Re-Birth

Re-birth.It’s hard to remember it’s Spring as it’s so chilly today but Beltane is less than four weeks away. Beltane – welcome in the Summer !

BLINK

I was recently sitting on a small moss covered stone bridge over a small but ancient meandering river.Just sitting watching the water move around the river plants while the sunlight reflected in shards on its surface.

After a while of sitting doing ‘apparently’ nothing-I kind of sank into a different kind of stillness.

The volume of my mind was turned down or even off while the volume around me increased.This was an active state not a passive state .I was being submerged into the surrounding trees, the babbling noises of the river and the river itself.

The cornucopia of sights and smells had naturally induced this state – I had no intention for this as such it just …happened .Sinking into the welcoming quicksand of the moment the colours and sensations softened whilst also becoming ultra vivid as my perception of reality gently shifted around this place as I sank Ito the place itself.

This was a state of deep stillness which naturally occurred and left me feeling camouflaged within the environment. A reminder that I wasn’t ‘in nature’ but that I am nature.

It was within the soft focus of this deep relaxation that the Kingfisher appeared . A madness of colour and motion gliding through the air like a multi coloured streak of luminescent oil paint .

So vibrant and so fleeting. Gone in seconds, in a blink .I wondered if it imagined ? Was it real?

When it was gone only a fading imprint the colour remained in my vision – though the memory was lasting , luminous ,vibrant and very powerful . A deeply imprinted vivid colour recording of that moment .An intense colourful memory of complete immersion.

An invitation to remember we are part of this place we are so lucky to inhabit for a short, fleeting time.

An invitation remember that all this is fleeting and all know this is real .

©TheShamansHorse/Sean Ryan 2021

Prints , cards ,readings and commissions are available – link to my shop is below .

https://theshamanshorse.bigcartel.com/products

DRAWING FROM THE WELL

Drawing From The Well.

Art and Shamanism: An introduction to using shamanic techniques to enhance, inform and create artistic expression.

Art has been used as a human form of expression for millennia, with some of the oldest examples dating back as far as 700,000 years ago and to the rock caves of Bhimbetka and Daraki-Chattan in India. 

Shamanism, and animism (the belief that everything has spirit or soul) are spiritual practices that have also been used for millennia.

I believe artists, shamans and shamanic practitioners share many of the same techniques and that often, possibly unknowingly, artists enter the same realms of the shaman to bring inspiration from other versions of our reality into this one.

In this short, weekend course I will be demonstrating how shamanic techniques can be used to access other aspects of our realities and bring back inspiration, information and even healing that may inform our artistic expressions and our lives in general.

I will take you on a journey of discovery. This will be a place where seekers and dreamers will be welcome. You will become cartographers forging maps to places that will enable you to rediscover yourself through artistic expression.

During the weekend we will be using the shamanic journey, guided by the drum, to access an altered state and travel to parts of ‘non-ordinary reality’ – other parts of realities where we might go on adventures, meet spirits, teachers and guides and bring back information that might guide and facilitate our artistic expression.

We will use several techniques, including mediation and gentle movement, as well as classic Shamanic journeying practices.

After these adventures  you will be invited to express your visions using a number of artist methods and via your chosen medium. You will be working with a number of different media and techniques both 2D and 3D.Materials will be provided for this but feel free to bring anything of your own you really want to use to supplement these.

Experience of artistic methods, the ability to draw in a conventional way or any artistic experience is useful but absolutely not required.

Experience of Shamanic journeying is also welcome but, again, is not required.

This will be a safe, nurturing and completely non-judgemental space.

The techniques I will be presenting are aimed to free a ‘stuck’ artist as much as they are aimed to inform and free the expression of a complete beginner.

We will not be appraising, judging and interpreting your artistic expressions in any way – that’s for you to do in your own time.

As an animist it’s my strong belief that your art will have a spirit of its own so, rather than judging or critiquing the imagery I will be holding space for you to create a relationship or even a dialogue with your own and each other’s channelled creations.

All art materials will be provided but you will have an opportunity to gather materials to use from nature for the 3D or sculptural session during the course if you wish. You may, of course, bring your own materials if you prefer too. Please bring a notepad/journal to make notes about your journey and visions and observations if you want a record of them. 

My intention is to share techniques and practices which allow us to dip into the well of consciousness and non-ordinary reality to bring back inspiration, information and messages that will allow us to creatively express ourselves improving, and possibly healing, our lives in the process.

For further information go to https://shop.growan.co/products/drawing-from-the-well

Deep Connections

Bluebell Spirt

It’s still Beltane ! It’s more than just a day and probably not on the 1st of May anyway.

Its been a strange one this year but I’ve been out in the woods quite a lot.I love the energy of bluebells – the way they forma a carpet of colour all over the floor of the woodland and the wild energy they exude.This year ,I thought I’d try to capture it in this artwork.It’s seems a,most impossible to capture the feeling of this energy with a photograph.

There’s this kind of wild energy which presents itself at this time like a trigger for the sap to rise and Summer to start.

Bluebell feels like the blue touch paper for the fireworks of Summer.

TO INDIA WITH LOVE ..from ALBION

It’s been quite distressing over the past few days watching the dreadful developments evolve in India and it has been really occupying my thoughts.As I was feeling a little helpless I thought I would make an artwork as an act of meditative  positive intention- a magical act of creative healing.

After my usual meditation and  drum journey work I was minded to create an image of the Indian Goddess Kali.Over the past three years I have visited  several powerful Kali shrines in India – the most powerful feeling (to me ) of which were in Kolkata.I was nervous of creating this image – choosing not to continue if the deity didn’t wish me to- so being mindful to stop the process if it didn’t ‘feel right’.I had several reservations – was I playing with fire with Kali ? Was I ‘appropriating’ or being dis-respectful ?I decided to trust the process and after all she would for sure let me know .

Rather than being warned off ,the opposite actually happened and I was drawn into the process really quickly and deeply but after a while something else intervened. Half way through making this artwork an ancient Celtic  energy appeared and ‘wanted in’ – not in any way comparable to Kali but no he less here and present in energies the  and influences efecting me right now.The energy of Boudicca  or maybe even  Andraste ( The ancient warrior queen of the Iceni worshipped by Boudicca and the ancient Iceni people)seemed to want to come through …

So here it is a  mysterious deity or energy .. part Indian part Celtic which seems perfect when sending energy over to India form here.

May she bring victory over ‘the demons’.

May she bring resilience, energy and healing.

May she bring love to India from Albion.

Albion is said to be the oldest known name for the Island of Britain .

If you are interested in learning how I use sacred or shamanic drumming as part of my practice I will holding space on a weekend retreat in August where I will be sharing these techniques.

The link to this weekend and more information is here

YOU CHOOSE

Feel it , flaunt it.
Phoenix or Peacock you choose .

Dream Goddess

Sometimes dreams just demand you paint them up or down.Who am I to dare to argue with this one.This mycelial Medusa is a dream goddess who really doesn’t care of the hairdressers have re-opened or not.She brings you adder medicine of fertile transformation.
Give in to her encouragement and powers and the kick-ass side of the divine feminine

SNOW HARE

Just been hand finishing and framing up my weather appropriate Snowy Hare print for someone and thought I would let him have a play with the other Hares in our front room before he is released and now…….he doesn’t want to leave ….It seems cruel but like the rest of us he has to face the world and get out there

!!!https://theshamanshorse.bigcartel.com/…/a3-hare-and-fox…

Hand finishing a Giclee print .

Seeing in the Dark

Last night I dreamt of crumbling walls and the futility of trying to keep them up.Let them fall – we don’t need them .Then I dreamt about seeing in the dark and how the unseen is wilder than you might imagine.

Within some animistic practices we say we can see better in the dark – I think this may be true.

Flutter