The shaman moves between realities, engaging in mythic feats, a middleman between ordinary and non-ordinary realities. Do you know one? Could you become one?
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
Spirit World Magicians
There is no doubt that non-ordinary reality exits. When we dream at night we experience one example of this realm. The Shamanic Journey gives us access to other levels of upper, middle, and lower worlds.
Shaman the magical athlete is a teacher, healer, and leader. They stand in the gap, a middleman between ordinary and non-ordinary realities. These magical athletes provide healing for mind and body and soul acting as an agent between the unknown and known in the service of mankind. Some are experts in the medicinal use of plants, while others are adept at diagnosing a variety of physical, mental, and spiritual healing.
Other Shamans are counselors in matters of relationships. Some are experts at helping others contact their spirit guides. It is probably not a coincidence that we find many of the same practices around the globe. The range of techniques and rituals that are 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 both 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 gifts to mature. This is not the case in the modern world. Unfortunately, modern culture often mistakes gifted individuals as mentally ill. Our progressive modern paradigm does not have room for those who see beyond the spirit world.
Shaman the Magical Athlete — Persecution
As you can imagine, this not a universal assessment of the Shaman. Persecution still exists primarily from Western organized religion. The Abrahamic trilogy of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. Any process of magic which is done outside of the paradigm is considered evil and heretical.
Consequently, they view this ancient body of knowledge as competition. Perhaps rightfully so. Our Shaman the magical athlete operates from a wealth of practical knowledge stretching back eons. They can often provide practical and spiritual answers and remedies that Western theology cannot.
Thankfully, Western organized religion does not control as much of world opinion as they 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. In this domain, Shaman the magical athlete shows us how to navigate this realm.
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Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia
Michael Harner, Wikipedia