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Wednesday, 31 August 2011

The Four Pillars of Shamanism with Theodore Tsaousidis

Snow Lion Lecture Series 2011
Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

"The Four Pillars of Shamanism:"
The Great Mystery of Earth Mother Medicine
with: Theodore Tsaousidis

At the Snow Lion 708A Pape Ave.

Time: 7:30PM to 9:00PM*
Cost: Dana / donation (according to your means)

The Earth Mother is the source of all Medicine. A Shaman lives within the great mystery of the Mother — embodying her ancient healing and wisdom. In this way, a Shaman is an expression of the great mystery. She is born into this healing work from the depth of her being. Every action and activity of the shaman is an act of remembering, an act of honouring where the shaman is from and who she truly is. The four pillars of shamanism: purification, mindfulness, empowerment, and devotion/service are the Shaman’s source of knowledge, strength and protection.

The Shaman lives and works in ordinary and non-ordinary reality. She uses and depends on each of these pillars to keep her feet firmly in both realities simultaneously. The Earth Mother and all creation are both ordinary and non-ordinary reality. In other words, both form and formless. Both are real and must be experienced for true wisdom/compassion to deepen. To enter into this understanding is where true healing begins. Theodore will explore and share these four pillars as a foundation of dynamic presence in the world.

For those who are interested, more detailed information will be presented about the upcoming October 1-2 Healing Plants Retreat that will take place in the Grey Bruce area.

Theodore Tsaousidis has been conscious of his spiritual journey from an early age. Born in a rural community in Greece surrounded by mountains and valleys, he was profoundly shaped by nature and the ancient tradition of village elders and healers. His connection to nature and the spirit world is an integral part of who he is – as is his dedication to the Zen training he has followed for 30 years. He is also blessed by the guidance of the Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche. His healing and shamanic sharing stem from, his cultural roots, personal experience. and Tibetan and Buddhist traditions. Theodore sees shamanism and meditation as a great alchemy for the healing of self and others. He lives and works in the Owen Sound and Toronto areas. He offers teachings and meditation practices for healing, yoga, and multifaith centres in Canada.

*Please arrive early as the doors will be closing at 7:30pm (no admittance after doors close)

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