Two very different articles on shamanic practice came into my email inbox in the same morning.
I’ll share both of them here in the Sophia’s Children blog, since many multi-tradition Indigenous Wisdom paths have so much in common with the re-emerging Feminine and the Via Feminina.
From shamanic practitioner Lenore Norrgard, comes an article on Shamanic Activism. Lenore writes:
“Our times grow more demanding every day, so I was happy when Jonathan Horwitz, founder of the Scandinavian Center for Shamanic Studies, wanted to discuss how shamanic activism can help heal our world.”
I enjoyed the insights and perspectives in their conversation, particularly the emphasis on approaching the practices with integrity — something that doesn’t always make it into the teachings or practice.
Read the full Journal of Contemporary Shamanism “Shamanic Activism” article here.
The second is on what I’d call a shamanic caveat that comes from Alex Webley’s PsycheWizard blog article, “Fancy Being a Shaman? Perhaps Not …,” excerpting a perspective from Northern European shamanic practitioner, Galina Krasskova.
I can completely relate to what Alex and Galina share.
Being called (or kidnapped, like Persephone) into the path and the many initiations is very different than the ego-seducing (and ego-stroking) ‘spiritual entertainment‘ approach that Regina Sara Ryan, author of Praying Dangerously, aptly called, “Picnicking at the edge of the chasm.”
If you’re expecting the picnic and end up in the chasm, that’s one rude awakening, albeit a rich one (in hindsight, particularly!).
And if you’re called to the radically transformative path, the only real choice is to engage with your calling, because Life will have her way with you. It’s your path and part of your reason for being here in these times.
Read the Webley/Krasskova perspective, “Fancy Being a Shaman? Perhaps Not…” perspective here.
Once you’re on the path, or rather ‘in the chasm’, you’re in it.
You’ll find lots of musings on my own journeys here and in the Sophia’s Children blog archives.
Here’s a start:
• Transformative Experiences & Awakenings – Reader Favorites Series
• The Deep-Feminine Mysteries & Re-Emerging Divine Feminine
July 17, 2013 at 8:44 pm
I just read ” Fancy being a shaman…perhaps not” and am beginning to grasp what you talk about “the path”.. the devotion, the discipline, the courage… and now I stand at the edge of the chasm with picnic basket in hand…quivering in my shoes.
I will take time to ask more questions and be more disciplined within before I could even consider helping another….
July 18, 2013 at 2:56 pm
Thanks for reading, Lin. The Shamanic Activism article is good, too, for an additional perspective. Funny thing for me and my journey is that by the time I heard the warnings and spooky stories (about the chasm, the old ‘norm’ and identity dissolving, etc.) I was well into the chasm and dissolution already, so for me it was a sort of ‘map’ or validation, where you ‘chuckle knowingly’ and also with a bit of relief … it’s the Path. Perhaps I’ll write another blog entry on this topic … it surely deserves it & is more than I can share here. Ultimately, some of the vital traits are respect, humility, and resolve … they all get tested and strengthened, and end up being very handy qualities indeed. xoxo Jamie