Shamanism is a dimension of human experience that can be found in every culture in any age. It can be observed in a variety of forms, ranging from a fundamental spontaneous experience, derivative culturally shared practices, or as veiled motifs of spiritual, medical, artistic, scientific, and psychotherapeutic interventions.

Paradoxically, as shamanism becomes more culturally shared, it may become less authentic—less culturally challenging—and degenerative. Provoked by an experience of everyday life as a sort of “half-truth,” shamanism is a method that focuses on the erroneous belief in a separation of human life from nature. Shamanism focuses specifically on remaining alert to the creatural dimensions of human life that can be overridden by cultural, socio-psychological dimensions of everyday life.

Shamanism is an expression of an enduring wild state to remain alert to the changing conditions of existence and integrate into the natural world that continues to design and express human life across the long run.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Second Song

Copyright Lance Kinseth, 2011

To the drum’s astonishing voice, listening,
We uncover this way that we are starlight.

How then can we say
Our time has been wasted?

Because we listen to this astonishing voice,
We know that ants and owls are inside us.

Because we listen to this astonishing voice,
We know that our everyday is an illusion:

This way that we dismiss Earth as so very less than out heart pulse,
As if we could afford to do so.

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