"What is a Shaman" on September 28 "Why Shamanism Now" Radio Show with Host Christina Pratt

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, having just returned from the United Kingdom Shamanic Conference, explores the question "What is a Shaman?" and what this actually means.

Streaming live on the Co-Creator Radio Network on Tuesday, September 28, 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, freshly inspired by the diversity and community synergy of the UK Shamanic Conference, asks the question: What is a shaman? Pratt tells listeners that it is not true that every energy practitioner today is a shaman because not every altered state is a shamanic altered state.

And something isn't shamanic just because you don't understand it or have a name for it. In this time when anyone can call themselves a shaman, what is a shaman?

In this episode of "Why Shamanism Now?" titled "What Is a Shaman?" after this compelling question, Pratt explains that a shaman is a particular type of practitioner who works in an induced shamanic trance state with invisible and reliable energy beings. With the assistance of these invisible beings, the shaman makes changes in the invisible world that create the desired changes here in the physical world. And the shaman does this work in response to the need to set things -- people, communities, earth energies, what have you -- into right relationship with the Greater Flow of life force energy. According to Pratt, shamans are called by Spirit and initiated through that relationship. And, traditionally shamans have worked with other types of healers in their communities.

In this week's show, Pratt explores what this definition actually means in the past and the present, how one might select a shaman, and why even shamans argue about who is a shaman.

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. Listeners can ask questions by calling (512) 772-1938 or via Skype. Prior episodes from "Why Shamanism Now" can be downloaded for free from the iTunes library. Pratt also talks about Shamanic Healing on You Tube.

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 dot net.

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