Dear lovely people,
In an attempt to answer questions that are being fired at me on a regular basis regarding my shamanic practice as a spirit woman, I wrote the following:
– What is Shamanism?
I’ll quote my mentor, American shaman Jade Wah’oo Grigori, to answer this question:
“Shamanism is the application of Quantum Mechanics without having to know about the actual physics”.
– What is Spirit?
The experience of Spirit is very personal and subjective, and can therefore not be univocally described or understood.
Spirit may be the essence of a flower.
It could be a subtle fragrance coming with the wind, signifying the seasons are changing.
A clumsy bumblebee cheering you up by bumping into your window.
Your feet in the dirt, longing to be a child again.
Your belated grandmother visiting you in your dreams, giving you advice.
Your little nephew having a tantrum over spilled icecream.
Feeling you need to make a phone call with that certain friend, he/she may need your help.
Receiving a premonition of something about to happen; perhaps your life may soon undergo a radical change.
Your intuition telling you you need to leave a place, because it’s not safe.
Your body projecting an image in your imagination, which may surprise you and you don’t know how to interpret it, but you intuitively know you need to see a doctor.
A ‘Eureka’ moment or Aha Erlebnis enthusing you.
The rustling leafs of a tree, telling you everything’s gonna be alright.
– What does it mean to be a shaman?
Experiencing all of the above, amplified, sometimes to the extreme.
– Is Shamanism good for you?
– Do you have control over it?
I’ll try to answer these questions by posing these questions back:
Do you have full control over your strongest inspirations, your deepest desires, your wildest dreams, your body, possible traumas and illnesses?
Do you have control over the experiences I just listed here above?
Are they good for you?
– How do you cope?
Make art. Compose or listen to music. Write poetry. Dance. DJ. Talk.
Keep on dreaming. Meditate. Pray.
Work, work, work.
– Can I trust a spirit?
– How do I know if it’s a good one?
Can I trust you?
Can you trust your neighbour?
Who’s that on the corner of the street?
– Is Shamanism religion?
A shaman may choose to incorporate religious aspects in her/his practice, just like any other person may choose to.
Shamanism is, however, not institutionalized.
– What is Consciousness?
Good luck with that one. You’re on your own, honey. PM the Dalai Lama?
– Could I talk to you sometime?
– Can I make an appointment?
Yes of course.
Thank you for reading.