The Magic Circle

Shamanic Ceremonies for the Child and the Child Within

Testimonials October 10, 2012

“This book provides the means for us to discover who we are and who we can be by utilizing the beauty of nature as our source of inspiration. It teaches us that nature provides us with endless possibilities for creation whether ceremonies are done by individuals or in groups. Doing ceremony provides a pathway to learning about myself by using nature as a source of guidance because nature is full of beauty that helps me recognize my own beauty and potential.  Doing the ceremonies in this book made me realize how important it is to always stay connected to my inner child. Sometimes I need to drop the serious stuff and just play.”

-Michelle Darago (shamanic student)


“After the ceremony, she said she discovered her totem animal was a polar bear.  She has a recurring nightmare about a bear attacking a child and she is watching from above but can’t do anything about it. She hasn’t had any bad dreams since discovering her totem.”

-Fonda Pusey (parent of Jasmine- age 4)


“During the ceremony, I found out things about my family members that I didn’t know.  I found power stories inside places of abuse, addiction, and violence that I didn’t expect to find.  I saw my family members in a new way.  Creating the draft of the family trees on both my mum and dad’s sides made me realize how many people had to live their lives and go on their journey simply for me to be born.  This was extremely humbling.  I wondered how many people came before my great grandparents that I didn’t get to know but that also contributed to my being here at this point in time in a body.  It helped me to see that the way I live my life and the choices I make really do impact the generations ahead of me and behind me in a visceral way.  The gifts my family passed on are of open heartedness and care for one another- through all kinds of challenges as well as the good times.  Seeing how all the generations worked together to make sure we all survived was really good for my heart.  To know the conditions they were living in and that they all made it- however fragmented they were inside- is a testament to their strength and determination.  Another thing that struck me was how much courage it must have taken my relatives to move to other countries where they knew few, if any, people before the Revolution in their country of origin.  They moved to Canada, Brazil, and South Africa.  It was also neat to see this new generation coming and leaving space for babies that have yet to be born and spouses that have yet to join our family thread.  As I added the spouses, I could see that their family lineages were now joined to ours as well and that has been an interesting point of reflection.  If we joined everyone’s family trees in the world, would we all be connected somehow?  It seems endless, the points of connection. Perhaps in a more real way than we think, we are indeed all relations.”

-Anonymous (shamanic student)


“I first thought this would be primarily an aboriginal piece. The ceremonies in this book are multi-lateral, open, and suited to all beliefs and walks in life. Planting seeds for each ancestor with a prayer of gratitude and saying prayers for future generations yet to be born touched me.  As an ancestor of the future, I found these to be such great, honourable practices for kids and us all to participate in.”

-Faye Meggison (parent)


One Response to “Testimonials”

  1. Ann Dickie Says:

    Love these testimonials, birthing the book and all the new stuff. The drawings of Pete are just delightful.

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