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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)

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

When You Grow Up Spiritually

I've always said you only need to heal until you realize you were fine all along. Until then, your need for healing is real. With shamanism, we serve those who are still in this place. Even if we, ourselves, begin to feel beyond it. Paradox, eh? Below speaks to one version of being fine all along... Hugs, Robin

A book excerpt from The Ascension Primer:

"Below is a list of new ways of being that usually arrive when we begin to reside in a new and higher vibrating reality. Many of these greatly surprised me as they were so much simpler and better than I could have ever imagined. The old rules and ways we were told of the higher realms were derived from an
ego-based consciousness that existed behind the veil, and were some of them ever wrong! And the majority, but not all, of any channelings only derive from the individual who is channeling the information. Anyone can tap into any energy pocket they choose that is vibrating as they are and get about
any kind of information that matches their belief system. Who knows about the accuracy. Through the ascension process, we go there. In this way, it is quite different indeed.

1. You reach a certain level through your ascension process where you no longer desire or resonate with any kind of healing. And like a reformed smoker, you can get frustrated when the New Age arena continues to focus much of their energy on healing. As we begin to vibrate higher, we no longer need healing. Healing serves to basically introduce us to a lower vibrating energy that is no longer any kind of
a match to us. It can take us "back" where we no longer are. And it can really bring in a lower vibrating
energy that we need not ever focus on again. Where we place our energy and focus greatly becomes our
surrounding reality more than ever in the higher realms. Why would one want to continually focus on lower vibrating energy? This energy can feel like something from another world where you are no longer residing. And receiving a healing after you have "gotten here" can also short circuit your system.

2. You no longer have the same connection with your physical family. We chose to be born into
a physical environment in order to support the development of necessary traits that we chose to
embody in order to support our soul purpose. In addition, most of us agreed to uplift the planetary
vibration through transmuting the darker and denser energies. After our prior incarnation is complete and
we are done and have arrived in a higher realm, our purposes with our families are now obsolete. The cords are basically severed. We are no longer connected through issues. We are done with this experience. Therefore, our family members can suddenly disappear from our lives for no apparent reason as there is no longer a connection to them. But if we continue to simply love them and have that as our connection, we can continue to maintain a relationship based on joy and choice. And after we arrive in a higher state of clarity, we are also able to clearly see who they really are and how they operate, which has absolutely nothing to do with us.

3. Your lifetime friends suddenly leave your life. Same as above. And sometimes we re-unite with
friends we haven't seen for eons. And this energetic pattern is also true for geographical areas on the planet as well. When we are done with a particular purpose, we are done. In the higher realms it is all about joy, fun, experiencing, and creating with no attachments. This is why we may also get to go back to old friends and geographical homes as we are now uniting for a different purpose.

4. You suddenly see what it is all about and always has been and it has nothing to do with "karma", "contracts", "life lessons", or "Earth as a school". These are things that someone made up and many of us bought into. We needed a story to explain why we were so uncomfortable and we needed it to be spiritual and purposeful so that our suffering would not be in vain. When the fog finally lifts and we rise above it, we are no longer seeing through limited thinking of a lower vibrating consciousness. It is all about energy and using it to have an experience. We wanted to play games. We made up stories. At times we came to he planet to try and alter it through our higher consciousness that we placed in form (our bodies). We were bored at times. The purpose of Earth and of existence is to create through form. We were
never trying to get anywhere, continually trying to go back home. We wanted to play, have fun and
experience. And we weren't serious all the time! Spirituality is about joy, fun, creating, and playing. It is
absolutely not rigid, full of rules, or judgmental. It is about freedom, love, and laughter.

5. You are no longer interested in spiritual gatherings, group meditations, or the New Age arena in general. You have come to realize that intentional spirituality is not really real and does not
stick. The truth of the matter is, we are spiritual 24/7 no matter what we are doing. Forced spirituality
removes us from the world and places us in artificial situations where we are not really being, but "trying" to be. In the higher realms, we are simply living our lives and experiencing. We are not continually wanting something else and trying to place ourselves in situations that we think may bring us closer to Source because they seem to be more spiritual. It is far better to have the presence of your being here in the world rather than in a pocket of distanced and artificial "trying".

6. You get rid of all your spiritual and self-help books and no longer desire to learn anything new. Congratulations! You have arrived in the state of being. You are also done learning as you
are readying to provide your energy through your special gifts and talents by simply being in a space
where you greatly enjoying being. Being in the moment relates to this as well. And expanding and
growing always comes from experience, not from book learning or mental awareness. We can now get any additional information we need through connecting directly to Source. In addition, if you are no longer
craving any new information, you are most likely done in this universe and preparing to go to the next level.

7. You crave simplicity and can barely tolerate anything complicated. We have released so much that we are much more in a state of simplicity. In the higher realms, one does not need to make anything happen or to do one thing in order to have an outcome. There are no hoops to jump through or complicated processes. When we are being a vibration, we simply and naturally draw it to us. And remember,
in the higher realms we are simply being, creating, and experiencing. No planning, agendas, opinions, or
having to prove something or do something in order to receive something.

8. Negativity feels downright awful. In the higher realms, there is no contrast or negativity. When we reach a higher state, we know intuitively that life is about joy, passion, and creativity and we never have a
thing to complain about. Negativity comes from powerlessness and this state does not exist in the
higher realms. And continually talking about anything in a negative way brings it to life and makes negativity a real experience and reality. It gives it fuel and allows it to exist.

9. Drama is a thing of the past. When we reach the higher states, we can clearly see that we had
been most certainly existing in a "play". As we are now living and viewing things from a higher level, we no longer need dramas and stories to unfold around us due to unintentional and unconscious creating. We no longer desire this emotional state of powerlessness as it no longer fits where we are. And we are much too tired and apathetic, as a perfect by-product of the ascension process, to have the energy for this kind of thing!"


Walks In Two Worlds said...

http://www.whatsuponplanetearth.com for the authors website, which is great!

Night Sings said...

"In the higher realms it is all about joy, fun, experiencing, and creating with no attachments."

This excerpt describes the natural state I crave--"attachments are a heavy woe for those who only want to climb the sky"

But, I wonder, is it really possible for a contemporary shaman to operate this way? the other question is how can humans remain sustainably satisfied with the higher realms? All it takes is one ego-dominated consciousness to bring down paradise. Inevitably, the modern world requires social contracts; for the notion is that those that are having fun and living creatively and freely may also unintentionally do harm to themselves or others. We follow the herd whilst cursing our sense of safety from the dependency it produces.

The need to collect the books and think consciously about living spiritually and adopting those values are important reminders to prevent us from getting too far removed from spirit and the natural state of being the author describes--they are post-it notes revealing fragments of what the soul may already know but is too lost and bewildered to fully grasp and retain.

She.Who.Remembers said...
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She.Who.Remembers said...

Thank you for posting! Great article! I do agree that you need to heal until you truly realize you were fine all along. I have also experienced many who have in a way become addicted to healing and getting well. It becomes part of the identity and the life's story. Always uncovering another layer that needs to be worked on and healed. Moving from one healer to another and one quick fix to another with the promise of a new tomorrow. Choosing to play the role of one that needs healing and never seeming to want to own the projection of healer. Such a story can last a life time..... at times all it takes is choosing a different story.

Allowing the light said...

This excerpt at first gave me a lot of hope. It sounded so familiar. But then I thought: how many times have I been there? Dropping healing mechanisms (and healers) but also spiritual expressions no longer serving me (I remember a conversation, probably fifteen years ago if no more, with a dear friend of mine who is a monk and who probably felt that I had gone very far from religion and then God; he asked me about my relationship with him and I remember answering him "he is always there, he is me, he is the air I breathe, what I eat, everything, there is nothing I could do that could bring me closer").
I have also disconnected and re-connected so many times with my family, my friends. Never the same, I know. But... leaving again, changing continents and cultures (it has often felt like changing galaxy), crossing oceans, starting again from scratch, leaving behind career, stuff, books, people. Looking as if I was starting a new life all over again. Forgetting about the last time I had done so. Believing it was the first time. And I know that many people have envied my (apparent) lack of attachments... But it has often been a lonely path. I got tired also. Tired of change, of too much intensity and passion, too many "life and death" kind of choice. Even burnt out.
So I am wondering: How many lives will I need in that very life to actually grow up? What if I had spent all that time searching for something that had always been there?...
So I opened one of the volumes of Hafiz poems and, as usual, I found just the right lines...

"Hafiz, time, space, and boredom
Are just passing fads.
All your pain, worry, sorrow
Will someday apologize and confess
They were a great lie."

Walks In Two Worlds said...

I don't like any writer who says "this is the way it is" and I don't really resonate with the "higher vibration" terminology (though I did just say resonate!)...what I do relate to are many of her points. Not wanting to "heal" anymore, thinking karma must be something we bought, like old time religion (which it is, just new to us). All that. So there is truth here, for me, though not all truth, and never Truth. Love, Robin

Heart of The Mother said...

My experience with Karen Bishop's energy alerts are usually "right on" for me. I have been reading those alerts for about three years now.
Also, when I made a commitment to this path, OWL taught me to be very discerning.
So, like anything else, I take what resonates and leave the rest.

shewhofacesspirit said...

I to have read her site for years and find that when I am feeling something, or sense a shift that she will then write about it. Sometimes I resonate with what she says and sometimes I do not.
Allowing The Light I can relate to your detachment, for me to it can be exhausting as well, and I think that things will change but they do not. Perhaps it is right in front of us.

Christine said...

I think this excerpt is interesting because it is so *scary* (and often times, meaningful change *is* scary...)

I think it is useful to have such changes (such as not wanting to be around old friends, loved ones, and traditions) explained in terms of a new paradigm.

I also like how the author points out that as shamans, it is your compassionate duty to continue to reach out and show love and healing towards your former contacts, even if they're not on your level anymore.

Kudos to all you Brave Ones on your shamanic journey! It ain't easy!!

Truth on the Wind said...

Thank you for this excerpt! I agree with much of what she has said, in particular that we all are spiritual beings 24/7.

But, I still get "stuck" sometimes and fall into the dramas of everyday life which can be so discouraging.

I suppose this underscores the meaning of "walking in two worlds", staying present while trapped in a carbon-based life form!

Here's to the Journey of Ascension!