Year 2- Become an Ordained Animist Minister (See Animist Practitioner Training for Year 1)
Earth Web Media’s Web of Life Animist Church is seeking Earth Honoring People who are called to become Ordained Animist Ministers, in service to Earth and her People.
12 month Training = Opening and Closing Weekends in NW Portland,OR and Online
Dates: Weekend 1- Thursday, May 17, 2018 – Sunday, May 20 Thursday 6-9pm, Friday and Saturday 9am-9pm (with breaks for personal time) and Sunday 10am-3pm
Weekend 2-Thursday, April 25 2019 -Sunday, April 28 Thursday 6-9pm, Friday and Saturday 9am-9pm (with breaks for personal time) and Sunday 10am-3pm
All months in between, we meet for 90 minutes every two weeks LIVE ONLINE (meetings are recorded). Expect to read, write and journey independently each month (1-3 hours a month). Sharing in private FB group.
As Web of Life Animist Ministers WE~
~Focus on our similarities, rather than our differences, so we can strengthen our Spiritual Movement in service to Earth and her People
~Provide opportunities to listen to our Ancestors and the Spirits of the Web of Life in these unsettling times
~Practice and find our ways we”minister” to others in our Nature, Shamanic, Queer, Pagan and Animist communities
~Receive support from a growing network of Animists who are skilled Spiritual Guides and Leaders in many fields of influence
~Become a voice for the Earth and all of her inhabitants, into worlds beyond
You love the Earth and you hear her speak. A generally accepted word for this is Animism.
Specifically, animism is used in the anthropology of religion as a term for the belief system or cosmology of indigenous tribal peoples, especially prior to the development and/or infiltration of colonialism and organized religion. Although each culture has its own different mythologies and rituals, “animism” is said to describe the most common, foundational thread of indigenous peoples’ “spiritual” or “supernatural” perspectives. The animistic perspective is so fundamental, mundane, everyday and taken-for-granted that most animistic indigenous people do not even have a word in their languages that corresponds to “animism” (or even “religion”); the term is an anthropological construct rather than one designated by the people themselves.
This Training emphasizes Animist exploration and shamanic understanding, including offering respect and being open to communication with: animals, elements, plants, trees, spirit world, dream world, intuition, ancestors, spirit guides, other humans, and sacred self.
“Minister” is the word used by the IRS with regards to Religious Non-Profits (churches):
The general definition of the word “Minister” is a person who attends to the needs of others, esp in religious matters. To “minister” means to tend to the needs of others, to serve.
IRS Publication 517 defines ministers as follows:
“Ministers are individuals who are duly ordained, commissioned, or licensed by a religious body constituting a church or church denomination. They are given the authority to conduct religious worship, perform sacerdotal functions, and administer ordinances or sacraments according to the prescribed tenets and practices of that church or denomination.
To learn more about Earth Web Media’s Animist Beliefs, Please see our Statement of Beliefs
Full Circle Animism- We practice the tools that consistently show themselves in Earth honoring cultures, including: honoring the sacred circle, activating trance with a consistent rhythm, dreaming, honoring the Earth and Sky cycles, elements and directions in Nature, intuition, trance, soul restoration, ritual, interaction with spirit world, ceremony, divination, storytelling, connecting with animal and plant allies, blessings/prayers, dance and sacred singing. Each person consults their own Spirit Guides about how to practice these arts.
This path is for anyone, but especially for anyone who is the first generation in their family (after numerous generations of silence/denial) who openly seeks animistic understanding to heal their soul wounds, and to feel their connection with the Sacred Web of Life. It is understood that the Spirit World teaches and guides each person in their healing, and each Animist in their sacred art. In these times we are called to remember what our ancestors knew, and then find new ways “to do things” from our reviving shamanic and animist hearts. In this time, we are coming “full circle”.
Each “Minister” (you will choose your own name for your role) is guided by their Spirit Guides and Ancestors to createyour own “Ministry”, in a way that has meaning for you. You will create your own way to share the Animist message in this evolving world, in congress with others of like mind.
What can you do as an Animist Minister?
As a officially ordained Minister, you can offer your animist inspired services to: ~ Hospice and Hospitals ~Social Justice, Queer, Environmental and Pagan Communities who need Spiritual Support~ Schools (yours or someone else’s) for Kids and Adults ~
You can legally and professionally officiate: ~Weddings and Commitment Ceremonies ~Ceremonies for Release and Rites of Passage ~Classes and Workshops ~Individual Spiritual Support Sessions ~ Land and Space Blessings and Clearings ~
Ministering is a sacred mix of Holding Sacred Space and Storytelling, delivered with your own style of Performance.
This Training is designed to inspire you to discover and creatively express your Unique Nature of Service (“ministry”), and sharing them with the world in your own unique way.
Outline of 12 month Program
Please note: In order to be eligible for this ordainment program, you must already have training in at least one healing, arts, spiritual modality, and are currently serving your community. You must have experience holding space for others, either in a one on one, or group setting. Completion of Web of Life Shamanic Healing Practitioner and Animist Soul Medic Training is expected, but can potentially be substituted with equivalent experience.
There is an application process for this program. See end of text for contact info.
Quotes from past participants:
“I have gained a deep sense of Animist community and the charge to further that in my future, and to help bring that feeling to others. I am getting more of a sense of the great potential that a ‘minister’ holds for creating Animist community. “
“I am realizing and actualizing a practical method of shamanic healing practice to bring to the world, and building a strong foundation for my life grounded in Animist practice. “
1) Spirit World and Nature Ambassador (bridge between human and spirit worlds in a protected way)
There are so many situations where this practice can bring benefit. A growing number of people describe themselves as “Spiritual not Religious” yet feel that they are connected to something bigger than them. However someone calls it, the “spirit world” affects and touches people of all walks of life. It is natural. Nature brings we humans back in balance to be a bridge between worlds. We create safe and protected space with our intention.
2) Sacred Circle Host (Rhythm Making/Holder of Sacred Space)
Sacred space is so important. When people feel safe they can share sacredness in many ways. The rhythm of the drum, rattle or the clapping of hands, helps calm our minds so we can relax and feel safe. Hosting a sacred circle can look many ways but the intention is that people leave the circle feeling better than when they arrived.
3) Seer, Empath, Diviner, Intuitive, Energy Body Navigator
Intuitive abilities are essential for any Animist Minister. To be able to hold space for someone and intuit their needs allows you to serve the person, as well as the community. We all have our own version of Intuitive abilities. You will find out more about your unique intuitive brew and put them to sacred work.
4) Spiritual Voice for Social and Environmental Justice (Speaking up for others in the Web of Life is part of ministering)
Social Justice and Environmental awareness are not separate from Animism, they are a part of it. All Beings are equal and important in our Sacred Web of Life. Assess the movements that speak to you most, and explore ways that Animistic practices can strengthen our communities as we speak up against injustice.
5) Rhythm, Trance and Song (Altered States of Consciousness as Helpers and Healers)
We are born to make rhythm, experience altered states of consciousness and feel the songs of the multiverse tone through our vibrational body. As you release the bonds that hold you back from experiencing the joyful release of your Spirit through Trance, you help others connect in this sacred way as well.
Subjects for 10 Months in between- 3 hours a month online ( 90 minutes biweekly- Recorded) Participants choose meeting times
Animal Powers, Stone Allies, Ancestral Teachers
Guidance for your Future is in the Wisdom of your Ancestors, The stones of this Earth want to strengthen you. Connect with Animal Powers. Incorporate their wisdom and practice holding space for others as they connect within.
Sacred Nature Guide (Being an Example in Communicating with Nature Beings)
Every Animist culture was closely connected to Nature in all its diversity because all humans are dependent upon Nature to survive. This is still true, even when we forget. Nature Quiets the Mind so you can Hear your Heart. As you quiet yourself in Nature (we will be in Nature for these two days) you will hear and see messages that will help you know how to share your gifts and service with your community.
Balance Restoration Practitioner –(Balance in Body, Community, and Web of Life)
To acknowledge, recognize and hold sacred space for the mending, tending and healing of Soul Wounds and Imbalances is a core practice of each Animist Minister. Each participant will practice their ways of bringing balance to their personal communities.
Clearings of Mind and Body, as well as Space, Time and Spirit (To help things, places and people heal, a “Clearing” can be useful)
We gather much in this world. Energy, attitudes, behaviors, trauma. People, animals and places gather energies that can stick and be sticky. We can help people understand how they can let it go, clear it out, and move on with a tended soul.
Life and Death, Sickness and Wellness (Help people understand the Animist view of Life and Death, Sickness and Wellness)
The “Web of Life” means All Life. We are all an equals in this web. Death is for all of us. It is said that our Death is our Best Teacher. How do we “minister” people in the age of extinction? Explore your feelings about Life, as well as Death, and help others approach these subjects without fear. What causes Sickness? How do we react when “Sick”? How “Well” do we feel? How do we hold space for people who are sick, and how do we encourage people to be well (on all levels)?
The Seven Sacred Directions, The Four Elements
North, South, East, West, Above, Below and Center- Air, Fire, Water and Earth orient you and keep you alive! Help others to feel these realms around them!
Finding Peace within, and within one’s Community–
Facilitating peace can be a challenge. Many people are fighting within themselves. Explore the ways in which an Animist Minister can, and does, activate peace in the harmony of Nature, for the benefit of the Humans they serve. Help others feel this truth!
Body Wisdom, Shapeshifting and DNA Healing
Trance Activates your Energy for Rejuvenation and Healing. “Body Prayers” – Your Body is your trusted guide for Health. Help others honor the sacred vessel of their body! Cultivate balance in your Body for full spiritual health. Our ancestors are in our DNA, calling to us every moment. Experience the wisdom of the ones who need help, and are ready to share helpful messages.
Every place is sacred. Learn to notice the power in the places Beside the Road that are Between the Worlds. Love the Nature right where you are, and inspire people to do the same! The Claw, the Feather and the Fin of the Dragon- The Three Realms of Earth, Water and Air- Feel the magic of the three life support realms of Earth! Experience Healing of Place, Altars, Personal and Community Ceremony where you Live.
Offering Self in Service of Earth Honoring People-
Explore your creative ways to Minister in your family and community where you live (writing, video, audio, music, art).
Enhance your Shamanic Ceremony and Healing by focusing on your tribal and personal expression of what you wear and the tools you use. Your clothes and outward appearance express yourself in the world. A shamanic healer, a performer, a minister… all these roles will be rolled into your own mix of created and found objects and tools that you need to fill your sacred shoes. As you become the message your spirit guides will show you how they want you to look for each service you provide.
Over the Ten months between personal meetings, you will:
~Document the process of creating a body of work expressing your direct relationship with your own personal healing, your relationship with the Animistic world, and your personal ancestral Animist heritage.
-Create opportunities to practice your Nature of Service by offering your skills to your community during these ten months.
6) Artist (Use all your senses to make beauty in the world)
All humans are artists, we are all creative in so many ways. How you see, feel and understand your Spirit World will bring forth the artist within you, and your creativity will give you inspiration about how you can best be of service in the physical and spirit worlds. Making art of many forms is a beautiful form of service. Express yours to help others.
7) Ceremonialist- Life Passages (marriage/union, passing over, coming of age, birth), Releasing (body part, health, divorce, relationship) and Initiations (Acknowledgement of Growth)
Life is a ceremony. Life is filled with moments that demand to be marked by ceremony. Many people long for heartfelt ceremony (unencumbered by religion) in their lives. A large part of being a minister with an Animist perspective is to be able to provide and co-create meaningful ceremonies for people who need them, when they are needed.
8) Community Ceremony: To culminate our time together, each Minister will choose your name for this sacred role, wear a costuming you created, and co-create a community ceremony.
Instead of EWM telling each participant what word to use, part of your “training” will be to listen for the word that best describes your role. To close this yearlong experience all participants will create a public ceremony to present themselves to the community, combining each Minister’s unique gifts and areas of interest.
9) Official Ordainment (declaration of Cultural Privileges and Responsibilities)
Once “ordained” in the ceremony, you will be officially a Minister of the re-emerging Animist tradition. You will help further the animistic and shamanic renaissance to make our beliefs more visible and understandable in our modern world. Blessings to you! Go forth~
Upon successful completion of this program you will receive a E-packet of legal, IRS, and support documents to help you navigate through the legalities of being a “minister”. You will be an Ordained Animist Minister to represent Earth Web Media’s Web of Life Church in the world. You will be able to legally officiate Marriages, gain access to hospitals and other healing environments as a “Minister”, as well as conduct Life Ceremonies (transitions, passing over, coming of age) in the Animist Tradition.
Earth Web Media is not responsible for you and your ministry, after you complete your training.
While this training does not validate or certify you as a Shaman or Shamanic Practitioner, it does acknowledge that you have completed the Web of Life Animist Minister program in the Full Circle Animist Tradition of Earth Web Media’s Web of Life Church (a legal church in Arizona and Oregon). This training empowers you to claim your Nature of Service as an Animist Minister in the world, to speak in support of the Web of Life, and to support people as they find their place within that web.
Strengthen your Earth Loving Voice in the World as an ANIMIST MINISTER!
$1200-$3000 for 12 month training program, depending on your Financial Situation
**$900-$2400 for those who participated in the Web of Life Shamanic Practitioner/Animist Soul Medic Training (year 1)**
You and Quynn determine your Donation Level. Payment Programs are available with signed agreement and auto withdrawal.
There is the possibility of creating a partial or full trade exchange for needed items and tech skills helpful to Earth Web Media. contact Quynn.
Want to go further?
To apply to participate in this program:
1) Participate in the Shamanic Healing Practitioner Training Program, or have equal life experience
2) Next-Email Quynn Red Mountain at earthwebmedia(at)gmail(dot)com or in facebook.
3) You will be sent an application.
4) If you and Quynn have not yet met, a consultation will be scheduled (phone, skype, in person) to determine if this relationship is a good fit for both of us at this time, as stated by our Guides.
A Message to you from one of the participants in the current program:
We are all connected. We can communicate with nature.
We don’t have to be in charge all of the time.
Take time to listen to nature, to the plants, birds, animals, rocks, and hear what they have to say.
We can take direction from them, from Nature who wants to help us and be a part of our lives.
There is a Spirit in Everything and We are Each an Equal Thread in the Sacred Web of Life.
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