Avalon FAQ

What is a Mystery School?
Is Awakening Avalon a Mystery School?
From what lineages/traditions are the teachings of Awakening Avalon?
Must I subscribe or follow these traditions to participate in Awakening Avalon?
Is Awakening Avalon a religion?
What is the Path?
What is Wicca?
Is Awakening Avalon Wiccan?
Is The Priestess Path a coven?
What is Paganism?
Does Awakening Avalon practice paganism?
What is Shamanism?
What is the difference between a priestess and a shaman?
Is a priestess a female version of a religious priest?
Are the instructors of Awakening Avalon Priestesses?
What is “Wyrd”?

What is a Mystery School?

Mystery schools are places of initiation, where men and women who are drawn to the studies can receive training in practices that develop our inherent human potential. A mystery school is a place to learn about the secrets of the universe, to awaken the power of the heart, and live a life of integrity and purpose. Since we are multi-dimensional beings, the education provided by a mystery school leads students through a journey that cultivates the ability to perceive and live in many dimensions at once.  The first tenet of most spiritual traditions is to “Know Thyself.” When we know ourselves, we know the universe and we choose our actions in accordance with the good of all.

Is Awakening Avalon a Mystery School?

Yes. Awakening Avalon is a modern day mystery school.  We offer programs that combine personal growth, mystical spiritual practices, and indigenous shamanic wisdom experiences. In many ways, however, Awakening Avalon might be better called a clarity school.  The education is created to awaken knowledge and embodiment of the Source and to clarify one’s spiritually driven purpose in life.

From what lineages/traditions are the teachings of Awakening Avalon?

Awakening Avalon’s teachings come from three main sources. The instructors have learned from indigenous shamanic traditions of Europe, and Native North and South America.

  • Celtic shamans and priestesses aligned with the ancient Goddess and mystery traditions of Europe. (Gina MacGarry and Vicki Noble.)
  • Native North American spirituality (Grandfather Stalking Wolf, Tom Brown, Jr. and Malcolm Ringwalt.)
  • South American Piaguaje lineage of shamanic wisdom

The programs also include influences from depth psychology (Carl Jung, Clarissa Pinkola Estes), somatic therapies (Peter Levine, Ida Rolf), yoga (multiple masters and traditions), and the teachings of Martin Prechtel and Andrew Harvey.

 Must I subscribe or follow these traditions to participate in Awakening Avalon?

No.  Awakening Avalon’s mission is to connect our students to their own internal wisdom and help them source their lives from the inside out. The traditions we share provide people with personal and direct contact with the power that animates our world.  This is training which encourages liberation and personal empowerment.

Is Awakening Avalon a religion?

No. Awakening Avalon is a way of life based in connection to nature and the inner landscape of soul that is embedded uniquely within each person.  The experiences offered through Awakening Avalon’s programs can enhance a person’s connection to other spiritual traditions. The programs are based on the natural indigenous rhythms that sourced all the major religious traditions of the world.

What is the Path?

The Path is a term that is used to talk about the journey within, leading to initiation and a spiritually oriented life.  We relate to the Path from a paradigm that supports all ways of soulful living as a remembrance of our original nature.  All spiritual traditions and religions are journeys towards the One that is expressed as the Many. Unity is found in the celebration of diversity.  Awakening Avalon respects and honors the multitude of ways that Source can be lived in the world.

What is Wicca?

The word Wicca is a term that is used to describe a spiritual path that was delineated in the 20th century, mostly by a man named Gerald Gardner.  It is a broad term that people use in many ways, however, and while there is a clearly organized Gardnerian Wiccan tradition, many people who call themselves Wiccan are not associated with the lineage. Wiccans are a diverse group of people who practice their spirituality in myriad ways.  Some are solitary practitioners and some collaborate in groups known as covens.  Within the Gardnerian traditions, there are formal requirements for membership and for forming covens. There are also many covens that exist in a more fluid manner.

Is Awakening Avalon Wiccan?

No. Awakening Avalon is not Wiccan. We share similarities in practices as Wicca is also based in celebrating earth wisdom.  This wisdom comes from indigenous European spiritual practices.  Awakening Avalon’s programs are also sourced in North and South American shamanic traditions as well as devotional practices from the mystical paths of organized religions, contemporary personal growth, and depth psychology understandings.

Is The Priestess Path a coven?

No. The Priestess Path is a 3-year educational program.

What is Paganism?

Pagan means country-dweller. It is a term, like Wicca, that has been used in many different ways and there is some confusion in the historical and even modern day usage of the word.  Often it is used as a catch-all term for pre-Christian pan-theistic religions.

Does Awakening Avalon practice paganism?

Awakening Avalon incorporates practices that could be considered pagan. A component of the programs is based in indigenous earth wisdom, which is pagan.

What is Shamanism?

The word shaman comes from a Siberian dialect and has become a common term used to describe medicine men and women of indigenous communities.  These are community healers, counselors and guides who are trained to be able to connect with and journey into multi-dimensional levels of reality. Shamanism is the practice of developing sensitivity and expertise in relating to the invisible worlds. In the current global culture, many non-tribal western people have been called to the path of the shaman as well.

What is the difference between a priestess and a shaman?

A Priestess and a shaman share many similarities.  A priestess is trained to be connected on all levels of reality, in the same way a shaman is, as well as having a focus on being the embodiment of the divine feminine energy.  Depending on the particular training, she usually will take oaths to devote her life to the aspect of Source that is the Goddess.

Is a priestess a female version of a religious priest?

No. A Priestess is a spiritual leader who is trained to serve others who are interested in learning more about themselves and the natural cycles of the world we live in.  She is able to help others find their way to their own heart and live from the alive presence of Spirit within. She is not affiliated with any organized religion. She may conduct ceremonies and blessings and act as a spiritual coach for others or she may just live her life as example and not serve in an official way.

Are the instructors of Awakening Avalon priestesses?

Yes.

What is “Wyrd”?

“Wyrd,” which is pronounced “word” or “weird,” is a term of Old English and Norse origin that refers to concepts that include the ideas of destiny and karma and the interaction of free will with the greater powers of the universe. Words are powerful vibrations and impact our lives profoundly.  The “Wyrd” represents our potential to use our Words wisely and with creative intention.

 

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