Medicine Songs

“Going Shamanic” explores how to integrate shamanism into everyday life. Instead of relegating the spiritual aspect of ourselves to Sundays at church or weekend workshops, this show will support listeners in weaving ritual, prayer, magic, alignment with the Spiritworld and the Earth into their lives to enrich their experience of living.

Your host, Jennifer Engracio, is interviewed by guest host, Intuitive Soul Coach and founder of PAGE Radio, Marielle Smith. Jennifer catches songs from Spirit and she leads songs along with drumming. We find out more about what all this means and hear the songs. They explore the differences and intentions of songs that have medicine or a healing purpose.

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The Power of Non-Judgement

More learning on the bus….
Last night, I was on a crowded bus  when a schizophrenic man got on. He was pretty volatile and shouting out profanity. I thought for sure this was going to escalate because I could feel some of the folks around him getting ready to fight. I checked inside and decided to use one of my shamanic tools to see if I could shift the energy. I kept him in my line of sight and without looking directly at him, started sending aloha to him. I acknowledged his essence in my mind and after he settled down, I started sending aloha to the other peoples’ essences on the bus. After about 5 minutes, he stopped pacing and came and sat down right across from me. He was silent for the rest of the trip. It was such a great lesson on how non-judgement and compassion can really shift a situation that could turn nasty. He was being belligerent, but it was obvious that he had a mental illness. Compassion goes a LONG way. And I didn’t have to say a word or intercede physically.  Another great experiment and lesson!

Sometimes Parenting Requires Ruthlessness

I just watched a young dad fiercely defend his 10 year old autistic son on the bus a foot away from me. Wow. His love for his son brought some tears to my eyes. The boy was in the seats reserved for elders- doing no harm looking out the window happily- when an older man walked on and started yelling at him to get off the seat and didn’t he know who those were for. The thing was, there were free seats all over that section and it was like he was just angry and picked the nearest kid to take out his frustrations on. The dad stood in front of his son and yelled at the man in full voice: “Do not talk to my son that way.” He was almost growling and I thought for sure it was going to go to fistacuffs. He matched that older man’s energy until he backed down and went to find another seat. The bus was silent. When the man and his son got off the bus, his gentleness with his son, who was non-verbal, was palpable as he softly redirected his son when he was going the wrong direction: “This way, babe.” It saddens me that adults feel they have a right to speak to children in this manner when most would not dream of approaching another adult in this way. I’ve seen many parents back down, apologize for their children, or then yell at their children in response to such bullying from other adults. It was so refreshing to see a parent take a stand for their child without apology. I was so honoured to be present to witness this act of being ruthless in the light on behalf of another human being who could not stand for himself. So thank you to that man and his lovely son. What a powerful lesson today.