Shamanism (Updated)

Shamanism (Updated)

Feb 23


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  1. Tamsin

    All Western ‘shamans’ are nutters. Same all Western Masters of almost anything Eastern in origin. Listen to Alan Watts’ take on that. It’s all about the Culture You Are BORN into. ‘Nuff said.

  2. Tamsin, here’s what Hank Wesselman has to say about this topic. It comes from a paper he wrote called “The Shamanic Initiation”. You can find it here:


    As an anthropologist who has worked and lived for much of my life with many traditional cultures in tribal Africa, and as a shamanic practitioner and teacher who is now entering the 28th year of my apprenticeship, I have both witnessed shamanic initiation among the indigenous peoples and I have experienced it myself. When I talk about shamanism at conferences and workshops, I am often asked what it means to be an authentically-initiated shamanic teacher, so allow me to offer some informal thoughts on what shamanic initiation usually entails.

    Authentic shamanic initiation is not about having mastered a body of knowledge, nor is it about having ‘spent time’ immersed in this or that indigenous tradition. Authentic shamanic initiation is not achieved by having completed some long-term training program with a school or foundation, nor is it conveyed by having participated in many levels of ritual or ceremony.

    These experiences may have their place in our personal spiritual unfoldment, yet authentic shamanic initiation is something quite separate from all of the above.

    Let me also say that I fully agree with others (often indigenous people) who proclaim (often with fervor) that shamans are not produced by reading books, nor are they created in workshops, yet books and workshops do have their place in that they may bring the initiate into connection with an accomplished shamanic teacher who may recognize them for who they are and what they are becoming.

    Connection with a teacher under such circumstances can be life changing, even life saving, yet it must also be said that the mantle of initiation is not conveyed to the initiate by the teacher as is common in other traditions.

    Shamanic initiation is probably the least well understood of all the many forms of spiritual awakening… and it may also be by far and away the most powerful. The initiatory processes in Wicca, Meditation, Yoga, Kabala, Buddhism, Zen, Vipassana, Tai Chi, Qiqong, and even Kundalini or Kriya Yoga are like a stroll on the beach compared to shamanic initiation.

  3. Susan

    I knew a modern day shaman, and it was something he discovered that he was, through deep inner healing work. You don’t seek it, you learn that it is who you are.

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