Shaman Stones For Empowerment
by Jim Fallon
"Shaman Stones" is the name given by Dr. Serge Kahili King to a type of divination practice derived from
ancient Hawaiian shamanism using seven stones or something similar. Divination is the art of recognizing and
aligning oneself--or placing yourself in the right relationship-- with the signs of destiny. The goal of a
stone reading is to receive information and energy patterns that will help you bring your life into balance,
or ho'oponopono, as in "to put to rights; to put in order or shape, correct, revise," to help you
come into right relationship at the levels of the physical, mental, emotional, soul and spirit. By providing
an energetic map of a situation in the casting layout, a stone reading also provides you with the
opportunity to shift the situation energetically to bring you into greater alignment with the life of your
In many traditions, objects like the stones can also be representations of archetypal animals that are more
than symbols--they represent primordial energies or spirits. Modern metaphysics would relate these to the
seven states of consciousness, which are represented by all traditions in some way. In Huna, they relate to
the seven principles. In Yoga, they relate to the seven chakras. In Andean Shamanism, they relate to the
seven Sawyas (similar to the seven principles of Huna).
Each archetype can be symbolized by a power animal that is considered to have a life and powers of its own.
Although archetypal power animals vary among native cultures, the principles and the properties of these
energies or states of consciousness remain the same because they stand for the same principles of nature.
The important point is not what we label these energies, or even which power animals we use, but that we
know them well enough so that when we call, they respond.
Let's take this beyond ordinary divination, which is merely seeking answers to questions, and into the realm
of self empowerment.
Consulting with the shaman stones or a single stone is like talking over one's problem with an expert or
friend. You will use thought language, which means asking a question and then allowing the answer to come to
you in a returning thought, feeling, symbol. image, etc. It is important to trust the first impression
received. Here are some ideas for doing that.
Lay out all your shaman stones in a circle. Frame your question or intent. Focus on either all the stones or
one that is calling your attention, and ask for the answer. Select the stone or in some cases multiple
stones and hold them in your non-dominant hand, and bring forth in your mind's eye the image of the power
animal or animals represented by the stone or stones. Imagine how it or they would answer. Bring your hand
holding the stone(s) to your mouth, and perform pikopiko. Inhale with your attention on the stone(s) and
exhale with your attention on your heart.
In the beginning the answers you receive from the thought language will seem to be "like your making it up".
This is the correct feeling. You are "making up" true things.
In other uses for the shaman stones in daily life, say for example you're going to do some task, attend some
meeting, or do something that requires power or strength. Select the stone that represents the bear (see Dr.
Serge King's book Urban Shaman for a list of the seven animals that can be associated with the stones).
Take your bear stone in your non-dominant hand, the receiving hand, and in your mind's eye try to recall
those times in your life when you felt strong or had felt inner power. Recall the attributes of the bear.
Bring the stone up to your lips, and perform piko piko, inhale with your attention on the bear stone, exhale
with your attention on your heart, to bring in those attributes to you.
It is always good to have a definite ending to such a session, so you can simply say, "Thank you" to whoever
or whatever you think is the source, or use the Hawaiian word, amama.
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