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.

Monday, April 16, 2012


Copyright Lance Kinseth, What Is This?, study on panel, 11”x13

With rattles of pebbles and hooves,
My being-ness outfolds into a winging.

Each of my breaths
Allows those who have preceded me to breathe.

Your uncle’s hands twitch in you hands,
Say my closest relations.

It has been said that
My skin tones and my height are souls.

It has been said that
My laughter and even my tears are souls.

It has been said that
Each of my hairs is a soul.

It has been said that
I am gathering clouds and wind-in-grass.

How many animal sounds have conspired
To make my voice tones?

When I become an opening wing,
I am not obliterated.

My soul-ness is polyfablulous:
Multifold multiplicities.

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