Seeking the Shaman Within: An Interview with Beth Terrence

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I wanted to share an interview done by my good friend and colleague Herbalist/Health Educator Leigh Glenn about my path as a shaman and healer. Leigh and I live local to each other in the Annapolis, MD area and had a mutual friend suggest that we meet, but it was actually through our blogs that we connected in the Spring of 2012. I just love that! Since then we have explored together in many ways.

Leigh and I will be offering a workshop on Saturday, July 27th in Annapolis on Living From The Heart From Cholesterol To Consciousness. This workshop focuses on the heart as guide. Through education and experiential practices, we will explore living a deeply heart-centered life through accessing the heart holistically – on the level of body, mind, emotion and spirit. To Register or learn more, visit http://livingfromtheheartworkshop.eventbrite.com.  I hope you enjoy Leigh’s post and be sure to explore her site, Art of Earth, which offers lots of great information and insights on herbs, health & wellness, plant spirit medicine, sustainable living and more.

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My first personal encounter with shamanic practices came in 2007, in an appropriate-to-our-times trio of CDs recorded by therapist and shamanic practitioner Sandra Ingerman. It was entitled, The Soul Retrieval Journey: Seeing in the Dark.IngermanSoulRetrieval

As Ingerman defined it, “Shamanism is the first spiritual practice of human kind,” dating back at least 30,000 years. Shamanic practices are cross-cultural, with variants used in Siberia, Australia, Africa, North and South America, and parts of Europe and Asia.

The word “shaman” comes from Tungus, a Siberian tribe (today called the Evenki), and it translate as “one who sees in the dark.” That phrase resonates as shamanic work often involves going into the depths of what we don’t see in our everyday, conscious lives and bringing ideas, revelations, and more nuanced views of old experiences into our consciousness so that we can grow our awareness of ourselves.

Fast-forward to 2011. I’d heard about…

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