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, May 1, 2012

Now I Listen

Copyright Lance Kinseth, A Prayer Of Trees And Owls and Buttrflies, 36"x36

On river’s brim, willows divine vast draining news.

I apologize to wind and water and flora
That it took so very long to listen.

Still, it all comes inside as so much gabble
And yet, this gabble offers more than enough light.

No, it is not an explicit answer.
It is meaning-full and bright.

I am provoked to ask a question.
I am answered with a luminous, luxurious question.

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