Shamanic cultures do not limit "intelligence" to the physical brain... but rather experienced their entire body as a thinking organism. By stimulating the body & mind simultaneously they would "journey" to parallel realities where solutions to seemingly unsolvable problems were possible. These "vision journeys" are legendary... and became the basis for acquiring individual and cultural wisdom. A tribe’s capacity to see their future allowed for the responsible selection of any number of choices... and most societal rules were based on experiences derived from these journeys. Therefore, the wisdom of a culture was acquired less from 'thinking' and more from 'envisioning' their future.
TranceDance employs a number of contemporary mind altering techniques as methods for accessing levels of shamanic "trance"... thereby making it possible to duplicate these visionary journeys. All TranceDance / Vison Quest Workshop participants will first receive valuable information regarding the science, psychology & mysticism of these altered states of mind... and then explore these realities first hand. As a result each participant will be able to "envision" alternative solutions to whatever life questions they ask. The answers received from these visionary journeys are frequently some of the most powerful experiences in a person’s life.
Friday evening program...
Rites Of Passage: The 12 Mystical Stages Of Our Spiritual & Physical Evolution. Rites Of Passage is a study of evolutionary wisdom. Rites Of Passage is based on the principles if the spiral (spiritual) or sphere. Rites Of Passage' is a holistic, spiritual model that describes an inevitable journey that we must all go through in our lifetime. 12 Rites of Passage describes the spirituals peaks and valleys in life... the 12 'points of transformations' that guide us towards wisdom and tranquility. Rites Of Passage clarifies when and why we experience life crisis, and more importantly, alternative approaches to transforming these dilemmas. It makes no difference who you are or where you are; these passages are experienced by everyone. Through the use of Soul Hunting, Trance Dance and other ritual techniques you can intentionally journey through these 'passages' to discover the deeper purpose and meanings within life. As each stage is experienced and understood, we develop a growing wisdom and intelligence that serves as the foundation for living an enriched life and creating a balanced society.
The Spirit Animal Dance: Journeying For Your Power:
The Spirit Animal Dance is an experience of being possessed by power.
Shamanic cultures worldwide acknowledge the relevance of surrendering our
body/mind to the guidance of nature... animal spirits that show us the way
towards wisdom and truth. Spiritual transformations are based on
experiences that first overwhelm, with understanding coming later. This is
particularly true of shamanism and the Spirit Animal Dance. This ritual
journey is a doorway through the shadow side of life... a journey that
ultimately illuminates a pathway to your soul. Each participants unique
relationship with a spirit guide will be revealed, thereby creating the
spiritual foundation necessary to begin your healing journey.
Trance Dance: Entering Your
Body / Mind Consciousness
Soul Hunting: Finding The Lost Pieces of Self. Throughout our life we are confronted by situations through which we lose vital aspects of our life force, or power. Losing our power is the same as losing a piece of our soul, and losing too much of our soul diminishes our vitality in life. Eventually we lose perspective. The term "shamanic" means... "the ability to see through the dark"... to find perspective again. The Soul Hunting Ritual will reconnect you with the lost pieces of your soul. Participants frequently report that their Soul Hunting journeys are among the most rewarding events in their lives. The Soul Hunting Ritual revisits one of humanities most ancient healing practices, and serves as the foundation of this weekend healing workshop.
The Ancestors Walk: Pathways to Forgiveness.
Shamanism’s view is that spirit and ancestors are synonymous... one and the
same...our organic connection bound together by a timeless line of
reincarnations that govern all aspects of nature. Somewhere within the evolution
of western culture we lost appreciation from the importance of these genetic,
organic connections. By utilizing an innovative technique titled Whole-Track
Evolutionary Recall participants can 'walk' their particular genetic path...
encountering buried aspects of their ancestral story and revealing a deeper
understanding of how evolution can answer important life questions. The result
is an enhanced capacity to channel ancestral wisdom into our everyday life.
Shamanism, Mysticism & Dream
Work: Bringing The Pieces Together. The original meaning
of the word 'shaman' is "he/she who can see in the dark". Here the word "dark"
is not literal but spiritual. It refers to our untapped ability to explore the
inner workings of our own psyche. The final day "Shamanism. Mysticism & Dream
Work" will provide opportunities for each participant to explore their own
body/mind as a way to discovering meaning in the previous Trance Dance & Soul
Hunting journeys. Various mind expanding techniques will be used, including (but
not limited to) art therapy, transactional analysis, group sharing and
individual consultations with Wilbert Alix. Through this day of personal
exploration & integration each participant will pull together the pieces
discovered in their own journeys, making it possible to see the unique messages
of wisdom found in our life experiences.
The featured speaker at the 2005 International Conference on Shamanism, Wilbert Alix has earned international recognition as a contemporary healer and teacher of progressive psychology and neo-shamanic studies. A prominent figure in the emerging science of body-centered psychology his presentations are accentuated with intellectual depth and a unique insight into the relationships between traditional shamanic healing, western science and eastern mysticism.
Wilbert Alix has pioneered the professional application of Trance Dance and other shamanic techniques as legitimate healing and therapeutic tools. He conducts workshops and trains professionals throughout the USA, Eastern and Western Europe, North and South America, and Russia. Being a 7th generation native of New Orleans, he was born into a culture rich in shamanic tradition, ritual trance, sacred music and ecstatic dance. Also a trained academic, Wilbert has explored eastern transformational mysticism, contemporary psychotherapy, western medicine and shamanic ritual healing techniques.
From 1975-86 his work at Baylor College Of Medicine and the University Of Texas Health Science Center ranged from cardiovascular research to organ procurement & transplantation. From 1990-1993 he served as president of the Capital Area Mental Heath Center, one of the largest psychotherapy programs in the United States. He is the creator and director of the 'Common Ground Project'; a conflict management program that successfully brings together opposing groups through innovative use of transformational therapy, spiritual integrity and training in creative problem solving techniques. His popular TV show 'Awakening The Mind' has aired on public television since 1988.
Since 1981, Wilbert served as director of the Natale Institute International (founded by the late Frank Natale), a worldwide network of education and training programs that have empowered tens of thousands with the ability to transform their thoughts into reality. In 1990 this program expanded into the mystical worlds of shamanism, organic healing and transformational music. CDs such as Shaman's Breath, Medicine Trance, Rites Of Passage and Spirit Animal were created to help facilitate TranceDance as a viable tool for spiritual healing… and introduced thousands to the world of shamanic healing.
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