Diploma of Shamanism
The emphasis of our course is on personal experience and highlights that the true nature of spirituality is a unique and individual experience between the person and the universe. Therefore, the workshops are non-competitive and non-judgemental as no two persons' experience can be compared. Thus this diploma is suitable for both complete beginners and experienced practitioners.
We recommend that people who are considering studying with us read our philosophy page as these values are the foundation for all our courses.
In short our Spiritual philosophy is based on the concept that our ancestors, spirit guides and deities will help us when they perceive that we are striving to achieve our full potential and personal enlightenment. We define enlightenment as:
A shift in consciousness, where truth is discovered through personal experience, which is beyond all concepts and beliefs. This results in the recognition of fundamental oneness with all of existence and that your true nature is whole, unbounded and everlasting. For this to occur we consider that six core conditions are necessary (see our spiritual philosophy page):
Unconditional Positive Regard
Aims and Objectives
To explore the six core conditions and how they impact our lives.
To improve the student's experience of personal power and self-respect, leading to improved confidence and emotional wellbeing. We consider this essential for spiritual development.
To facilitate participants to have personal experiences of connecting with ancestors, spirit guides, deities, angels and the spirits that reside in all things. The purpose is one of healing, guidance, experience, self-empowerment and wisdom.
To enable participants to have experiences of being in harmony and oneness with the universe.
To enable students to experience journeying to different dimensions.
To facilitate students in enhancing their psychic abilities.
This may vary according to the needs of the group.
Each module runs for 3 hours one day a week for several weeks. This includes a 30-minute tea break. The tea break is an important part of the course. It allows for social interaction between participants and gives students the opportunity to talk informally to the facilitator.
These courses are designed to be facilitated rather than taught. Therefore, class discussion is given priority and sufficient time allowed for this activity.
The course follows the outline below:
Topic for discussion
Practical exercises and Mesmer-mediation
Feedback on practical work
Only two classes per module can be missed for a module completion certificate to be awarded.
All Modules must be completed for the diploma to be awarded.
A personal journal must be completed for each module.
Students must demonstrate an understanding of the core conditions and theie implementation into classes.
Missed sessions can be completed in individual sessions at a negotiated cost.
Module One - Shamanic Soul-Empowerment
Duration: 10 Weeks evening class
This course is in two parts; the first part is theory; the second part is practical, which includes drumming and meditation for meeting your Power Animal.
In this module we discuss how we can become stronger at every level of self: emotional, physical, spiritual and intellectual by:
Examining how we see ourself.
Considering the six core conditions.
Interacting, experiencing and being guided by our Fetch.
But what is a Power Animal? It is know by many names around the world, probably the most common of which is the Native American Ojibwe term "Totem Animal". In Old Norse culture it was known as a “Fylgja” or “Fetch”. The Power Animal is a powerful guardian spirit that walks beside us on our journey. It protects us, empowers us, provides guidance and maintains health and well-being. However, the Fetch is not just some individual entity that comes and goes. It is a part of our very soul. It is a part of who we are, whether we are aware of it or not. Therefore the Fetch can only give us its gifts once we have connected to it and become one with it.
We consider that with greater personal empowerment and a more meaningful connection with our Fetch, not only can we utilise talents and wisdom but more importantly we gain a deeper understanding of who we really are and the soul's purpose in this life.
For this purpose we include weekly meditations aimed at guiding participants to connect and experience their Fetch. The aim of this is to give you the experience of connecting with your Fetch. All we ask is that you trust your own experience.
Module Two - Transcendence and the Soul-Needs
Duration: 10 Weeks
Empathy is the only core condition that requires practical skill that needs to be taught directly. The ability to demonstrate empathy to another person is more difficult than one might think. The art is not just feeling what the other person feels but being able to prove to that person that you have heard and understood their feelings. Therefore, the practical exercises in this module will be on empathy.
Empathy: Being able to feel what another person is feeling, to be able to tread in another’s shoes, to experience what some one else may be experiencing, to be able to communicate this to another person so that they can perceive it.
The other five core conditions are explored in this module through group discussion and personal evaluation.
Modules Three, Four and Five - The Runes
Duration: 8 weeks per module total 24 weeks.
No-one knows exactly how old the runes are. Rune-like symbols appear as cave markings as early as the late Bronze Age (circa 1300 BC). They have been used as an alphabet but their uses in ritual and as an Oracle for consultation certainly pre-date their use as a system of writing.
The word "rune" itself comes from the Old Norse word "rún" meaning a secret or mystery, and it seems likely that shamans were considered to have some magic or mystic power in their understanding of the runes.
The runes are an oracle. Each rune connects like a telephone line to a deity. Some runes have several deities linked to them. During meditation participants will be connected to the deity via the rune. The deities encourage and give people strength to face their challenges so that they can recognise their true nature and achieve their full potential.
For this purpose the runes are divided into three sets of eight runes known as Aetts.
Freya, in Norse mythology is the goddess of love, beauty, war, wisdom and fertility, the most beautiful of the goddesses, although, she also has a warrior side and is not to be messed with. Freya was second in rank only to Frigg, Odin's wife. She was also the goddess of a form of magic, called seidr, which she taught to Odin.
It is not surprising then that the first set of eight belong to her. She has the softer feminine energy but also her warrior side. Therefore, her runes gently build up your inner strength, self esteem and confidence while offering you her protection. This prepares you for the second set of runes, Heimdall’s Aett.
Module Four - Heimdall's Aett
Module Three - Freya's Aett
Heimdall is the watchman of the gods and guards Bifrost, the only entrance to Asgard, the realm of the gods. It is Heimdall's duty to prevent the giants from forcing their way into Asgard. He requires less sleep than a bird and can see a hundred miles around him, by night as well as by day. His hearing is so acute that no sound escapes him, it is said that he can even hear the sound of the grass growing.
We are challenged to expand our thinking and awareness beyond our beliefs, denial and judgements. To be honest and authentic with ourselves, to rely on our own experiences and to recognise that we are much more than we think we are, so that we can become our full potential and face our destiny.
Module Five - Tyr's Aett
Module Six - Shamanic Journeying
Duration: 6 Weeks
In this module we continue our discussion on shamanism and learn how to utilise meditation and our connection to our power animal in order to journey. Shamanic journeying is performed in an altered state of consciousness usually stimulated by rhythmic movement or repetitive sound, most often steady and sustained drumming.
Journeying is a vital tool used by shamans to travel to other realms to communicate with, and learn from deities, power animals and other beings to find spiritual knowledge, guidance and healing for their community. In this module we develop our connection to our power animals to help guide us on these shamanic journeys.
In Norse Mythology, there are nine realms, said to be held together by a great cosmic ash tree at the center of the universe known as Yggdrasil. This tree was used by the king of the Norse gods and shaman Odin, to travel to these realms.
Module Seven - Shamanic Plant Journeying
Duration: 10 weeks
Around the world for thousands of years, shamans have connected to the spirits of plants for healing and protection. They recognised that these spirits were friends, teachers, guardians and much more.
The plant spirits can heal, protect and help us evolve spiritually, and even enhance our connection to the spirit guides, gods and angels. This can have the most profound life changing effects on our heart and soul.
In this workshop we connect and communicate with the plant spirits using a combination of meditation and shamanic drumming. A different plant will be used every week. Some plants have been associated through the ages with angels and divinity, granting wishes, protection, divination, dreaming, cleansing, healing etc.
This has the power to enhance the mind and transport us to higher spiritual realms enabling participants to reap profound rewards.
Tyr is the god of war and courage, and the lawgiver of the gods. He sacrifices his hand so that the evil giant wolf Fenrir can be bound. He is concerned in all matters of courage, justice, fair play, and right action and represents victory, protection and cosmic justice (karma).
Considering that Tyr is the god of courage and karma, it is safe to assume that his set of eight will guide us to balance and harmony, profoundly, within ourselves, nature and the universe. They will challenge us to go deeper into our courage, to accept, learn and forgive our mistakes, so that we can work through our karma and be at peace and one with the universe.
Time: 7pm - 10pm
Venue: Online via Zoom
Phone: David on 0478 221 269
David Is a qualified counsellor and hypnotherapist with a B.A. (Hons) degree in Humanistic Psychotherapy. David has been working as a freelance therapist for many years. As well as working as a counsellor for a number of different General Practitioners Surgeries (UK).
He has also taught a number of courses in Counselling for Further Education Colleges. David has also run many workshops including Self-Hypnosis and co-author of international published book, “Hypnosis & Counselling in the Treatment of Cancer.”
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Bernard Frank is a certified Shamanic healer with a Diploma in Shamanic Practice. Bernard has also integrated a variety of other subjects and philosophies into his practice too such as Northern European Shamanism, Runes, Mesmerism, Tarot, and Meditation.
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