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Healing the Dream of Shamanism: Decolonizing Shamanic Identity, Practice, and Protocol in the Contemporary World

Broadcast on September 15, 2022
With Dr. Barbara Bain
Hosted by Dr. Marie Mbouni

Dr. Barbara Bain discusses indigenous practices, and protocols for identifying an authentic shaman. She also addresses de-colonizing emerging shamanic practices, identities, and roles, and how to perceive traditional shamanism, Neo-shamanism, and legitimate spiritual practitioners in the contemporary world. Barbara reviews the importance of dreams to the call of shamanic identity and practice, and tapping into active imagination, meditation, and prayer for connecting with one's shamanic lineage — to decolonize the personal calling to heal the self and world.

In this session, you’ll discover:

  • The difference between a traditional Shaman, a Neo- shaman, and a spiritual practitioner
  • The lifelong traditional rights and responsibilities of a traditional shaman
  • The importance of dreams and community in identifying a shaman, informing the shamanic relationship with the sacred and inspirited worlds
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Dr. Barbara Bain

Decolonial Indigenous Psychologist & Founder of Indigenous Awakening Consulting

Dr. Barbara Bain is a decolonial, Indigenous psychologist and member of the Shasta Indian Nation of Northern California. She writes, teaches, and presents themes in the fields of Indigenous psychology, liberation psychology, and depth psychology. She specializes in dreamwork and Indigenous approaches to dreaming.

Barbara works to assist people in their personal and collective emancipation and liberation from Western structures of colonization and oppression, and has devoted her life to reconnecting human beings with dreams and visions as primary sources that show humans how to live in a balanced and conscious relationship with the material and sacred worlds. She's a certified dream tender and ambassador to the World Wide Dream Initiative, and holds a master's degree in cultural resource management, and a PhD in depth psychology. 

Dr. Barbara Bain