Category Archive: Medicine for the Earth

Feb 26

How To Heal Toxic Thoughts | Sandra Ingerman |Article and Book


Sandra Ingerman, one of our main mentors, has an article today on  The How to Heal Toxic Thoughts… picked up by the Huffington Post It is great to see a mainstream media outlet respond to this important work.

She also has a book out by the same name… 

Here is an excerpt from the article

All indigenous cultures understand the difference between sending energy, such as anger, and merely expressing it. When someone expresses anger he or she is simply acknowledging the feeling of anger, but the anger has no force or movement that could cause harm to another. In our culture, where we only acknowledge what is happening on a visible level, we deny this other level of awareness, so we send our thoughts like “poison arrows” unconsciously, not realizing the harm we do.

We use the term “sending thoughts” but what kind of thoughts are we sending? Are the thoughts we send to others filled with love, compassion, kindness, and forgiveness? Or are they filled with hate, anger, and fear?

It is important to understand that having emotions and expressing emotions is part of the human condition. We know from research conducted that when we don’t express our emotions illness can occur. As human beings it is our right to have and express the range of feelings from joy and love to fear and anger. Expressing our emotions makes us feel alive. Read More

Sandra wrote the book in “Non-Shamanic” terms hoping to reach a wider audience.  Sometimes it is much more helpful and appropriate to use words that many people can understand rather than those from a Shamanic perspective. Use words to heal… one aspect of Shamanism has always been storytelling. Learn to tell healing stories.

Yours in Munay,




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Nov 09

Our Favorite Books, Music and DVDs | Resources for Shamanism and Spiritual Healing

We are often asked what our favorite Books,  Music and DVDs on Shamanism and Spirituality are.  Visit our Resources and Links area to find our favorites. Rather than offer a list,  here are brief descriptions and links to find them.  This is an ongoing project and we will add to these throughout the year.

Visit our Resources | Links area to find our favorites.  Here are links to each page:






These Books, DVDs and Music cover a wide range of the world of the Shaman. From seminal anthropological  studies to works designed to open the heart.

Topics covered :

Shamanic Healing, Shamanic Training, , Direct Revelation, Medicine For The Earth, Munay-Ki Nine Rites, Personal Growth, Self-Empowerment and Exploration, Self Improvement, ,  Soul Retrieval, Spiritual Growth and development,  Gratitude and thanksgiving, Alternative Health, Automatic Writing, Channeled Spiritual information, Consciousness Studies Personal Healing and Wellness.

Drums and Rattles:   We offer a few basic suggestions as  to what type of drum and where you may find one.

We hope this all is helpful.

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Sep 30

Soul Retrieval Healing and Integration Retreat | A return to Wholeness | Mending the Fragmented Self | April 10 – 12th

Soul Retrieval Healing & Integration | Personal Healing Retreat

A return to Wholeness… Mending the fragmented self


This retreat weekend is for those looking for personal healing and is not a practitioner training. Soul loss can prevent us from creating healthy relationships and the life we truly wish to live. It is believed that whenever we suffer an emotional or physical trauma a part of our soul flees the body in order to survive the experience. Each participant will receive a Soul Retrieval Healing and we will explore follow-up integration work in a loving,  safe,  supportive and sacred group setting.    We will use shamanic journeying,   ritual and ceremony to enhance your experience,  and deepen your relationship with the spiritual world.

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Event Details

The Soul Retrieval Healing and Integration Retreat will be facilitated by Kent Dorsey and Suzanne Savage,  Shamanic Practitioners, at Four Springs Retreat Center.

Four Springs is secluded on 280 acres of woods in the foothills north of Mount Saint Helena, approximately 85 miles from San Francisco, just north of the Napa valley near Middletown, CA. Named after the clear, refreshing water bubbling from natural springs located on the retreat’s grounds.

Four Springs has become a sacred place to generations of people whose inner work has helped shape Four Springs and has been nourished by it.

The lodge, cabins, art and meditation buildings, library and seminar room, together with pool, grape arbor, meadows and trails create a sanctuary that is removed from daily distractions. Four Springs offers nourishment to the soul, and the space and time to discern inner possibilities that otherwise go unnoticed. Four Springs is a rustic and natural setting where one is able to leave the ordinary world behind and connect with Spirit through nature and simplicity.



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 Total Cost: $600

($200 non-refundable deposit to hold space… Balance due on April 3, 2015)

Payment Plans available on request.

6 meals & Double Occupancy Lodging Included

Time: 3:00 pm Friday April 10, 2015 to 4:00pm Sunday April 12, 2015


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Sunday April 12, 2015 at 4:00 PM PDT

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Four Springs Retreat Center
14598 Sheveland Road
Middletown, CA 95461

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 Shamanic Soul Retrieval Healing & Integration

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A return to Wholeness… Mending the fragmented self

Soul Loss:

From a Shamanic perspective, it is believed that whenever we suffer an emotional or physical trauma a piece of our soul flees the body in order to survive the experience. This is understood as a brilliant self-dense mechanism where a part of our essence or soul leaves the body so that we do not feel the full impact of the pain. The pshychological definition is called dissociation… but the psychological models don’t define what leaves or where it goes.  It is vital to understand that soul loss is a good thing that happens to us. The Soul part or life essence that leaves does so to keep from being harmed in any way.

Each individual has a unique definition of what constitutes “Trauma”, what each considers as “Shocking”.  The events that trigger Soul Loss may range from an emotional or physical trauma, such as accidents, surgery, abuse, the trauma of war, being in a natural disaster, divorce, the death of a loved one; to a harsh word from a parent or teacher. This loss is caused by what you perceived as threatening and shocking  at that moment in time.

Soul loss can result in dissociation, post-traumatic stress syndrome, depression, illness, immune deficiency problems, addictions, unending grief, or coma. Soul loss can prevent us from creating healthy relationships and the life we truly wish to live.

Although soul loss is a survival mechanism, the problem from a shamanic point of view is that the soul part that left usually does not come back on its own. The soul might be lost, or stolen by another person, or doesn’t know the trauma has passed and it is safe to return.

It has always been the role of the shaman to go into an altered state of consciousness and track down where the soul fled to in the alternate realities and return it to the body of the client.

Shamanic Soul Retrieval Healing:

Shamanic Soul Retrieval  is a spiritual method of  healing in which the  shamanic practitioner’s role is to search out the lost fragments of your self/soul/life essence and, with the help and guidance of their compassionate spirits,  gather  and return them safely back to you. With this restoration of your life force, you are again able to move through your life in full power! The Soul Essence the Shamanic Practitioner retrieves is whole, pure, unharmed Soul/Life Essence. Remember, this left as part of a brilliant self defense mechanism… So what is returned is what left to keep from being harmed or experiencing pain. What is returned does not need to be healed as it is already whole.


Some Symptoms of Soul Loss Can Include:

Some symptoms of soul loss can include:

  • Feelings of being “spacey”or ungrounded
  • Feeling “empty” or incomplete…
  • Something is missing from life
  • Feeling numb
  • Chronic Depression
  • Suicidal Tendencies
  • Feeling unending grief
  • Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome
  • Chronic physical or emotional illness
  • Immune deficiency problems; Chronic Fatigue Fibromyalgia
  • Experiencing persistent, negative patterns and relationships in your life that you have addressed with other methods without success.
  • Inability to move past an issue
  • Feeling “stuck”
  • Feeling as though you have a “hole” inside that can’t be filled
  • Addictions: seeking external sources to fill up the empty spaces inside of us whether through substances, food, relationships, work, or buying material objects.
  • A feeling of being lost or incomplete
  • Feeling shattered, in pieces
  • Never feeling good enough – Feelings of low self-worth.
  • Feeling a pervasive sense of insecurity, sadness or anxiety
  • Difficulty in having fun or being playful
  • Lost memories
  • Never felt the same after traumatic event
  • A sense that someone took a part of you



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Soul Retrieval

by Sandra Ingerman

Imagine yourself sitting in a circle with members of your community. You have gathered together to support one community member who is suffering from a traumatic experience. You know that if one person is suffering and is ill it effects the entire community. So you have come to help hold the space for healing to happen.

It is dark and the stars are shining bright in the night sky. The air is still. Everyone feels held in the loving arms of the universe and there is no doubt that healing will happen for all gathered here.

The shaman begins to drum and dance calling the power of the universe to her as she puts her egoic self aside and becomes an empty vessel that fills with the help of the spirits.

The client lies quietly in the center breathing deeply to be in a receptive state to receive back his lost soul; his lost vitality.

The shaman sings her journey out loud as she tracks down where the soul has fled. And on finding it returns and blows it deeply into the heart of the client filling the entire body with the light of life.

There is a great joy for all as one heals all are healed. The community is now whole again and can be in peace and harmony.

The work is done.

Shamanism is the oldest spiritual practice known to humankind. We know from the archaeological evidence that shamanism was practiced all over the world for at least 40,000 years. However many anthropologists believe that the practice dates back over 100,000 years. And the most amazing thing is that shamanism is still practiced worldwide today. A practice that dates back so far and is still practiced today must be potent.

The word shaman comes from the Tungus tribe in Siberia and means “one who sees in the dark”. Shamanism has been practiced in parts of Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia, Greenland, and Native North and South America.

A shaman is a man or woman who interacts directly with spirits to address the spiritual aspects of illness, perform soul retrievals, divine information, help the spirits of deceased people cross over, and perform a variety of ceremonies for the community. Shamans have taken on many roles in tribal communities. They have acted as healers, doctors, priests, psychotherapists, mystics, and storytellers.

Shamans look at the spiritual form of illness which might manifest on an emotional or physical level. When I was doing the research for my book Soul Retrieval Mending the Fragmented Self I found that most shamanic cultures around the world believe that illness is due to the loss of the soul.

It is believed that whenever we suffer an emotional or physical trauma a piece of our soul flees the body in order to survive the experience. The definition of soul that I am using is soul is our essence, life force, the part of our vitality that keeps us alive and thriving.

The types of trauma that could cause soul loss in our culture would be any kind of abuse sexual, physical, or emotional. Other causes could be an accident, being in a war, being a victim of a terrorist act, acting against our morals, being in a natural disaster (a fire, hurricane, earthquake, tornado, etc.), surgery, addictions, divorce, or death of a loved one.

Any event that causes shock could cause soul loss. And what might cause soul loss in one person might not cause soul loss in another. Shamans believe that alarm clocks can cause soul loss. I think we all know what they mean.

It is important to understand that soul loss is a good thing that happens to us. It is how we survive pain. If I was going to be in a head on car collision the last place that I would want to be at the point of impact is in my body. My psyche could not endure that kind of pain. So our psyches have this brilliant self protect mechanism where a part of our essence or soul leaves the body so that we do not feel the full impact of the pain.

In psychology we talk about this as dissociation. But in psychology we don’t talk about what dissociates and where that part goes. In shamanism we know that a piece of the soul leaves the body and goes to a territory in what shamans call non ordinary reality where it waits until someone intervenes in the spiritual realms and facilitates its return.

Although soul loss is a survival mechanism the problem from a shamanic point of view is that the soul part that left usually does not come back on its own. The soul might be lost, or stolen by another person, or doesn’t know the trauma has passed and it is safe to return.

It has always been the role of the shaman to go into an altered state of consciousness and track down where the soul fled to in the alternate realities and return it to the body of the client.

There are many common symptoms of soul loss. Some of the more common ones would be dissociation where a person does not feel fully in his or her body and alive and fully engaged in life. Other symptoms include chronic depression, suicidal tendencies, post traumatic stress syndrome, immune deficiency problems, and grief that just does not heal. Addictions are also a sign of soul loss as we seek external sources to fill up the empty spaces inside of us whether through substances, food, relationships, work, or buying material objects.

Anytime someone says I have never been the same since a certain event and they don’t mean this in a good way soul loss has probably occurred.

You can really see how much soul loss there is today as we put money over life. Anytime someone says that we have to kill other life forms for material gain that person must be suffering from soul loss. Anytime someone feels that buying one more car or that gathering material objects will bring happiness that person is suffering from the loss of soul. As you can see we are looking at a great deal of planetary soul loss today as you watch how we behave towards each other and the rest of life.

Coma is also soul loss. But in coma there is more of the soul out of body than in the body. Coma is very complicated to work with today for many reasons. It takes skill on behalf of the shaman to find out which way the soul is trying to go. Does the soul want to reenter the body or does it need help moving on which would lead to the death of the patient? There is a lot to say about this topic and it beyond the scope of this article.

Today there has been a resurgence in the interest of the practice of shamanism. We now have many hundreds of wonderful shamanic practitioners reintroducing the practice of soul retrievals into our culture.

It is interesting to note that as soul loss was so understood in shamanic cultures people who suffered traumas were given a soul retrieval within three days after a trauma occurred.

Today as we have not been practicing soul retrieval modern day practitioners are going back ten, twenty, thirty, or forty years or even more looking for lost soul parts.

Also in a shamanic culture the individuals knew what was out of balance in their lives that might have caused an illness or issue to occur.

In our culture we are unaware of what is out of spiritual harmony that is creating illness. And because often our soul loss happened so young we are unaware of the unconscious patterns we are living out due to our first soul loss. We are always trying to retrieve our soul. And how we do this is by repeating the same trauma over and over again. The names might change of the people involved in our life story, but the story is often the same.

The effects of having a soul retrieval vary person to person. Some people feel that they are more grounded in their body and feel more solid. Some people feel lighter and a joyful way of being returns to them. For some memories of the past traumas might be triggered bringing up a variety of feelings that must be worked through. And for some people the effects are too subtle to notice a change until further work to integrate the soul is done.

As people feel more present in their bodies and in the world they become more conscious of behavior that might be out of balance and disharmonious.

When we are numb we might be aware that things in the world are not right but we can easily distract ourselves from feeling a need to change. When we are fully “inspirited” there is no place to retreat to and we are more inspired to change our lives.

I believe that once a person has his or her soul brought back the client now has to do some work. If the person has done a lot of personal work the soul retrieval might be the end of the work. If not the soul retrieval would be the beginning of the work.

Now it is up to the client to look at how to create a healthy life style and attract healthy relationships that will support wholeness and a life filled with healing. How do we want to use the energy that was returned from the soul retrieval and our returned vitality to create a positive present and future for ourselves? And how do we bring passion and meaning back into our lives again so that we thrive instead of just survive? All these issues I call “life after healing” and are crucial to create long term healing after a soul retrieval.

I write about spiritual practices we can bring into our lives to create a positive present in future in my books Welcome Home: Following Your Soul’s Journey Home and Medicine for the Earth: How to Transform Personal and Environmental Toxins.

As you are reading this I am sure that you can see the relevance of soul retrievals in your own life and the importance to help people once again become “inspirited” for the sake of the planet.

This is vital work for the times we live in. The earth wants her children home and she wants them home now. It is time to come back home again and take our rightful place on the earth. It is our birthright to fully express our souls and create the world we want to live in. And it is our birthright to shine as brightly as the stars above us. It is time to share our light again in the world.

© Copyright 2005 Sandra Ingerman. All rights reserved.

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Remembering Our Soul Journey ~ Winter | February 19 – 21, 2016

Walking the Spiral Path

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Moving into Winter, we honor the North, the time of Union with Source and Transcendence. In shamanic cultures, winter is a time of death, a transition into transcendence. 


We remember our Soul Journey beyond roles and personality. We travel beyond time and space to that which is beyond Death. We honor our Descendants, dreaming a new dream for the times to come. We remember and claim our soul’s purpose.

As we release what no longer serves, we return to Center, coming back to things we thought we understood with Increased Knowledge, Seeing Deeper Truths.  With Love, we Create a New Dream of Transcendence, a new vision for our life and for the World.

Step up and work together in a circle of healing for yourself and the world!



Registration Closes: February 14, 2016

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 Our Next 3 Day Retreat Intensive is

February 19 – 21, 2016

 Remembering Our Soul Journey ~ Winter

Early Registration Ends January 25, 2016

Registration Closes: February 15, 2016

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Walking the Spiral Path is a blend of ancient and ancestral wisdom with modern contemporary shamanism. Walking the Spiral Path offers experiential practices of the Shaman for direct engagement with spirit. BIRTHING NEW BEGINNINGS ~ SPRING is a weekend intimate retreat in the Bay Area for all levels with Kent Dorsey and Girvani Leerer. Each weekend may be taken separately.


Girvani and Kent, I wanted to thank you for an amazing 3 days of release, discovery and transformation. The time, attention and intention put into creating the Birthing New Beginnings Retreat was evidenced by the beautiful setting of Spirit House, the profound and insightful journeys and meditations, and the wonderful food–I was truly nourished on a physical, emotional and spiritual level. It has only been a few days but the seeds of my new beginnings that I planted during this retreat are already growing, and I can feel spirit guiding me as I walk my spiral path.


What a transformative retreat we just finished. Amazing place! Amazing people! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Heidi Page, Artist

I had an awesome retreat with Girvani and Kent as co-creators and looking forward to continue to grow and experience the next phase of my life. As someone relatively new to journeying, I found the wise teaching really helpful. I also appreciated being in a retreat setting where I could deeply immerse myself in the practice of journeying . Thank you for providing a safe healing space and healthy food.   I’m looking forward to continuing to work with both of you!

Kent Dorsey, Center for Shamanic Healing and Girvani Leerer, PhD, The Shamanic Psychologist, formed Earth Spirit Way to offer heart-centered teaching on Self Empowerment Through a Shamanic Way of Life. They bring a unique blend and balance of the Divine Feminine and Masculine, and of Core (Cross-Cultural) Shamanism and Andean Indigenous Wisdom to their teaching.


*** Shed old habits and worn-out ways of being and release what no longer serves you?

*** Access your own inner wisdom and answers?

*** Add spiritual and shamanic practices and ceremony into your daily life?

*** Use your empathic sensitivity without feeling overwhelmed?

*** Find your authentic voice?

*** Feel more whole, fully in your body, radiantly alive, and positively engaged in life?

Whether your goal is personal growth, healing and self empowerment; understanding your own divinity; learning the wisdom of the shamanic world view; joyful attainment of your dreams; greater understanding your Life’s Direction; or being a healing presence in the world; those who choose to walk this path with us will experience profound transformation and a renewed sense of purpose.

Walking the Spiral Path

You walk the spiral path from wherever you begin – whether a beginner, an experienced practitioner of shamanism or a spiritual practitioner – always deepening your path and growth in order to reach Transcendence.

Walking the Spiral Path continues throughout life. As we grow and deepen our learning we experience Birth and New Beginnings, Growing and Blossoming, Harvesting the Fruits, Remembering our Soul Journey and Creating a New Dream – letting go of old ways and roles each time we walk the Path to transcend, evolve and become more self empowered.

Each 3-Day intimate residential retreat may be taken separately.

Together the Series offers a path of Awakening, Initiation & Empowerment within a safe sacred community of like-minded people.

In each weekend, we will use the lens of the Cycles of Life and Nature as a guide to the Journey on our Personal Medicine Path.

Universal shamanic practices of direct engagement with Spirit will provide access to our personal wisdom and knowledge. Receiving ancient Shamanic rites will upgrade our DNA and energy body, connect us to a lineage of teachers and wisdom keepers and deepen and accelerate our Journey of transformation. We will create a personal altar, a Medicine Bundle, to hold our healing and empowerment.

5% of the Proceeds of Earth Spirit Way: Walking the Spiral Path will be donated to Greenpeace Fund to halt environmental destruction and promote international environmental change.

Class Size is Very Limited in this Intimate Retreat Setting.

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Classes will be held at Spirit House, a magical private hilltop retreat overlooking a beautiful valley in Woodacre, CA, close to San Francisco yet a world away.

Arriving at Spirit House the heart opens to the majestic connectedness with the sacred land. It is truly a paradise in nature. Spirit House offers a sense of ‘embracing our souls’, as we surrender into journeys of introspection and exploration. There is a deep sense of spaciousness and abundance that invites people to surrender into the magic of this beautiful setting.

The retreat house is cozy and welcoming, with natural wood, indoor sauna, outdoor hot tub, and gorgeous outdoor space including nature trails and a stone labyrinth on a gorgeous knoll with 360 degree views.

We meet for our Retreat in a free-standing roomy yurt or space under the trees.

Residential (large shared rooms) and Commuting Options are available.

Delicious meals are included in both.

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Walking the Spiral Path

A series of intimate 3-Day Intensive Retreats for Personal Growth, Healing and Spiritual Evolution.

Plus: Four Conference calls  for Group Journey work & Ceremony (Each call 4-6 weeks after each Gathering)

Plus: Spiral Path Yahoo Group for community building and staying connected to the circle. Each weekend retreat may be taken individually.

Plus: Complementary attendance at Monthly shamanic journeying circle in the East Bay.


Feb 19-21, 2016 – Remembering our Soul Journey – Winter

May 13-15, 2016 – Birthing New Beginnings ~ Spring

August 12-14, 2016 – Growing and Blossoming ~ Summer

Nov 11-13, 2016 – Harvesting the Fruits – Fall

Feb 10-12, 2017 –  Remembering our Soul Journey – Winter

Class Size is Limited in this Intimate Retreat Setting

Be Part of a Community of One Heart


Deepen Your Relationship with Spirit

Connect with Nature at a magical hilltop Retreat

Learn Ceremony

Create a Personal Medicine Bundle

Experience Your Inner Light


Class Size is Very Limited in this Intimate Retreat Setting.

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Registration Includes:

  • Follow-up Conference calls for Group Journey work, Ceremony & Ritual
  • Private Earth Spirit Way Yahoo Group for community building and staying connected
  • Complementary attendance at Monthly shamanic journeying circle in the East Bay

Residential Option

Includes 2 nights lodging, use of facilities, 6 gourmet organic meals & snacks

2 nights shared room –  Use of Facilities (hot tub, sauna, magical gardens, labyrinth, hiking trails)


Registration Closes:  February 14, 2016

Commuter Option

Includes use of facilities, 6 gourmet organic meals & snacks

 (hot tub, sauna, magical gardens, labyrinth, hiking trails)


Registration Closes:  February 14, 2016

Contact Us! Kent 510.336.0910 or

      email Kent:

Girvani 510.649.9624 or

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Class Size is Very Limited in this Intimate Retreat Setting.

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5% of the Proceeds of Earth Spirit Way: Walking the Spiral Path will be donated to Greenpeace Fund to halt environmental destruction and promote international environmental change.

Refund Policy:

Full refund – Up to 2 weeks before minus $200 non refundable deposit

50% refund – Between 2 weeks and 3 days before

Cancellation 72 hours or less – No Refund

The Classes

Remembering our Soul Journey – Winter  February 19 – 21, 2016

We turn the wheel once more on The Spiral Path, moving into Winter, Honoring the North. This is the time of death, of Union with Source. In shamanic cultures, death is not an end but a transition.  Our Community supports us in this transition.

We remember our Soul Journey beyond roles and personality. We travel beyond time and space to that which is beyond Death. We honor our ancestors who have helped us come into Being for our Soul Journey, and We remember and claim our soul’s purpose.

We take our place as stewards of the Earth.  We enter the darkness of Earth and the Void, seeds waiting to germinate, as we release what needs to die to gather energy from the transcendent Realms.

Follow-up Conference Call TBA April 2016


Upcoming Classes

Birthing New Beginnings – Spring  NEW SERIES BEGINS MAY 13-15, 2016

We begin to Walk the Spiral Path in the East within a Safe and Sacred Community. Honoring the Cycles of Nature, we enter the Labyrinth of Transformation in the Spring, the Time of new beginnings and the dawning of a new way to Be in the world.

Our journey starts with our Intention and Imagination to vision our path and our highest possibility. We discover and connect with our helping spirits and guides in a process that continues throughout our journey. Spending time with Nature and the land, we begin to reconnect and remember our place in Nature and with All our Relations.

We find our personal Creation story and experience the deep love from which we were created, and in ceremony we experience our Birth to this Earth Walk. We walk the path to our personal transformation and to awaken our healing power and presence.

Follow-up Conference Call TBA July 2015

Growing and Blossoming – Summer  August 12-14, 2016

We continue our Journey with a turn of the wheel along The Spiral Path, Growing and Blossoming into Summer, Honoring the South. We come together to deepen Community and Grow our Potential.

With Concentration and Focus we find and clear the old stories that keep us bound to the past, identifying with our history and trapped in unhealthy patterns. Honoring what has been and finding the gifts in these experiences we unleash fuel for our journey of growth and blossoming.

Re-inventing ourselves, we shed the old worn out ways of walking in the world. We find our new power through our Spirit Animal Ally and our Power Song.


Harvesting the Fruits – Fall   Nov 11-13, 2016

We continue our Journey with another turn of the wheel along the Spiral Path, Maturing into Fall, Honoring the West. We return to harvest and give thanks for the gifts of Growth and Blossoming. Entering the Dark time of the year, we find Rest and Nurturance, a place to pause and de-stress from busy lives and the hectic holiday season.

We come into Harmony and Balance by honoring our whole Selves, our Shadow aspects: from our lives, our ancestral lineages, our karmic legacy. We honor the shadow as a healing energy embodied in the dark of the Moon cycle. We open to healing and reclaim and restore our power.


Follow-up Conference Call TBA January 2016

Remembering our Soul Journey – Winter  Feb 10-12, 2017

We turn the wheel once more on The Spiral Path, moving into Winter, Honoring the North. This is the time of death, of Union with Source. In shamanic cultures, death is not an end but a transition.  Our Community supports us in this transition.

We remember our Soul Journey beyond roles and personality. We travel beyond time and space to that which is beyond Death. We honor our ancestors who have helped us come into Being for our Soul Journey, and We remember and claim our soul’s purpose.

We take our place as stewards of the Earth.  We enter the darkness of Earth and the Void, seeds waiting to germinate, as we release what needs to die to gather energy from the transcendent Realms.

Follow-up Conference Call TBA April 2016



Experience with shamanic journeying, self-directed and accompanied  with drumming without verbal guidance, is required, but there are no specific prerequisite workshops.

You will receive more information about how to learn the practice of shamanic journeying after registration.

Earth Spirit Way: Walking the Spiral Path

A Co-Creation of Kent Dorsey, Center for Shamanic Healing and Girvani Leerer, PhD, The Shamanic Psychologist

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© Copyright 2015 All Rights Reserved Earth Spirit Way and Walking the SpiraL Path

Self Empowerment through a Shamanic Way of Life

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Feb 03

***Official*** Message from the Hopi Nation about Japan, Amazing and Historic

Dear Circles… A message of hope from the Hopi Elders.

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Apr 30

Learning to Live in a Conscious Way | How to Face the Earth Changes | Transmutation

Welcome Circle…

We have been approached by many asking how to face the crisis of the world’s changes manifesting now. From the Tornadoes in the South to Japan’s Earth quakes and Nuclear  disaster to the situations in the Middle East and Africa. We hold all life in our hearts as precious.

For those on a spiritual path, it is time to put your skills into practice… at whatever level you find yourselfTake Spiritual Action Now! We all will continue to grow and evolve, to learn  and expand… and it is time to work from our place of perfection. No more waiting to take another class or read another book. We each can do what we came here to do at this time. The Hopi Elders said that, “We are the Ones We have been Waiting for!” We can vision and manifest a healed Mother Earth as well as a balanced and peaceful future based in love and joy.  Time to step up. No one else is going to do this for you. We create and co-create this world and out experiences in it. Time to own our responsibility for manifesting the world as you envision it to be.

Sandra Ingerman is a bright light in this. She is one of our main mentors. teachers and guides on the path.  She writes  monthly on Spiritual issues in her Transmutation News.  These are a great resource.  I feel compelled to share her May 2011 Transmutation News which talks about how to face the Earth changes.

To find all of her Transmutation News Archives Click Here

I hope you find this as helpful as we have.


Please pass this on to your circles. Leave any comments here to start a discussion.

Yours in Light…

Center For Shamanic Healing

Transmutation News May 2011

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Nature continues to give us some strong wake up calls. It is time to listen to what is being asked of us!

We hold all of life in our hearts and prayers as the tornadoes in the Southeast of the United States continue to create a great deal of destruction.

It is important for all of us in our global community to remember that we all are connected to a web of life. As we continue to watch such transition throughout the world we are all being effected as we are all connected.

We must continue to do our spiritual work and to find ways to drop into our inner wisdom and listen to the messages that we are being given during this intense time of change.

And as we remember that we are connected to a web of life please acknowledge that every change in consciousness we make does ripple through the entire web of life.

Part of our spiritual work is learning how to respond to all that is happening in our lives and on the planet in ways that support the changes being asked of us. And we must continue to learn how to live in a conscious way. So together let’s continue to explore what that means for each of us.

As I read what people send around on the Internet and as I travel and lecture to groups I am struck by how much conversation goes on about our potential.

And I am led to wonder when do we stop talking about our potential and do the work that leads to the healing that is needed right now?

Of course life is a process of growth with no end to where we can evolve.

But at the same time all life is calling for us to be still and use the spiritual healing gifts we were all born with right now.

If you have been engaged in a spiritual healing practice you have witnessed miraculous healings. In my thirty years of practicing shamanic healing I have witnessed cures of cancer and other life threatening illnesses that I never thought possible. I have been a part of groups who focus together on a life threatening illness of a friend or member in the community and have seen how the illness miraculously disappeared baffling doctors who could not explain the change.

What is blocking the manifestation of our potential and how do we move forward?

In my own spiritual practice I have many ways of receiving information from my own helping spirits and tapping into my own spiritual wisdom. I engage in the practice of shamanic journeying. I receive a wealth of information as I sit quietly sipping a cup of tea. I take walks in nature and am guided by the spirits around me and feel my own inner spirit sharing so much with me. I channel spiritual and inspiring information while I do a variety of monotonous tasks throughout the day.

And another potent way for me to receive guidance is to ask for an answer to a question before I go to sleep at night knowing I might get a dream that will provide answers. I wrote about setting an intention for a dream in some of my books.

About a month ago I asked for a dream that would speak to what might be blocking the collective potential. And I did receive a message that night in a dream. The message I heard was, “You need to stop merging your spiritual work with science.”

When I woke up I reflected on this message. I came to understand the word “science” to mean the rational and the intellectual.

For spirit is completely unlimited. When we can move our ego and rational mind out of the way to be a vessel for the power of the universe and the divine to flow through us all healing is possible. Shamans use a metaphor to describe this state as becoming a hollow bone.

But once we start to think about the possibilities of the miracles of spiritual work our mind moves into a place of limitation. We limit what spirit can do by trying to understand and rationalize. And this leads us to believe that miracles are impossible.

And as a collective we have given our power away to the scientific, intellectual and rational that continues to support our limiting beliefs.

I can imagine that most of you who have been reading The Transmutation News do want to shift out of a collective belief of limitations. And there is no better time than now.

We must dismember, discreate, dissolve the beliefs that we are holding that keep limiting us every time we start to focus our imagination and our thoughts and words on the world we wish to dream into being.

Here are simple ways that you might work this month. The first step of course is to try and identify your limiting beliefs. Any limiting belief you have is also part of the collective belief.

Take a walk in nature or find a way to sit quietly in a space where you can reflect. You can put on some music that you find expands you beyond a rational state to a meditative state. Or you might find that the silence allows you to sink within. If you have a spiritual practice that assists you in traveling within and accessing your own intuitive knowing use this practice. If you have a way of accessing helping spirits then use the practice you know. And of course you can set an intention of asking for some guidance in a dream before going to sleep at night.

The question you want to hold as you engage in the spiritual practice that calls to you is: “What are my limiting beliefs and attitudes that prevent me from surrendering to the flow of unconditional love and divine light? What are the beliefs that I repeat throughout the day which tell me that miraculous healings for the planet are impossible?”

These are just some suggestions of questions to ask. And you might find that you feel there is a more appropriate way of wording the question that fits better for you personally.

The next step is to dismember/dissolve these beliefs. There are a variety of ways to work with this. And I do give examples of ceremonies for dissolving limiting beliefs in Medicine for the Earth and How to Thrive in Changing Times.

You can go outside and perform a ceremony where you allow the earth, air, water, or fire to transform your limiting belief(s) into light and love.

One of my helping spirits gave me a practice to write out my limiting beliefs and then use the product “white out” to literally white out that belief. This creates a blank screen/canvas for me to create from. As a limiting thought comes up I imagine myself whiting it out over and over again until the power of the thought diminishes and disappears.

You can paint a picture of limitations and then paint over it with a healing and expansive image.

If you like to dance allow yourself to dance the feelings of limitation and then when ready change your movements to reflect feelings of freedom and being unlimited.

For those of you who engage in shamanic journeying you can journey to one of your helping spirits to ask for healing help to dismember the beliefs and attitudes you are holding.

If you don’t journey here is a way to work. Put on some relaxing and beautiful music. Lie or sit down. Imagine yourself sitting in a beautiful garden. Ask for a helping being to come to you who is willing to assist you. When your helping being comes ask the spirit to help you dissolve your limiting thoughts and attitudes that you have identified.

And as always allow the above suggestions to fuel your imagination to come up with your own way to work.

You might need to continue this discreation work over time. And holding to the belief in miracles it now might be time to acknowledge that the need for your limiting beliefs is over.

It is time for us to join together as a collective that surrenders to the unlimited healing that spirit can bring through. But we must let go of the old beliefs that keep binding us. It is time for us to step into our spiritual power.

As a collective we say that we want the best that life has to offer. We say we want healing for the earth and all of life. But we must reflect on what we continue to project.

Think of how many millions of people have been reading books and listening to lectures on the earth changes that are coming. What projection has been placed upon our planet and how can we change our projections?

Remember the quote from Emmet Fox that I have published a few times now:
“It is impossible to think one thing and produce another”.

Here is one example of how we project that Lauren Torres, a brilliant shamanic teacher, in Illinois wrote to me about.

“Hello Sandra.
I was thinking through what I know about shapeshifting the other day, and I had an insight about the Focus part of the transmutation formula that I wanted to share.

Since I am in the car alot, I used to practice shapeshifting with the traffic. I’d try to become the consciousness of moving traffic and shapeshift the traffic around me. I found that for the most part traffic is amenable to shapeshifting, because people are really there to join the existing pattern.

I did have one time where I absolutely could do nothing with the traffic. It was really bad, and not moving. While I sensed it did not have to be quite so bad, everyone was thinking about how bad the traffic was. People on the radio were talking about how bad the traffic was. In other words every driver was so focused on the reality of the traffic being bad that it was not in any way amenable to a shapeshift. I felt that the focus of the other drivers anchored the reality of the bad traffic into existence.

Anyway, it occurred to me that focus serves as an anchor. If you focus too much on the wrong thing during a transfiguration, say you think about the disease instead of thinking of the body as perfectly healthy, this serves as an anchor to a reality that exists and does not allow the thing to change.”

In the old forms of esoteric healing it is taught that when a healer focuses on a disease the healer joins in with the client to solidify the disease. For the healer now agrees that there is a problem fueling the power of the disease itself.

When a healer only sees the client in his/her divine perfection the spiritual part of the client that is radiant light can now flow through creating healing.

We can say the same about the earth itself. As we focus together on the divine light and perfection of the earth this what is reflected back to us.

And this is one of the core teachings of the Medicine for the Earth work.

Part of being able to project a new vision for the planet is being able to engage the depth of our senses to fuel our imagination and our creative abilities.

What I find is that as people feel worn down by life we move into a place where our senses become deadened. We are also surrounded by the media which provides images for us instead of allowing new beautiful and vivid images to arise from inside of us. We listen to music on mp3 players and I-Pods (for some people all day long) and we do not allow our inner music to play through us.

The key to using our imagination to create is to be able to engage our strong inner senses with our own vivid images, sounds, smells, tastes, and feelings. We need to be able to create our own powerful movies with each of us living in the movie instead of simply watching the movie. And we need to fuel our senses with intense enthusiasm. We need to stop allowing the outside world to write our script and our new script must be born from our inner world. And we must use the depth of our senses to make our creations real.

I think that people operate as flat screened TVs. Where is the depth of our own senses? We are fed so much from the outer world. We need to allow our senses to bubble us through us. We must feed the outer world from the depth of our own senses filled with power and enthusiasm.

If we cannot get in touch with the true power of our own vivid images, our own internal songs of creation, the beauty of the fragrances we wish to smell, the taste of healthy food grown and cooked with love, and the feeling of touching the beauty of life there is no power in our creation. If our creation is not fueled by passion and enthusiasm there is no power in what we project into the world. And the world molds superficiality back to us as our creative work is superficial and lacks depth and power.

I feel so strongly that this is a vital missing piece. The creative work of so many of us simply lacks passion and depth. But at the same time we must have compassion for ourselves and find patience with this process. As many of us live disconnected from nature and surround ourselves with so much input from TV, computers, DVDs, CDs, etc. our own ability to get in touch with the depth of our senses is hidden.

Think about how many years we have been deadening our senses. We need to have the patience to awaken the depth of the wealth of our inner senses. We need to revive our passion and remember times in our life where we felt passion for something where enthusiasm fueled our lives.

Find times in the day when you can go within yourself and start to bring up your own vivid images and your own songs. Really try to focus on fragrances that you love and tastes that you enjoy. Imagine yourself walking around and touching with your hands different things that you love. Try and make your inner senses tangible. Do this a few minutes before you go to sleep or when you wake up. Try this for just a few minutes a day. The intensity with which you can experience the senses in your inner world will directly effect your ability to create what you want in the world you live in.

Here is an example. If you wish for healing to take place at a particular location on the planet imagine reading a newspaper article that announces that healing has already taken place. Feel the feel of the newspaper in your fingers. Smell the ink. Experience yourself smiling as you read the article out loud and hear the laughter of your friends as you share the good news.

As our lives and the planet keep going through intense changes many of us have been reflecting on the meaning of life. I think at some point we get to a place of feeling that focusing on the outer world does not create happiness. We realize that by collecting more in the material world does not create meaning and purpose. As we grow and evolve we start to see that true meaning and wealth lies within. And I have been writing about this for the last few years on The Transmutation News and wrote about this in How to Thrive in Changing Times.

For myself as I keep journeying within and experiencing the wealth of my inner garden I come to a place of finding meaning in being a channel of love and light. For what else is there as you evolve in your life’s journey?

Learning more techniques and methods for spiritual practice do become a distraction at some point as you continue on your spiritual path. At some point we must stop searching for more spiritual information. We must become all that we are learning.

In Medicine for the Earth I share a Haitian proverb:
“The gods won’t appear, the magic won’t happen, if we are not living our real life. Studying life is not living life and therefore has no magic.”

Let us live each minute of our lives filled with honor, respect, and gratitude. Let us be a vessel of divine love and radiate light into the world as the sun and the stars above.

Let us be a bridge of the spiritual energies of the heavens and the earth.

Let us surrender to unconditional love and project that into the world. Let us experience our divine light and radiate this light throughout the web of life.

Our perception creates our reality. In Medicine for the Earth I wrote that to change our perception we must experience the beauty in all things. This is a wonderful teaching and for many of us who have been so worn down by life it is not easy to experience this teaching on the cellular level that creates a true change in our reality.

Being worn down by life is part of a powerful initiation. For the egoic part of ourselves that keeps us separate from Source and oneness is what is being worn down. And this process allows our divine spirit to shine through us.

At some point as we feel that we are worn down and our way of life is no longer working we are now basically standing before a blank canvas where it is time to revision what we want to experience in life.

Allowing ourselves to see the beauty in all things is a great stance to take as we revision our lives. But how can we see the beauty around us if we don’t experience our own beauty?

And how can we experience our own inner beauty if we don’t feel true passion and joy for life?

I titled the first Transmutation News of 2011 “Choosing Joy” and I want us to continue on this theme.

Yes, there are many people who are suffering right now. We feel great compassion for all who are being challenged on so many levels. And a perspective we must look at is there also must be a number of us in the collective who can hold the space and help to be supportive by actually experiencing the beauty and the joy that life has to offer us.

And through experiencing so many personal and global challenges I think many of us start to lose passion. Passion is a strong energy of feeling. And when we start to lose that kind of energy life takes on a very superficial quality.

I would like to share a story with you. In the 1970’s I went to San Francisco State University as a returning student. I had decided to get a BA in Biology specializing in Marine Biology. I have always loved the green of life and love plants, trees, all that grows out of the earth. I decided to study the plants that grow in seawater and engaged in the study of sea algae.

I had a professor who taught me so much about being passionate. He was one of the world’s specialists in algae. And he was going to be retiring shortly. He had devoted his whole career to algae.

As part of our grade as a class we would go to different beaches along the coast of Northern California and individually we each had to collect different algae that were on a list given to us.

I still remember my experience so vividly as if it was just yesterday. Every time one of us would find an algae on the list our professor would come over to that person and he would get so excited and would literally start laughing and would jump with joy. Of course each of us would start to jump with joy with him while standing on the great ocean rocks that would reveal themselves in the low tide.

When was the last time you jumped with joy? We watch children do it all the time. How much of the beauty of life are we missing as we stopped jumping for joy?

The earth, the waters of the world, the air, and the sun, the moon, the stars, the planets above celebrate as we experience joy for life. And this is healing for the entire web of life.

This month find a time when you can go into nature and revel in the wonder and joy of life. If you can’t do this physically then do this with your eyes closed using the great power of your imagination. Awaken your inner senses to fuel the power of your imagination.

Dance in joy with the beauty of nature you experience around you. Remember all the imaginary beings you knew as a child – the fairies, the hidden folk, the spirit beings who radiated glittering light. Dance with them in joy. This can be figuratively or physically. The key is to get the feeling of joy in your body.

Move away from a place of feeling tired and drained and focusing on the challenges and the energy of scarcity. Allow the energy of bounty and limitless light and joy to flow through you. It might be a stretch at first but let the power of your imagination provide the fuel you need.

Remind yourself to imagine engaging in celebration throughout the day and each and every day. Let’s explore together and experience the joyful adventure of life. Let’s feed the web of life with joy this month.

Again this is not to deny all that is happening in the world. In nature as we watch death and transitions there is always new birth popping up through the earth reminding us of the hope of new life. As we watch people die around us we are also surrounded by new babies born and we celebrate new birth.

We must rebalance our lives by grieving what has been lost and at the same time remembering the incredible joy, hope, and passion of the new coming in.

Life without passion leads to despair. Let’s celebrate life. As we remember how to jump with joy again then we can perceive the beauty in life around us.

As we experience joy and passion for life and for our creations our divine light radiates through us effortlessly. Let’s bring joy into our ceremony together on the full moon May 17 as we continue to weave a web of light within and throughout the earth.

If you are new to reading the Transmutation News please read “Creating A Human Web of Light” on the homepage of this site.

Years ago a friend of mine in France sent me a quote that I keep on my desk. I hope it is helpful to you:

“Life is not waiting for storms to pass. It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.”

Copyright 2011 Sandra Ingerman May 2011 Transmutation News

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Mar 16

Important message from Sandra Ingerman | Holding Japan and the Whole World in Light

Dear  Circles of Friends,  We found this very helpful.
In Munay,
Suzanne & Kent

From: Sandra Ingerman

Our hearts expand as we embrace the enormity of all the pain being suffered by the people and all living beings in Japan who have been impacted by the earthquake and the tsunami.

When we feel that our hearts are breaking as we watch levels of suffering in actuality our hearts are expanding allowing us to be stronger and deeper channels of love and light.

Let us journey deep within ourselves transcending our egos and experience the vastness of our spiritual light and love. In this way we become beacons of light and love for all of life in Japan.  Let us expand our individual aura and become one with a spiritual pulsation and frequency to transform the radiation that is moving into the atmosphere.

Move out of a place of pity for the suffering you see and focus on the strong spirit of the people, all of life, and the land itself. In this way you project strength which leads to a foundation of support for all in need.

Let us sing songs of love and healing to the earth, the waters of the world, the air, and to the element of fire. Go outside and sing!

There is an extreme level of panic that is being “blasted” into the collective over the fear of radiation moving through our atmosphere.

Of course there are precautions we all must take on a physical level. But it is also important to remember that it is our egos that are moving into panic.

It is crucial right now that you do the spiritual work you have been practicing over the years. Take the time to find your center. Go out and spend lots of time in nature to center and refocus. Breathe deeply and remember that you are spiritual light and have all the tools and internal spiritual wisdom to guide you during this time.

As a global community we do have great power as we work together spiritually. Let us project a vision of healing and peace. Project a vision of cooling for the nuclear reactors and further disaster being avoided.

Do your transfiguration practice daily and throughout the day and experience yourself as divine light. Divine light has the power to transmute and transform all energies into healing energies. For thousands of years mystics and spiritual healers throughout the world have been using this way of working to transmute toxins and illness. Let us carry on the work that has shown itself to have so much potential for healing.

We must strengthen our spiritual connections so that we can always be open to receive spiritual information when we need it.

Spend a lot of time in nature connecting with the elements and the heartbeat of the earth. Reflect on how you can live a way of life that embraces beauty, harmony, honor and respect for all of life. When we as a collective start to live a harmonious way of life we will see the elements around us reflect back a state of harmony.

Learn to read the omens that nature will continue to show to help guide you.

We must learn to honor the rite of passage and initiation that humankind is going through. We are experiencing levels of death on many levels. Death is not an end but rather is a transition.

In the bible it says that without a vision the people will perish. We are the dreamers of our world. Part of living a spiritual way of life is to be able to surrender to our deep spiritual wisdom and be the dreamers to help birth a new vision of a healthy way of life. We need to be able to hold a vision that the collective can move towards as the old is dismembered. Reflect on the vision you want to be projecting into the world right now and make changes to your vision to lead to a desired outcome. Engage your imagination in a more focused way. Project the best for all of life.

Build up your spiritual muscles!

Let us together hold the planet in love.

Remember that the media moves on after covering environmental, political, and economic events. People and all of life are still suffering the effects of the earthquake in Haiti and in New Zealand, the oil spill in the Gulf, the floods in Australia, the extreme weather in the U.S. – these are just to name a few.  People in the Middle East are still fighting for freedom.

All of life needs us to be a channel of light, love, and spiritual healing. We are one collective. We are not separate cultures, separate countries. We are going through an initiation  together. Let us do our work and live our lives in a good way. That is how we can be in service to the whole.

During the full moon let us transfigure and experience our divine nature as we beam light and love throughout this great earth.

During the equinox remember the wonderful memories and dreams for your life and for the life of the planet. Project beauty into the collective. Plant seeds of love and beauty and inspiration in your inner garden so that they grow, blossom, and bear fruit here in our earth garden.

Most of all be a channel of love and light in behalf of all of life!


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