A Sampling of Courses
These are examples of workshops that contain some of the foundations of the teachings from the Black Bear lineage. I am often asked if there is a specific order for taking classes, and the answer is really no. I usually offer the Circle of Life class once a year and then offer different courses throughout the year that anyone can join. The exception is a long-term courselike the Shamanic Healer Training. I offer classes based on what I am intuitively led to by my inner guidance and also I do take people's input and requests into account. If you’re looking for the best place to start your study, however, the introductory Circle of Life class is a good choice.
The Circle of Life - Introduction to Shamanism from the Black Bear lineage
Secrets to Shamanism could be considered a "Part Two" to The Circle of Life Introduction class. We will delve more into shamanic philosophy on topics such as being grounded, trust, fear, spontaneity, and commitment to name a few. There will be new techniques on training oneself to develop focus which is necessary to manifesting anything in your life - whether it is inner peace, work, love or whatever else you are trying to create. There will be a teaching on learning how to make a better relationship with your ego and we will make a tool called the "Ego Bundle." You will learn how to balance your emotions with a specific technique to help reduce the drama in your life. You will also learn the "Seven Steps of Commitment" that can help anyone on a spiritual path, plus more philosophies and techniques. This class will take you deeper into the shamanic experience.
This is a class designed to help you gain a deeper understanding of who you are and where you came from. Using techniques like inner child work, past-life regression, shamanic breathwork, meeting the different "aspects" of your psyche, journeying to the "smoking mirror," and more, you can begin to find deep emotional healing. Self-knowledge is the key to changing negative patterns and helping you to connect to your true spirit. It can be fascinating to get a perspective on your journey through this life and others.
"Manifesting is much more than making something real. It is a whole body experience. From your cells, your heart, to your emotions, to your mind, and your spirit." Black Bear This class is based on one of the recorded lectures that Black Bear gave. Broken down into class form, you can work through the steps with support. Black Bear teaches us about seven main blocks or limitations to the manifesting energy. You will easily see yourself in these common stumbling blocks, including confusion, control and sabotaging doubt. He then points the way out of each of these negative steps so that we can open to the limitless flow of spirit. There is a teaching on money as well, as it can be such a big issue for those of us on the Earth plane. Black Bear reminds us that we are here to manifest experience, and as we focus on that, everything will fall into place. We will go through each of the seven steps and then use shamanic techniques to dismantle the negative and to bring forth the positive. These techniques have helped many people to learn to live life "in the flow."
Everyone is receiving guidance every moment of the day. We just have to learn how to be open to it. We all have a variety of spirit guides from animals to what many people refer to as guardian angels. We also have an internal guidance system, which can be our intuition or deep messages and feelings from our soul. We can experience guidance through these feelings, inner knowingness, hearing messages, visual images, receiving signs and more. In this class, we will be going within to hone our ability to pick up those messages that are being sent to us. You can begin to tap into the endless support all around you.
To make a power shield is to step in to a very old way. Creating a power shield helps to bring your gifts and abilities from the spiritual into the physical. in this weekend workshop, we will journey to the elders of the directions to receive the symbols that represent your gifts. You will then paint those symbols onto your shield. The shield then becomes a doorway to your power. The making of this powerful shamanic tool involves all four levels of our beings: the mental, the physical, emotional and the spiritual. Bringing these four levels into harmony creates a powerful tool for change.
Black Bear said that the power stone reading is a system of divination for people who don't think that they can do readings. Using 28 small stones, each person will make their own reading tool for identifying spiritual influences, understanding lessons, and solving problems. The symbology is from Black Bear's lineage. You will draw or paint the symbols on the stones, and then learn the meaning. Then we will talk about how to give a five stone reading for yourself or others. This is a fun and unique tool to have!
These are four journeys designed to help bring healing and rejuvenation to anyone feeling drained or stressed on any level. We all lose energy and get out of balance in our day to day lives. These are journeys that the shamans of old used to get their energy back and get replenished. The journeys bring deep relaxation and help you to connect with your inner world for inspiration. Each journey (guided meditation with the drum) is unique and can stand alone, though the most benefit will be gained from doing all four. The journeys include journeying to the heart of the Earth Mother, a journey with Sister Deer, a healing from the elements, and more.