It is the shaman who moves between realities, engaging in mythic feats. They help us navigate the portal to the spirit world. Do you know one? Could you become one?
Because Shamanism is the oldest known technology for exploring consciousness, you likely have ancestors who used this process. The doorway to this level of reality is available to everyone.
“The shaman moves between realities, a magical athlete of consciousness engaged in mythic feats. The shaman is a middleman between ordinary reality and non-ordinary reality, as Castaneda has dramatically described.” — Michael Harner (1)
The Portal to the Spirit World
There is no doubt that a non-ordinary reality exists. When we dream at night, we experience one example of this realm. Our dreams are proof of this non-ordinary realm. The Shamanic Journey is one of the first tools for exploring these non-ordinary realms.
The Shamanic Journey is part of Shamanism’s body of knowledge (2), which contains natural healing methods. These are humankind’s first universal endeavors. We find this knowledge in cultures around the globe.
The magical athlete with specialties like modern medicine. Some shamans are teachers and instructors in the art of the Journey. Others are healers with specialized knowledge of pharmacology and physiology. Yet, others are advisors and counselors on everything from relationships to planting crops. They stand in the gap as a middleman between ordinary and non-ordinary realities. They help us venture into the upper, middle, and lower worlds. These pioneers of consciousness show us how to use creative visualization to traverse awareness.
These magical athletes heal the mind, body, and soul, acting as agents between the unknown and known in humankind’s service. Some are experts in medicinal plants, while others are adept at diagnosing various physical, mental, and spiritual healing.
A shaman can be generalists who handle everything from healing to family counseling a Some specialize in some area like helping others contact their spirit guides. It is probably not a coincidence that we find many of the same practices worldwide. The range of techniques and rituals is both diverse and universal. Their healing knowledge and wisdom is a valued asset.
If you are curious about this path, you are not alone. The quest is a part of human nature because we are all explorers on a spiritual quest! This quest involves exploring the outer world of the environment and the inner world, the spirit world of consciousness. Over the eons, the practices evolved, creating a large body of knowledge. These trial-and-error activities would become the scientific process.
“The shaman is also a “power-broker” in the sense of manipulating spiritual power to help people, to put them into a healthy equilibrium.” — Michael Harner
Some inherit the gifts of a specific shamanic specialty. Indigenous cultures can identify people with these gifts early in life. Therefore, the gifted can receive the mentoring/training they need for their talents to mature. But this is not the case in the modern world. Unfortunately, modern culture often mistakes gifted individuals as mentally ill. Our current paradigm does not support those who travel through the portal to the spirit world.
Persecution of The Magical Athlete
As you can imagine, this is not a universal assessment of the Shaman. Persecution still exists primarily from Western organized religion. These are the Abrahamic trilogy of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity (3). After all, any magic process performed outside of their purview must be evil and heretics.
Western organized religions view this ancient body of knowledge as competition, and perhaps rightfully so. Our Shaman, the magical athlete, operates from a wealth of practical expertise stretching back eons. They can often provide practical and spiritual answers and remedies that Western theology cannot. Many credit the first use of plants for medicinal treatments to these shamanic pioneers.
Thankfully, Western organized religion does not control world opinion as it once did. More people are becoming more appreciative of ancient knowledge. They acknowledge the historical connection to today’s modern medicine and pharmaceuticals.
There is a common opinion that we are spiritual beings having a temporary human experience. The shamanic journey is the vehicle of the spirit world. The Shaman is the magical athlete that guides and shows us how to navigate the spirit realm.
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(1) Michael Harner, Wikipedia
(2) Shamanism, Wikipedia
(3) Abrahamic Religions, Wikipedia
(4) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia