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

Conversations With Oak

In totemic work
In conversation with oak today
About their caring for offspring
And such exquisite sensitivity
Especially their quibble with stars

Perhaps next time
How and why they came to this ground
And how wonderful their optimism
And more about the gratitude of the one with blessed wounds
In marriage with lightning

And perhaps how oak is rain
And more of what wind had to say
And what sense of obligation and to whom?

Such overlooked intelligence and so wide open
And why so few of us listening?

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