Our Spiritual Philosophy
Here at Frankly Shamanic, we do not believe in belief or judgement. We only acknowledge personal experiences as meaningful. Furthermore, we don't expect students to accept as true what we say but only to trust their own experiences. Our aim therefore is to facilitate our students to have a mystical experience that they consider profound. For this reason all our courses are experiential.
We define Shamanism as "The ability to act as an intermediary between the human world and the spirit world by connecting with ancestors, deities, spirit guides and power animals while in a trance like state. The purpose is healing, self-empowerment, guidance and spiritual development." Our emphasis is on Northern European Shamanism rather than Native American spirituality.
Therefore, our spiritual philosophy is based on the concept that the spirit world will always be there to help us when they perceive that we are striving to make life better for ourselves and others. Only with hard work, wisdom, and striving to achieve our full potential and personal enlightenment will the gods' blessings come. We define enlightenment as "A shift in consciousness, where truth is discovered through personal experience, which is beyond all concepts and beliefs, resulting in the recognition of fundamental oneness with all of existence and that your true nature is whole, unbounded and everlasting."
For this to even occur, six core conditions are necessary:
Honour is defined as: a quality of worthiness that affects self-evaluation of one's integrity, dignity and self-respect. Dr Samuel Johnson, in his A Dictionary of the English Language (1755), defined honour as having several senses, the first of which was "nobility of soul, magnanimity, meaning greatly generous. It is the virtue of being great of mind and heart. It is a refusal to be petty, a willingness to face danger, and actions for noble purposes. It was identified by Aristotle as "the crowning virtue".
Noah Webster of the American Language defines Magnanimity as: greatness of mind; that elevation or dignity of soul, which encounters danger and trouble with tranquillity and firmness; which raises the possessor above revenge, and makes him delight in acts of benevolence; which makes him disdain injustice and meanness, and prompts him to sacrifice personal ease, interest and safety for the accomplishment of useful and noble objects.
Courage is defined as: the ability and willingness to confront fear, pain, danger, uncertainty, or intimidation. Physical courage is courage in the face of physical pain, hardship, death, or threat of death, while moral courage is the ability to act rightly in the face of popular opposition, shame, scandal, or discouragement.
Hospitality is defined as the relationship between the guest and the host, or the act or practice of being hospitable. This includes the reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers. In ancient cultures such as Celtic, Norse and Greek, hospitality was a divine right. The host was expected to make sure the needs of the guests were seen to. In Greek society a person's ability to abide by the laws of hospitality determined nobility and social standing. In India hospitality is based on the principle Atithi Devo Bhava, meaning "The guest is God". We consider that in modern day western society, hospitality is as much about our mental attitude towards friends and strangers as it is about our physical treatment of them for example, lack of judgment, fear and prejudice.
Empathy means 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. It has to be perceived.
Unconditional Positive Regard
Unconditional Positive Regard is the full acceptance of ones-self and other human beings despite behaviour which may not be attractive. It means being non-judgmental, liking the whole person despite some things we would not wish for.
Congruence means being genuine, lacking in facade, lacking in pretence, lacking in pomposity, expressing warmth and honesty; a condition when the inner self is presented to another person without barriers of any kind.
Our courses are based on the following nine ideas, the first six come from Albert Einstein the last three come from Carl Jung:
“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
“The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery. There comes a leap in consciousness, call it Intuition or what you will, the solution comes to you and you don't know how or why.” Albert Einstein
“Logic will get you from A to Z, imagination will get you everywhere.” Albert Einstein
“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” Albert Einstein
“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.” Albert Einstein
“Art is a kind of innate drive that seizes a human being and makes him its instrument. The artist is not a person endowed with free will who seeks his own ends, but one who allows art to realize its purpose through him. As a human being he may have moods and a will and personal aims, but as an artist he is "man" in a higher sense he is "collective man", one who carries and shapes the unconscious, psychic forms of mankind.” C.G. Jung
“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” C.G. Jung
“There are as many nights as days, and the one is just as long as the other in the year's course. Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness and the word 'happy' would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.” C.G. Jung