An ordinary person. Just like you and me. With developed skills. This isn’t a religion. It is a way of being in the world. We are Christian, Buddhist, Jewish, Hindu, and Muslim. We are atheists and agnostics. We are all of us.
Wikipedia describes as Shaman as “a person regarded as having access to, and influence in, the world of benevolent and malevolent spirits, who typically enters into a trance state during a ritual, and practices divination and healing.”
This is an accurate description from my knowledge and experience. I want to place an emphasis on healing. In the beginning we focus on healing ourselves. With more experience we focus on healing others, and the world. Gosh, there is a lot of work to do.
Right now, I am caught in a maelstrom of thoughts and ideas as thirty years of experience is trying to tumble out of my brain.
Shamans have been connected for tens of thousands of years before the Internet. It is difficult to parse and share this knowledge using social media. Imperfect as it is, I will continue. I hope you will join me and invite others into the maelstrom.
Homework: Think of something or someone who needs healing in your life. Light a candle each day for two weeks and pray for them.
May they find healing. May they find peace. May I find healing. May I find peace.