My spiritual life has always been of the utmost importance to me, but it is something that I have kept mostly to myself for most of my life. I have enjoyed sharing it with fellow students and close friends, but it was not something I talked about to family or co-workers. Part of it was that I didn’t want to explain it, because I felt like I was still trying to understand it all myself. As time went on, I found that I didn’t have to explain it, and if someone really wanted to know they would ask, and I could tell them.
As I started working with teachers and training in different modalities, my mom would babysit my daughter when I had workshops. I would tell her that I was going to a weekend immersion in New Mexico with my shamanic teacher, and she would be happy for me that I was doing something that I was excited about, even though she didn’t understand it. Now as the years have gone by, I have done Reiki and shamanic work with my mom and she gets that it’s a part of who I am, and she embraces the work I’ve done with her as well as who I have become on this journey.
When I got to Corvallis in 2015, the first thing I did was to start looking for other Shamanic Practitioners and energy workers. I found some, and was happy to learn of a journey circle that met monthly and weekly kirtan chanting at the Universalist church. I found many lovely people who are interested in their own spiritual growth and practice, but it seemed like any practitioners were under the radar. Spirit and my guides kept giving me little nudges about starting a practice here. I’m still getting the lay of the land, I would say to them.
Then I met Lawrence Birch, a Shamanic Practitioner who is also a Clinical Herbalist and an LMT in Corvallis. I apprenticed with him during the Spring of 2015 for herbal wild-crafting and we talked a lot about the practice and the community on our wild-crafting expeditions. Last summer he took me to a Shamanic healing circle in Eugene at the home of his teacher and mentor, Alida Birch. It is a monthly circle where people in the general community who might not normally have access to a shamanic session come to be matched up with a practitioner for healing soul work. I offered to be one of the practitioners at the circle and the beauty and effectiveness of it made a deep impression on me. On the way back to Corvallis, Lawrence told me he wanted to offer a circle like that in Corvallis. I was all for it, and we teamed up to make it happen.
About the same time we started that circle, a writer for the local alternative weekly paper, contacted the Shamanic Science Meet Up group that I was a part of to look for a shamanic practitioner. She wanted to do an article on modern shamanic practice. After talking to my guides about it, in which the gentle nudging they had been giving me became a strong kick, I agreed to meet with the writer. We had a great talk and she did a beautiful article. I had started my shamanic practice a few months earlier and the timing was perfect. I felt like I was coming out of the shamanic closet.
In effect Spirit told me that’s just what I was doing, and it’s what I came here to do. I am here to bring light to soul work, to inform, to teach, to empower. The time has never been more ripe, and the stakes never higher as our world swirls amidst varying streams of chaos and enlightenment. So it is time for me to create this webpage and this blog. I know it will go through many transformations, just like I have, just like all of us have experienced. I appreciate you holding the space with me as I start off on this digital journey.
You can read the article in Corvallis Advocate here:www.corvallisadvocate.com/2016/sky-yeager-corvallis-shamanic-practitioner/
To help you tend to soul issues that may manifest in physical, emotional, mental or spiritual aspects of your life, and to give you tools to empower your path to harmony and well-being.
-There are so many kindredspirits doing the work out there. I include these links to help our community connect with one another.
SACRED HOOP Magazine Guide to Shamanism Compilation- http://www.sacredhoop.org/Pages/FreeGuide.html
Kitzie's podcasts include interviews with artists and kirtan music. I love attending her weekly Satsang group and the New World Kirtan Band concerts -
My friend and herbalist mentor, Lawrence Birch is a Certified Clinical Herbalist, plant whisperer and shamanic practitioner. If you need custom tincture blends or are interested in a wildcrafting apprenticeship, he is the teacher extraordinaire:
Roger Wheelock and Gayle Ruth are shamanic practitioners and teachers in the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition. https://www.rainmother.com/ I am grateful to be able to take part in ceremony with them, and to support their love for the Peruvian people through the World Ayni Association.