A practitioner is not a shaman. A shaman doesn’t choose on there own to do it. You go through an illness. I went through this as a little girl. I was bed ridden for a month. Then I started to here voices in the walls of my home and I suddenly saw an old women hung. CREEEPY! They say that I was chosen because of my twin brother who died in the womb and his death somehow gave me a connection to the afterlife.
Any other TRUE shamans out there who understand what I’m talking about? Also any website forums of a sort for us?
P.S. I have had my mental health checked and am completely healthy. If you don’t believe me then don’t waist a moment of your precious time to comment. Thank you.
Your right no one is completely healthy. I’ll admit I have my ups and downs I know that.
P.S. Sorry parish I don’t believe in god. But hey maybe you can enlighten another soul : )
How are you defining “Shaman”? Because I’ve never heard that an illness is a prerequisite for being one.
The definition of Shaman, within occult culture, is murky at best. If we use the strictest definition, then we mean the mystical healers and seers of Siberia. That is where the word “Shaman” comes from. Amongst the Tungusic tribes, Shamans are always men. They do not choose their vocation, but are chosen by the spirits, though this is choosing is usually hereditary. However, after they are chosen, they must undergo an initiation, in which they travel to the spirit world. Here, their souls are completely ripped apart and destroyed. Afterward, they are spiritually reconstructed as shamans.
A broader definition has been applied by anthropologists who have drawn connections between similarities of practices found across the world in paleolithic and neolithic societies. Many cultures from around the world have mystics who utilize altered states of consciousness to leave their bodies and journey to the spirit world. The function of these mystics, or shamans, is to heal others and to seek out answers from the spirit world. Typically this is done by somehow enlisting the aid of, or taking advantage of, the spirits who reside there. In some Indo-European, African and Nordic cultures, their shamans were always women. In others, they are mixed genders. In some they are chosen, in others it is inherited through lineage. In others, the shamans choose their vocation, and undergo an apprenticeship with the current shaman. In some cultures, hallucinogenic substances are used to achieve the trance-state necessary to enter the spirit world. In others, only a drum-beat and chanting is necessary.
There are also neo-shamanic movements which go about incorporating elements from various cultures in a sort of mish-mash shamanism. Others take the techniques and divorce them completely from the traditional uses of shamanism. One example would be in trans-personal psychology. In this school, trance-states are used in a shamanic fashion in order to bring a patient into contact with repressed memories and desires which may be causing psychological problems.
And so, really don’t see a basis for your assertions that Shamans must be chosen, and that it must manifest in the form of an illness. Also, if you aren’t using whatever abilities you may have been blessed with for the good of your community, healing and helping others, most people in the shamanic community would say you could hardly call yourself a shaman. And then, amongst the hard-line traditionalists, they would say that because you aren’t connected to a neolithic culture, and you don’t follow their religious practices and beliefs, that you could not be called a shaman.
Two books you might benefit from reading are “The Way of the Shaman” by anthropologist and neo-shamanic guru, Michael Harner, and “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Shamanism” by anthropologist Gini Graham Scott. Both are extremely helpful reads for understanding the techniques, spiritual beliefs and history of Shamanic cultures world-wide.