Becoming an Oracle
by Nicki Scully
What is an oracle? An oracle is someone willing to set aside perceptual limitations for periods of time in pursuit of wisdom and information. In the ancient world, oracles were seen as a source of prophetic counsel and spiritual authority. Oracular traditions are found throughout the world: in Greece, Egypt, India, Mesoamerica, Scandinavia, Tibet, Africa, and elsewhere. Often, the oracle—from the Latin orare, meaning “to speak”—was considered a conduit of information and prophecy emanating from divine or supernatural forces.
While it may be useful to think of the oracular voice as coming from “elsewhere,” we now understand that the power of oracular vision is inherent in each of us, part of the vast untapped potential waiting just beyond the borders of the rational mind. To access this potential, we must go beyond the usual sources of knowledge—the rational mind and our sensory inputs—and tap into the deep, intuitive wellspring that lies below.
Every moment of our lives is spent in a flood of information. Yet because of the limitations of our sensory systems, we are oblivious to all but a relatively narrow range of the information spectrum. How can we learn to receive all—or at least more—of the information available, despite our physical limitations?
In the spirit of exploring our potential, I and my co-creators, Gloria Taylor Brown and Mark Hallert, have made a point of delving into our epiphanies to wrest out the meanings within meanings and bring back a body of work that can be conveyed to others. There is a part of the brain where new knowledge, intuition, and guidance from one’s higher self can be found. One problem we have encountered in our explorations of that realm is that to go “there” means to depart “from” the rational part of the brain, the place we normally reside, which is the place where language and reasoning dwell.
(read the rest of Nicki's article on ShamanicJourneys.com…)
August 19 ~ 23, 2009, Eugene, Oregon
Our Becoming an Oracle Retreat is more than a workshop—it is a pilgrimage during which we will explore ancient and modern oracular technology, with particular focus on ceremonies and initiations that heighten your intuitive senses and bring you into alignment with truth, harmony and your inherent divinity. During this unique spiritual adventure you will:
- Discover your innate oracular abilities
- Learn to find answers to life’s challenges for yourself, for others, and for the Earth
- Receive initiations into a number of oracular traditions
- Familiarize yourself with divination tools such as runes, tarot, palmistry, crystal gazing and scrying.
We begin and end in Egypt, and in between we will visit cultures from the audio program, Becoming an Oracle, and others that we were unable to fit into the published course. The Anubis Oracle (written by Nicki and Linda Star Wolf, and illustrated by Kris Waldherr), will be one of the primary oracular tools that we will consult and learn about during this retreat. The Anubis Oracle introduces us to the archetypal deities and elemental spirits from the Egyptian pantheon that have come forward to assist us on our journey of transformation and renewal.
The retreat will be held at the Lyceum of Shamanic Egypt, the healing center maintained at Nicki's home, a magical sanctuary in the hills on the edge of Eugene, Oregon. The retreat begins the evening of August 19 and continues through the evening of August 23.
Visit becominganoracle.com for more about the 7-CD set, Becoming an Oracle (published by Sounds True) and a sample journey.
Registration and more details on Hathor's Mirror
My friend Midge Murphy will be teaching a course on the ethical and legal principles for individuals working in the fields of Energy Therapies. If you are a licensed or non-licensed practitioner of the healing arts and incorporate energy therapies or techniques in your practice, then this course is a must!
Midge has a unique take on this subject. She was the first attorney to receive a Ph.d. in Energy Medicine. from Holos University under the auspices of Caroline Myss and Norm Shealy, MD, Ph.D. She understands both the law and the healing arts which allow her to lend her expertise as a bridge between the two worlds.
Midge is recognized as a dynamic presenter, teacher, and leading expert on ethics and legal principles in the practice of energy therapies. She is a professor at Energy Medicine University and the co-author of Creating Right Relationships: a Practical Guide to Ethics in Energy Therapies with Dorothea Hover-Kramer.
Midge also has an animal energy medicine practice offering a number of energy techniques, including Matrix Energetics, Reiki, Therapeutic Touch and shamanic processes to her clients.
Presented by Midge Murphy, JD, PhD
Saturday, September 12, 2009
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, $65
Energy therapies are at the leading edge of treatments to reduce human suffering and promote peak functioning and are becoming more widely used in the personal development, coaching, and health care fields. Because of this innovative nature, energy practitioners face significant ethical, legal, and regulatory challenges that include and go beyond the concerns of more traditional practitioners of the healing arts. Energy therapies are multidisciplinary, comprised of many different types of helping professionals, both licensed and non-licensed. Each group has specific legal requirements and ethical concerns in conducting their practices. As energy techniques have been introduced and integrated into the personal development, coaching, and health care fields, schools and other training organizations have developed programs to teach and train individuals in energy techniques…many of them offering certification.
In this lively and interactive course, you will learn valuable risk management tools to reduce your ethical and legal vulnerabilities, helping to empower you to do your healing work.
For registration and more information, please contact Midge at 541-344-4743 or email@example.com
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