Repitious Message, What's a Shaman?

Originally posted to the blog titled Pagan in Portland. There’s something to be said for repetition, especially those of ideas, messages, experiences that come into your life that hint at a life’s purpose.

TEACHING: Mine has been teaching since I was five! Being a teacher was my goal as a child until my high school days when it was consumed by a love of art techniques and Japanese language. Still coming back to teaching every once in a while as an adult.

SPIRITUALITY: Mine has also been spirituality since I was five! Having metaphysical/spiritual encounters at a young age. To learn more about what I was experiencing, I reached out to the modality readily available at the time, Christianity, at age six.

Never did I like “children’s church” or songs, NEVER, I attended “Adult Service”, I read that Old Testament during summer vacations as a single-digit individual, I changed my Christian identity a few times to get a varied experience and all on my own accord! When I was 13, a prophetical message came from a man about my being a spiritual teacher. And once again, another prophetical message was delivered via a stranger while working at Barnes + Noble ten years later.

I left Christianity at 20 and began studying other paths and ideologies. I thirst for spiritual knowledge. Astrology was another outlet that further reinforced this notion. The 4 astrological bodies in my 9th house and other aspects that are unrelated are saying something, something amazing! Having learned this TONIGHT at my astrology group which meets in Hollywood, I’m reflecting now…

Last night, I had dinner with a friend, who lives in Laurelhurst, who had a message for me. He recently returned from a life-changing honeymoon trip to Thailand and felt he needed to see me to deliver a message. After talking for over an hour and moving into a clearing of a golden spiritual meadow that had lie untouched between the two of us, my friend discovered the message “Jaysen, you’re a shaman!”

A Pagan in Portland wants to know…What’s a shaman?…Where’s my dictionary at?

Inspiration from Asia

Originally posted to the blog titled Pagan in Portland.

Where to begin?! I haven’t blogged in almost two months and things move so rapidly, I need to get better at this!

Since last autumn, 2009, I have been receiving messages about going to Asia for a spiritual purpose. Some sort of purpose. My first message came via Renee Dunn, a beautiful and wonderfully gifted local tarot reader and astrologer who mentioned higher learning and traveling in Asia sometime in 2010.

A few more small flashes occurred whether spending time with my friend Akiko talking Japanese in Washington Park or through other small daily affirmations left me looking for jobs via in January. After instead accepting a position in Portland, my mother was the one who offered me the advise of saving money while I worked out a plan.

Another flash came as I met a girl on the bus, a nihonjin (Japanese person) and she was with a Portland homestay company called ANDEO with homestays and schools in Fukouka, the same city I want to live in, where my friend Akiko is!

Penny after penny later…(pennies are most simple, long-running and abundant affirmation), more Japan flashes came about that I can’t ignore any longer.

Tonight, I met with a friend of mine I’ve known for two years. He and his partner just returned from their Thailand honeymoon. He was filled with such spiritual inspiration and wonderment that it can’t be expressed with words. We connected on such a deep and profound level tonight unlike ever before. We were comfortable sharing spiritual stories with each other that few people heard, he shared his altar space with me, his astrology information and his divination set. And he introduced me to the thought of Thailand…isn’t that the Asian country Miss Renee first mentioned to me?!….I think it is.

He also introduced me to the idea of shamanism, giving me a message pertaining to the practice and teaching of this ancient….art? I don’t really know much about shamanism and won’t pretend to know!


A Pagan in Portland has a lot to consider. Where does clarity come from when you have a multitude of options, like the non-marshmallow pieces of Lucky Charms cereal? Stay tuned…