Chanting for Self-Empowerment + Spiritual Support/Guidance in the face of Impending Disaster
Rain Dances are found all over the world in indigenous peoples and date back into the mists of time. Prolonged lack of rain raises desperate fears for crops and survival over the coming winter. Helplessness in the face of natural disasters breeds depression, which in turn creates apathy, susceptibility to disease and failure to take whatever practical steps can usefully be taken to aid survival. So it was natural for pre-literate, low-technology communities to turn to their priest/healer shamans for help.
Rain Dances have been used for wider purposes than simply praying to the Gods/Goddesses/Spirits for rain. Their transformative power [on an inner level if not also on an outer level] has been harnessed to help resolve [or at least feel better about!] a wide range of desperate or needy situations.
In contemporary shamanic practice it seems practically and spiritually unlikely that the desires of a small group of people can shift hugely powerful natural dynamics, let alone be really sure that they do not need to experience the lessons and human population control that natural disasters can bring. However, we believe that the frustrated energy of our fears and desires needs to move and be transformed in the interests of our health, wellbeing, community-support and practical resourcefulness. How better than via the spirited communal chanting and dancing of our heartfelt desires in a sacred format that connects us deeply to our spiritual resources?
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