Cards FOR Humanity: The Powerful States Of Being Deck

There is a very popular card game Cards Against Humanity that makes us shamanic types very curious. It’s billed as a “party game for horrible people” and declares it to be as “despicable and awkward as you and your friends.” You may ask yourself if you really want to get yourself involved in a game that encourages you to be awful and hateful. A game where being a terrible person is rewarded?

If you want to put yourself through something like that, you can download and play the game for free. But how much will it cost to undo the damage to your psyche from playing a game like that? Before my initiation, I thought this game was quite funny. and not really a big deal. But with a greater awareness I can see how what’s presented in that game can seep into consciousness in alarming ways. 

As we’re working every day towards helping people get better, get stronger and awaken, Cards Against Humanity is a game that present concepts about hatred, intolerance, violence, anger, hopelessness and greed as if that’s the way life actually is. And more than that. it treats these things like they are enjoyable states to be in. Through my training to be a shamanic practitioner, I’ve learned that games and entertainment can give people weird ideas about life and reality that’s not true at all. Not going into what the actual cards in Cards Against Humanity actually say, I can assure you that they can be the opposite of what you might be trying to achieve in your spiritual development. Playing a game that presents constantly being sarcastic as normal or pissed-off at the world can have a devastating effect on you and your relationships.

Cards For Humanity: The Powerful States Of Being Deck

Of course, you could play Cards Against Humanity from a higher perspective and see it as a ridiculous satire of where humans are in this culture. If you are an avid news-watcher or completely immersed in politics, drunkenness and pop culture one might enjoy it. But if you’re interested in personal development, gaining useful life skills and actually making a difference in your life and in the lives of your loved ones, have we got a game for you! Unfortunately, most have learned interpersonal relationship skills from watching television so unless others around you are really interested in spiritual transformation, this will be a solo game. But once you’ve played some rounds of the cards in our deck, you’ll start to see a positive change.

You may think you have entered your life experience with the cards stacked against you, but this deck can help you achieve powerful states like harmony and abundance rather than states like envy and fear as promoted in Cards Against Humanity. And once others see the change in you, you might want to pass this deck onto them.

Turning our transcendental spiritual experiences into practical applications is our goal here at The Concrete Tribe. And we’ve developed a teaching deck to help you learn how to solve problems and communicate better with others. You don’t necessarily have to believe that we communicate with spirits or that our healing rituals can do what modern medicine cannot. It’s within human nature to resist our very own healing or deliverance from pain. We’ve come to understand that the knowledge is within and the Powerful States Of Being Deck may allow one to relax into peace, harmony an well-being.

There are 9 powerful states of being, that once achieved, may allow one to live life to the fullest. By powerful, we don’t mean the kind of power that is a controlling or manipulative kind of power. Nor is it the “authentic power” as discussed in The Seat Of The Soul by Gary Zukav. This is a basic power that is available to all humans. We’ve discovered through working with others that many feel powerless against their life circumstances. While the teachings of Abraham Hicks and The Law Of Attraction are about non-physical concepts that can be quite difficult to understand, (such as how thoughts actually create reality) we developed this deck for the beginner who might be new to spiritual concepts while also allowing for more advanced to gain further insight.

One can discover a power to just “be” that is perhaps the greatest power one can achieve.  It’s simply the kind of power that allows to you to function effectively. If you want to make toast, plug in the toaster. When you are in a powerless state of being such as anger or jealousy you won’t be able to make good decisions or you’ll experience unnecessary drama or conflicts. You will actually take actions that will continue to contribute to the powerless states you are trying to escape from. 

Through our work and research, we’ve discovered that experience is the greatest teacher and telling people how to help themselves has never worked. We’ve counseled people on their spiritual issues and helped them achieve a powerful state of being only to have them go back to their life where they quickly forget the tools and techniques we’ve given them. We developed this deck as both a takeaway for the people we’ve helped and also a self-directed teaching tool. We never give people advice and this deck draws upon ones own life experience as a basis for learning.  This deck simulates having a spiritual experience and once it is experienced, then it becomes the teacher. 

The Solution Appears Alongside The Problem

How we came to acquire this information that is presented in this deck might be quite unbelievable. We constantly do reality checks on each other. Did we really get visits from Divine beings? Did we really leave our bodies to get information from other dimensions? You betcha. And our tales and adventures in the spirit world won’t make any sense to those not able to experience the Divine. The cards may look rather simple but when they are presented together, they might unearth buried traumas, secret shames, forgotten grudges or remind you of past mistakes. The human psyche has an uncanny way of hiding solutions in plain sight. Believe it or not, whenever a problem presents itself, the solution also appears. This deck was created from our own shamanic experiences and utilizes processes through the spiritual practice of Concrete Shamanism. These techniques help one become healed and happy so that no further traumas can occur.

If you knew the outcome of a particular situation or event, you might not engage with it and this deck can help one further explore their own in-born psychic abilities. Shamans have been known for their skills of divination but it’s not necessarily supernatural in nature. Through the shaman’s training, he’s learned to become hyper-aware of reality. It’s not easily explained in human terms, but shamans actually can predict the future but it’s largely based on science, reason, logic in addition to being open to information gained from other dimensions where information is stored (such as The Akashic Records). Using this deck may allow you to receive information from other dimensions just like a shaman does but limited to your own personal experience. 

 

How The Deck Works

The deck is split into ten suits. The first nine suits are the individual states like fun, peace or clarity. The last suit is about achievement of those particular states. There are 72 cards in total. Below we present a sample spread and how it can be used to help you both achieve a particular desired state of being and also give you tools for when you are out in the real world.

Example Spread

The card in the middle is about achieving the powerful state of contentment and that is the one to focus on in this spread. We’ve intentionally left off the word “contentment” from the card because you have to relax into these states of being rather than work towards them. After some use of the cards, you’ll learn from experience what the symbols mean and what particular state you are to achieve. An action you can take towards being content is to just be grateful. So this spread encourages you to just be grateful. But being just generally grateful might be a stretch if your current reality is particularly challenging. 

The cards on either side, when taken individually, are about achieving the state of fun and love. But used in conjunction with this spread, you ignore the suit and instead use them as supporting actions for the middle card. The “Making It A Game” card encourages making anything a game. Can you make being grateful a game? Perhaps a deeper understanding of gratitude is at hand. Perhaps make a list of all people, places and things in your life that you enjoy and cherish. Maybe invent your own “gratitude game” so whenever you feel discontent, just play your game to feel better.

The action card on your right is about understanding those you love. On its own, the card encourages one to truly understand where their loved ones are coming from. And this understanding can help one be grateful for them being in their life and what they bring to them. The description of card 30 asks to put yourself in the shoes of your loved one to see where they are coming from. This understanding can lead to a deeper gratitude for them and thus help you to relax into the state of contentment. 

Let’s look at another example spread to give you a better idea of how these cards work together in an uncanny way to help you achieve a state of peace.

In this example spread, we’re learning about achieving peace as the symbol on the middle card indicates. Card 49 “Fixing It” is an action card about not apologizing for something, but rather just fixing it. Apologies come often if you are not learning from mistakes (Card 41 “Learning From Mistakes” deals with that), so don’t say “I’m sorry” in a situation where you’ve messed up pretty bad. If you’ve been beating up yourself your whole life, just fixing it can lead to an inner peace you might never have experienced. Sometimes you might be afraid you’re going to mess up even more, but continued work on this deck might inform you as to how to fix it using cards in the love suit. 

The cards flanking the “Fixing It” card just happen to be about achieving clarity. Perhaps these actions could help you in fixing it, whatever “it” is be it a life situation or a broken appliance. Yes, that’s right. Whatever you feel is broken in your life is perhaps preventing you from achieving peace easily. Card 42 “Not Being Right” is about how having the need to be right all the time, might lead to one being wrong. You might not be able to see how to fix something because you have this innate desire to be right about it. And this “needing to be right” can lead to one not seeing the solution that is right in front of them.  This card encourages one to just be wrong, and being wrong about a particular subject or person can often lead to an aha moment or a wonderful breakthrough.

Card 30 “Experience Teaches” is really what this deck is all about. Only you are the expert on your own experience and only you can tell yourself exactly what to do. This card encourages you to look back on your own experience for answers or information on what to do in regards to fixing whatever so you can achieve peace. You can’t get advice from anyone else because you are living your own unique experience and only you know what you truly want. 

Taken together, the three cards can work towards helping you achieve peace both inner and outer. And that peace can be quite powerful and once you truly feel it, you’ll want to experience it all the time. 

Use Of The Deck

We are releasing a guide for this deck very soon that describes each card in greater detail. For now you are free to give the deck a go and see what it tells you. A word of caution, however. Constant inner work is exhausting unless you are spiritual teachers like us. It’s our job to do this work and we go hardcore every day. For others, any more than one spread per day is not recommended until you start to achieve a certain degree of mastery in your life. This deck will get your momentum in the right direction. We encourage casual use only unless you are able to really engage with the transformation of your life and do the appropriate mirror work. This deck is only a piece of your spiritual development albeit an important one. Achieving these powerful states is a cornerstone in becoming a more enlightened being. 

As we shift our practices from “healing” into teaching and instruction, we are taking what we learned from our intense shamanic trials and present them for others in practical ways. We are available for individual and personalized direction on using this deck and to make an appointment to work with us, text or call 773-789-9275. If you have a quick question regarding this deck or any other spiritual issue you have, feel free to send us a text and we will get back to you within 24 hours. We are not set up for an emergency or crisis so please keep that in mind.

This deck is not a replacement for professional help or therapy. We are ordained ministers for Shamanism, we are not psychologists. Even though we have consulted many mental health professionals while working on this deck, it should be treated like any other spiritual process. It is way beyond what modern medicine and psychology addresses. It may move you beyond healing and into a new way of life.

We present this deck for you to use for free and if you like it and it’s working for you, then please consider a donation to support the great work we are doing. We have more innovative spiritual technology in the pipeline and your donations go a long way towards helping us help others. 

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Language Disinfection

By Merrick Jacobson and Patrick John Coleman

The way you speak becomes the way you think. Disinfecting your language from words that cause runaway thinking is a simple way to get you thinking more positively. While the goal is to reduce your thinking to almost none at all, to get started thinking positively, just remove 7 words from your vocabulary.

The Nature Of Personal Reality – Jane Roberts

Reviewed by Patrick Coleman

When I was first told that I create my own reality, my first thought was "no fucking way." If I created my own reality, then why was my life such a struggle? Why would I create a reality where I hated my job and where I spent my time vacillating between indignant anger and simmering rage. A reality where the only relief I could find was within the confines of a bottle or recreational drug use. A reality where I was out of control and I hated nearly everyone, including myself. No, I could not take responsibility for that. Why would I create a reality that was so shitty, difficult and painful?

When a friend suggested the Seth books, I was amazed that I had never heard of them before. Before my shamanic initiation, I had been merely curious about the books in metaphysical shops. I had rejected the oppressive rules of Christianity but I had not yet embraced true spirituality. To be fair, the spirits had been calling me for quite some time but I wasn't answering. I would later find out that most people create their reality by default. And simply because they refuse to take responsibility for it, they'll reject books like this.

I did not read this book straight through the first time. It's the kind of book one picks up leisurely and slowly.



Concrete Shamanism Oracle Decks

We are extremely excited to present these Concrete Shamanism Oracle Decks. These decks have been years in the making and being able to finally present them to you is quite amazing. These decks are the culmination of lots of intense work and training so gaining access to this information was quite difficult. It should not be treated lightly.

You’ll need a password to access these decks (for now) because they are not just for everyone. To be notified of when these decks will be publicly available, join the mailing list. Requesting a password from us is futile because we only distribute them to people we know or have worked with. 

We have released two decks so far. The Concrete Shamanism Oracle Deck contains advanced spiritual concepts so a certain level of spiritual development is required. We also have a Concrete Spirit Communication Deck that allows the spirits to communicate with you using a very limited vocabulary. 

Use of these decks is your responsibility and we cannot be there with you when using these decks. If further insight or interpretation is needed, we cannot be immediately available for you. Keep a clear head when using these decks because you are running the show. 

We look forward to releasing more of our Concrete Shamanism Oracle Decks so stay tuned. Special previews of the decks are below.

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Fuck The Ego!

By Merrick Jacobson

Fuck the ego! No, man seriously. I have had it with this shit. Over two years after my shamanic initiation and now that I am training with an elder every day, my stupid ass ego keeps sneaking up on me to try and completely destroy any progress that I’ve made. But killing the ego is a very tall order because you’re basically engaging with a serial killer that’s been on the run for thousands of years. What makes you so goddamn special to think you can do what it takes a Buddhist a few decades to achieve? If you think this is going to be easy, you’re dead fucking wrong. Prepare for the battle of a lifetime. You might even survive it.

Honestly, the odds aren’t all that great. Once you engage with attempting to dissolve the ego, your very life is at stake. Not just your life, but those people who are in your life. It will use your relationships against you. It will hold you and your dreams hostage. It will lay all sorts of petty little traps for you to fall into. But in order to successfully battle the ego, you must become nothing. Once you realize what the ego is up to, it gets even more sneaky. But you also become a target for the egos of others. Their ego doesn’t want to be exposed any more than yours does. It wants to win and it wins by killing you. The ego foolishly thinks it can survive without you. The ego thinks it doesn’t need you. By making yourself as small a target as possible, the ego will be fooled into thinking that there is nothing to fight over. And nothing to win. You let the ego win, but first you have to lose.

When you’re on the express path like I am, the lessons come swiftly and it’s easy to get swept up in the adventure. While training with a physical elder can be grueling and intense, it only gets that way when the ego arises. Every time I achieve a certain level of ability, my ego is right there just waiting to strike. This is why it is so necessary for shamans to not engage with thinking. As soon as I start “thinking” that’s the ego’s cue to come on in and try to make a mess of things. And then soon my ego has me acting like a brat throwing a tantrum. When ego is in control, there’s no getting through to me.

Thank God I have a patient elder to guide me through my battles with the ego. An egoic situation can be very touch and go. He tells me time and again how dangerous it is to have thoughts when you’re training to be a shaman. Thinking and ego go hand in hand so when you start thinking, you’re in trouble. Some nights we’ve spent hours just talking my ego down and the more frustrated I get, the harder it digs in. It takes any opportunity to try and fuck up the wonderful and miraculous things that are happening to me.

I was extremely wise to choose Patrick as my elder and the way I chose to learn was for it to be hands-on and immersive. I wanted to heal deep wounds in a very short amount of time. Yes, I push myself harder than I ever have. But the ego has me convinced I am a stupid little kid, not worthy of the gifts I’ve been given. It will capitalize on any mistake I’ve made or any perceived slight. The ego is a liar and I do not tolerate people in my life who tell lies, so why should I allow this fucking thing to waste my valuable time?

The ego is not necessary in the psyche of the shaman. And that’s precisely why it wants to stick around. Just like an overbearing parent, it wants the best for you and it loves you. But the ego don’t know shit about you. The ego is running from a knowledge base of what’s possible in human terms. But we shamans have access to greater stores of knowledge and wisdom. And naturally, the ego is threatened by that. Just like a stalkery ex-girlfriend that won’t leave you alone, it harasses and threatens. So I developed a checklist to help me realize that my ego has taken me over. And Patrick has helped me to develop a long-term strategy to help me transcend my ego.

Here are some things that might be happening to indicate that my ego is running the show:

  1. I Am Thinking – If I am lost in my thoughts, nothing will work. I will start thinking what other people think of me. I will be nervous about the future. I will be unable to write, play music, sing or even do what I love. Thinking will have me completely paralyzed. When you’re training to be a shaman, there is no thinking allowed.
  2. I Don’t Know What To Do – I always know what to do and where to go but if I am ever just completely bereft of any idea or inspiration, that’s a sign that ego has taken me over. I never get “bored” so if that’s my state of mind, then I know what’s happening and I know who to ask for help.
  3. I Feel Like A Stupid Little Kid – When training with Patrick, I can sometimes forget that he went through what I am going through without the assistance of a physical elder. Of course he’s going to be more experienced than me. I should not be afraid to ask questions nor should I challenge the wisdom he is imparting to me. There is no good reason for me to feel like a dumbass for not knowing what he teaches. This shit is not in books, folks.
  4. Not Being Grateful – Patrick cooks and cleans and keeps the sanctuary as organized as he can. I’ve not paid him a single cent for what he’s done for me and keeps doing for me. And beyond what he’s done, there is what God and the spirits have done for me.  And then my parents have bent over backward to provide me with the kind of life most people can only dream of. I have a college degree. I am fit and healthy. I am deeply in love and enjoy a healthy and committed monogamous relationship. I have everything I want, need and desire and the gifts just keep coming. I am doing everything right. And if I am not living in 100% total gratitude, then it’s clear that the ego has taken over. 
  5. I Lack Excitement Over The Things I Love – From sex to food, I love life and everything about it. From planning adventures to even engaging with the shamanic training I receive daily. If I don’t wake up energized for the amazing day to come, I might be able to conclude what’s happening. The ego wants me to stay in bed as long as I can because everything I do these days is preparing me to finally show that bitch the door. My life is more amazing than I could ever describe to you. A simple trip to the grocery store can bring about more revelations than an entire year spent studying in University. It’s that awesome. So if I am not acting like an eager puppy about to receive a treat, then I am fucked.
  6. I Start Using The Word “I” – There is no me. There is no you. While Buddhists might get to live in a state of completely dissolved ego, that’s not possible for the shaman in a modern culture that forces him to interact with the world. In this checklist, I used the word “I” quite a bit, and that was on purpose. We shamans are not selfish. We had a human life and that life is now over. We exist to serve humanity and there is no “I” when we are around. Furthermore, Patrick and I operate as a cohesive unit. When he’s in pain, I am in pain. When he’s upset, I am upset. And vice versa. There is no “me” anymore and that’s what the soulmate connection is like. We could be miles apart and I can get a sharp pain in my chest or discomfort in my stomach. It’s not my pain, it’s ours. If something is going on with him, I know it instantly.  And when I am happy, he is happy and when I am energized, so is he. So it’s futile to think that the word “I” even bears much relevance.
  7. Getting Cocky – Acquiring knowledge and wisdom can leave you feeling a little bit superior and Patrick often warns me, “Don’t get cocky!” This is because the ego will take that temporary feeling of superiority and squash that wisdom and prevent you from remembering it. So if I “forget” something, it’s just because I got cocky and tried to use the wisdom to make myself feel better.
  8. Not Knowing What To Feel – Feeling better does not come from anything other than just being alive. There is no way to “feel better” about anything so using a physical condition to make yourself feel a certain way is a losing proposition. Same thing with “feeling bad” and what the fuck does that even mean? If you cannot put your finger on what you are feeling or furthermore why you are feeling it, then that’s ego. Every. Fucking. Time. 

Patrick has developed a strategy for me to transcend the ego. If you try and kill it, it will fight back. And a shaman without an ego won’t really be all that compassionate or be able to truly understand the journey it took to acquire this knowledge. Having an ego is not a shameful thing, rather it can be viewed as a tool to provide the contrast you need to launch yourself into the higher realms of consciousness. Without an ego, we could quickly forget the powerful Divine forces that brought us together. We could easily forget the demons we fought, the black magic we dispelled or the abilities we’ve been given in order to help others. We’d forget we have a job to do.

Transcending the ego means that you allow it to come out to play once in awhile and throw a tantrum. Just a little one. Not too dramatic and definitely not in public. We have a Time Out chair for us to sit in should we ever get into a situation where ego has us being unreasonable. And it’s pretty embarrassing to have to sit in that chair for an extended period. If you didn’t feel like a stupid little kid before, you do, now. We also carry pacifiers meant to quiet sobbing infants, because whenever ego has you in it’s grip, that’s precisely what you look like. A big brat baby crying and whining. Babies cry  when they don’t get their way.  And little kids get put in time out when they don’t behave. So it’s not “you” in the Time Out chair. It’s your ego. With this simple exercise, the ego will start to separate and begin to realize the game is almost over. 

Patrick encourages me to “Come Correct” and that means to show up for life prepared, happy and excited for all of the wonderful gifts that are available to us. If I am not “coming correct” then I won’t receive a damn thing. Coming Correct is just a simple thing and before I even open the door to the sanctuary, I make sure that I leave the outside world behind me and prepare myself to be covered in kisses and loved harder than I ever thought possible.

While I reject social media and the energy it brings, Patrick has encouraged me to have an Instagram account with various hashtags. As Instagram is the least invasive form of social media, it also has the ability to remind me that I am not the only one in the world. Deep in throes of ego, we might get a notification that someone has followed me or someone likes a picture I have taken. And just by looking at that picture, it can snap me out of ego almost instantly. For us, our Instagram accounts are not about sharing our lives or just taking pretty pictures. We’re planning for the future by giving us clues as to what’s going on. If we look at a picture on Instagram of a past event where we were not taken over by ego, then it’s likely we’ll be able to figure out what’s really going on.

The ego will fuck everything up for you if you allow it. And we aren’t going to allow it to have much of a voice in our lives. It’s useless, petty and argumentative Who needs that kind of shit in life? Aren’t there enough things out there trying to drag you down? So join us in declaring to ourselves, once and for all. FUCK THE EGO!

And before the ego goes away for good, you have to be nothing, feel nothing and know nothing. And that’s the most freeing thing you could ever experience. But you cannot do it alone. Choose and elder or a trusted friend to help guide you through this. It can be quite dangerous to face the very thing intent on killing you. The ego is a murderer. Stop it before it stops you.

And now that I am nothing, the showdown is about to begin.

One day, you will be free

So You Don’t Believe In Spirits?

By Patrick Coleman and Merrick Jacobson

You don’t have to believe in something for it to be true.

Before we were initiated, both of us were mostly atheist. We say “mostly” because even though we were spiritually focused, religious notions of God prevented us from taking that leap of faith into the unknown.  We had a deep desire to understand advanced spiritual concepts but our view of reality at the time did not allow for anything beyond what our physical senses were reporting to us. And the idea that there were non-physical entities floating around seemed quite ludicrous to us. And what are “spirits” anyway and furthermore how can human beings receive communication from them?

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The Shaman’s Friends And Family

By Patrick Coleman

If you are reading this, you might have been sent here by a friend or a family member because they have either been identified as a shaman or are in the process of becoming one. In modern times, this is an extremely difficult process made even more difficult due to resistance from the culture itself. In this article I will explain what is happening and why. Furthermore, I will give you insight on how best to help your loved one deal with the life-changing experience of being chosen to be a shaman.

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The Ways Of The Concrete Shaman

Concrete Shamanism is a form of shamanism native to modern culture. It was born because of the need to practice Shamanism in modern North America without co-opting another culture. Since you cannot excise a shaman from the culture they were born into, Concrete Shamanism is a way for modern shamans to practice and rely more on the wisdom of their culture and their ancestors rather than a physical elder or shamans from far-off lands.

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