“The Initiation Series: Curing Our Cultural Sickness” on June 8 “Why Shamanism Now?” Radio Show

On her radio show "Why Shamanism Now? A Practical Path to Authenticity,” teacher, author, and founder of the Last Mask Center for Shamanic Healing Christina Pratt begins a series of shows that explore initiation and spiritual maturity. This episode focuses on what a functional initiation involves and how shamans see this as the core of healthy personal development.

Portland, OR, June 07, 2010 --(PR.com)-- Streaming live on the Co-Creator Radio Network (www.co-creatornetwork.com) on Tuesday, June 8, at 11 a.m. Pacific time/2 p.m. Eastern time, on her show "Why Shamanism Now?: A Practical Path to Authenticity,” shaman and founder of the Last Mask Center for Shamanic Healing Christina Pratt begins a series exploring initiation and spiritual maturity. “It is my hypothesis,” says Pratt, “that the lack of meaningful or functional initiation is at the root of our cultural sicknesses -- from greed and irresponsible leadership to ecological waste to psychoemotional illness and pharmaceutical abuse to teen suicide and violence.”

In this episode of “Why Shamanism Now?” titled “Curing Our Cultural Sickness” as part of the Initiation Series, Pratt explores what a functional initiation involves and how shamans see it at the core of healthy psychoemotional and psychospiritual development of an individual. Pratt uses this premise to look at two things: first, how the lack of initiation and the resulting spiritual immaturity leads to our cultural sicknesses; and second, what we can do to begin to open ourselves up to the initiation into adulthood that is wanting to happen.

Pratt will also review what will be coming up over the next several weeks of the Initiation Series, including a diverse array of guests who will share their initiatory experiences along the path they walked to become practicing contemporary shamans. The Initiation Series will end by looking at the parallels and lessons we can learn from those who have walked the path of initiation and now live in a way that models for us spiritual maturity and the possibility of curing our chronic cultural sicknesses.

Christina Pratt is an authentic, non-traditional contemporary shaman. In practice since 1990, she specializes in mending the soul and transforming the parts of life that feel impossible. A teacher of exceptional clarity, humor, and inspiration, Pratt brings the power of shamanism into the practical grasp of anyone willing to take responsibility for improving the quality of their life. Her well-received book, An Encyclopedia of Shamanism (Rosen), is an 800-page, two-volume set with over 750 in-depth entries that clearly discuss the basic concepts of shamanism, methods, and traditions of over 50 different shamanic peoples. Pratt is the founder of the Last Mask Center for Shamanic Healing in Portland, OR, and New York, NY, creator of the original Foundations of Shamanism and Shamanic Healing course at the University of Minnesota, and a frequent and honored speaker for the American Holistic Medical Association.
"Why Shamanism Now?", a live internet talk radio with host Christina Pratt, airs Tuesdays at 11 a.m. Pacific time/2 p.m. Eastern time http://www.co-creatornetwork.com/hosts/shamanism/host_bio.htm. Prior episodes from "Why Shamanism Now" can be downloaded for free from the iTunes library (www.iTunes.com). Christina also talks about Shamanic Healing on You Tube (www.youtube.com).

For more information on Christina Pratt, the Last Mask Center for Shamanic Healing, and workshops and classes with Pratt, or to order An Encyclopedia of Shamanism at a special discounted rate, visit www.lastmaskcenter.org. For additional information or to arrange an interview with Pratt, please contact Linda Woznicki, 845-417-8811, lwoz@frontiernet.net.

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