We must let go of the life we have planned,
so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.
~ Joseph Campbell ~.
Spirit Walk Ministry is a non-profit shamanic studies ministry, emphasizing spiritual awakening through personal existential experiences. We are dedicated to a non-proselytizing approach to the awakening of philosophical, spiritual and religious ideas and providing the traveler with a mystical three ring circus of shamanic experiences in order to reawaken them to the wonders of the journey.
"I been to the circus three or four times -- lots of times.
Church ain't shucks to a circus.
There's things going on at a circus all the time."
~ Mark Twain - "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"~
The essence of the path to enlightenment is not about the road beneath your feet, but the vista before your eyes. It is about what you see and what you experience. It is about how you come to accept what you see and experience as meaningful to you and how you assimilate these things into the view of reality that is yours alone.
There is no inherently “wrong path” for you to set out upon, if that path is the way you sincerely feel drawn to travel at that moment in your life. Any spiritual conception of life from the precepts of Animism to Zoroastrianism, and any signpost you find along that path, from Astrology to a Zen Garden has the potential to help guide you in the right direction on the unique journey that is your Spirit Walk.
If in time, after you have examined the path you have been traveling, you feel drawn to leave the path to take up another there is no need to feel either shame, or a sense of failure in doing so. You cast no aspersions on either yourself for having taken that path, or on any other traveler still upon that path, by leaving that path to go another way.
Spirit Walk Ministry is here to serve as a living reference library, housing a collection of spiritual ideas and mystic experiences that may, in some way, enlighten the spiritual traveler and aid them in meeting the challenges they will face on their journey.
We at the Ministry see our role as that of clerks in this library, gathering together information and making it freely available to any and all that come here. We are here to provide pilgrims with the books they may need...
but ,the books are for each pilgrim to read and interpret for themselves.
This website is not going to be appropriate for everyone, nor is it meant to be. If you are seeking some sort of spiritual "cheat sheet” or some "psychic reading" in order to find shortcuts around the challenges that you need to face on your path, we would advise you to look elsewhere. This is a place of self discovery and we are here to aid the sincere and dedicated pilgrims who have summoned the courage to undertake “the Journey”.
Our doors are always open to anyone wishing to enter in search of what they may need to help them in their quest. Please note though, if you came here seeking some sort of personal psychic "reading" we would advise you to look elsewhere. This is not a place where people come to have their fortunes told, but instead where they come to discover within themselves some personal insight into their own unique being, so as to better walk their own path.
We will help you find your destiny, but we will not carry you there
Parroting the answers of others is the road to Indoctrination
The Enlightened are awake and unbound
The Indoctrinated are asleep and in chains
Awaken and Break Free
There are many paths leading to the library and many doors through which the pilgrim may enter. This is not a destination, only a way station along the route. Traveling the path that lead you here was only one part of your journey. When you leave here you will continue upon your adventure, hopefully with a new insight into your quest.
You will find no messiah or guru here to tell you the way you should travel and no one here is going to try to sell you any maps or travel accessories to carry along with you. Instead, you must heed the inner call that is drawing you to take up the path you need to travel and summon the courage from within to take up that path and go forward undaunted on your Spirit Walk, wherever that path may seem to be leading. That is the essence of the shamanic experience and the true path to awakening the power that is within you and to finding your way back home to where it all began.
There is a school of thought which says that you should consult a map on these occasions, but to such people I merely say, 'Ha! What if you have no map to consult? What if you have a map but it's of the Dordogne?' My own strategy is to find a car, or the nearest equivalent, which looks as if it knows where it is going and follow it. I rarely end up where I was intending to go, but often I end up somewhere that I needed to be.
Webmaster: John J. Reder
Beginning his Spirit Walk among the shamanic practitioners in the Pyramid Lake basin of Nevada’s Sierra Mountains, John continued his spiritual journey studying within the Taoist and Metaphysical circles of Boston and Cambridge.
A student of Traditional Astrology for over 30 years he received his professional certification through noted Astrologer Noel Tyl and Llewellyn Publications in 1980.
Activated as a Shambhala healing practitioner by Susan Isabel in Bedford, NH in 1999, John has also received training in hypnotherapy and Mesmerism, along with the application of quantum crystal energy in meditation and healing modalities.
John is an ordained minister of the First Nation Church and Universal Life Church.
Spirit Walk Ministry
"A Shamanic Studies Ministry"
Cape Cod, Massachusetts USA
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