The Magic Circle

 

Book: “The Magic Circle: Shamanic Ceremonies for the Child and the Child Within” by Ann Dickie, Jennifer Engrácio and Katherine Inksetter

This book contains 23 shamanic ceremonies that any child or adult can do to heal and celebrate the childlike nature within them. It is full of information about what shamanism is and how it can be used in everyday life to bring clarity, ease, and joy to living. It contains two stories that follow the main character, Pete, and his horse, Breeze, on their Vision Quests.

The following is an excerpt from the book:

A few years ago, one of our teachers shared her dream of creating a book of ceremonies for children.  She and our other teacher were working on their own book of ceremonies for adults at the time.  A few of us expressed passion for this project.  Each of us (Ann, Jen and Kat) have a deep devotion to children; serving them is part of our pathway in life.  Ann is a grandmother with five children of her own and two grandchildren.  Katherine (Kat) is a published children’s author and an aunt to two little girls.  Jennifer (Jen) is a BC-certified teacher and an aunt to a boy and a girl.  We share a love of children and passion for their welfare and empowerment.  Each of us has done so much healing through ceremonies.  We know how powerful they are.  Our dream for this book is that children everywhere will experience the magic of self-discovery as they do these ceremonies. 

Shamanism is a term to describe a general practice of using the wisdom of the natural world and the earth’s energies to heal oneself and add beauty to one’s life. Shamanism includes many spiritual practices and does not have one doctrine of belief to follow.  

The ceremonies we have created are earth-based and draw upon the wisdom in nature (and in each of you as parts of nature) in order to bring healing into your lives.  With the natural world as a point of connection, we hope that children (and parents) of all faiths, beliefs and cultures find these ceremonies accessible and healing.  Children who live in urban areas can connect with nature around and within their human-made environments.  Most kids will have access to trees, even if they are small ones that line the concrete streets.  Most kids will find insects, birds and other animals in their cities to observe and connect with.  All of us have access to the sun, the wind, the water and the earth…

Ceremonies can teach us how to use magical tools (altars, medicine wheels, wands) to call something we want or need into our lives, for protection, for working with life’s challenges and for calling forth our gifts, so that we can live the best life we can while we are here on Earth.  Ceremonies can help change our inner worlds so that our lives work better and we are happier people.  I don’t know about you, but in my life, it can be so hard to hear my own voice among people telling me what I should do, what I should think and how I should act.  So many “shoulds” can drive a person crazy!  As Grandmother Ann states, spending time doing ceremony can help people to hear their own voice so that they can follow their own inner wise magician in their lives: 

Why do I do ceremony?  By doing ceremonies, I clear away all of the monkey noise in my head so I can discover my gifts to the world.  I discover magical mysterious me.  I hear the magician that is my higher self, who knows what I need to do and how to do it.  When I do ceremonies, I hear the song of the Universe and its vibrations so that I can vibrate in time with the Universe’s rhythms.  Ceremony sets me free to be me.”

This book is an invitation to ceremony for adults and kids. It can be used in a random and intuitive way. We invite each child and adult’s inner child to listen to the ceremonial descriptions and choose ones that feel/sound interesting. It is okay for parents to make suggestions, as long as they are not attached to the outcome.  It is important that the child participate willingly.  Each one of us has our own path to walk in life and making self-governed choices is a vital part of that journey.  We have included age groups that each ceremony is best suited for.  However, this is only a guideline.  Kids who are outside the age range are welcome to do any ceremony that calls to them. 

It is important to note that this is not a book “for” kids as much as a guide that will allow adults to connect with their playful, lighthearted selves while they participate in the ceremonies with their children. It is not intended to be a book where kids are left on their own to do these ceremonies…

Each one of you has special gifts you brought to the world when you were born that you carry around inside.  Our deepest wish as the authors of this book is that doing these ceremonies supports each one of you to shine more of your inner light into the world.  Discover your mysterious magical self!   What magic will you bring to the planet?

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About the Author
Jennifer Engrácio has been a student of shamanism since 2005. Engrácio is a certified teacher who has worked in many different education settings since 2001. She is a certified shamanic coach and practitioner, reiki master and lomilomi practitioner; in addition, she runs Spiral Dance Shamanics.

Jennifer self-published three books:

The Magic Circle: Shamanic Ceremonies for the Child and the Child Within

Women’s Power Stories: Honouring the Feminine Principle of Life

Dreaming of Cupcakes: A Food Addict’s Shamanic Journey into Healing

To get your copy of the book, go to: http://spiraldanceshamanics.com/store/

Testimonials from folks who have read the book:

“I first thought this would be primarily an aboriginal piece. The ceremonies in this book are multi-lateral, open, and suited to all beliefs and walks in life. Planting seeds for each ancestor with a prayer of gratitude and saying prayers for future generations yet to be born touched me. As an ancestor of the future, I found these to be such great, honourable practices for kids and us all to participate in.”
-Faye Meggison (parent)

“Doing ceremony provides a pathway to learning about myself by using nature as a source of guidance. Because nature is full of beauty, it helps me recognize my own beauty and potential. Doing the ceremonies in this book made me realize how important it is to always stay connected to my inner child. Sometimes I need to drop the serious stuff and just play.”
-Michelle Darago (shamanic student)

“After the ceremony, she said she’d discovered her totem animal was a polar bear. She has a recurring nightmare about a bear attacking a child and she is watching from above but can’t do anything about it. She hasn’t had any bad dreams since discovering her totem.”
-Fonda Pusey (parent of Jasmine – age 4)

“Creating the family trees made me realize how many people had to live their lives and go on their journey simply for me to be born. This was extremely humbling. It helped me to see that the way I live my life and the choices I make really do impact the generations ahead of me and behind me. ”
-(shamanic student)

“Seeing how all the generations worked together to make sure we all survived was really good for my heart. As I added the spouses, I could see that their family lineages were now joined to ours. If we joined everyone’s family trees in the world, would we all be connected somehow? Perhaps in a more real way than we think, we are indeed all relations.”
-(shamanic student)

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