When sung with an open heart and a clear intent, shamanic songs open the gateway between the worlds and enable us to be the walker between them. It is not necessary to sing in tune or to have a beautiful voice to work with shamanic song. The intention of the song and the ability to get out of the way to allow the power to flow through us on song is what is important.
In shamanism we invite a song to come to us. We recognise it not as belonging to us, but allowing us to be the vessel that enables it to be heard in the world. The song may have words that we understand or may be spirit words that were given to us with a specific intention.
Shamanic song is a powerful healing tool, both giving and receiving a healing on song can change us emotionally, physically and spiritually. Song has been my main vehicle in healing work for many years and it’s ability to create shifts never ceases to delight and amaze me.
This is a link to a connection song that was given to me by the spirits. The video is from the Aurora festival in Italy where I was one of the presenters.
This is a link to a song given to me by the full moon
You can hear more spirit inspired songs here
Seidr – Ancient tradition for modern times
The earliest accounts of working with song and the staff are from the Icelandic Sagas. They tell of Volvas – men and women who worked with the song and the staff – offering hope, healing and information to individuals and communities. They tell tales of power and of Volvas creating change for good, for destruction and foretelling the future. Within the Saga of Erik the Red the story of one such Volva called Thorbjorg describes her being sung on a journey while sitting on a specially created high seat. She foretells the end of a famine and better times ahead for the community she was visiting.
While we can still use seidr in the community setting to ask for change it is also possible to do lone seidr work. Working for ourselves or others using the song and the staff as the main tool to do the shamanic journey. The experience of journeying on song using a staff has a very different quality to working with rattles or drums. The quality of the journey, how fast we travel, how the information is offered, how we received it. It is a more interactive whole body experience.
I offer occasional courses on shamanic song, the staff and the song and Seidr – please see the courses and events page – and we have an annual community seidr – usually November – at the London Open Drumming Group.
My seidr teacher Annette Host has articles on seidr and shamanic song on her website www.shamanism.dk