This is an ongoing US and global project to help enthusiasts, scholars, practitioners, and curious parties learn more about shamanic living in a contemporary culture. The space here is devoted to sharing info, experiences and opinions about all forms of shamanic expression covering shamanism's multiple permutations. Among subjects explored are traditions, techniques, insights, definitions, events, artists, authors, and creativity. You are invited to draw from your own experiences and contribute.

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)

Sunday, October 18, 2009

The Labyrinth by Jorge Gomez

Jorge beautifully captures the stillness and flow of time and emotion experienced in the labyrinth walk.

In the labyrinth I walk, there I feel peace.
Beauty everywhere, the song, the breeze.
Most journeys should not be taken alone.
Is life not a labyrinth?

The feathers, the water, the sweet scents,
the fire that kept us three warm,
the chants, the sake, the wines, the sake.

In the labyrinth there is neither today,
nor tomorrow, nor past; all then melts
into one from the depth of my heart.

Find me in the labyrinth I am not far,
and though I am far I am near.
Like touching the clouds with one's hand
yet touching the fountain's water, same no?

Your silence, your talk, your happiness, your smile
God is one )! And God is three T.
One plus one is two and one plus one is three.

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