Weather Shamanism

Now, I am not a Shaman.
But I enjoy going on inner journeys in a directed manner; call it Lucid Dreaming, Shamanic Journeys, Active Imagination; the techniques are many and startingly similar.
My preferred technique is to listen to drums or drum for myself; three beats per second is the rhythm your brain needs for a certain amount of time in order to switch from everyday brainwave patterns to Theta. Theta brainwaves occur naturally in sleep or deep meditation; ah! but you can cheat.
The shift to Theta happens to everybody, there is nothing deep dark and mysterious about the process.
But the bit I find interesting is where you program yourself before you lay down on the floor to listen to your CD or prop yourself up against the sofa with your drum and beater.
I may have come across something – usually about myself or life events – that I don’t understand, or I may have had a dream I want to explore again without my mind getting in the way with its predictable answers and suggestions. I also use this process in my work in the studio.
This time I wanted to see if I could shift the rain clouds that had been hanging over my town for months, and move them on to America where there was a long term drought.
I wanted to try to communicate with the clouds.
So I went to my normal space inside my mind and I started.

I climbed up to the clouds and I begun to blow them West, towards America. The clouds moved a little way, and then they sprung back. This happened a few times so I decided to investigate. Moving among the clouds  I noticed that they were all tied to strings, and so I followed the strings down and down….

And this is as far as I’m telling the story today. I have still to make the ceramic plaque that will tell you what happened next…
Here is a link to some more ceramic tiles containing stories.The image above is still to be fired and glazed.




About Anna

I am a ceramic sculptor living on the South coast near London, England. My work is influenced by my experience of the earth as a living being and seeing how we are all connected with eachother and with the things that surround us. I create ceramic torsos using molochite clay which I often smokefire in galvanised dustbins. I also make House Gods to protect and amuse, and Fat Birds - little smokefired sculptures that tell the story about what it is like to be a fat bird at peace with its surroundings.
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