People often see me as a shaman, or one who engages in shamanistic activities, so I decided to look up the meaning (tee hee). By my personal definition, many shamans are out there. To me, a shaman is someone who has overcome great challenges in their own life, then uses the experience to help others.

The word ‘shaman’ originates from the cultures of North Asia, dating back thousands of years. According to Wikipedia, Mircea Eliade writes, A first definition of this complex phenomenon, and perhaps the least hazardous, will be: shamanism = ‘technique of religious ecstasy’. Shamanism encompasses the premise that shamans are intermediaries or messengers between the human world and the spirit worlds. Shamans are said to treat ailments/illness by mending the soul.

Shamanism can also be defined as a practice that involves a practitioner reaching altered states of consciousness in order to access benevolent spirits. The shaman can go into a trance by using ritual or ceremony as a way to bring the spirits present. The crystal bed is a device that facilitates the client going into an alpha state, which enables each person to access their spirit helpers. The need to go into a trance in order to access the spirit realm seems as ‘old school’ as a séance. We all have the ability to access other realms and can remain in a grounded presence when messaging occurs with spirit guides. Let’s get a whisper on the subject of shamanism:

Shamanism begins with being open to the mysteries of the world that lie beyond the physical. Accessing different dimensions can be done using a variety of methods that align each person with the vibrations and frequencies of other realms. Once you understand how to access those frequencies, the process becomes easier and without the need for trances or altered states. Upon making a connection, healing energy with the soul can increase.

Reaching altered states can appeal to those on the spiritual path, representing the fastest way to experience other dimensions. But this approach can bring unexpected consequences. The original shamans dedicated a big part of their lives to the spiritual practices handed down by their ancestors. Fast food is not necessarily filled with nourishment, and neither is fast spiritual food.  

Take your time to learn spiritual methods, then practice your passion like an artist learning to master their craft. The more you practice, the more information you will gather and incorporate into your intended use, life purpose, interests, and service to the Divine. Traveling other dimensions offers many opportunities for false discernment. The ancient cultures were gifted at staying grounded, and many of those teachings have been lost.

In order to arrive at your proper destination, you need intentions that match your purpose. By establishing the foundation of your spiritual work through intentions, you will build a masterpiece grounded in the core essence of who you are. You do not need a title, a label, or a certificate to be the best spiritual messenger on the planet. Simply align yourself with the frequency and vibration that you brought into the world, by remembering who you are and why you came here.     


Russell Rides Back into the Flow of Life

Russell Rides Back into the Flow of Life

Today, June 9, 2009, is the day Russell got back on his bike!

In November ’07, I had a serious freak accident while riding my mountain bike crossing a busy Austin street. So many factors contributed to the event that it is hard to imagine forces coming together in such a way to ultimately result in such severe injuries. Yet, I can’t help but to reflect with the blessing in the situation within the reality that I could have lost my life or the use of my body on that fateful day.

Some nineteen months later, the day arrived when it was time to reclaim my passion. You know the old saying “it’s just like riding a bike”, that really is true. It was like a day had never passed as I traveled the exact same route to the Hike and Bike trail right past the spot where my wife, some city workers, the police and a handful of passer-bys watched them load me into an ambulance.

There was a vibration that is hard to describe, emanating from my left side around the center of my injuries. It feels like the same effect as you get when listening to crystal bowls or vibration through sound, so I think it must be a release of some sort. I know that I have felt grief over the things that I felt was lost…my health, time…or even a piece of myself. But what I’ve learned is that is only one perception that I can choose. The other might be that I became vulnerable……open to receiving……I had new experiences that illuminated a side of me that I had never seen, nor had those around me. One perceived area of loss allowed room for something totally different.

So how was the ride? Here is my interview with myself(lol):

Did I feel the energy of fear? ~ no fear….caution

Did it feel good? ~ incredibly freeing to the body, mind and spirit

Any shaky moments? ~ none….really smooth

Did I wear a helmet? ~ a helmet….. is the reason I have a brain that says wear a helmet!

Best way to describe the overall feeling? Very healing on many levels

Best thing that happened? ~ Sunset at the river on the footbridge………and the four year- old that stopped in the park to say hello and tell me the he had just played basketball.

Lasting impressions? ~ Gratitude beyond measure

Any tears? ~ enough of those shed already……….this was the true celebration ride

Anything to say? To my friends, family and Beckie…..Thanks for having the courage to see me through my strongest and weakest moments. I know it has been hard to watch and now it is time to erase that vision and replace that vision with the current one. See me as a survivor and a warrior for passion……..someone that is fully riding in the flow of life.

smiles, Russell