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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, October 3, 2008

Mastering the Cycle

I have been grappling with and wooing at the truths we explored in our last call. I feel like the books and Walks in Two Worlds have been trying to explain to us the common theme of learning to ride the cycle as a key to unlocking the story and its elements. This is of massive importance to fusion and evolution--our own, the earth's, humankind's. Learning to identify and be comfortable with all the different points along the spectrum of the human condition is like a martial artist studying and practicing a counter move for every move and developing a soundness of mind, spirit, AND physique while in the process. In my own life I've developed a unique persona and the qualities that go along with that persona but then to detach and drop in and out of that persona and into another one willfully, effortlessly is an unmatched artform, a discipline, a craft. It requires a firm foundation and a full spirit presence to not get lost; and when mastered, it can assist me, and those who seek my help, in dropping out of unhealthy habitual cycles and creating new more fulfilling ones.

To me, entering the cycle/the wheel/the circle/the globe is about motion: entering a state of new perception and then abandoning it--both actions require a certain fortitude and courage. Like dealing with day and night; life and death; audience and performer; flesh and spirit; the first attention and the second attention. Creating and entering the revolving door between these two points and laying a new path creates a certain nourishing energy-that's the energy we've been experimenting with and harnessing. This in-between energy gives both destination and journey meaning--This in-between energy creates a flow of consciousness or alchemy that keeps with human growth and decline and acts as a bridge/portal for our cells to venture back and forth between home and here.

But where is home? Why did each of us choose to manifest a physical form here? This is a question I am working on, and I believe it's of huge importance. Make sense of home--make sense of the mission. Home is the source of comfort in this world but it is a source of supreme power, purpose, and peace for the shaman.

1 comment:

Walks In Two Worlds said...

This is a very astute comment on the process, and also the book's message (in Stealing Fire From The Gods). Story is motion, always, and stepping out of story allows you to be a MASTER storyteller, instead of a bit player directed around by everyone and thing else. Martial arts of the highest degree!