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What is a SHAMAN?

MAYAN: "a technichian of the Holy, a lover of the Sacred." CELTIC: "Empower the people...by changing the way we think." MEXICAN APACHE: "Someone who has simply learned to give freely of themselves..." AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINAL: "...a teacher or healer, a wisdom keeper of knowledge... (who) takes people to a door and encourages them to enter." W. AFRICAN DIAGRA: "views every event in life within a spiritual context." HAWAIIAN: "...human bridges to the spiritual world and its laws and the material world and its trials..." QUECHUA INDIAN: "embodies all experience." AMAZON: "...willing to engage the forces of the Universe...in a beneficial end for self, people, and for life in general."

-- from Travelers, Magicians and Shamans (Danny Paradise)

Friday, April 11, 2008

Diving In

I realize that we are more than a quarter of the way through this year-long journey, and I haved stopped to make an assessment. My guides, as well as others who have journeyed for me indicate that I have just stuck my toe in and now need to dive in. For all of us, diving in will look different, for each of us has his/her own area that needs work before we can truly be of service.
For me, this has been more intense than any other Shamanic work I have ever done, and my fears and hesitations about putting away the excesses of my ego and of living in my head only have been intense.

As I face this, I notice that the pace has accelerated, and one lesson flows freely (though not necessarily painlessly) to the next. I know that the pace of our journey will continue to accelerate, and right now, the water feels a bit choppy, but there is nothing for me but to dive in and trust to Spirit to have a life ring if I need it. Happy swimming, tribe.

1 comment:

fearless.woman said...

The day after I wrote this, I drew, from my animal card deck, Whale - which shows the tail of a whale who is diving into the ocean. Coinciodence, I think not. There's magic afoot.