- Shamanism as deepest connection to Earth
- Enduring vs. archaic
- Shaman as landscape vs. person
- Spirit: numinous vs. literal [ultimately no separation between self and image]
- Creatural vs. cultural
- Cultural robbery: direct vs. no borrowing of technique/belief or “creation” of economic [eco-tourist] event
- Core vs. derivative/degenerate cultural shamanism
- Imaginal vs. imaginary experience
- Self-criticism of all journey imagery / progression of imagery with experience
- Shamanizing: seeing sound [or repetition] as a primary method
- Method of access vs. belief system
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.