Initiation & Healing Emotions

The shaman understands that all problems that we face are caused by our unhealed emotions, which distort our perception of reality. We mistakenly perceive a situation as real, and then the Universe, in its infinite wisdom, proves us right!

To solve any problem in our lives, we must engage in healing emotions. Otherwise we will continue perceiving ourselves as victims of circumstances, and not as heroes embarked on an epic journey. We cannot simply change our minds and see the world differently, because our way of perceiving the world is rooted in emotionally charged neural networks buried deeply in our primitive Neanderthal (limbic) brain.

This is why, when I first created The Four Winds Society’s energy medicine curriculum, we chose to create a course that provides vast understanding and a fast level of healing as the very first step. It’s the first class that opens the doors to our entire Light Body School curriculum because it is THE vital, beautiful cleansing and healing process we must take as individuals and/or as practitioners for others before we are able to move appropriately into greater energy medicine. It’s called our “South” or “Illumination” course. It is offered in many Four Winds campus locations throughout the calendar year. See more details and dates for “South” here.  

Here is why “South” is the absolute foundation of what we teach at The Four Winds: 

Changing our minds without changing our brains is merely wishful thinking!

Only when we exchange our toxic emotions can we establish new neural networks which can change our perception. Then the Universe will prove us right once again, but this time in a life affirming way. Until then, we will continue attracting to ourselves people that share the same wounds and stories we believe to be real. When we re-wire the neural networks programmed for failure, self-sabotage, shame and fear, we can redirect our life force and free ourselves from our self-created suffering.

Initiation is the shamans art for transforming emotions such as anger, fear, and despair, into love, purity and compassion. Initiation is the way the spiritual warrior heals her emotions, lets go of the need for growing through adversity, and becomes a creative force in her own life.

Although many cultures design elaborate rites for the initiation of young men and women, true initiation is always internal, a private act of courage between you and the Divine. In fact, all initiations are an invitation from Spirit to discover the significance of your existence and play the game of life at a higher level. Initiation heals the emotional wounds that keep us inflicting pain on ourselves and maintaining a state of stress, crisis, and denial. It is a natural process that requires the death of the old and the birth of the new.  Once our initiation is underway, we can recover the passion and vitality that we once squandered in rage, lust, or greed, and invest it in our well-being, discovering our power to create instead of feeling continually beleaguered.

Life invites us to be initiated through many means: Tough love, or the death of a parent or friend, or when we give birth to a child or face a health crisis. When we refuse Life’s invitation to initiation we become trapped, like the moth in the spider web, battling our way out of a medical diagnosis, or a bad job or relationship, only to create another predicament for ourselves. The spiritual warrior knows that such crises can be an opportunity for rebirth, and the doorway through which we can step onto an illumined path that leads to a life of passion, authenticity, and grace.

But it requires that we say yes to life, and step into unknown territory.


Readers, while each of our Four Winds courses focus on healing emotions and moving past our histories, our “South/Illumination” course helps you shed the past and its wounds quickly and effectively, and learn how to do the same as a practitioner with others. Learn more about “South” and our offerings of the course on our various campuses here


  1. pia christin thorsrud says:

    Hi i live in the North i guess, Norway .
    I see that the course will start in the south ..germany
    does that mean one have to choose an another course to attend or wait ?
    I likes this one ,initiations and healing emotions ..
    How does this work ?
    Thank u ..
    PCT Norway.

  2. So beautiful and so true. I would add, that we don’t need to wait for the crisis to come for us in order to be initiated. When we have an early sense of the impending, harness that opportunity and create a beautiful symbolic initiation for yourself to let go of a lost love, someone who has passed, an old job, or an old life, in whatever way moves you. Light a candle, go on a journey, your soul knows the Initiation you need. For everyone it shows up differently, whether you gather friends to share in this moment of ceremony with you, or you go it solo. You call for Spirit and Spirit will show up.

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