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, December 17, 2013
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Yet one more abandoned the heavy city's
ring of greedy stones. And the water, salt and
crystal closes over the heads of all who
truly seek refuge.
Tomas Transtromer, from "Five Stanzas to Thoreau,"
The Great Enigma
Monday, October 28, 2013
Not a post-modern blend of wondrous Sufi or Zen or complex sounding, more something free of convention, free of culture, society, psychology--creatural.
GETTING BACK TO THE HEART PRACTICE. When you think that you have got it, perhaps, you think, again. You make a stab at turning off your thinking. Take a serious look at the cultural constructs that you are applying. It is not unrelated to to the same problem in resolving Zen questions--koans/kong-ans.
Instead of something easy, try to imagine taking up something so limited, so impossible that perhaps one in 100.000 thousands of Koryaks living so intimately with the landscape find impossible to do.
And yet, still, it appears in human life in any age. Eternal, enduring.