Jesus the Shaman – Transformed Apocalypticism – Chris Dierkes

In this series on Jesus-as-shaman, we’ve explored multiple dimensions, including Jesus as healer, exorcist, soul retriever and psychopomp. There are a number of other correlations we could make between classic shamanism and Jesus. For example, there is the shamanic practice of reading signs in nature to provide discerning insight: Jesus also said to the crowds, ‘When you … Continue reading Jesus the Shaman – Transformed Apocalypticism – Chris Dierkes

Jesus the Shaman – Psychopomp – Chris Dierkes

Jesus was crucified under Pontius Pilate, died, and was buried. He descended into the dead. – The Apostles Creed Jesus was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit, in which also he went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison… – 1 Peter 3:19 Psychopomps are journeys where … Continue reading Jesus the Shaman – Psychopomp – Chris Dierkes

Jesus the Shaman – Soul Retrievals – Chris Dierkes

When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered round him; and he was by the lake. Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet and begged him repeatedly, ‘My little daughter is at the point … Continue reading Jesus the Shaman – Soul Retrievals – Chris Dierkes

Jesus the Shaman – Exorcism – Chris Dierkes

Jesus went down to Capernaum, a city in Galilee, and was teaching them on the sabbath. They were astounded at his teaching, because he spoke with authority. In the synagogue there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, ‘Let us alone! What have … Continue reading Jesus the Shaman – Exorcism – Chris Dierkes

Jesus the Shaman – Chris Dierkes

In my long-running Integral theory and practice journal, Beams and Struts, I looked at the remnants of shamanic consciousness on contemporary fairy tale-based TV shows like Grimm and Once Upon a Time. The journey into shamanic forms of experience and healing is one that I’ve found myself on in recent years, both for myself and those I work … Continue reading Jesus the Shaman – Chris Dierkes

Presence Presents: The Convergence (with Cynthia Bourgeault, Fr. Thomas Keating, Angie Thurston, Brian McLaren, Deepak Chopra & more…)

In a world inevitably going global and multicultural, what becomes of religion and spirituality? What becomes of activism toward real global change? Presence is proud to co-present The Convergence, a 13-episode mini-series available on the Voice America Radio Network. In The Convergence, global Interspiritual pioneer and scientist Dr. Kurt Johnson joins interfaith leaders Ben Bowler … Continue reading Presence Presents: The Convergence (with Cynthia Bourgeault, Fr. Thomas Keating, Angie Thurston, Brian McLaren, Deepak Chopra & more…)

Presence Prayer Part 2: Prayer of Inquiry – by Chris Dierkes

But the children struggled together within Rebekah; and she said, ‘If it is so, why then I am this way?’ So she went to inquire of the Lord. – Genesis 25:22 In my previous reflection I argued that God alone is the true pray-er and that this “ground step” (i.e. before the first step) of spirituality … Continue reading Presence Prayer Part 2: Prayer of Inquiry – by Chris Dierkes

Presence Prayer Part 3: Prayer of Emptiness – by Chris Dierkes

“This is why I pray God to rid me of God.” – Meister Eckhart Welcome back. This series is an attempt to rethink and re-imagine prayer (or at least certain aspects and practices of it). My hope is that it can help to revive and renew the path of prayer in our day for those of us … Continue reading Presence Prayer Part 3: Prayer of Emptiness – by Chris Dierkes

Presence Prayer Part 1: God Praying – by Chris Dierkes

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God. who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will … Continue reading Presence Prayer Part 1: God Praying – by Chris Dierkes