Shamanism and Craniosacral Therapy

Presentation at the NWCA Member Meeting

April 9th, 2016

Sunday, 4 to 6:30 pm

Oregon School of Massage 9500 SW Barbur Blvd., #100 Portland Oregon 97219


Bob White

In cranial work we all dance at the edges of shamanic work, dipping in and out of ritual.  Most of us relate to working with spirit guides, acknowledging that we do not work alone.  Hugh Milne, perhaps the most shamanically-oriented craniosacral teacher, is clear that we do not do our work in ordinary, walking-down-the-street consciousness. To fully immerse in our work we need ritual to connect with a feeling of reverence, a sense of the sacred which is primary in CST. Ritual opens gateways to the sacred. We step into ritual ground expecting to be changed.  Once the ritual begins it is out of our hands; it now belongs to Spirit. Trust The Tide.

Milne recommends taking an hour before beginning work each day—getting right, entering into the Mandala, entering into a glamour (enchantment.) The Dali Lama’s physician spends two hours before seeing patients practicing ritual, meditating and praying. Getting right indeed.  Power in healing comes from Presence not technique.


I am particularly excited that Bob has agreed to lead this workshop. I have been studying with him ever since I first met him four years ago. He uses his extraordinary voice and his enormous presence to call in the spirits, and, as I have experienced over and over, they respond. Bob understands the treatment session as a sacred healing ritual with the practitioner as ritual leader. Using meditation and ceremony. he will guide us through the portals into the sacred mysteries of healing.