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The Forked Stick

Jul 23, 2017

In this show Jeff & John-Luke in conversation with Jonathan Horwitz, consider and reflect upon in some small way, ‘Shamanic Duty’. What is it to be ‘shamanically’ present in this world? Is it drum circles and facebook pictures or is it activism, self-enlightenment or world enlightenment; perhaps somewhere in-between? How do we be present and available for a world in crisis?


Jonathan has studied and worked with shamanism since 1972. For eight years he was on the staff of The Foundation for Shamanic Studies, USA. Jonathan has an M.A. in anthropology, and is a shamanic counselor (HMSC).

In 1986 Jonathan and Annette Høst began the Scandinavian Center for Shamanic Studies where the courses are centered on learning to use the ritual tools of shamanism, experiencing shamanism as a spiritual path, shamanic healing, and embracing the Circle and all of Nature. He also runs a small retreat centre, Åsbacka, in southern Sweden where her offers training in personal healing retreats, Sitting Out weekends and shamanic guidance for those who have previously worked with him.

Jonathan’s focus on shamanism as a spiritual path centers around his own Three R’s – Re-connecting with being alive, Re-discovering the spiritual power we are all born with, and Re-learning what it means to be a part of the whole. “The shamanic path is excellent for learning these things,” he says. “And as soon as you feel you know, the Spirits show you something new… The road goes on forever.”


Here are the Heart-Earth Questions posed by Jonathan: 


1)   What are your deeper feelings about the state the world is in right now?

2)   How would you most like to help? If you could do anything to help the Earth and there were no limits, what would you do?

3)   What do you find most difficult about playing your part for the Earth? What is painful, frightening, challenging? What stops you?

4)   What kind of support do you wish you had to be able to carry on, do more, or begin? What do you feel would help you to step further?

5)   What are you already involved in, in relation to helping the Earth at this time? It can be big or small, with organisations or by yourself, practical, spiritual or emotional. Don’t worry if it is “good enough”, write what you feel in your heart that you do out of Love for the Earth.

Special “Sacred Hoop” issues on Sacred Activism:

This issue also includes our 1 page about “Remember to Remember”




‘Prayer of St. Francis’ by Singh Kaur from ‘Songs of the Lord’s Love’, released on Invincible Music. Laura Drew, a.k.a. Singh Kaur or Lorellei (1955–1998) was a new-age music composer, vocalist and instrumentalist, who had a prolific career that lasted from the early 1970s to the late 1990s, releasing 23 albums. With her angelic voice and haunting melodies, Singh Kaur was a pioneer in the growing genre of Western interpretations of Indian chanting music.

‘When I need you’ by Erasure, from their album, “The Innocents” released on Sire Records. The Innocents was the third proper studio release from Erasure, released in 1988. Produced by Stephen Hague and released by Mute Records in the UK and Sire Records in the U.S., it was the release that made Erasure superstars in their home country and gave them their long-awaited breakthrough in the U.S.

The Innocents became the first in a string of number one albums by Erasure in the UK, turning double platinum with sales over 600,000. Thanks to heavy exposure on MTV, it also spawned two major Billboard Hot 100 hits, a Top 50 placing on the Billboard 200 and Platinum album certification in the U.S. According To Nielsen SoundScan, 23 years after its release the album has sold a total of 5 million copies worldwide. It is their best selling album to date.

‘Will you be there’ by Michael Jackson, from his album ‘Dangerous’, released in 1993. The song is the eighth single from the 1991 album Dangerous. The song also appeared on the soundtrack to the film Free Willy, of which it is the main theme. With the album version clocking in at seven minutes and forty seconds, it is the longest song in Michael Jackson's solo discography.

The song was one of the biggest hits from Dangerous, staying in the top 40 for over six weeks in the UK. The single achieved even greater success in the US, where it sold 500,000 copies and stayed in the top ten for six weeks, peaking at number seven and earning a gold certification

“Just call my name” by Blackmore’s Night from the album The Village Lanterne Blackmore's Night is a British/American traditional folk rock duo formed in 1997, consisting of Ritchie Blackmore (acoustic and electric guitar) and Candice Night (lead vocals, lyricist and multi-instrumentalist). To date they have released ten studio albums; their latest, All Our Yesterdays, was released on September 18, 2015. The Village Lanterne is the fifth studio album by the group Blackmore's Night, released on Steamhammer US on 4 April 2006.