Initiation to Shamanism
In 1994 a giant grizzly bear appeared in my dream. This was not an ordinary dream where vague imagery makes subtle appearances while sleeping or a frightening nightmare. It was something I had never experienced before. It was extremely powerful and otherworldly.
When I awakened from the dream, I felt as if I had been struck by a bolt of lightening. I was compelled to discover the meaning of this dream. Two months later, right on my birthday, I fell ill with a serious case of hives. At the time I was working on my masters degree for the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology and reading The Way of the Shaman by Michael Harner. I was able to comprehend the bear dream and illness from a shamanic perspective. When shamans are called through a spontaneous dream or mystical vision, it is often followed by an illness which may be serious or prolonged and compels the person to seek help from the spirits. The role of the shaman is to help and heal others. The purpose of shamanism is to bring awareness to the hidden universe and the spiritual connection of all things. The dreamer must accept the calling and begin training with shamanic and spirit teachers or face the consequences which could result in sickness. I took this very seriously and began training with shamanic instructors and spirit guides.
On pg.12 of my thesis I discuss a brief personal history and my affinity for nature and art. The bear dream is on page 16.
Carla Person- animals
Susan Mokelke- FSS 3 year program
1985- BFA Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, Or.
1998- MA Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Palo Alto, CA.
2000- CHt. Certified hypnotherapist, Knightsbridge Institute, Portland, Or.