I’m will be playing music at an art exhibition in Stockholm. The art is made by my two good friends Lasse Strøm and Viktoria Nilsson, featuring paintings and lamps made out of scrap.

Shamanism: How did our ancestors find the properties of plants?

FlowerThe general answer you’ll get if you ask people is that it was probably through trial and error or just sheer luck. But this is a very unlikely theory. It would probably take millions of years to find all those plants that cured that every kind of illness. Our ancestors had a very different view of the natural world, their relationship with nature was as intimate as a child with her mother. Their senses were sharper and their knowledge vast, but this does not explain how they found specific medical properties of plants. One simple answer may be that they gained this knowledge through shamanistic techniques, by journeying and communicating with the spirits of the plants the shaman can discover the properties of plants.

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Shamanism: The spirit of the Raven

Corvus_corax_(NPS)Yes, the ravens are speaking to me as of late, a lot. It feels like I have one raven sitting on each shoulder at all times. So, what are the qualities of the raven as a spirit animal? Every culture and tradition has its own views on what a spirit animal means, does and what powers it possesses. Some cultures view the raven as a bad omen, an omen of death, while others as wisdom, cunning and intelligence. What is real then? Let us take a quick look into some qualities of the raven.

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