Journal Excerpt: Beloved Shaman

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Beloved Shaman

Shamanism knows and breathes nature in Her entirety. Shamanism is fed by the spirit of nature and in return it feeds Nature’s spirit. The shaman and Nature are like one breath; they inhale and exhale one another throughout time. This breath is a bond of love. Life breathes through the Shaman in order to live life more fully so that it may come alive. And the shaman cannot live unless it is through the breath of nature. They are truly One. A pole, the axis of creation and dissolution.

The shamanic path is a tradition of awareness and sensitivity between human and Nature. For a person to become a shaman they must immerse and lose themselves in the heart of nature. They must throw out the old forgetful self and walk in spirit alongside the spirit of nature. By merging with nature, as a reflection of the One, so a shaman creates a pathway between the tribe, the group and the soul of the Earth.  When a shaman is alive and breathing with the spirit of the Earth then the Earth becomes more alive. Nature-based spirituality, shamanism, is a complete path in its own right, as complete as any other spiritual path a person may take. Without Shamanism our world will shrivel and die because shamans are the ancient mythical magicians whose spells bring the magical dancing lights into Nature’s eyes.

How can a shaman be alive in this sick world? If a shaman has no community that holds her in the center of their hearts, then what is the purpose of the shaman’s life? How can a shaman practice communion with the earth when it is fenced off, polluted and abandoned by most of life itself?

Shamans have been forced to recede deeper into life, into the hidden recesses of the bedrock of the Earth where they wait for life to welcome them back again. You see, a shaman embodies both the darkness of the deep Earth and its surface of light that reflects the sun. Shamans are a dynamic energy center of life that is able to embody both poles of the light and the fertile darkness. A shaman can’t be forced to live in the darkness or the light exclusively because a shaman is the pole between these two worlds. The shaman’s role is to be a pivotal place of transmutation that can unify both worlds. When there is no place on earth for the shaman then her magical alchemical powers of uniting heaven and earth have no meaning. She is a tree without a trunk. She has roots to draw the darkness from the depths of her being and leaves to imbibe and transmute the light of the sun, but there is no form in-between that can marry the energies of life’s light and darkness. This is a deep loss to humanity because there is a vital alchemy that needs to take place on the earth in order for Her energy body to be alive and healthy.

The shaman is like a medicine for the earth, a medicine that aligns and restores energy dynamics between the two poles. She is the place of fertilization between the pure light of spirit and the dark recesses of anti-matter. In her body there is a special place that can hold these energies and fertilize life into new forms. Her womb is not just a place for the growth of a child, but it is the center of creation, a dynamic center that holds life and gives birth to what needs to come into this world. Our transcendent prayers have no place to be answered if we do not have the womb of the shaman to give birth to its outcome. The transcendent spiritual traditions can’t achieve anything without the shamans to bring their powerful energy into manifestation. The shaman is the body of life through which a certain type of grace is born into the world. Certain things are born through the body of this woman alone and cannot be born into this world unless it has the sacred place of the shaman’s womb. Any transformation we are hoping for in life will not happen until we create the place for our shamans to take their position at the center of society, where their trusted role has been since time began.

With the memory of our shamans who were cast out in the previous era, let us all create a place in our hearts, in our groups for the re-emergence of the shamanic spirit so that the earth may blossom once more. – Journal excerpt (unedited)