Foundations of Shamanism
Mark Allen Perkins has trained extensively in both Japanese Aikido, Hawaiian spiritual practices and shamanism. He currently lives in Boulder where he conducts healing ceremonies and seminars with individuals, families, and corporations.
Words from Mark…
“My path has been and continues to be an adventure. It includes the U.S. Marine Corps where I learned both sides of life, taking and preserving. We were trained dutifully in killing the enemy before he could kill us. I was then taught to gather information that could be used to save lives. I continued with this services-based view in the U.S. Government. I was trying to work within the system to try to make it less of a war machine and more of a benefit to all humanity.
During this time and as a logical continuation of my path, I began to study Aikido. The study of Aikido has been integral in my understanding of my “dark side.” This is part of an person that drives the ego-driven reaction to situations. It is the part that pushes back when pushed. It is the part that sees things as separate, dark and light, good and bad. Aikido has shown and is showing me that I need to understand both sides of the situation while providing a safe environment for all concerned.
In an effort to provide a safer environment to raise our children, my wife and I moved West with our toddler son. We found ourselves in an environment where alternative methods of doing things were accepted and encouraged. It was in this environment that I was offered the opportunity to study Reiki and Ancient Rainbow Conscious Healing.
During these studies, the old “intelligence analyst” in me (the one who spent 15-years analyzing information and studying language/cultures for the Department of Defense) was very curious about the origins of Hawaiian healing and Spiritual practices. Therefore, I did what I know how to do best: research. That is when I found Shamanism and began to see the truth behind the practices of the elders.
Since that time, Shamanism has been a core part of my life and has led me to many more fascinating discoveries.”
For more information about Mark’s life and healing work see his recent book “My Journey back to Oneness” (2006).
Learn more about Mark at www.onenessjourneys.com.