Sep 17, 2019

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Ancestral Healing Triage: Where to Begin Without Traditions-Part Two

Where do we begin to heal our ancestral lines? What is the first step when we do not have traditions that guide us? How do we address the interface between empty-feeling old ways and a very real need to change the family's status quo? "First we cultivate a healthy working relationship with our ancestors to create good, true, and beautiful helping spirits," says host and shaman, Christina Pratt, "only then will we be able to stop giving new life to the old answers of our unresolved relations. Then together, we can take the next steps." Join us this week to explore why we must deal skillfully with the past to create truly different answers for healthcare, war, economics, our relationship with our environment, education, homelessness, joblessness, child poverty, and other painful issues of today.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 11:00 AM Pacific

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Sep 10, 2019

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"Why Shamanism Now?" with Christina Pratt

Ancestral Healing Triage: Where to Begin Without Traditions-Part One

We all have ancestors. They are with us in our blood. We do not all have traditions that guide us in dealing with our ancestors. Some ancestors are true helping spirits. These ancestors bring us medicine, protection and belonging if we know how to let them. Some ancestors are deeply unwell, carrying the open wounds, personal and cultural, of history unreconciled. Nonetheless, they are both moving in our lives and, depending on how we choose to relate to them, they either bring us harm or bring us blessings. Join host and shaman, Christina Pratt, this week as we explore where to begin with your ancestors, why to begin, and most importantly how to cultivate right relationship with your ancestors to create good, true, and beautiful helping spirits.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 11:00 AM Pacific

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Sep 3, 2019

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"Why Shamanism Now?" with Christina Pratt

Curanderismo in Contemporary Times with Erika Buenaflor

Modern curanderismo has roots in indigenous Mesoamerican shamans and curanderos, specifically the ancient Yukatek Maya and Mexica (Aztec). This week author and practitioner, Erika Buenaflor, M.A., J.D., shares her work and research into this rich healing history and practice. Buenaflor shares the cores of these practices, explaining that they are "practical and incredibly effective shamanic cleanses to heal, purify, and revitalize people and spaces with herbs, flowers, eggs, feathers, fire, and water." Join us as we explore modern curanderismo as a "powerful tool for self-empowerment, spiritual growth, soul retrieval, rebirth, and gracefully opening up pathways for new beginnings."

This week's guest:
Erika Buenaflor


Erika Buenaflor, M.A., J.D., has a master's degree in religious studies with a focus on Mesoamerican shamanism from the University of California at Riverside. A practicing curandera for over 20 years, descended from a long line of grandmother curanderas, she has studied with curanderas/os in Mexico, Peru, and Los Angeles and gives presentations on curanderismo in many settings, including at UCLA. She lives in Altadena, California.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 11:00 AM Pacific

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Aug 27, 2019

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"Why Shamanism Now?" with Christina Pratt

The Fundamental Element of Lasting Change

There is a fundamental element of internal energy exchange at the root of every process that helps us to create lasting change. Lasting change is rare in a time with bypass is so common. There are many healing processes that create new versions of the old pattern, new insight without new engagement, or instant intensity that slowly wears off, leaving us where we started. "Lasting change is always accessible to us," says host and shaman, Christina Pratt, "if we are willing step into our inner world, find fulcrum, and use it." Join us this week as we explore how we use our will to create fulcrums for lasting change, where we have to travel to find them, and what to do when you get there.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 11:00 AM Pacific

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Aug 20, 2019

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"Why Shamanism Now?" with Christina Pratt

Escaping the Bully Victim Pattern

A bully victim pattern is surfacing publicly as we begin to confront the reality of internalized and unconscious patterns of marginalization. When we are unconscious of our own deeply internalized patterns of sexism or racism, for example, we often bully others unintentionally. Then, when our behavior is addressed openly we feel unjustly accused and collapse into victimization. However, if we are to heal personally and create social change, we must move out of this looping pattern. Join host and shaman, Christina Pratt, as she shares recent discoveries in how to create lasting transformation of the bully victim pattern through supported shadow transformation, ancestral healing, and precise, proactive soul retrieval healing. This practice moves us from healing to feel better into healing to make medicine for the community and the future.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at 11:00 AM Pacific

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Aug 13, 2019

Her Tealness Wants You To Respect Her Authoritah!

Crossposted from Reflections Journal.

Respect my authoritah!!! Teal Swan and Eric Cartman


Several weeks ago Andey Fellowes asked, "Is Teal Swan Unravelling?" His concerns are well-founded. Her videos seem to be increasingly petulant, even hostile. And it's not just her critics she's angry with. We're used to that. Increasingly, it's her own followers she's not so subtly complaining about. In the "Ask Teal" video that sounded the alarm for Andey, teal huffed and pouted her way through a litany of grievances about the perils of being a "spiritual teacher" in the "information age."

According to teal, "teacher hopping" is all about the "ego" of those who dare to pick and choose from the YouTube smorgasbord of ideas. (A "spiritual teacher" complaining about sharing that stage is somehow not about ego at all.) Without a trace of irony, she complains about her followers plagiarizing from her, an odd complaint from a woman who's been caught lifting content word for word, from a multitude of sources. But how dare her followers take the ideas she stole and go on to become teachers themselves!


“One does not repay a teacher well by remaining a pupil.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche, Ecce Homo

"Poor is the pupil who does not transcend his master." ~ Leonardo da Vinci


A mere two weeks later comes another "Ask Teal" gripe fest. So what social ill has her so troubled that she must vent her spleen about it for a full half hour?

At this point in history hierarchy is one of those concepts that has been thrown into the waste bin of "bad things". Now, as we all know, if we throw something into the bin of "bad things", we tend to swing the pendulum all the way to the side where we won't acknowledge something, we won't look at it and we don't become conscious in the ways we need to around it. By swinging the pendulum, we also become out of alignment to the opposite extreme.

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"Why Shamanism Now?" with Christina Pratt

Energy Velcro and the Hollow Bone

The shamanic altered state of consciousness and being a "hollow bone" are not necessarily the same thing. All over the Internet contemporary practitioners are claiming that the altered state they enter to work with Spirit is, by definition, being a "hollow bone." Becoming the Hollow Bone is an ancient practice in Zen Buddhism, shamanism, and many native peoples of North America. It takes years of dedicated and disciplined practice to create this inner state of consciousness and freedom. In contrast, entering a shamanic trance state, or journeying, is relatively simple to learn, usually allows immediate and useful access to one's helping spirits, and is basically every human being's birthright now.

In our efforts to explain to a contemporary world what shamanism is and how it can help with pretty much all that ails us, let's not get carried way. To become the Hollow Bone is to dedicate oneself to the tireless discipline of clearing your inner energy Velcro. This requires first noticing that you have been hooked by something in life. Then looking within at what Velcro loop within you has just been snagged. Then to move deeper within, for the process has only just begun. Join host and shaman, Christina Pratt, as she explores the deeper truth of becoming the Hollow Bone and the freedom that arises from this ancient and worthy discipline.

**This show originally aired June 7, 2011.**

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 11:00 AM Pacific

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Aug 6, 2019

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What is a Wounded Healer?

Today being "the wounded healer" has become the excuse for poor discernment in contemporary practitioners around boundaries, responsibility, and personal healing. In western thought the concept of the wounded healer began with Karl Jung who used the phrase to refer psychologically to the capacity "to be at home in the darkness of suffering and there to find germs of light and recovery with which, as though by enchantment, to bring forth Asclepius, the sun-like healer" and to assist healing. However before Jung, before Asclepius, and even before western thought there were shamans, the first wounded healers. Shamanically speaking the wounded healer is the initiated shaman, the person who has entered her own death, illness, or madness and found the path through it with the help of Spirit. And in that journey the wound is healed for the shaman and because of that journey the shaman is able to work with the spirits to assist the healing of others. Join host and shaman, Christina Pratt, as we explore the concept of the wounded healer, bust some myths, and consider the reality through the eyes of spiritual maturity.

**This show originally aired May 31, 2011.**

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 11:00 AM Pacific

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Jul 30, 2019

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"Why Shamanism Now?" with Christina Pratt

Shamanism and the Spiritual Warrior

Spiritual Warriorship is more than a metaphor that your therapist drags out every time you are challenged to take the actions necessary to change. Our attitudes and behaviors of self-denial and self-aggrandizement are challenging to change precisely because they have become habits of thought, feeling and memory. It is the internal realm of these habits within each of us that is the perpetual battleground of the spirit warrior and the insidious, enemy-within. Our everyday actions in the outer world are also potentially actions of the spirit warrior, but they are a direct reflection of our actions in this inner world. Without change in here, we can't change out there. Join host and shaman, Christina Pratt, as she explores how the basic shamanic relationship between human and helping spirit brings precisely the support your spirit warrior needs today. Humanity has offered many paths to support the conscientious dedication and skills need by the spirit warrior, but most of these paths are unreachable by the ordinary contemporary individual. Your helping spirits-if engaged regularly and skillfully-offer the flexibility, creativity, and clever persistence to bring the path to you.

**This show originally aired May 17, 2011.**

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 11:00 AM Pacific

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Jul 23, 2019

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Is Shamanism a Path to Enlightenment?

"The shamanic path is not a path traditionally intended to achieve enlightenment," explains Michael Harner of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies. "It has been a path followed because people...wanted to help (others) through healing and alleviating their suffering. In following that path, gifts were then given them that were totally unexpected...This then changes them, and they are never the same again; they are indeed enlightened. But that was not the intention; it was just a result."

Shamanism is and isn't a path of transformation and enlightenment. Host and shaman, Christina Pratt, explores this interesting state of affairs. Shamanic trance states are task oriented. They are not focused on gaining enlightenment. However, an ongoing working relationship with Spirit is one of the most efficient and effective paths of transformation, waking up, and growing up for shamans and for lay people. Join us and discover all the side benefits, like enlightenment, of becoming a spiritual adult.

**This show originally aired March 10, 2010.**

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 11:00 AM Pacific

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Is Teal Swan Unravelling? | Teal Swan Cult

Crossposting from Andey Fellowes

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In her recent video “Spirituality in The Information Age”, Teal embarks on a long and veiled rant on how she hates when spiritual seekers “teacher hop” - effectively, pick and choose who’s advice they listen to. She also goes hard on the idea that people listen to spiritual teachers, ingest all the information they can and then go off and teach for themselves. Something which, according to Teal, makes her jealous of what it used to be like a thousand years ago, when students were committed to their one teacher, following their every word – hanging on their every word.

From the outside, this might seem like the innocent frustrations of a spiritual teacher trying to help their followers stick to the right path. But, when you study Teal’s behaviour going back to the beginning of her career and before and when you look into the kinds of things that have been going on around her recently, you start to get a clearer picture.

There’s a lot in this video that I want to unpack but I don’t think it’s necessary to go over every single point to show you what I got from it. But please, take everything I’m saying with a pinch of salt and do your own research – draw your own conclusions. I’ll attach links to useful resources to the blog post associated with this video/podcast.

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