The Circle Way Newsletter: Home Hearted

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Andrew Steed

A Leap Of Consciousness

By Andrew Steed

For those of us who are called to shamanism we must be prepared to pick up the proverbial mop and bucket, the duster and vacuum cleaner as we join ranks as spiritual janitors brightening up the worlds. And if we are to sweep the worlds clean and serve as ‘Lightworkers’ it is essential to cleanse our own house first!

I have danced these ways for many years and as Ralph Waldo Emerson eloquently scribed “Do the thing and you will have the power”. In teaching and more importantly living a shamanic pathway I step deeply into the shadows to take the light there, I face my fears and I embrace the authentic hero who wades through the faeces transforming it into fertilizer.

Discovering the subtle shades within our own crayon/pencil/paint box and having the courage to splash, smear, etch, swirl and dance the fullness of our colours onto the canvas of life is a gift awaiting us all. I believe that each of us has a treasure chest that is overflowing in the spiritual that will be made manifest when we get out of our heads and into our hearts. We hold the key to unlocking our gifts so that they flow over the mental bridge into the physical world. And however vivid and stunning the strokes on the page are, there is more. The masterpiece is unfinished for we are eternal. Those who have worked with me before will have heard me say; “Do not put me or any teacher up on a pedestal, we will only fall off”. I am constantly sharpening my own pencils and discovering new hues to mix upon my own palette and dab onto the page. Whilst I am here on planet earth/planet water I am still a student with the opportunity to expand my adventure beyond the horizon. And for those who fear that their pencil tips have broken, that the choice of colours has slipped into the bland and the bleak, look again, with a willing heart and the tenacity to do the work, to be the work, magic and mystery awaits us all.



Home Practice

Listening to the Cedar Song (below), allow the rhythm and heartbeat of the World Drum to carry you to the heart flame within. Where does it reside within you?
* What does your heart flame feel like? Look like? Smell like? Taste like? Sound like?
* Allow your body to dance and move as the heart flame. What does it move like?
* Ask: What can it share about balancing the feminine and masculine within, and how you can bring this balance into all your relationships?

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Lead Us Home

“Cedar Song” by Michelle Girouard, sung by Gwenith Kikkawa, Martha Lucier & Tim Lucier, (CCSS Collective Members), & played by the World Drum

The great Cedar, in her song, calls us home to our own hearts like a compass to True North. She calls to us as we remember who we are when we forget, again and again, as the rings spin deep within her trunk. The cedar loves us as our mother and teaches us how to mother ourselves while we walk our soul’s path through the winter seasons of our lives. As we long to feel her warmth when we are lost, so does she long to feel our pulse when we are away. When we are united with the great Cedar, when we sing her song and lift our eyes to the height of her skyward arms, the portal of our hearts are opened into great healing and wholeness. And we are truly at home.
~ Michelle Girouard

The World Drum

Grandmother World Drum

The World Drum Project

▪ The World Drum Project came to life October 21, 2006 during a ceremony in front of the Parliament in Oslo, Norway.
▪ Co-founders for the project are: WhiteCougar who had the vision about the drum, and Morten Wolf Storeide who also coordinates her journey around the world.
▪ In The World Drums journey, now over 8 years, “She” has visited more than 593 different locations spread around the whole globe on all continents.
▪ The Drum goes from hand to hand, from human to human.
▪ Every human that plays it adds strength to the One-Heart-Beat.
▪ It carries the dream of peace, uniting us, giving us the courage to heal, re-awaken, and restore our relationship with Mother Earth, and all our relations.
▪ This drum is alive and the Dream behind the Drum is alive as well.



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Last Call for Heart Flame of Shamanism Training!

With special guest The World Drum!

January 16-18, 2015

In the dark and quiet night of winter, we gather around the heart flame, sparking our Creator Being and dreaming ability, awakening our soul connection to the Great Mother, as we re-commit to growing and changing, and return to the innocence and wholeness of who we are.


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▪ Follow link to Book it now or, call 1-888-383-8320


Soul Pathways of Shamanism

One Year Program

As we consciously create a life aligned in our soul’s gifts and purpose, we restore balance of our soul connections within and without.

Program Dates:
* Feb. 20 – Feb. 22, 2015
* May 22 – May 24, 2015
* Aug. 19 – Aug. 23, 2015
* Nov. 20 – Nov. 22, 2015


Requirements For Applying

▪ An existing shamanic practice with a confident ability to journey and connect with spirit guides.
▪ Completion of a ‘Heart Foundation of Shamanism Training’, ‘Journey Within: Basic Shamanism Retreat’, or ‘Two Year Advanced Training in Shamanism’ with CCSS.
▪ Special consideration will be given to those with other equivalent shamanic experience or training.

To apply: Fill out online application form by January 30, 2015

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Celtic Shamanism

Two Year Program

With Andrew Steed

We are wandering stories, a collection of tales gathered through grime, sweat, love, anger, joy, fear, acceptance, betrayal, beauty and a host of other threads that are woven into the unique tapestries of our life stories.

In the winter of 2013/2014 I had a wonderful new book flow through me. I have called it ‘Powering Up Our Life Stories’. It is a comprehensive workbook to help all students of life discover their inner Bard and weave with stories like the Seanachaís of old. The focus of the tales being reclaimed in this journey book is the reader. A wealth of riches will be found through answering journal questions and working with shamanic journeys at the end of each chapter. So many people have stuffed, blocked, denied and/or forgotten pieces of their story to the point that they become stuck within their story. Here is a way to cleanse, renew and work with the indigenous practice of reclaiming. Indigenous people knew the importance of shifting perspective and discovering the inner hero within. Reclaiming my own story is a practice that has stood me in good stead for finding freedom within my soul, which supports my journey in being a hollow bone.

I am excited to be offering a 2-Year study in Celtic shamanic practice beginning at the Edge in October 2015. I am inviting all prospective students to delve within the folds of their own stories and read ‘Powering Up Our Life Stories’ as a prerequisite to the course.

“Andrew Steed is a brilliant storyteller who inspires us to reclaim and reweave our own stories. He teaches us how to harness power and invoke the courage to look at and shine light on the shadow of our past in order to rewrite a new life story that illuminates our unlimited present and future potential.”

~ Sandra Ingerman

Program dates:
* Oct. 28 – Nov. 1, 2015
* Apr. 20 – Apr. 24, 2016
* Oct. 12 – Oct. 16, 2016
* Apr. 5 – Apr. 9, 2017


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Requirements For Applying:

▪ An existing shamanic practice with a confident ability to journey and connect with spirit guides.
▪ Reading of Andrew’s book: “Powering Up Our Life Stories”. To purchase book contact [email protected]
▪ In his book, in the story King of the Celts, Andrew reveals his name meaning ‘The Strong High Spirited Stallion’. Find out what your name means. Then journey to your guides to see how you have embodied the aspects of your name, and ask them for areas that you can further grow into the fullness of your own name.

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Contact CCSS Coordinator Gwenith Kikkawa: [email protected], 888-3838320 x4

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