Learning Eunoia is proudly anti-oppression, along all axes.
That said, part of this process is learning. If we miss the mark on course materials, a post, or something else, please let us know. We’ll do our best to fix it, and give you credit in future versions of the publication if you desire.
Some ways this applies:
- We try to be anti-racist and de-colonial in life, and especially in our approach to spirituality. There are some complicated issues in the online spiritual space along cultural appropriation, and we’ve tried to avoid that whenever possible.
- We try to be inclusive of all sexual orientations and gender identities.
- We try to be body- and sex-positive
- We try to avoid ableism
- We try to make our offerings affordable for all – this is primarily a healing practice, not a money-making venture. If you need a payment plan, reduced fee/tuition, or other financial assistance, please reach out. We’ll do our best to work with you! We also have a fund set up to allow people to donate extra to cover those who need it.
- We are always open to education on issues and ways to be more inclusive and fair to others.
Some notes about terminology used on this site and our sister site for booking appointments, sanangeloanimism.com:
Shamanism (and derivatives):
This term is complicated. The word is used widely across the world, and originally comes from the Siberian term for their local spiritual practice of it. In modern times, there is a wide variety in what this means. There are the adherents of “core shamanism”, which is the philosophy that states that all indigenous cultures had aspects that were similar to each other, and that we can use those while separating the actions from the rituals of the different cultures. Obviously, this is problematic and extremely exploitative. On the other hand, “shamanism” is used to describe certain indigenous practices that are still being used today, and tends, in USA, to conjure images of Native Americans or plant medicine, which, depending on the tribe and use, can be exploitative or not.
Here is a great explanation of it, from someone in a similar situation: https://www.anchorandphoenix.com/on-the-word-shaman/
I am neither a “core shaman” or an indigenous shaman. My initiation is that of the Shaman of The Way, which is part of a Reconstructed Essene spiritual path. I am also a member of EISEN, the over-arching group of shamans in this lineage. In order to keep this identity, while also being aware of the issues with the word, I have a few ways of referring to myself and my work:
Winnowing is what I use to refer to the act of conducting a journey for myself or for a client. This can include soul retrieval and clearing of unaligned energies, dynamics, or entities present in the person’s energy field. This is a term given to me directly by my guides, a reference to the act of separating grain from chaff (unaligned energies in this situation), and also nicely ties in with the land-work I do.
Animism is what I use to refer to what I believe – that there are non-physical entities, or spirits, present in all living things, some non living things, and that there are plenty more from other astral or physical spaces of varying levels of intelligence that can interact with us. There is also an omnipresent Divine energetic life force (related to Reiki), that is in constant battle with the primordial Chaos. Some beings are aligned with one side or the other, knowingly or not.
Druidry is what I use to refer to specifically working with the spirits of the land, places, plants, or animals. This can include communication, winnowing, and offerings. (For the record, most groups that have an order of Druidry have a shamanic component to their studies)
Shamanic – I sometimes use this term to denote the general idea and experience of trance work, but am trying to phase use out while still being able to explain what I do to people who haven’t heard of the other terms.
Shaman – I sometimes refer to myself as such, because I have been initiated as one. I try to avoid it though.
Reiki (and related terms)
I have been initiated and attuned as a Usui Reiki Ryoho Master/Teacher. Reiki is originally a Japanese style of energy work and healing. It was spread and popularized in the West by Hawayo Takata, who learned it from a student of the original founder, Mikao Usui. The goal of bringing it to the West was to teach it, spread it, and make it more efficient. Thus, I don’t feel that the practice or teaching of it is cultural appropriation.
However, it seems during that process over the last hundred years, the original history has been ignored and it has been made more Christian, possibly to be more palatable to Christian Americans. In my courses, I have tried to undo those aspects that were changed to the detriment of the system, but may have missed some. If you take a course and notice anything that doesn’t sit right with you and your knowledge of Reiki, please let me know! I will research and update it in future versions!
Within the context of Reiki, I also use the term “chakra”. This is another term with a complicated relationship in the West, but I was taught Reiki with the chakra system as a major part of it. Thus, outside of the context of Reiki, I use “Energy Center”, as it has the same meaning, but without the cultural implications of chakra. I am also re-evaluating the inclusion of chakras in future versions of my reiki courses through research.
Thanks for your support, feel free to reach out with any questions or comments! I appreciate you!