About this course
Order of Melchizedek Training Level Two – Shamanism Intensive
Take stand-alone or as part of the Order of Melchizedek Training Program
The Level Two Training for the Order of Melchizedek introduces you to the traditional shamanic practice of journeywork. Journeywork acknowledges the creative imagination as a gateway to Divine communion and as a tool for obtaining Divine guidance. You will be introduced to the foundations of a “shamanic call in a culture without a culture” and will then have an opportunity to learn and practice shamanic journeys. Working in five different “worlds,” you will meet your power animal, spirit teacher and other teachers and guides in those respective worlds who will support you through their unique gifts in discerning your Divine path. In addition to providing guidance, journeywork supports our inner healing and transformation both in this life and in lives we have already lived. After this course you will equipped to facilitate your own journeys and to lead journeys for others.
Start anytime! Complete at your own pace.
Lesson One: Defining the Shamanic Call
Lesson Two: Identifying the Shamanic Call
Lesson Three: Discernment – Shamanic Call or Psychosis?
Lesson Four: The Initiation Crisis
Lesson Five: The Shamanic Call and Shadow Work
Lesson Six: The Shamanic Journey – Lower World Journeys
Lesson Seven: Upper World Journeys
Lesson Eight: Underworld Journeys
Lesson Nine: Journeys to the Heavenly Realms
Lesson Ten: Middle World Journeys
Lesson Eleven: Bringing it all together.
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A Note from Lauri Ann Lumby, course creator and facilitator:
Before embarking on this journey, I want to thank you for stepping into the question of your own shamanic call. I wrote this course for those, like me, who have received the shamanic call, but have been mostly unsupported in this call because of the culture in which we were raised. For those of us who live in the West (Western Europe, United States, Canada, even Australia and westernized parts of South America and Asia), we are so far removed from our ancestral roots and from the indigenous traditions of our own native peoples that the shamanic call isn’t even a consideration. Instead, what shamanic cultures would understand as characteristic of a shamanic call, Western culture judges as illness, at best, or at the worst - insanity. As such, those living in a Westernize culture who are experiencing an authentic shamanic call are left to their own devises, most often misunderstood, judged and even condemned for the experiences of their shamanic call (including high sensitivities, vivid dreams and nightmares, intuitive and psychic abilities, strange and frequent illnesses, depression, anxiety and even psychosis).
Some have found their way through this call by adopting practices and traditions of indigenous peoples, ie: “walking the red road” as Caucasian Americans might refer to the Native American traditions they have adopted and attempted to make their own. Others might find support through practices of the Mayans, Peruvians, Inuit or Aboriginal people. While we have much to gain by learning from other cultures, for those with Western European roots, the best we can ever do is to pretend, because these practices are not authentically our own.
The purpose of this course is to validate and authenticate your shamanic call and to give you some simple tools and support for embracing and exercising this call in your daily life. While this course is just a beginning (Shamanism 101, if you will), through this process you will have an opportunity to:
- Understand the characteristics of a shamanic call.
- Discern your own shamanic call.
- Understand the spiritual crisis that often heralds the shamanic call.
- Learn basic tools for beginning to utilize this call.
- Find your own language, arising out of your own mythology and spiritual background for embracing your shamanic call.
- Discover the basic tools of the shaman of ritual and journeying.
Much of what will be shared here arose out of my personal journey of discovering and embracing my own shamanic call, along with contemporary research in the field of Transpersonal Psychology which has shed light on this call, especially for those in the Westernized world.
To complete this course, you will need yourself, a notebook or journal and a box of crayons. I invite you to enter into this process with an attitude of inquiry, curiosity and wonder, for this is ultimately what the shamanic call is all about – seeing the world and our life experience through the lens of magic – for as a shaman, this is what you are! The original title of this course was “Broken Wings,” because in a culture without a culture, we most often find the hallmarks of our call looked upon with suspicion and judgment, effectively clipping our wings and making it impossible for us to fly. In this course, I want to help you to fly!
Thank you for giving yourself permission to explore this call within yourself and for taking the time to more deeply discern this call. I am happy and grateful to be a source of support for you as you move through this process and toward that end, I am available for brief email exchanges and for more intensive private consultations at my regular hourly rate. Please consult my website for details.
In Gratitude and Love,
Lauri Ann Lumby, OM, OPM, MATS
Authentic Freedom Academy/Order of the Magdalene