Shamanic Forest Bathing in Germany

Germany, June 2017

This article is a reflection on the insights gained during my recent trip to my home country, Germany, in June 2017.

This journey was really all about taking a break from the all pervasive conditioned responses to life, getting away from cold Dubai shopping malls and the unbearable summer heat in the Middle East.

I vowed to disconnect from technology as much as possible, aka going on a Smart Phone diet. I wanted to simply spend quiet time in pure nature.

With few exceptions, I stayed true to my resolve and spent each day a min. of 6 – 8 hours in nature, mostly inside forests, parks or walking along scenic riversides and beautiful lakes.

I visited the forests of Schwarzwald, Hunsrück, and Taunus and spent true quality time with myself walking and deep breathing the (mostly) fresh forest air and engaging in my favorite mode of

The Shamanic Antidote to Major Health Crisis and Abdication of Self-responsibility

Lack of willpower leads to abdication of self-responsibility

In many health and cancer forums I frequently come across these “Has Anyone Heard of xyz Cure” postings. What seems like a logic thing to do – ask others for their experience or help is actually in many cases counterproductive.  Asking for such help has become a widespread habit in social media which I would call “abdication of self-responsibility”.

Many people will not agree on this but let me elaborate on it a bit more.

When we face what it really is, we may actually realize it’s a lack of personal willpower to do one’s own proper research. And when I use the word research I mean research in depth, not just visiting a couple of websites and reading a few articles on whatever cure there is for cancer or other chronic illnesses. Qualified research includes the need to not only

Shamanic Concept of Soul Loss & Recovery

Soul Loss is Referred to as Depression or Dissociation in Modern Medicine

What is soul loss?

When we go through severe trauma or even bitter disappointment or violent shock (e.g. car accident, body attack), the soul or parts of it may leave the body, to escape as it cannot handle the present situation (in modern psychology this is called “dissociation”). Shamans of old times simply call this soul loss as that captures what it is – our essence has left the body. It is a form of survival strategy management. When the mind cannot handle the physical, emotional pain it dissociates these parts and burries them – often very deep and for very long. Dissociated soul parts do not just go away, they exist in other realms but do weaken the person’s entire life support system – mentally and often physically.

Examples: A child who has been abused, a survivor

What Is A Shaman?

WHAT IS A SHAMAN?
(as quoted by Curandero / Native Healer Don Oscar
Miro-Quesada)

A Shaman is one who develops a personal and intimate relationship with the Unseen world for the purpose of being of service as a healer. This relationship is cultivated experientially through selfinduced altered states of consciousness, ritual ceremony, and refined energetic awareness. Shamanism is not a religion. It is a spiritual practice grounded in a reverent awareness that the world is animated, conscious, and energetically interdependent.

Guiding Principles

  1. Everything is alive (animation/vitalism). Everything manifests a physical form from the same animated essence. The shaman attends to this essence.
  2. Everything is conscious (vigilance/observation). Everything watches us. The world is mirrored within us. The shaman learns to be a visionary observer.
  3. Everything is interconnected (relationship/reciprocity). Everything responds to and is in interdependent relationship to everything else. The shaman is a mediator of these interconnections and interdependent relationships.

Ten Inspiring Commandments

The Ten (Native) American Indian Commandments for a better world

  • Treat the Earth and all that dwell therein with respect 
  • Remain close to the Great Spirit 
  • Show great respect for your fellow beings 
  • Work together for the benefit of all Mankind 
  • Give assistance and kindness wherever needed 
  • Do what you know to be right 
  • Look after the well-being of Mind and Body 
  • Dedicate a share of your efforts to the greater Good 
  • Be truthful and honest at all times 
  • Take full responsibility for your actions