Houston Shamanism Meetup gathers again this Saturday, August 13, for the second monthly Meetup in their new location, the Carmel Temple Annex building at 1708 Pennsylvania in South Houston. The group meets on the second Saturday each month at 6 pm. Doors locked at 6:30.
Why get together with a group of shamanism students and practitioners from a variety of backgrounds to drum, journey and hold ceremony? One reason is to learn, if you're new.
Another reason is how the combined energy makes it easier to journey. And the fast unison drumming is energizing and relaxing, too.
The main reason, though, is to do group shamanic work. Traditional indigenous shamans do not always have the luxury of working with other shamans. Their people often live in small, isolated groups who are lucky to have one shaman.
But in more settled shamanic cultures with more shamans living within reach, group shamanic work is found to be very powerful. And some shamanic work, such as soul release (psychopomp work) is best done with the combined power of several practitioners.
In March 2010, Houston Shamanism Meetup lost their old meeting place of several years. The temporary replacement venue was very small and did not allow live drumming. In March 2011 that venue closed, too.
The group is currently reestablishing itself in the new location at Carmel Temple, just 20 minutes south of downtown Houston. All those interested in shamanism and willing to participate wholeheartedly are welcome, no matter their level of training and experience.
For more information on shamanism, see the group's educational website: Shamanista.com.