Mission Statement of the International School of Shamanism
The International School of Shamanism was founded by Shaman Don Thomas Lake. Collectively, with the support of Shamans and Shaman Apprentices around the world, the School's goal is empowering people through unconditional love and acceptance, helping people realize their innate gifts and talents without limitations and by healing become all they can be thus...
Healing The Planet One Person At A Time!
The International School of Shamanism is dedicated to healing the planet through helping individuals learn to heal themselves, using the highest vibrations of unconditional love and acceptance – one person at a time. Shamanism is not a religion but rather a way to be which can be practiced by people from all walks of life and from all backgrounds and belief systems. The International School of Shamanism exists to teach unconditional love and acceptance as a means of healing in body, mind, and spirit. Whether you are seeking a spiritual teacher, shamanic counseling, energy work, bodywork, or a spiritual community to deepen your spiritual practice, we invite you to contact us or visit our monthly healing/drumming circle or attend one of our shamanic workshops. To be added to our current events listings complete the contact form on this site to be added to our email list when new offerings are announced.
Globally, we are now at a critical juncture in the evolution of consciousness and human civilization where we are being asked to respond to the profound imbalances that our "success" as a species has created. If we do not do so, we will be carried downstream by our ignorance and apathy. It is now a spiritual necessity that we move beyond the sense of separation as individuals, nations, races and religions and see these categorizations as past stages in our human evolution which no longer serve us. It is time to realize the deep truth that we are one with all life and would benefit from communing with each other and all that is through unconditional love and acceptance.
As a result of this necessity there is a growing spiritual revolution of consciousness. In every culture we teach in there seems to be a quickening of collective awakening to the truth that we are not separate from one another, or from any life on this planet. We are deeply interconnected. Biologically, we all share the same DNA; we breathe the same air; we depend on the same Mother Earth to provide for us; the same oil fields power our cars and industries and the same sun warm us and gives life to our planet.
Psychologically, we share the same desires and fears; the same joys and sorrows; and the same need for unconditional love and acceptance; most profoundly, we share the same spiritual essence and source. We need to realize that we are one in body, mind and spirit. Separateness is an illusion.
When we allow the direct knowledge of our true nature and identity to dawn, we discover that we have the capacity to unconditionally love and accept our selves and each other, to be at peace and live in joy of our being amidst both the blessings and challenges of our lives. True happiness and fulfillment is now recognized as an essential quality of our innermost nature, not something that we need to acquire from the outside. Our ordinary life is then the context in which our realizations can deepen our capacity that allows its expression to mature.
When we are truly unconditionally loving and accepting, we experience happiness regardless of what we get or do not get in life and thus the quality of our desiring and wanting is transformed. A shift happens where we recognize that our deepest desire is not merely to fulfill our personal desires, but rather live in unconditional love and acceptance, embody our authentic presence and expression, and offer our gifts to each other and the world.
The International School of Shamanism is dedicated to supporting this essential and profound shift where at the center of the experience we discover there is an ease of being and an inner expanse of boundless presence that is benevolent and wise. Here you find the capacity to unconditionally love and accept yourself and others so you can better respond to the needs of the whole from your higher self, from the depths of your silent wisdom, as the unique expression of truth that you are. You discover that you can trust the divine presence within you that is your center and source which you can also see in others.
The International School of Shamanism invites people who are searching for a spiritual community, dedicated to their own spiritual awakening, growth and development, and to the peace and well-being of all things on this planet, for all things are living.
Some may have an existential longing to realize directly who they really are. This may be felt as a desire for unconditional love and acceptance, to experience freedom, grow in your spiritual knowledge or some other essential longing. Sometimes this longing is accompanied by a sweet anticipation of its growth, but more often it is accompanied by fear, sorrow, and despair because one feels separate or somehow deficient or incomplete and may even doubt if there is a way through their darkness to find their inner light.
Others we work with are already irrevocably awakened to the timeless truth of who they are. While patterns of suffering may persist in some parts of their life, unconditional love and acceptance, the bliss and peace of their true nature is recognized as the ever present ground of their spiritual path. For them what is often desired is support in their process of deepening and integrating their path. While the dawning of true insight and freedom marks the end of living with the chronic illusion of being alone, it is also the beginning of a process where unconditional love and acceptance blossoms within, where all aspects of our humanness are embraced and transformed in the light of an awakened body, mind and spirit.
As a student of the International School of Shamanism, you will be assisted in finding your true heartfelt center, that which speaks to you with ancient resonance. You will be encouraged to develop your spiritual gifts enabling you to fulfill your unique purpose for this life. We assist with spiritually related problems which may manifest in a variety of ways – physically, psychologically, mentally, and emotionally.
What We Believe
The International School of Shamanism embraces the reality that we are all on individual journeys woven together like strands of fibers in a fine, multi-colored cloth. We incorporate both ancient and modern wisdom, allowing these energies to merge with us and lead us to healing ourselves and being in community with others for the highest good of all.
On this spiritual journey, some of us identify with a specific path while others appreciate and practice the beauty of many paths at once. Either way, we realize we are all interconnected. American Indians recognize this with the phrase, "all my relations." Indigenous tribes call it "Pachamama", meaning the Earth and all things, the entire universe. Jesus said we were all one body. When the medicine people of many cultures met long ago, they called themselves the "Twisted Hairs". So the International School of Shamanism is really nothing new but rather a remembering of ourselves and our oneness.
Our goal is to create a space for those of us who are remembering our oneness and desire a spiritual community that is:
- Supportive but not filled with rules that stifle
- Based on unconditional love and acceptance
- Accepting of the diversity and sacredness of the individual
- Aware of our web-like connection to all that is
This is accomplished through gatherings as well as workshops and individual sessions that incorporate healing from many paths with the emphasis on the highest good of all. The space created is one where we learn to walk with Spirit energy and the elemental energies of Earth, Water, Air and Fire.
Our goal is to help you connect more fully in your body, mind and spirit, to your divine inner being, to all human beings, to the divine beings of nature and to the divine realms surrounding us.
In short, we invite you to remember that you are made in the image and likeness of Creator and no one can take that away from you except you. We look forward to having you join our circle and sharing with you!
Sacred Reciprocity: Today for You; Tomorrow for Me;