A shaman is often thought of as a person who is experienced at going into the spiritual realms, in order to help bring healing and harmony into physical reality. Now, as far as this definition goes, it is true.
In my life shamanism is also a part of everyday life. Shamanism is the most spiritual, and yet the most practical path that I have ever found. A part of a zen saying reads “when tired sleep, when hungry eat.” At first look, this may not make sense, yet how often are we so in the moment that we stop eating right when we feel we have had enough food.
Shamanism embraces the now. As a experiential shaman, when I quiet my daily routine mind, acculturation and fear filled limitations fall away, to be replaced by a sense of deep peace. Within this place of deep peace I find and embrace my heartfelt authentic self. For me shamanism is a calling from spirit. You do not have to be a shaman to practice shamanic methods. All perception is comprised of the energies of personal mythology. Our personal mythology can help us co-create our personal reality.
At times we are told a great lie. The lie that we are helpless meat puppets being tossed around in the high winds of life. The truth is that we are all 10,000 foot tall eternal spiritual beings having an important physical experience.
Often when I feel fear or limitation, I know that I am feeding on a lie. It is now time to turn off the deceptive TV news, and our acculturated noise filled minds. Send your awareness into your heart center. Breathe within your heart center. Allow your feelings and your awareness to come from your heart center. The authentic self comes from the heart center.
You can travel to foreign lands, and spend a short time learning from a exotic foreign shaman. Or you can go within your heart center to breath in silence and peace. Either way, you open yourself to learning from a place of authenticity! You are always the center of your personal multiverse. Whenever you stand in heart filled silence, you then learn from your authentic self.
Kyle Bailey founder of The Hummingbird Shamanic Summit