Shamanic Breathwork: Journeying beyond the Limits of the Self

Shamanic Breathwork: Journeying beyond the Limits of the Self


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ISBN-13: 9781591431060
Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
Publication date: 12/15/2009
Edition description: Original
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 694,402
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Linda Star Wolf, founder of Venus Rising Institute for Shamanic Healing Arts and the Shamanic Breathwork process, has led transformational workshops worldwide since 1984. The coauthor with Nicki Scully of Shamanic Mysteries of Egypt and The Anubis Oracle, she lives and works at her Isis Cove Retreat Center in North Carolina.

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Chapter 5

Processing the Journey

After breathing, the journeyer (still somewhat altered and assisted by the co-journeyer) engages in one or more expressive art forms (mandalas, sculpting, mask-making, collages, Shamanic Shakti Painting Process, etc.) as well as sacred scribing. In sacred scribing, the journeyer describes in detail what their specific experience(s) were during their session. The co-journeyer scribes what the journeyer tells them in a journal and relates back and scribes what their own experiences were during the journeyer’s Shamanic Breathwork. This process allows for integration and grounding as well as for the journeyer and co-journeyer to briefly process together what their experiences were during the session.
The Shamanic Expressive Art Process may include drawing a mandala, working with clay, painting, writing poetry, journaling, or some other form of expressive art. These processes allow the journeyer to express and work with the images, messages, and experiences of their sacred Shamanic Breathwork process. This integrative expression is closer to the language of the soul than speaking about the experience in words alone. The artistic expression is meant to give full access to the unconscious and conscious processes animated by the breathwork. The following is a brief description of one of the more powerful art processes, the Shamanic Shakti Painting Process, from its creator, Judy Merritt, Red Hawk:

The Shamanic Shakti Painting Process (SSPP) is about the Sacred Marriage of the Shamanic and the Shakti energies. It is a calling in of the Shaman within, that Divine Witness and Healer, to show up as witness and to hold the space for the language and vision of the soul revealed through the painting process. The Shaman within is summoned with the ritual of smudging and the setting of the intention for healing and revealing. The Shakti energy is activated and invited in through the process of kidney breathing. The kidneys flow and filter that deep wellspring of creative energy. The SSPP then requires the participant to enter into the commitment of communication between soul and ego through the application of paint to paper, allowing the colors to be chosen and the movement of the brush to be informed by the inner voice, the feeling and movement from deep within the body of the painter. The SSPP is not about thinking about what will be painted. It is not about putting onto paper any representation of the outside world. It is about using paint, paper, energy, commitment to the process, and the act of surrender to reveal to the painter what the soul and the Shaman within need the painter to see and to feel for deeper understanding and healing.

The use of the mandala drawing can be an extraordinarily powerful tool in the Shamanic Breathwork process. The mandala is a form of expression in which the journeyer artistically describes their experience in pictorial form. The Sanskrit word mandala means “circle.” Indeed, each mandala begins with a softly drawn circle on a large piece of art paper or other media. The mandala circle is a suggestion--a starting point from which the journeyer’s experience comes to artistic life. Almost invariably, the experience pours from the journeyer’s psyche onto the paper, overflowing the confines of the suggested circle and consuming the entire media. This artistic expression allows the journeyer to quietly reflect upon their experience, using the mandala as a form of expression to encapsulate that which words alone cannot. The mandala is both a reflection of where we are now as well as a preview of coming attractions in our lives.
Jung believed that the mandala allowed for expression of both the personal and the collective unconscious. He believed that, in drawing the mandala and connecting with the collective unconscious, we are allowed the opportunity to move away from the ego as the center of our psyche. He said,

The goal of contemplating the processes depicted in the mandala is that the yogi shall become inwardly aware of the deity. Through contemplation, he recognizes himself as God again and thus returns from the illusion of individual existence into the universal totality of the divine state.

He described mandalas as a reflection of the self--the wholeness of personality. He believed that the construction of a mandala accessed our psyches and allowed our core truths to emanate forth. He said mandalas “cannot tolerate deception.” Of mandalas, Jung also said,

I had to abandon the idea of the superordinate position of the ego. . . . I saw that everything, all paths I had been following, all steps I had taken, were leading back to a single point--namely, to the midpoint. It became increasingly plain to me that the mandala is the centre. It is the exponent of all paths. It is the path to the center, to individuation. I knew that in finding the mandala as an expression of the self I had attained what was for me the ultimate.

Contained with each individual mandala is often essential information for the journeyer about the meanings of the images, symbols, and motifs they experienced during their Shamanic Breathwork journey. These images, symbols, and motifs are interpreted both literally and for their underlying metaphorical meaning. One of the powerful aspects of mandala interpretation is examining the archetypal themes inherent in them. Present in all people in all cultures, archetypes have been recorded by dreamers across time and from all walks of life with remarkable commonalities.
Engaging in a spirited dialog with the archetypal forces visible in our mandalas allows each of us to integrate material that may otherwise exist outside of our waking consciousness. In this process of recognition and integration, we have the opportunity to fully engage with and purposefully invite core archetypes into our consciousness so that we may live and learn their lessons rather than resist them unconsciously.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Nicki Scully



1. Awakening the Shaman Within

2. The Creation of the Shamanic Breathwork Process

3. True Life Experiences with Shamanic Breathwork--Part One

4. The Shamanic Breathwork Experience

5. Processing the Journey

6. The Spiral Path and the Five Cycles of Shamanic Consciousness

7. Soul Recovery--Soul Return and Energy Release Work

8. The Shaman, the Shadow, and Addiction

9. The Creation of SHIP (Shamanic Healing Initiatory Process)

10. True Life Experiences with Shamanic Breathwork--Part Two

11. Preparations and Instructions for Breathing Alone

12. Embodying Shamanic Consciousness in Everyday Living

13. Thirty Shamanic Questions for Humanity: Dismantle Your Old Ego Agenda and Recover Your Original Soul Purpose

14. An Invitation to the Shaman Within

Appendix 1: The Shamanic Twelve Steps

Appendix 2: Shamanic Breathwork Reiki

Appendix 3: The Shamanic Ministers Global Network




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Karen Craft

“In these times of fast-moving change, Linda Star Wolf teaches us how to connect with our internal guidance and inborn ability to heal, spiritually and psychologically. She brings traditional shamanic consciousness into the 21st century in a form accessible to anyone with the courage to explore self-awareness.”

Charla J. Hermann

“The Shamanic Breathwork process of personal and planetary transformation is Linda Star Wolf ’s gift to the generations to come. She honors the ancestors as she shares a new form of wholeness and healing with all who take this breath of life into their hearts.

Steve Bhaerman

Shamanic Breathwork will help you use the power of the breath to access ‘the shaman within’ and activate your soul’s purpose. I highly recommend this practical guide for turning the ideal into the real deal.”

Judith Corvin-Blackburn

Shamanic Breathwork provides readers with a powerful process that heals us both individually and collectively as citizens of Planet Earth. Linda Star Wolf is one of those rare transformers whose visions and words weave their way into the depths of our psyches and bring us out the other side empowered and deeply connected to our inner guidance and soul’s path.”

Wendyne Limber

“Linda Star Wolf has written a landmark book describing her incredible healing and transformational process.Shamanic Breathwork is a must for transpersonal therapists who truly desire to help people move through the middle toward higher consciousness, peace, and a healthy planet.”

Lee R. McCormick

“Shamanic Breathwork is a Living Way to personal truth and freedom. We are not the ‘self,’ we are the one experiencing the ‘self,’ and Shamanic Breathwork brings that experience to the forefront of our consciousness. With love, light, and creativity, Linda Star Wolf offers others the power and grace of the Shamanic Breathwork practices.”

John Lee

“There is tremendous power in Linda Star Wolf’s words like there is power in the breathwork she practices and teaches. The stories, insights, and information found here touch the heart, soul, body, and brain. Shamanic Breathwork is a must read for anyone ready for a major shift in consciousness.”

Leonard D. Orr

“The Shamanic Breathwork practice is the perfect way to journey beyond the limits of the self. I am very happy to see a book about breathwork from the shamanic perspective.”

Jacquelyn Small

“In the Shamanic Breathwork journey, Star Wolf weaves her own healing experience into a powerful, compassionate process of deep inner work for others.”

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