck in our projects, having the sensation of being incomplete or empty we say that we have lost part of our energy or spiritual essence. This loss of spiritual energy or essence is generally a consequence of situations of abuse, loss, accident, surgery, illness or amy traumatic situation in which we experience pain.
This is why the objective of the shaman is to be of service to those who require it recove their fractured energy, soul or personal power. These practices are carried out through different healing techniques, which can be transmitted to therapists who do no have the gift of seeing in the dark but are willing, with heart and soul, to learn the way that medicine men and women have been doing it for hundreds of years.
In this training, you will learn the practice and theory of Andean, American and Siberian shamanism, through which you will recover your own personal power and gain the ability to help others to do the same. It will be a path of personal transformation that will not be granted to you through an initiation or a ceremony, but rather gained through a process of self discovery. The shamanic path of initiation. You will learn to assemble the 'Andean Table', the altar or sacred space of the shaman. The practices that you will learn are aimed at cleaning the auric field and at aligning in relationship with the spirit world. Later in this course you will learn 'the removal of karmic markers' and methods of shamanic healing. In these practices you will learn to deepen the practice of astral travel and the union with allied spirits, animals and power teachers, for the purposes of healing. These work to extract the origins of the blockages that generate disease or pain. They involve removal of all energy that alters the state of the energy field resulting in harmonization.
In shamanism the Medicine Wheel, or Wheel of Initiation, is a magic circle. In this training you will learn :
In the second course you will practice Rituals for Soul Work where you will learn to :
Walking the shamanic path is learning to recover the personal power of intuition, the language of the soul. For this, consciousness expansion techniques are applied. Through mastery of the 'small mind', and the development of the qualities of the spirit, one moves toward the awakening of consciousness.
The shaman is an awakened being who is at the service of his community, guardian of the physical and spiritual health of other beings, who collaborates with evolution, respecting the cosmic order and the sacred laws of nature.
Shamanism is the direct contact that we have with nature. The shaman is an animist because he/she believes that everything has a spirit or soul. From the smallest plants to the spirits like the Sea or the Mountain, each have an energy and identity.
What shamans do is communicate with these spirits to learn, heal and work in harmony with nature to raise the vibration.
A shaman is a healer, magician or witch doctor who manages to voluntarily separate his spirit from his body, enter into other worlds and gain access to subtle substances , to the soul and spirit, and to their vital energy.
Through shamanic practice you can make use of your spiritual gifts to acheive a life of meaning and direction, to gain mre self esteem and personal assurance, and therefore to have the resources to solve your problems on a day to day basis.
The shamanism that you will learn is not only based on the learning of healing techniques, but through providing a true guide toward self discovery and the increase of inner strength. We work on the levels of the body, mind and spirit, fusing psychology and spirituality.
Shamans have known how to commune with the spirits of nature to heal, acquire power and to gain knowlegde of their brothers and sisters. Connected with everything that is alive - plants, rocks, animals, the elements, Pachamama Mother Earth, and Father Sun - shamans speak the Universal Language and see the Great Spirit in everything that exists.
'Onalli', the soul or subtle matter, and the wise shaman, his advisor, his healer. Ecstasy, is the propituous state for the meeting of both. This meeting has been going on for centuries among the Nahual and Mayan ethnic groups of Mexico despite everything they have had to endure.
Shamans, from their initiation, recognize the importance of dreams and the consumption of psychoactive substances, as a means to acheive altered states of consciousness, which lead to ecstasy and the exit of the soul from the body. In that state they are able to cure illness and to divine the future.
The shaman carries out rites that guide the passage from the mundane to the sacred, with the use of objects, elements, actions and magical formulas, as well as music, dance, singing and invocations.
Historically, pre-hispanic and colonial testimonies, found in codices, sculptures and paintings, give the account of how, for medicinal and ritual use, differnt plants were used such as peyote or pericon, hallucinogenic mushrooms and also animals such as toads and some birds and insects.
Over the coure of this history, it is clear that, in addition to the great public rituals that were celebrated in ceremonial centers, shamanic practices were carried out in private homes as well. And the fundamental characteristics of these practics has been preserved to this day.
Changing the way that one one views death is part of the shaman's abilities.
They have a spiritual connection with the universe through communication and by observing its variations.
Within the shaman's power is the use of the energy of love as a means of healing.
Their life and experiences are divided into two worlds - the real and the spiritual.
The shaman has good communication with everyone and presents an inner strength that is evident to others.
The shaman can communicate with both the ancestors and the spirits, based on visions, which allows for the process of divination, or seeing the future.
The shaman has the ability to change the weather and to determine the right places for various agricultural activities.
The position of the shaman is often passed down from one genration through the next through the education of child.
Take a few minutes to breathe, relax and quiet your mind.
Contemplate what it is that motivated you to start out on this path.
Listen to your heart and write a couple of pages in your journal about why you want to practice shamanism .
Jaguar 1: Integrations with Nature
Quetza Sha explains the importance of meditation to transform our lives using the technique of Tlaquenahuaque - to connect everything together from our hearts, our sexuality, our minds we enter the doorway of each element of nature.
The meditation techniques are to help you to discover your own spirit and with the spirits of nature.
Quetza Sha shares the Maya Aztec Greeting and the galactic source of the meditations and mantras contained within the work book Jaguar 1.
Jaguar 1: Integrations with Nature
Quetza Sha explains the purpose of the meditations contained within the workbook and the reasons why it is important to keep your physical, auric and astral bodies protected.