I am enrolled and taking courses at The Universal Life Church Seminary. While a lot has been said about this church and its ministers Rev. Amy Long the founder (of the seminary) has far exceeded the requirements necessary to take ULC Ministers to the next level of credibility. Be sure to visit the seminary website and even get enrolled in some of the courses. Here is the website – http://www.ulcseminary.org/.
Since I am an interfaith minister and The Sister Abigail Show is an outreach of an Interfaith Ministry I thought if would be beneficial to share with you about where I am presently taking classes. I also thought that you would be interested in my final essay.
Master of Shamanism
Sister Abigail Hester
I have always enjoyed each of the classes that I have attended at The Universal Life Church Seminary. The courses are all very thorough and informative. The course consist of numerous lessons and resources to be used in our research of the topic at hand. The Master of Shamanism Course is the third course I have taken at the Seminary. I have completed the Master of Metaphysical Healing as well as the Master of Comparative Religion courses. I am always blown away at all of the new things that I learn in each course. I must say that I have become quite the knowledge junkie.
Shamans believe that the physical world in which we live is teamed with invisible forces (or spirits) that have various effects on our lives. While there are many Shaman that operate within different culture, lore or myth there is a consistency that is hard to overlook. There is a universality about the phenomenon.
Shamanistic practices predates all religion. Aspects of Shamanism can be seen in organized religion. One example the course gave was that of the transubstantiation of bread and wine in the Catholic religion. Is this suggestive of the use of psychedelic substances to obtain spiritual revelation?
There are two unifying assumptions of the Shaman. This I find very interesting considering they are consistent even without communication or the internet. While the myth conveyed are different given the context and location of the differing Shaman their assumptions are the same. The two unifying assumptions are:
– Everything that exist is alive.
– Everything can be communicated with if approached properly.
I believe both of these assumptions. When you believe everything to be alive (every rock, every tree, every plant, the soil, the water, etc) and that everything can be communicated with it allows you to weave the web of life and live in the present moment with awareness. This is much different than what we have come accustom to in the hussle and bussle of our lives. We have a lot we can learn from the Shaman.
I have learned much in this course that I already know will become useful in my life and ministry. I would gladly recommend this course to my friends and whomever else may be interested in this topic.