Our lands were known as 'middle-earth' back in the dark ages. A time were fantasy and the imagination was taken seriously as a way to live fully connected to the animal kingdoms, the worlds of nature and living in a very natural and primaly instinctive way. It was a time when our wisdom and understanding of a more shamanic world lay openly (in our culture), as a daily way of survival and spirituality. Tolkien created the beautiful myth of Middle-earth, enabling us to enter through story and myth and understand some of the beliefs of our ancestry.
We return to the heart and wisdom of our ancestors on this particular path, to engage with the ways of 'seeing,' to rekindle our love of the natural world and the worlds seen through the imagination and connection to spirit - to heal from the pain of our ancestors and change what has never been given a voice. Are you willing to connect to the depths of your own lineage, to commune with those ancestors and allow their songs to be sung?
In shamanism it is said that to be effective one must become like a ‘hollow bone’. In other words, we become an empty vessel through which we may channel information and wisdom for ourselves, for others and to restore the natural order of life. This means we must clear out some of the old stories, working out the baggage that does not serve us, as well as look at how we can adjust our way of perceiving and thinking, with different attitudes towards life. The more we carry out this work, the more aligned we become with Spirit and the journey of our Soul. This alignment represents true healing and integration – healing of our inner dancer and healing of the connections we have with others, with the environment, with our ancestors and with the universal web of the Divine Mystery.
We dance seeking the divine
for the passion of being alive
we dance for clarity, vision and guidance
we dance to empty, to disappear
till only the dance remains
we dance simply because we love to.
‘Middle Earth Medicine Ways’ is a Shamanic Center that holds internationally run shamanic gatherings and workshops, including ecstatic dance, traditional shamanic journeying, healing techniques, connection to nature, ritual and ceremony. All of these hold the intention of supporting you on a journey to find your own particular empowerment, healing and souls offering.
Guiding you on a syllabus of shamanic processes, you can embark on a journey of self discovery, using the Middle Earth Medicine Wheel, that includes healing past wounds with the embodiment of potential and empowerment. It has become world-known that relaxation techniques, movement, heart connections and speaking about our difficulties is a healing and liberating experience. We aim in this work to assist you to find your way through some of those difficulties and gain tools and insights that support your particular journey. You can engage with one to one work, online shamanic courses, workshops and then leading onto intensives and eventually the discovery of how you might offer your own work to others through apprenticeship to the Middle Earth Program.
As we make changes in our lives, it is helpful to have a practice that supports and nourishes us, as well as giving us insights into the person we are and how we might move forward in our life rather than continually struggling with challenges that seem to never change, we get to know who we are and how we can make a difference to our lives and the lives of others.
In shamanism it is said that to be effective one must become like a ‘hollow bone’
There will be times to learn and understand how to shift your consciousness, moving out of the ego and rational mind for periods of time, surrendering to a higher power, taking responsibility for your actions and accountability for the life you are living. You will discover how to work with the divinity of the universe in a grounded and down-to-earth way to be creative with your tasks and find healing and empowerment.
Accepting the mantle of the hollow bone is the primary teaching of this work. Once integrated, you can use this state to assist you on shamanic journeys, healing, creative tasks and vision quests. Furthermore, the capacity to become a hollow bone will support you to marry your deepest soul purpose to your ego, which has the capacity to act in the world. This will radically empower you, enabling you to act from a place of true integrity and authenticity so that you can embody your passions and do the work you were brought here to do.
The Hollow Bone work of Caroline Carey is the work and teachings I have been looking for my whole life. As a highly sensitive and creative person, I have been searching for a long time to find a teacher, a way of teaching where I felt at home. This particular quest has come to an end since I found this work. Here I can explore and grow (and keep on growing) in a safe and loving, strongly held and utterly creative space. I feel welcome and very supported to find my own language, my authentic way of expressing my heart and my medicine, at my own pace. The combination of the Ancient Shamanic Practice, Ritual Theater, Movement Medicine, Arts and crafts, connection with Nature, Vision Quest, Storytelling, Healing, Caroline's life experience and other adventurous, magical ingredients makes this work a unique Medicine for healing,creation, finding/adding soul in all I am and do, in my role as a mother, partner, in my work as an artist, .... Caroline, as a teacher, never stands in the way of the teachings and this is the gift from the Hollow Bone Work...,Thank you, Lies Van Hee
What does the work involve?
The syllabus of Hollow Bone takes us on nine stages of soul work, integrating soul through personal development, soul-retrieval, creativity and ecstatic dance. It is an intensive journey into the unknown territories of the Great Mystery. To support you on this journey, we teach a variety of practices and approaches. These include shamanic journeying, soul retrieval, drumming, vision quests, medicine songs, ritual theatre, the connection to power animals and allies, and the crafting of tools, such as medicine bags, instruments and masks.
The focus, ultimately, is on creating a clear channel and a strong enough presence to be able to stand fully within our own centre and authority.
What is the format of the course?
The Hollow Bone Medicine Ways work can be attended through a number of formats: either as; weekend workshops, five to seven day intensives; or as longer three-module programs over several months. There are pre-requisites for attendance of intensives.
The online shamanic journey course can also be used as a pre-requisite for some of the courses.
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