Dear Brother (or Sister to share with the men you love and value),
Beginning Tuesday, March 21, 2017, from 7-10 pm at Unity Church of Seattle (200 8th Ave North, 98109), Sacred Circles Institute will offer a monthly, year-long course for men, entitled “Men’s Shamanic Initiation.”
During this time together, we will plunge more deeply into personal and collective shamanic worlds to discover new understanding about our life’s purpose and our deep connectedness to “all that is.” Years ago, my wife Mattie and I posited that it takes a minimum of one year to “begin” to get a new initiate’s attention. Some of you have been walking a medicine path for many years. Others of you have just begun. Whatever our place is on the “wheel of life,” it is important that we approach each new day, people, and new experiences with fresh eyes and an open heart.
Many of our Elders have counseled us to “come fresh and open” to each ceremony, as if we were experiencing it for the first time. Angeles Arrien, one of our beloved teachers said, on many occasions, “Dare to walk in the land of ‘I don’t know.’”
Some of you are very comfortable sitting in circle and being open and honest with your brothers. For others, this invitation to open your hearts and souls to other men may be frightening and challenging. In this circle of Bear Clan Brothers, we will all be uncomfortable at some point, and full of joy and ecstatic expression at other times.
The course will include a 400+ page guide to your journey, “Walking the Sacred Wheel,” which you will receive in monthly installments if you do not yet have a copy. In this written guide, you will be oriented to the spirits, guides, and energies of the four seasons of the year, and numerous shamanic teachings and techniques to “awaken your soul.” The cost of the course is $25 per month or $295 for the entire year, including complementary introductory and graduation packets. If you are not able to afford the full amount, please let us know, and we can pursue several options of support.
You will also have the opportunity during the year to participate in many traditional ceremonies and gatherings in the US and in Europe. As you may already know, we are all connected to many teachers, teachings, and circles around the world. This year will expand all of our worlds, especially if we have viable passports and the resources to travel.
The course will be limited to 20 men, and men will be able to enter and leave at any time during the year. We would prefer that you make a firm commitment to participate in the course for the entire year, but if that is not possible, we ask that you enter and leave this sacred space in a “good way.”
Drums, rattles, medicine blankets, medicine pipes, and your own comfortable chair are welcome. We will also share snacks and drinks at our break.
To secure a space in the course, please email David at firstname.lastname@example.org or text or call him at 425-231-5042, or on FB Messenger at David Thomson. You may mail your check or money order to Sacred Circles Institute at PO Box 733, Mukilteo, WA 98275, or bring cash or a check to our first gathering on March 21. If you have any questions at all, please contact David.
We are looking forward to this sacred time together, and hope you will join us,
David Thomson, Bill Sheets, Colin Thompson, Eric Kehoe, John Wells, and Mike Gurling