There are two types of membership:
Both require a long-standing relationship with SOTEMS activities, the community and with Medicine Ways.
People who have been involved in the activities of the Society over a long period often ask to become a member but without undertaking an apprenticeship in medicine ways.
One such way is to become a social member.
Training as a healer (Medicine Ways) in a system of mentorship. The period of training is not fixed but varies according to the pace of development and needs of the apprentice. It includes social as well as formal gatherings such as the Summer School, clan get togethers and training days arranged by different State coordinators.
Becoming an apprentice is a matter of being accepted for initiation. There are three levels of initiation in the Medicine ways path, which require very high levels of commitment, and a desire to contribute to the processes of healing at all levels of Australian life, and also to the world at large.
Apprenticeship in Medicine Ways
The Spirit of the Earth Medicine Lodge represents the continuation of a line of traditional ways handed on, but with the clear instruction to find a vision for our place and our lives. This commits us to a creative path, which demands that we actively envision our direction, actively seek the guidance of Spirit, and actively call upon the ancestors for inspiration.
In this context, the ‘rules’ for participation in the Lodge need to be spelled out. They are extremely simple.
Each of us has a path which leads into our lives and futures. It is essential that you acknowledge this and know it in your heart. The Lodge is not a doctrinaire body; rather, it is a platform for our life working with Spirit. You must find your way. Guidance is available. That is the role of the Medicine Chief and all apprentices with respect to each other. Mutual support along the road is the stuff of life and the Lodge. Senior apprentices shoulder a load in this area also ... fostering the development of support processes and the realization of visions, both personal and Lodge.
After the first stage of initiation, the Ceremony of Awakening, you are expected to undertake two further steps of commitment to the Lodge:
Later, if you wish to continue you apprenticeship and become a Medicine Person [shaman], then there will be more initiation. This will unfold and your needs and direction will become clear to you. Remember, this has little to do with clock time, but has more to do with primal time. Teaching within the Medicine Lodge follows this primal time, although there will be a ceremonial calendar established. This means that we move according to the movement of Spirit.
To receive an information package about joining SOTEMS please contact the co-ordinator in your State:
Western Australia, Paul Pereira 0414 224 269
South Australia, Prue Blackmore 0419 819 089
Victoria, Guy Brunette 0407 495 076
New South Wales, Andrew Marks 0414 707 876
Queensland, Hala Francka 0414 303 603
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