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.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Door Of Magic

Copyright Lance Kinseth, 20”x25, mixed media on stainless steel, 2006

For one who has long felt caged
I have been called to freedom.

I have found a door of magic at every turn in Earth.
There are gateways where there once were only walls.

Now I am free to put on my prancing shoes.
Now I will go about as a deer.

Today I will visit my relation mouse
Who tonight will become my relation owl.

I will become Yesterday where I quivered in wind—a grass blade.
I will become Tomorrow where I will dance as down-streaming water.

Now instead of nouns I will sing dune-shaped downy-soft verbs
So delicate    so luminous    and inexhaustible.

Now and then I will stop and sing alive the myriad voices of place
That the living and dead intone through me.

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