An interview with host Cathy Coyle, Episode 1
“So in any shamanic initiation, you have layers, so you have the shamanic descent, so the descent into the underworld is part and parcel of any initiation. And I guess if I hadn’t been able to withstand the descent, and the fear and the visions, and the extremity of that, then I wouldn’t have been able to progress through the layers.
And I mean, my teachers were amazing. They only pushed me as far as they safely felt I could be pushed initially. And then it was like Keanu, you’re going in now you’re going to have to take responsibility for your own mind for your own heart. And that’s where I think you get really, really empowered because you’re starting to learn about fear, how to transcend fear, and working in, in heavier energies.
One of the things that I was reflecting on was how shamanic sickness, where there’s often years of mental illness the body breaks down, the mind breaks down barriers, or often a near death experience, and these are the hallmarks of the initiates before they move into initiation and I had all of these things from a very young age. I had gone through a lot of challenges. And when I was in medicine, I realized that because I had withstood these extreme trials in life, it made me a lot more resilient, and a lot stronger within those very challenging medicine spaces.
I think if I hadn’t gone through those challenges within my day to day life or within my youth, then I probably wouldn’t have been able to withstand what I was going through within the journey space.”
Podcast Host, Shamanic Therapist
Host & Visionary Medicine Woman Cathy Coyle interviewed by Stefanie Cohan
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