A shaman is a man or woman who enters an altered state of consciousness – at will- to contact and utilize an ordinarily hidden reality in order to acquire knowledge, power and to help other persons. The shaman has least one, and usually, more, 'spirits' in his personal service.
Harner, Michael. "The way of the Shaman" (1990), p. 25.
Shamanism is not a religion but rather a spiritual philosophy based on the knowledge that what we see with our eyes in normal reality is not all there is. It has been practiced by indigenous cultures throughout the world for tens of thousands of years and involves the traveling from ordinary reality to non-ordinary reality through the use of sonic drumming. This journey is made to enlist the aid of spirit helpers to deal with a client’s concerns. The shaman does not do the healing but rather functions as a "hollow bone" through which the spirits offer their assistance.
The Dancing Hawk Shamanic Practice offers the following services
My experience with Rowan and Nancy McQuarrie has been profound. It is rare to find individuals who walk a path in which trustworthiness, honesty, integrity, and devotion is held not only as a concept but as a way of life. Rowan and Nancy have been instrumental in helping me better understand ways to incorporate spirituality into everyday life. Their work is truly greater than the physical eye can see. I am honored to have received their service, which I will carry for the rest of my life.
Dr. Paul P.
When Daniel and I were planning our wedding 7 years ago, we assumed that our ceremony had to be performed by a priest, preacher, minister, or some other person who had obtained a licensure via a church. Then we discovered that a marriage may be officiated by any person the couple choses regardless of whether the said officiator was ordained by a church or not. We were ecstatic to realize this because we could think of only one person we wanted to call upon to unite us. This person was Rowan McQuarrie. And we are so thankful that he accepted to oversee Daniel’s and my most cherished day. Our wedding was held on beautiful Seeley Lake. Prior to the ceremony, Rowan performed smudging for all wedding guests to cleanse the energy around us. What follow was a spiritual and incredible ceremony wherein Rowan managed to unite a gathering of extremely diverse people; from Catholics arriving from Ireland to Baptists from Georgia and so many in between. During our ceremony, Rowan bestowed the honor of allowing Daniel and I to kneel and smoke from his prayer pipe. The prayer pipe was used to offer Cannunpa to Wakan Tanka, the Creator. Rowan stated that in dong this the vows would be spoken truthfully and "there can be no lies". Tunkasila topa; the 4 Grandfathers, and Unci Maka; Grandmother Earth were invited, as well as the flyers, the swimmers, the crawlers, and the four-leggeds Daniel and I exchanged our hand-written vows among all beings present. In the end, Rowan smiling behind us, Daniel and I felt elated, peaceful, strong, and bonded by palpable energies surrounding us. It was an unforgettable day. An experience we could not have known possible. But it was possible and it did happen. But it only occurred because we have an incredible friend who was selfless enough to give us his time and grace us with an unshakeable spirituality we have not witnessed anywhere else. Few couples are fortunate enough to be given a foundation such as this ceremony provided Daniel and me. We are forever thankful for this kindness.
Miranda G. & Daniel M.
The symbol of a flying lizard has been used by many ancient cultures. To Respect my Swedish, Scottish, and Irish genetic heritage the dragon symbol makes sense. Viking vessels were adorned with dragon images. The myths of Scotland and Ireland are filled with stories of dragons. To respect my Lakota heritage the symbol is even more fitting. The Lakota do not use the word, dragon. This image represents Wakinyan; the Thunder Being, whose glance is lightning and voice is thunder. Wakinyan flies shrouded in clouds cleansing the earth of the less good things that need to be removed. This shamanic ceremony of placing this powerful totem of the Thunder Being is meant to answer my prayer to keep evil away. This evil; for me, has come occasionally as severe and debilitating back pain for which I have endured two surgeries. I have also asked Wakinyan to protect me during my walk on this earth, both spiritually and quite literally; to have my back.
When I first spoke with Rowan and Nancy about their Shamanic practice and way of life I was very interested. They explained to me the basics about Lakota beliefs and I was immediately drawn to it, I had to learn more. I wanted to know who my spirit animal was so they performed the ceremony. My spirit animal is an Otter to whom I have reached out to many times now looking for guidance, as well as the Grandfathers of the North, South, East, West, and especially Unci Maka our great Mother Earth. I have experienced so many great things since learning from Rowan and Nancy that there are too many to list, but I will share one that is very special to me. Last year I lost my dogs to just old age and what comes with that. Needless to say I was heartbroken. I was talking a lot to my Otter and the Grandfathers. One day I knew I needed another dog so my search began but ended quickly as I saw this cute shaggy face on a Humane Society website…I had to have him and so off we went to adopt him. We were told he had been returned twice because the other adopters could not get close to him, did not like men, or couldn’t handle his high level of energy. After meeting him we wanted him anyway so we filled out the paperwork and were ready to leave when I asked them "What kind of dog is he?" They said "Otter hound". You could have knocked me over with a feather. I took this as a sign he was meant to be with us. I don’t know why those other people had a problem with "Angus" but he is not only a great and smart dog he can’t wait for my husband to come home and he stays at his side till bedtime. I believe that my spirit animal heard my prayers and sent him to us for a reason…a reason to help all of us.
Lacey C. AKA: Hepan Ole Winyan