- The study and practice of shamanism has much to offer, if you can
manage to reject the strong drug component offered by shamanism.
I practiced certain shamanistic dances in my twenties. One dance was
a "hunting" dance. It was deer season in Washington State, and I
created a moving, symbolic prayer, a dance, to align myself with nature
spirits. On opening day I went out into the woods, armed with my
Winchester 30.06. As if by magic an owl swooped down before me and
went into the woods. I followed the owl. And, within 5 minutes, I
encountered a great, big buck.
I was thankful for the owl for showing me the way and for the buck for
sacrificing his life. It was an honor. I was at one with nature. I
gutted the buck in the woods. Because he was so big I had to walk
home, get my roommate, Susan (a Ramtha student), and have her help me
carry the deer carcass. The backstrap tasted fantastic, grilled over
charcoal and hickory chips.
Good shamans eat well.