A Mystic's Quest
The exploration of the nature of reality, as well as the mystery of who we are and what
we are doing here, is the substrate of the quest. At its inception, this quest is intensely personal.
Yet as it progresses, it leads us inevitably toward a universal and ultimately altruistic
perspective, one that takes us straight into the irreversible vortex of spiritual expansion.
This progression, once begun, changes us profoundly and forever because it conveys to each of us the experience of authentic initiation.
Shamanism is the most ancient spiritual practice known to humankind. Many anthropologists believe that the practice dates back over 100,000 years. A shaman is a man or woman who uses the ability to see “with the strong eye” or “with the heart” to travel into hidden realms. The shaman interacts directly with helping spirits to address the spiritual aspect of illness and perform soul retrievals, retrieve lost power, as well as remove spiritual blockages. The shaman also divines information for the community.
Shamanism teaches us that everything that exists is alive and has a spirit. Shamans speak of a web of life that connects all of life and the spirit that lives in all things. Everything on earth is interconnected and any belief that we are separate from other life forms including the earth, stars, wind, etc is purely an illusion. And it is the shaman’s role in the community to keep harmony and balance between humankind and the forces of nature.
One of the major ceremonies a shaman performs is called a shamanic journey. A shaman is a man or woman who goes into an altered state of consciousness and travels outside of time into the hidden realms that many term non-ordinary. I see non-ordinary reality as a parallel universe to ours. The Australian aborigines call non-ordinary the Dreamtime. It is also referred to as the Other World in Celtic traditions. In these hidden realities there are helping spirits, compassionate spirits who offer their guidance and also their healing help in behalf of all life on earth.
Typically shamans use some form of percussion, especially drumming or rattling, to go into an altered state that allows the free soul of the shaman to journey into the invisible worlds. Scientific study has found that when we are in an ordinary state of consciousness our brain waves are in a beta state. But when the shaman or shamanic practitioner listens to a rhythmic or monotonous drum beat, the brain waves slow down, first to an alpha state, which is a light, meditative state of consciousness, and then into a deeper state called a theta state. And that’s the state that allows the shaman’s free soul to journey into the invisible worlds having access to helping spirits.
Shamanism is a system of direct revelation. All shamans might describe experiences differently. And how the different experiences are interpreted and seen by others is how beautiful they all are.
In the invisible realms of non-ordinary reality there are a variety of helping spirits that can help the shaman with healing individuals, the community, and the planet.
a little about me
In a world where a wide array of energies and paths exist, an empathic individual can easily lose their way if they do not stay grounded and focused. My mission as a shamanic practitioner and student of yoga is to facilitate this grounding process, remove obstacles which may be causing disharmony and empower people to rediscover their true self and live a more meaningful and spiritual life.
As a visual storyteller working on social and environmental issues, I bring to my healing sessions humility, love and compassion gathered from my life experiences and world travels. As a documentary filmmaker and photographer I was exposed to a lot of injustice and disharmony in the world which led me to an obsessive need to take another look at what means to be human. My search for understanding who we are, where we come from, what is the purpose of life and what is truly happening underneath this world of matter that I was sensing and was boiling within me. This search for the mystery led me to shamanism. After many years of learning to let go of old belief systems and open up to the more subtle world, I learned to balance the two distinct yet intermingled worlds of the Spirit World and the World of Matter. My healing and divination work weaves in my own direct shamanic experiences taught to me by my guides and power animals as well as what I learned in ordinary life from shamanic elders Sandra Ingerman, Hank Wesselman, Dory Cote, Tony Allicino, Daniel Foor, Robert Moss and the lovely Clarissa Pinkola Estes .
I do not think I will have all my questions answered in this lifetime as I do not think you will either. Mystery's purpose is to remain that, a mystery, until we are ready to take it in. But I do know that my role is to support and nurture those embarking on the lonely path of a Seeker and Mystic.
Yoga, I discovered, is a fundamental way to stay grounded while exploring the world behind the veil. I also love the playfulness that comes out in me when teaching yoga to kids.
I'm honored to be part of Sandra Ingerman's Two Year Teacher Training In Shamanic Journeying and Healing and Medicine for the Earth starting in 2018. I received my 200 hour Yoga Alliance Certification at Reflections Yoga Center for Conscious Living with Paula Tursi and I'm presently working on my 300 hour Yoga Certification at EMBODYOGA® with Patty Townsend. Both have studied at Body-Mind Centering® with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen.
Carmen Elsa de Guadalupe Lopez Abramson
A native Peruvian born from a Peruvian mother and a Mexican father. Since infancy I traveled far and wide the globe through South and Central America, Africa and Europe. I love meeting people from all cultures, learning their fables and mythologies and seeing how we resemble each other as we struggle in the flow of life.
For the moment, I am settled in a magical land in New England, USA with my husband, daughter, son, dog and cat.