Stephan Beyer Talks About "The Spirits as Teachers" on June 14 "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 welcomes Stephan Beyer to talk about the reciprocal relationship we have when working with spirits. This show is part of a series of interviews sponsored by the Society of Shamanic Practitioners.

Portland, OR, June 07, 2011 --( Streaming live on the Co-Creator Radio Network on Tuesday, June 14, at 11am Pacific/2pm Eastern, on her show "Why Shamanism Now?: A Practical Path to Authenticity,” shaman and founder of the Last Mask Center for Shamanic Healing Christina Pratt talks to Stephan Beyer -- professor, peacemaker, and author of Singing to the Plants: A Guide to Mestizo Shamanism in the Upper Amazon. Beyer tells listeners: “The spirits want you to be a human being, in right relationship with all persons, both human and other-than-human. Whether plant medicine lends solidity to imagination, or opens the door to the spirit realms, or transports the user to distant dimensions, it is still the quality of our meeting that matters, what we are willing to learn, whether we are willing to be taught by what we encounter, whether we will take our chances in the epistemic murk of a transformed world.”

In this episode of “Why Shamanism Now?” titled “Pour Your Heart Out in Prayer—The Spirits as Teachers,” Pratt and Beyer explore the reciprocal obligation inherent in a working relationship with spirit. There are things the spirits want from us, and their messages are made clear by our willingness to deliver our honesty and heart. The spirits are not simply another resource in this exquisite world to be used, consumed, or squandered. They are not here to do our bidding, but to teach us who we are, why we are here, and what it means to be truly and fully human. According to Pratt and Beyer, the art of shamanism is the art of relationship with all things, physical and non-physical and the helping spirits are the Masters.

Beyer talks to Pratt as part of a series of “Why Shamanism Now?” episodes sponsored by the Society of Shamanic Practitioners, which explores how contemporary shamans are meeting the challenge of their world where the relations of things—the living and the dead, the humans and nature, and the technological world and the spirit world—are profoundly out of balance, and how shamans are meeting this need today.

Christina Pratt is an authentic, non-traditional contemporary shaman specializing 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 clearly discusses 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, creator of the original Foundations of Shamanism and Shamanic Healing course at the University of Minnesota, and a frequent speaker for the American Holistic Medical Association.

Stephan Beyer is the author of Singing to the Plants, a guide to mestizo shamanism in the Upper Amazon and the use of sacred plant medicines. Beyer holds doctorates in both religious studies and psychology, was a lawyer and a litigator as well as a wilderness guide, peacemaker, community builder. He has worked with sacred plants in the Amazon, in the Native American Church and in Peruvian mesa rituals; undertaken numerous solo vision fasts in the wilderness; and lived in a Tibetan monastery. From these experiences have come books on Buddhism, Tibetan language and religion, and now, mestizo shamanism. In addition to studying how indigenous peoples of North and South America survive and thrive, Beyer studies sacred plant medicine with herbalists in North America and curanderos in the Upper Amazon.

"Why Shamanism Now? A Practical Path to Authenticity", a live internet talk radio with host Christina Pratt, airs Tuesdays at 11 am Pacific/2 pm Eastern at Each week host Christina Pratt explores the practical application of shamanic skills in our contemporary lives to create robust well-being, strong and clear community connections, and life enriching spiritual maturity. Prior episodes from "Why Shamanism Now" can be downloaded for free from the iTunes library. Pratt also talks about Shamanic Healing on YouTube.

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