ˈshä-mən. From Evenki (Tungusic language of Siberia) šamān, derived from the Sumerian ‘sham-an’, Eagle of Heaven
1) sham – from the Sumerian ‘shem’ or ‘sham’ meaning ‘eagle’ or ‘vehicle of flight’.
2) an – from the Sumerian, ‘heaven’ or ‘celestial’
A Shaman is:
1) The Eagle of Heaven
2) One who flies as the Eagle into the Celestial Domains
3) One who is capable of spiritual flight
I fully honor my Ancestors and Teachers, the ones who have come before me in the carrying forth of these Shamanic Ways. Now, as an Elder myself, the time has come to lay down the cape about my shoulders, the one that announced to the world who were my predecessors, mentors and teachers. It is now time to don my own cape and let it be known that I stand here still, honoring that which the Traditions honor, and yet being in the position to add to the richness of that vast body of Knowledge, no longer relying upon it to substantiate my work in the world. I am a person of the Americas. This is my land…the mountains, deserts, seas and skies, and all who live within that domain.
My Vision is no less than to initiate the Shamanizing of the World. It is time.
Jade Wah’oo Grigori brings forth authentic Shamanic Ways on behalf of his community, the community of All Peoples.
He underwent his first Shamanic Initiation, that of Death-by-Intent, in 1956 at 5 years of age. Of Mongolian ancestry, Jade Wah’oo Grigori received direct initiations and training from his Ancestral Spirits who guided and instructed him in the rigorous endeavors of journeying into the spirit-realms, ways of healing and accessing Knowledge.
In 1974 Jade met and was adopted as Grandson by Juan Peña, an Old-Man Shaman (Téwa-Ké or Bear Shaman) of one of the Tewan Pueblos of the Upper Rio Grande. Jade’s Grampa Peña apprenticed him for the next 8 years.
With his Grampa Peña’s death in 1982, at the age of 104, the Caretakership of ‘the Ways’ passed to Jade Wah’oo.
With honor do I carry the responsibility of making these Shamanic Ways accessible to the Peoples. As my predecessor and mentor, my Grampa Peña, told me, “Grandson, we (Shamans) belong to no people. We belong to all people!” So it is that I continue to bring these Shamanic healings, teachings and spiritual investigations forth to all peoples, regardless of race, gender or culture.
Guided by tradition, birthed in authenticity, speaking the language of the modern world, I seek to make these practices available free of the glam and fluff that one so often finds in association with similar practices.
You will not find, in my offerings, simulations or emulations of Native American (or other) traditions and ceremonies. You will find authentic Earth based ways of knowledge and, hopefully, wisdom, presented in a respectful manner. If this appeals to your sensibilities, and you have an earnest desire to engage your own spiritual path with assistance from an ancient and authentic heritage, please explore the rest of this site.
~ Jade Wah’oo Grigori