Monday, January 9, 2012

Dream archaeology in Romania

“You ought not to attempt to cure the eyes without the head, or the head without the body, so neither ought you to attempt to cure the body without the soul….If the head and body are to be well, you must begin by curing the soul.”

These famous words about holistic healing are from Socrates (speaking in Plato’s dialogue Charmides) but Socrates wasn’t speaking for himself; he was quoting a military physician who had instructed him on the teachings of his “king and god, Zalmoxis.” This is the name of the ancient deity of the Dacians. 

Zalmoxis was a man-god who died and was reborn, and who taught the immortality and transmigration of the soul, as well as the ways to heal soul and body. Mircea Eliade called him a "vanishing god". His legendary birthplace was a bear cave. His high priest was called the Great White Wolf. So we are also in the realm of the animal powers.

Since the Dacians did not keep written records, we know rather little about their spiritual practices and their god. But I hope to discover more, in the company of an intrepid band of shamanic dreamers and dream archaeologists, in the Bucegi in the mountains of Carpathia in October. Here, where the energy of Bear and Wolf is strong, we'll grow the "strong eye" of the seer and the shaman, and tap into to the archival memory of the land itself to open authentic connections with keepers of ancestral wisdom.

Dream archaeology is an original method I have developed over many years of study, teaching and practice. The dream archaeologist combines the skills of the scholar, the detective and the shaman and acquires the ability to travel across time - by the techniques of Active Dreaming - and bring back first-hand knowledge of essential things from the past (or future). This program is an invitation to high adventure and to participate in the healing work of cultural soul recovery. Details here

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