I highly recommend you consider booking a divination. Experiencing a personal divination with Malidoma Patrice Somé is a beautiful, empowering, and healing manifestation of Spirit. It is an opportunity to hear direction from the realm of the ancestors and to connect, more deeply, with what you know “in your bones.”

“Divination is an effective tool for tackling the crisis of the human psyche in modern time. It clarifies the meaning of the soul’s quest and sheds light on the obstacles to overcome on the way to successful living. In other words, divination does not just tell you what is going on in your life; it tells you what you need to do in order to flow into your gifts and fulfil your purpose. Divination provides a positive spin on human challenges by emphasizing gifts and purpose.”

 —Malidoma 

Malidoma utilizes crowry shell divination for his sessions. You will be asked to spread a pile of shells, bones, stones, and other implements on a special “divination cloth.” This spread of items that you infuse with our own personal energy is what Malidoma will read and interpret to receive the message about your life purpose. He will also report if you have disharmony with the elemental spirits of earth, water, fire, nature, and mineral. The fee for a personal session is US$300. It’s a steep price in Canadian dollars but well worth the expense and, in this case, the drive.

Malidoma Patrice Somé, Ph.D., is a West African Elder, author, teacher, and representative of his village in Burkina Faso, West Africa. He has come to North America to share the ancient wisdom and practices that have supported the Dagara people for thousands of years. With a foot in both worlds, he is uniquely positioned to carry the healing and transformative message. At age four, Somé was forcefully removed from the Dagara and taken to a Jesuit boarding school where he was educated by brutal Christian priests. After enduring 16 years of physical and emotional abuse, he escaped and found his way back to his village. Upon his return, integration into his traditional tribal religion and customs was difficult due to his harsh indoctrination into European ways of thought and worship. Elders from the village believed that Somé’s ancestral spirit had withdrawn from his body and that he should undergo a dangerous, month-long initiatory process, an initiation among Dagara males that is believed to reunite soul and body. He survived this potentially life-threatening process and came out the other side anchored and primed to implement his life purpose. His first name, Malidoma, means “he who makes friends with the enemy/stranger.” Somé believes that it is his destiny to come to Western audiences and promote an understanding between Western and indigenous cultures. He is a genuine pathfinder in a time when these two alien worlds can benefit immensely from each other’s knowledge. Dr. Somé holds three master’s degrees and two doctorates from the Sorbonne and Brandeis University.

His first book, an autobiography, Of Water and the Spirit: Ritual, Magic and Initiation in the Life of an African Shaman, is a gripping tale of survival and spiritual integrity despite the brutality of colonialism and religious imperialism. In his second book, Ritual: Power, Healing and Community, Somé explores the essential role ritual plays in maintaining community and examines the structure common to all ritual. And his third book, The Healing Wisdom of Africa, is a concise outline of the Dagara cosmology and Medicine Wheel. Somé relates the spiritual traditions and wisdom of his people and shows readers how to use them to discover their own purpose and connect with their communities.

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