Shamanic Drumming Circle in Las Cruces, New Mexico
Contact person: David M. Boje, Ph.D. (facilitator)
Cell 575-936-9578; email firstname.lastname@example.org
When: First Friday of the month
Time: 1:30 to 3PM
and 3rd Friday 5PM to 7PM
Where: Center Spiritual Living 575 N Main St Las Cruces, New Mexico 88001 (located downtown Las Cruces).
What to bring: pillow & blanket or mat to lie on, eye mask or scarf for meditating. Drum or rattle to use in drumming circle. Please bring a pen and notebook to record your intentions and journeys.
Special request: Please rerain from wearing perfume or cologne as some people are allergic. Thank you for your consideration.
Setting our Intention: To practice shamanic drumming and journeying as taught in Michael Harner’s FSS Basic Workshop (which we recommend to newcomers, at earliest opportunity). We practice using common methods of the shaman to enter non-ordinary reality for problem solving and healing.
Structure: This is the regular structure of our sessions: (1) we begin by opening the circle with a song (Ghost Dance Song) and a dance to call in personal power, (2) checking in, (3) practicing the methods we learned in Shamanic workshops, (4) responding to healing requests (with permission), and (5) closing the circle with a song (Greeting the Sun). Requests for content and particular methods can be sent to circle facilitator: David Boje.
Process: We will use electric-lit candles, and not use scents to respect people with allergies. We will open the circle with a song, followed by a time for drumming and rattling, and dancing to invite spirits into the circle. We will have a time for personal sharing. A time will be set aside for healing (only with express permission of person seeking a healing). We use shamanic journeying, aided by drumming and other techniques for experiencing the shamanic state of consciousness and for awakening dormant spiritual abilities, including connections with Nature. We use methods for journeying to meet and study with their own individual spirit helpers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice. Participants learn how the journey is utilized to restore spiritual power and health, and how shamanism can be applied in contemporary daily life to help heal oneself, others, and the Planet.
Content: Content is determined by level of experience of members present. It is set at or just beyond experience level. We will repeat exercises in Basic Workshop to give all participants a solid foundation.
Drumming circle is led by a consistent facilitator: Facilitator, David M. Boje has completed FSS basic workshop and has assist 3 times with instructor Charles W. Conaster. Boje has also completed the Dying and Beyond, Extraction Healing, Creativity, Divination Training, Power Soul retrieval workshops with Charles Conaster.