shamanic ritual

to quote mircea eliade, a 20th century leader in the interpretation of spiritual experience, shamanism is “the technique of ecstasy”, where ecstasy is the state of expanded spiritual awareness. shamanic practice is the use of ceremony and ritual to bridge the gap between the material and spirit worlds. in bhavana in motion this could be a gesture as simple as facing the north direction, calling in the wisdom of our ancestors to inform the intention of our moving prayer. it might be a more complex ritual that weaves sage cleansing, calling forth a dream image, and choosing a sacred stone as a receptacle for processing the dream’s message. no matter how the practice takes shape, the essence of its intention is to tap into the intelligence of the earth’s elements and rhythms to manifest a sacred connection to ourselves.