ˈshä-mən. From Evenki (Tungusic language of Siberia) šamān, derived from the Sumerian ‘sham-an’, Eagle of Heaven
1) sham – from the Sumerian ‘shem’ or ‘sham’ meaning ‘eagle’ or ‘vehicle of flight’.
2) an – from the Sumerian, ‘heaven’ or ‘celestial’
A Shaman is:
1) The Eagle of Heaven
2) One who flies as the Eagle into the Celestial Domains
3) One who is capable of spiritual flight
I fully honor my Ancestors and Teachers, the ones who have come before me in the carrying forth of these Shamanic Ways. Now, as an Elder myself, the time has come to lay down the cape about my shoulders, the one that announced to the world who were my predecessors, mentors and teachers. It is now time to don my own cape and let it be known that I stand here still, honoring that which the Traditions honor, and yet being in the position to add to the richness of that vast body of Knowledge, no longer relying upon it to substantiate my work in the world. I am a person of the Americas. This is my land…the mountains, deserts, seas and skies, and all who live within that domain.
My Vision is no less than to initiate the Shamanizing of the World. It is time.
Jade Wah’oo Grigori brings forth authentic Shamanic Ways on behalf of his community, the community of All Peoples.
He underwent his first Shamanic Initiation, that of Death-by-Intent, in 1956 at 5 years of age. Of Mongolian ancestry, Jade Wah’oo Grigori received direct initiations and training from his Ancestral Spirits who guided and instructed him in the rigorous endeavors of journeying into the spirit-realms, ways of healing and accessing Knowledge.
In 1974 Jade met and was adopted as Grandson by Juan Peña, an Old-Man Shaman (Téwa-Ké or Bear Shaman) of one of the Tewan Pueblos of the Upper Rio Grande. Jade’s Grampa Peña apprenticed him for the next 8 years.
With his Grampa Peña’s death in 1982, at the age of 104, the Caretakership of ‘the Ways’ passed to Jade Wah’oo.
With honor do I carry the responsibility of making these Shamanic Ways accessible to the Peoples. As my predecessor and mentor, my Grampa Peña, told me, “Grandson, we (Shamans) belong to no people. We belong to all people!” So it is that I continue to bring these Shamanic healings, teachings and spiritual investigations forth to all peoples, regardless of race, gender or culture.
Guided by tradition, birthed in authenticity, speaking the language of the modern world, I seek to make these practices available free of the glam and fluff that one so often finds in association with similar practices.
You will not find, in my offerings, simulations or emulations of Native American (or other) traditions and ceremonies. You will find authentic Earth based ways of knowledge and, hopefully, wisdom, presented in a respectful manner. If this appeals to your sensibilities, and you have an earnest desire to engage your own spiritual path with assistance from an ancient and authentic heritage, please explore the rest of this site.
~ Jade Wah’oo Grigori
A Word About Ceremonials Done Long-Distance
I am a Shaman of the 21st Century, a Technician of the Sacred. The ceremonials and knowledge of ‘the Ways’ that I carry are ancient in source and wisdom. A responsibility of myself as Shaman is to make the songs, teachings and ceremonials accessible to the People (that is you!). The tribal society of today is found around the campfire of the internet. And so I have come to your campfire!Imagine a tapestry stretched taut. Call this the Tapestry of Creation. There are marbles scattered upon the surface, which lies level and flat. Now put a baseball upon the tapestry. Its weight will cause a slight indent in the tapestry, enough to cause the marbles to shift their position ever so slightly. Call that baseball a person of influence, or a thought, feeling or experience. The heavier the baseball, or sphere of disturbance, the more distortion is created. In order to return the marbles to their original locus (call that one’s Purpose) requires the precise placement of spheres of pure Intent, weighty with Presence, in strategic locations upon the tapestry. This will enable the marbles to shift back into alignment with their own sovereign Spirit’s Path. Now, none of this takes place in the 3D realm. It all takes place in the non-temporal, non-spacial realm of the non-local universe… as any good quantum physicist can tell you. And what is Shamanism but spiritually applied physics!
When a ceremonial is activated between you and I, physical proximity is of no consequence. Engagement, however, is. Engaging through the medium of the internet – be it by telephone, email or a video call – our communication is what establishes the connection necessary for us to mutually access the Tapestry of Creation in the non-local realm.
Okay, so just knowing about this ancient secret of how and why Shamanizing is so effective is not sufficient to be proficient at applying this knowledge. It has taken our Lineage Ancestors thousands of years of research, practice and application to move the Empowerments forward to this level of precision and power, just as it took me (or any authentic Shaman) years and years of training and oversight to reach this degree of proficiency where I can engage these practices with skill and confidence… and compassion.
So here I am, my bag of ceremonial Sacreds ready to lay out as an altar next to your campfire. It is, after all, the Spring Equinox, and the People of my tribe are as deserving of this Cleansing and Blessing Ceremony as are any peoples throughout time. Just because you live in the hectic world of today does not mean you should not have access to these Ways, does not mean that you are less worthy than those who sit upon the Earth. I have come to your campfire… will you invite me in?
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