Dream Interpretation Class in Santa Fe

Dream Interpretation  with Deborah Stehr, Ph.D.

New Dream Interpretation Class this February at Santa Fe Community College.
3 Saturdays, from 10a to 12p, starting Feb 13th.
Learn the practical applications of dream interpretation from an expert. Done correctly dream analysis can change how you live your life. It can reveal unconscious issues that drive problems and suffering and also be key towards solving those things. I’ve seen this happen with people over and over.
Offered through Continuing Education at SFCC. See details below. I also teach psychology at SFCC in the psychology department and have a degree in clinical psychology.

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NEW! Dream Interpretation Class Santa Fe Community College, Community Education department Register by Feb 9
Learn what dreams are and gain some basic tools for how to interpret them. Receive instruction in how to read the specific meaning your dreams have in a way that is more effective than consulting dream books or other generic sources. Learn psychological modes of dream analysis that are grounded completely in your experience and how to apply them to your daily life and expand your self-awareness.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon, Feb. 13, 3 wks.
Course #LS301 01/CRN 31642
Deborah Stehr, Fee $49

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Planting the Shamanic Seed Workshop

The Jaguar House, with Deborah Stehr, Ph.D.  presents:

Planting the Shamanic Seed: Process 1, Fall/Winter

Introducing the first in a series of workshops and ceremonies in shamanism for people who want to learn shamanic practices and/or continue what they have developed, and learn new ways to commune with and restore broken relationships with Earth, Spirt and Self.

No experience necessary and experience is also welcome.

dreamspinning@gmail.com  8312242670

To sign up email me or call me. For Questions email or call.

Workshop one is: “Planting the Seed of Restoration and Forgiveness Using Creative Shamanic Practice.”

I will walk the group through a ceremonial process designed to facilitate the connection with Mother Earth and the Local Spirit/Beings and with the Deep Natural Soul Self each of us has.

The process will involve:

  • coming together as a group. I will create and maintain a safe, sacred space for everyone
  • setting intention for the day: connect and honor the Spirits of the Land
  • drumming/playing musical instruments, chanting/mantra/ singing,
  • individual “Earth Walks/Communion,” (not a hike or long walk)
  • creativity* as offering, (writing, drawing, music, dance…etc)
  • making a group offering…creating an altar
  • participation in a “recognition and connection ceremony” that the group co-creates, under my guidance
  • receiving some medicine for oneself

*Everyone is creative. Please come even if you don’t see yourself as an “artist,” or “creative.” This idea that there are creative and non-creative people is ridiculous. Art, story, music, dance, song: all originate as spiritual practice throughout human history.

 

The goal of the workshop and ceremony  is to use basic shamanic tools, such as drumming and communing in nature, to connect with the various souls and spirits of nature and/or ancestors, and then using creativity and other shamanic practices to create an offering, together, to honor these Beings, both physical and immaterial. The experience tends to shift the perception of the individual Self as well, showing us how we are all reflections of the same dream. The goal is to heal alienation and disconnection.

The root of all suffering is disconnection.

 

Instructions for what to bring

When: Sunday, December 6, 2015, arrival 11:30am. Begins 12noon. Ends around 5pm. Potluck dinner afterwards so we can socialize and connect.

 

Who: Anyone who desires to learn, connect with Mother Earth, Nature, the Spirit of these realms, and to connect with one’s own natural Soul. (If you are interested in the “dark arts,” this group is not for you.) People who are interested in forming a bi-monthly shamanic group should come as well. I’d like to create a shamanic community this year.

Where:  out of town 10 minutes south of the Santa Fe Airport at a house on land in La Cienega.  Exact location will be given to those who RSVP. We are on a dirt road, but no special vehicle is needed, since its graded and we are right off the blacktop.

If the weather is good, we will mostly be outside. If it is cold or too windy, we will be inside in the studio, and the individual “Earth Walks,” will take place outside because that’s where Nature is! J

How to dress:  It is winter, or almost, bring warm clothes, and dress in layers. Bring a blanket if you like. The studio is heated, but we may not always be moving around and you will want clothes you can stay warm outside with. Wear shoes that allow walking around outside in natural settings with no footpaths. You can also bring anything that feels “special” or “ceremonial” to you for use during the ritual. If you don’t have such things, no problem.

 

What to bring:

  • chair to sit in (I have some chairs if you don’t) Camping chairs or folding chairs work. I sit on a small footstool, so if that’s appealing bring one of those instead.
  • You may want a blanket (I use a horse blanket) or something to use to sit on outside during your Earth Communion part. Or not. You can use the same chair inside and outside if you like
  • a backpack or bag for your things for the day
  • an instrument if you have it (if you don’t, don’t worry),
  • bring pen and paper (if you like to draw or paint with watercolor, pastels, bring that if you like as well..including whatever paper you need. It should be simple and portable.
  • …bring something organic or natural to give to nature as an offering…this can be food, or something you made. Something that means something to you is best, just make sure it is either an element (like silver, iron or a natural substance, wood, ceramic, ) or that it degrades…paper is okay, if its organic paper all the better but that’s not required…we want nature to consume the item even if it takes a while. J Beads, food, all that is fine. No plastic or plutonium please. J  It doesn’t need to be fancy.

 

  • Bring some food that you can give to the spirits (can be anything), cornmeal, rice, tobacco, flowers are good too, fruit….sometimes people make special spirit food (meaning that you make it intending to give to the spirits). Wine and beer, chocolate work too.
  • Bring water and any snack you might need during the day to keep your energy up. The workshop/ceremony lasts five hours, with two short breaks and the time will be broken up into various activities and will probably fly along.
  • Please note if you can’t bring some of these items, don’t sweat it. Someone will share with you.
  • Bring a dish for potluck afterward for us humans. We will migrate into my house and we have a stove and ovens. It’s nice to have fellowship afterwards.

 

          What is The Jaguar House?

The Jaguar House is a shamanic house (like a clan) dedicated to restoring more balanced relationships with Mother Earth, the Spirit Realm and the Human Self through shamanic practice and creative acts of beauty. I claim no affiliation with any indigenous tribe or organization, although the roots of The House are Mayan, Native American and Celtic. As the 13th Jaguar, I am the Keeper of this House. My responsibilities include helping other people to connect with Spirit, both inside and out, and to “remember and revivify,” the connection with Natural Spirit Beings, both Visible and Invisible, which includes using my ability as a poet and a counselor, dream interpreter and trickerster/silly person/goofball. Some of you may know me as The Laughing Coyote.

I’ve been practicing shamanism in one form or the other for fifteen years and my methods and practices are influenced by the Harner School of Shamanism, Martin Prechtel, various Native American practices, including vision quests and my own experiences that include direct teachings and interactions with Mother Earth, All Our Relations, and various Spirits and Spirit Guides.

To see my credentials and other things I do, visit the pages and posts on this website.

I’m interested in creating an ongoing shamanic community here in Santa Fe, to learn and do basic practices for the welfare of Mother Earth and All Our Relations and to minister to human disconnection by Soul-Reclamation and Restoration of a Living Relationship between humanity, earth and spirit. If that interests you as well, contact me at any point before, during our after this workshop.

 

 

I will be sponsoring a Solstice Ritual as well this year. It will either be on Solstice or right before. Details to come.

 

Long Life

Honey in the Heart

No evil

13 Thank you’s.

 

Deborah, Eagle Woman Rising, House of the 13th Jaguar

 

 

Communication with the Spirits: Do They Listen and Respond?

Welcome to my blog! Welcome to the launch of the Jaguar House website! Welcome to the conversation!

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In my first official blog post on this Jaguar House website and blog, I’d like to talk about the issue of communication with the spirit world. Since the bulk of my work as a shaman is communicating with souls and spirits, both visible and invisible, this seems a good place to start a conversation. The purpose of my blog is to write about spiritual experiences and the shamanic path from various perspectives. There’s no better way to communicate with people than by stories. Since I am also a writer, this is very handy! Some stories will be about topics in general and others about how I came to be a shamanic practitioner myself, as well as whatever else comes up, including talking about dreams and why they are important–life changing even.

Please feel free to comment and share your own stories. The “comments” tab resides at the bottom of each blog following the tags. Just look for the word Comments and click on it.

Ultimately I’d like to create both a online and face-to-face community of people who are experiencing their own Shamanic Paths. My path happens to be that of the Jaguar House, or Jaguar Way, which is an inclusive medicine path dedicated, so far, to helping people understand, appreciate and more fully experience what it is to be a modern shamanic practitioner, meaning that you communicate with various forms of the Spiritual realm in a regular way for your own purposes and/or to help others.

My practice in dream interpretation and shamanic counseling is designed to help others communicate and interface more completely with the spiritual realms using a variety of practices and skills.

So, let’s begin!

Does the Spirit World really communicate with us? 

If you are like me, you might often wonder if the spiritual realm is real, or if you are just making it up, based on your own needs and desires to feel more secure and to participate in varying degrees of magic from time to time.

I’m sure the spiritual world, whatever kind we subscribe to, laughs a bit when new doubts show up, and humans say variations on “Help me please help me. Give me sign. Any sign.”

Especially when I’m desperate and frustrated (which is when I usually talk to the Spirit world), I say things like, “Give me a sign. Any sign. I don’t care. Just make it big and bold, in my native language, and ridiculously obvious. Pretend I’m totally dense  (not a stretch for me) and SPELL IT OUT IN BIG RED LETTERS IN THE SKY!” Or some variation thereof.

From what I’ve seen, communication from the Spirit World occurs after we’ve made such an appeal. Equally as often, we feel our entreaties go unanswered and we feel ignored and abandoned, left to deal with whatever form of suffering we are experiencing.

No doubt we go unanswered sometimes (which itself might be an answer), but maybe we just miss the reply because we aren’t paying attention or because it comes in an unexpected way.

In fact the word ‘coincidence’ may just be synonym for not really paying attention.

SIGNS THE SPIRIT WORLD MAY BE TALKING TO YOU

So if you nearly get hit by lightning, but not quite, on the way home on your bicycle, you really shouldn’t ignore that. The landscape of not getting hurt or killed is the medium of the answer.

If while sitting on the beach facing away from the waves, screaming and sobbing about your lover breaking up with you all of a sudden, and the ocean suddenly breaks over you, tumbling you completely inside it, out of control, and then throws you way up onto the bank where the succulents live, and does not drag you back out to sea, and once you catch your breath you feel completely different, that’s an intervention.

If you are late for your plane that is taking you to a time-sensitive, and very important yoga retreat on the other side of the country and the ticket agent, whose name is Jesus (I shit you not), holds the plane for you without you asking, THAT IS A SIGN. You would have missed the plane otherwise.

If while having a meltdown after your live-in lover says s/he wants to break up and you are about to fall down that vertiginous endless black hole of agony and you literally hear a voice that says, “You will be okay. Go to the ocean right now. Get up and go.”  And you go and it keeps you from having the hysterical meltdown the effects of which could last for weeks….you have received direct assistant from your Sacred God, Goddess or Guides.

If, after sitting in a sacred spot in nature, drumming and doing some ritual, you go down the hill and a hawk circles over you and then literally stops his forward motion and hovers over you—THAT’S A SIGN. You are being answered.  If two hours later, you experience 25 Medicine Eagles (Turkey Vultures), circling over the area in the Canyon where you memorialized your mother’s life and death….the spirit world has heard you and is responding.

If while on a Vision Quest, you walk at twilight near some red sandstone and mudstone cliffs in the Southeastern corner of Oregon and you see an Owl on the cliff, and then he alights, flies just in front of you and drops a tail feather….and then goes back on a cliff and proceeds to do what only could be called an Owl Dance with a fellow Owl, dipping his head and lifting his tail feathers over and over in a rhythm…what should you call that?

If on your way home from work on the interstate one October night, and your drive shaft breaks on the off-ramp to your house when you are slowing down to 20 MPH, and your truck will no longer move forward, and the guy behind you who stops to help is a mechanic….you are being protected. A broken drive shaft hitting the pavement at a lot of speed can flip a car. The on-the-spot mechanic diagnosed the problem immediately for me. The tow guy went out of his way to take me home and then drop my car off and didn’t charge me for the extra miles. My mechanic fixed the problem in an hour the next day and charged me around $40.

My own experiences are enough to suggest that there is no real separation between Our World and the Spirit World: it’s mainly a matter of intention and perception.

But I am NOT the arbiter of all things shamanic! I am one person. Do you have tales of messages or interventions from the Spirit World interfacing with our material realm? Feel free to share in the comments section.

For the next few blogs, I will continue to discuss this theme of: how can we tell the Spirit World is talking to us? Helping us? How do we know it’s real? I also welcome questions and requests about other topics.

To see what kind of work I do, please visit the other pages on this blog!

Until then,

Blessings from the House of Jaguar!

Deborah, the 13 Jaguar

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