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Sept 1: Ya’Acov Darling Khan: Vulnerability & Power in the Shaman’s World...
Fri 1 September 2017, 19:00 – 22:30 BST
Vulnerability and Power in the Shaman’s World
A Talk and Movement Medicine Session
with Ya’Acov Darling Khan to celebrate the launch of his new book:
Jaguar in the Body, Butterfly in the Heart –
The Real-Life Adventures of an Everyday Shaman
September 1st 2017. From 7-10.30pm in Birmingham
This magical evening will include a talk on the theme of Power and Vulnerability in the Shaman’s World, a book signing, which will be followed by a Movement Medicine embodied shamanic journey.
“Ya’Acov Darling Khan has written an exquisite and important book that places the great and deep work of Shamanism in its rightful context in this critical time in human history. For too long, shamanism has been seen as a left field weekend pastime that is divorced from the challenges that we face as a species in these extraordinary times. Ya’Acov’s story of his 30-year initiation into the shaman’s world is an invitation for us to look deeply into what matters most to us and to find the courage to live from this place. His shamanic work is rooted in his love for life and the Amazon rainforest and he and his wife Susannah have dedicated their lives to protecting 'the wild' inside us and in nature. He is highly respected amongst our indigenous partners in the Amazon where he is accepted as a practicing shaman. Ya’Acov’s book is vital for all of us who are ready to find the passion, dedication and courage to bring our visions to earth and to leave a legacy for our descendants that we can be proud of.”
Lynne Twist, Co-Founder of the Pachamama Alliance and Author of “The Soul of Money”.
The Talk (19.00-20.15):
We are living in times when the earth is crying out for empowered human beings connected to their hearts to stand up for life. It takes a huge investment to ‘grow’ a mature human being - someone who is living in the everyday recognition of what they have been given and what they are being given by life; a human being who is overflowing with gratitude and joyfully inhabits the living prayer of reciprocity, giving back to life with everything they’ve got. Unfortunately, many people in the alternative world have made power the enemy. ‘Power corrupts’ they say, embracing powerlessness and pointing the finger of blame and judgement at those who use power for good or for ill.
In the shaman’s world, a conscious and crafted blend of power and vulnerability is necessary for the initiatory journey in which the shaman discovers how to responsibly use their medicine. In order to make any positive impact in this world, it is our task to purify our relationship to power and vulnerability so that we can know deep in our hearts what our power is for. In this inspiring and challenging talk, Ya’Acov will talk about power and vulnerability as the twin keys for taking our place as empowered, creative and conscious human beings whose intention is to make as much positive impact in the world as we possibly can.
The Movement Medicine Journey (20.30-22.30):
The talk will be followed by a Movement Medicine session led by Ya’Acov. Movement Medicine weaves together the exhilaration of free dance with the depth of movement meditation and the spirit of shamanic practice. It challenges the paradigm of separation and reminds us of the interconnected nature of the web of life and our unique place in it. The Movement Medicine session is open to everyone with or without previous experience.
Ya'Acov has been studying and practicing shamanism all his life. When he was 21, he was hit by lightning and resolved to learn to use the shamanic gifts he had experienced as a child. He has been recognised as a practicing shaman by Elder Shamans from the Sami (European tradition), and Achuar and Sápara peoples of the Amazon. He is the Co-Creator of Movement Medicine, a contemporary and dynamic shamanic practice designed to support people from all walks of life to be who they are and give what they’ve got. Ya’Acov’s talks come straight from the heart. He inspires us, often with great humour, to remember who we are. He is the Co-Author of Movement Medicine - How to Dance, Awaken and Live your Dreams, (Hay House 2009) and the author of Jaguar in the Body, Butterfly in the Heart (Hay House 2017).