- Greetings Ann, Nick and all members of ShamanicWays,
Although I am just beginning my Shamanist journey in a traditional sense, I
am not new to certain Shamanic ways such as astral journeying and guidance
of spirit. I believe myself to be a dual or two-spirit and to have guidance
from spirit of cat. Only time, experience and Shaman will be able to prove
these true. I will most likely be hanging back and reading, but will be
asking questions when the answers can not be self found. Also, I will be
happy to answer any questions directed toward me or that relate to my
experience to date. Some general information: I am a 33 YO male who was
born, raised and is currently residing in Pennsylvania. (I mention my
physical sex only because I've recently been misconstrued as female on
Blessings to all!
"Serenity is not freedom from the storm but peace amid the storm"
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- --- In ShamanicWays@yahoogroups.com, "yzermongol" <yzermongol@...> wrote:
>This is actually very impressive.
> I personally believe that the three main tennets of Shamanism are sound for all people. These tennets are; respect for all living things and the world around us, living in balance within yourself and community, and personal responsibility. Working as a shaman's assistant, I have witnessed ceremonies that had stong affects on me and I was sometimes overwhelmed by the powerful forces that I felt around me. It was literally life changeing for me.
> However, if by "infallable" you mean "perfect", I do not believe any religion is perfect because there are people involved!Agree, for I cannot believe any of us have the option of choosing
absolute truth, and find those who do claim to know the absolute
truth are deceiving themselves and attempting to deceive or
Shamanism like all religions, can have problems. There are shamans who have been cursing people and threatening to curse people in Mongolia (in order to extort money). There have also been frauds that are not shamans at all that have come to the US and Europe in order to make money. A few years ago there was a problem with an auto mechanic from Siberia that came to the US and posed as a shaman. These types of problems prompted the formation of shaman associations to help regulate ethics, authenticity, and tradition.
> Does this answer your question?Sadly, our species will never run out of dolts and simpletons.
Those, in general, who are innocently credulous become easy prey
for those who are less scrupulous, who seek to lead, rob or inspire
them. These things have happened in all times and all places, even
in the most consecrated spiritual societies.