Are you a Shaman: my short: I have been unable to communicate with many here, (my own ineptitude at written/verbal communication is almost famous) and partially due to a lack of understanding about the basics of Shaman spirit/unseen world activities. (any blame goes to the 2000 yr. endeavor to totally frame the entire world in a false narrative)
The following articles and comments are going to continue to expand.
The following blocks of information do Not exactly reflect the beliefs of this poster, but they are provided as a platform for discussions about spirit/unseen world Basics.
There are distinct types of shaman who perform more specialized functions. For example, among the Nani people, a distinct kind of shaman acts as a psychopomp. Other specialized shamans may be distinguished according to the type of spirits, or realms of the spirit world, with which the shaman most commonly interacts. These roles vary among the Nenets, Enets, and Selkup shaman. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shamanism
Shamanic Journey. ... In 'classic' shamanic language, journeying is referred to as 'riding the drum-horse' – meaning that the sound of the drum (or rattle) provides a kind of vehicle upon which we can journey to non-ordinary reality with the shamanic trance. www.shamanism-101.com/Shamanic_Journey.html
10 Signs You’re a Shaman & Don’t Know It By Lissa Rankin
As I feel indebted to the shamans who saw themselves in me and helped me understand why I have always felt like I don’t belong in mainstream medicine, the intention of this article is to respectfully honor the shamanic tradition, and not to violate it in any way.
Because modern culture doesn’t have a role for the shamanic archetype, many people who grow up outside indigenous villages are shamans and don’t know it. Many naturally wind up in overtly healing professions, such as medicine, psychology, or life coaching. But some wind up in professions where they may feel like they don’t fit in at all. Even those who enter the healing professions may feel out of place, because the systems of Western medicine and psychology leave little room for a shaman to practice his or her natural healing art. But many will wind up in various forms of sacred activism, healing the planet, for example, rather than healing people.
Are you a shaman and you don’t know it? Here are some telltale signs that you might fit the archetype.
1. You sense that you’re meant to participate in the global shift in consciousness that is currently underway.
We can all feel it, this impending shift that New Agers have talked about for decades. But those with the shamanic archetype don’t just feel it, they feel it pulling them, like a magnet, towards leadership positions that help facilitate this transformation of human consciousness and evolution of the species.
2. You’ve been through a difficult initiation, which has prepared you for this leadership role.
In indigenous cultures, the village knew who the shaman was because he or she was struck by lightning and survived. In modern culture, you may not literally be struck by lightning, but you may have survived some other life or heart-threatening ordeal. You may have experienced childhood abuse, sexual violence, a near-death experience, or some other trauma that put you through the crucible and forged you into the healing earth shaman you are becoming.
3. You are an introvert.
Shamans are multi-dimensional beings who dance between the realms of the seen and unseen worlds, so if you’re of the shamanic archetype, you may have a hard time navigating the 3D realms of this dimension, which may cause you to withdraw into yourself so you can visit the realms of consciousness where you feel most at home.
4. You feel most at home in nature.
The shamans of a culture are the bridges between nature and humans, serving as translators between the mountains, oceans, rivers, animals, and people. You may sense that nature is talking to you or that you get your most tuned in downloads when you are surrounded by the natural world.
5. You’re very sensitive.
You may feels things others don’t feel, see things others don’t see, hear things others don’t hear, smell things others don’t smell, and sense things others don’t sense. This may make it hard for you to be out in public, where you may feel accosted by over-stimulation of your senses. If you embody the shamanic archetype, it’s likely that you’re the kind of person others may feel is “too sensitive.” But this sensitivity is a blessing. It’s part of your gift.
6. You feel a sort of spiritual calling to ease the suffering of people, animals, and nature.
Many health care providers are called to medicine the way priests are called to the priesthood. But you don’t have to be a health care provider to have the shamanic archetype. It may transmute itself into healing service to animals, sacred activist causes, or conservation of Mother Earth.
7. Physical ailments that fall under the category of “shaman sickness.”
In the indigenous cultures, shamans who have been called to service but haven’t yet said “yes” to the call often wind up struck with physical ailments. In modern culture, these shamanic sicknesses may fall into difficult to treat categories like chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, chronic Lyme disease, chronic pain disorders, and autoimmune disorders. Acceptance of the call to shamanic service often resolves the symptoms of shaman sickness. If you’re suffering from one of these illnesses, ask yourself, “Am I a shaman who hasn’t said yes to my calling yet?”
8. You tend to have vivid dreams.
The unseen realm may be communicating with you through your dreams, so try analyzing your dreams. Pay particular attention to any animal totems that may appear in your dreams. Google search the animal and “spirit totem” and see if you can find any messages from the animals in your dreams. Or try a Jungian analysis, like the one described here.
9. You may discover unusual spiritual superpowers, or what the yogis call “siddhis.”
You might be psychic. You might get healing visions like the one in my previous post about the meeting of Western medicine and Shamanism. You might realize that you can heal people with your hands or that you can telepathically communicate with animals, people, or even inanimate objects.
10. You’ve always felt like you don’t quite belong anywhere, because you are a bridge.
Shamans tend to live on the outskirts of the village for a reason. They are not like the others – and this is a blessing! In village life, this is understood and recognized. But in the modern world, it may leave those with the shamanic archetype feeling like they don’t ever fit in. But don’t despair. You DO fit in. Your role is essential. You may find that you fit in best with others who share this shamanic archetype. Among your fellow shamans, you will feel like you are with family.
Embrace Your Bridge Work
Because shamans are always operating between worlds, you may find that you’re connecting mainstream culture and the culture that wants to be born in the new consciousness, and this may feel uncomfortable, as if you don’t quite fit in. When I realized that I am a bridge between mainstream medicine and the new world of medicine that is being co-created by others who share the shamanic archetype, it brought me such a profound sense of relief! This relief is shared by the health care providers who participate in the Whole Health Medicine Institute, which I founded for doctors and other stealth shamans. If you’re one of those bridge workers, please know that you belong with all the other stealth shamans in this program, designed to merge medicine and spirituality, and we’re enrolling for the 2016 class now.
In our culture, it can be quite challenging to be a stealth shaman. Yes, it’s a blessing to have the opportunity to help people end the story of separation, to dissolve the apparent duality into Oneness, to fulfill our callings to bring the worlds together, to heal people, animals, and the planet. But it can be lonely and disheartening and scary and isolating. I sense that many of us stealth shaman bridge workers have scores of past lives during which we were persecuted for our attempts to connect the worlds, so no matter how much we know in our hearts that we are all One and we DO belong, we have cellular memories of past traumas, during which we were literally killed because we refused to fit in. So it takes tremendous courage to come out of the spiritual closet as someone who embodies the shamanic archetype. In order to keep being brave, we need to feel safe. To feel safe, we need to foster a sense of belonging so we don’t feel isolated on top of feeling scared. In order to feel safe enough to keep bridging, we need each other.
Are you a shaman who is still in the closet? If so, please know that there are many of us, and we hold you close in our hearts while you muster up the moxie to claim your place in the world.
To begin embracing your purpose, please feel free to check out my new book The Anatomy Of A Calling. Click the link below to see if it’s for you:
Here’s to bridging the realms and healing our world!
The Shamanic Journey http://www.shamanism-101.com/Shamanic_Journey.html This is a short overview of shamanic journeying, and though it does not contain the details one would need to actually journey, it will provide a sense of what the general process looks like. Shamanic spirituality is a birthright of every human being, and the ability to have a shamanic journey already rests inside you. It is important, however, to find personal guidance and mentoring when heading out to do shamanic work of any kind, particularly journeying, for there is the potential for many wrong turns, and missteps in this work can be serious. In ‘classic’ shamanic language, journeying is referred to as ‘riding the drum-horse’ – meaning that the sound of the drum (or rattle) provides a kind of vehicle upon which we can journey to non-ordinary reality with the shamanic trance (ecstasy). Without a ‘live drummer,’ a drumming CD is recommended, which can be set to play for a specific length of time, depending on the purpose and expected duration of a particular journey’s intention. There are a number of such CD’s on the market, with a wide variety of sounds and combinations of instruments. There is no standard, for each person may find one or another production has greater personal appeal, comfort, and effectiveness. I personally favor a live drummer with a natural skin drum. As I said above, do not head off and try journeying on your own. I have seen too many who have, and have found themselves into trouble (usually having to do with ‘middle world’ phenomena) by doing so, or who then unwittingly 'practiced' bad habits and as a consequence, find it hard to journey as well as they could. Locate a teacher who puts safety, ethics, and basic journey protocols first, and who can follow up by monitoring your progress through your experiences and provide you with careful feedback that will sharpen your abilities. Shamanic practice is not esoteric information, but responsibility among teachers requires our persistent admonitions about following strict protocols and awareness. To fail to provide this kind of close guidance is a disservice to both the healing art and to those who would seek to learn it. Do not use the following as a protocol to follow. The primary concern I have in putting anything like this up on the internet is that someone will try to use it as a protocol (thinking they have enough information), and then get themselves into serious problems accordingly. In order to provide a protocol to actually journey, we would need a couple of course lessons and many steps, far more than what is possible or appropriate here. This is strictly meant to be an overview to provide you with a sense of what you would be looking at if you were to actually learn to do a shamanic journey The following overview does not include 90 percent of what you need to know, but it hopefully will provide you with enough information about the general process so that you can make wise decisions about following up in training. Preparations of the Sacred Space When taking a shamanic journey, it is very important to establish a sacred space in which to work, and before anything else, prepare yourself and your environment. Once you start preparing yourself, privacy needs to be assured so that your ritual space will not be interrupted. Impinging ordinary reality stimuli easily breaks our non-ordinary consciousness and proves disruptive, interfering with the process. Sound, movement, smell and sight from ordinary reality stimuli can all can signal a rapid awareness by the brain and cause it to lapse from its non-ordinary focus, if even momentarily, while it automatically investigates for ordinary reality threats or interests. It is recommended to lie down and not move. Though a shamanic state of consciousness and sleep are very different, there is much that is similar in between the two, and the all-too-familiar pairing of lying down still with eyes closed in the darkness can lull one into sleep. Preparations for Journeying One then prepares further to make a shamanic journey by having a clear intention of where he or she is going (such as to the upper world or lower world) and what is to be done there. Having a clear intention before journeying can be compared to setting an intention to drive to the store to pick up some milk, versus just getting in the car. In the latter case, one might notice and decide to follow all sorts of side-roads that are great to explore, but which wouldn't bring back a carton of milk. Or, one might just sit there, perhaps turn on the engine, but not even leave the parking space! Having a clear intention, including both direction and goal, is crucial when given the vast latitude and potential that will quickly appear as we head into non-ordinary reality. Even if one’s ‘goal’ is to head to the upper or lower worlds with a general intention to let the spirit teachers and power animals there show us something we need to see, teach us something we need to know, or in other ways work with us in the manner they best see fit, this is still a pre-established clear intention for the journey before embarking. Ways that go ‘up’ are followed if one is journeying to the upper world, and ways that go ‘down,’ if the lower world is the destination. Do not attempt to go 'sideways'. We decide on our path prior to embarking. For your initial journeys, you might first choose for yourself a place to begin from places that you already know in ordinary reality, at least that you know well enough to serve as starting point for your initial path up or down. It needs to be a place that you can bring clearly to mind, filling in the details with memory or imagination as you go along. The Journey We set out on our way, persistently going up if that is our direction, or down as the case may be, but always we keep going. Perhaps a ladder descends from the sky; perhaps an eagle swoops down and grasps you in its careful talons to assist you; perhaps a stairway appears that leads into the clouds; perhaps you ‘shape shift’ and sprout wings, becoming an eagle yourself… It is entirely up to you and your journey. The point is, if heading up to the upper world, keep going up! Whether your shamanic journey goes up, or down, you will eventually discover something that you must push through, or somehow give a little extra effort to, in order to get to the other side. This is the portal to the upper or lower world. There are countless things to experience and discover when in non-ordinary reality. Thus, it is the intention of our journey that keeps us focused. This way, with all that is available, we persist in accomplishing what it is that we set out to do without getting sidetracked. The Call Back Whatever the intention of our shamanic journey to the upper or lower worlds, when we hear the ‘call back, we respond. You first return to the portal where you entered the upper or lower world and then proceed back to ordinary reality the same route that you went. After the Journey After the Call Back is complete and you are fully 'back', there is generally a period of quiet. Journeyers often pull out a notebook and write down experiences during their journey, as it is fresh and more easily recalled. This is important to chronicle right after a shamanic journey, as our experiences may easily dissipate into less clarity or detail with even the passage of a little time. Our journeys carry important information, some of which may not always be clear to us at first blush. However, when we reread our notes, and combine this information with our other life and shamanic journey experiences, even that which was at first unclear will begin to make sense. Again, this is just an overview sketch of a process that actually involves far more complexity and preparations. If you are interested in more deeply exploring the shamanic journey, I strongly encourage you to find an instructor who can give you the instructions you need to actually do a journey and guide you on your way. No matter where you learn, if you get solid teaching in journeying, this is an extraordinary path. Of course, we recommend you learn from us because we provide a comprehensive, grounded, ethical and interactive education. However, what is important is that you have heard the call.
Now, follow your heart.