March 18th, 2007

Flute - Kokopelli

What is a Shaman?

Several years ago I was on the beginning of my shamanic journey. Heck, I'm still at the beginning, relative to what I could do. Anyway, I felt the shamanic path call to me. I wondered where I was going. What awaited me beyond the books I had already read? I searched the web for websites that answered "What is a Shaman?". The results confirmed that I was on the right path. The cyber-answers are listed below along with their URL for your own further explorations on these excellent websites.

All quotes are used with loving appreciation and full credit is given to their sources. This list was compiled several years ago. Some/many of the URL links no longer work. This is the nature of the internet. All were valuable in their time.

In the spirit of the cyber-answers below, I would very like to have feedback from others so their definitions can be added. All answers are correct, as the shamanic path is simultaneously personal and global. Please share your answer to the question, "What is a Shaman"?

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Flute - Kokopelli

To Be a Shamanist and a Shaman

The shamanic path is one that is both personal and global. Deity stands at the side of the shamanist. The word "personal" flairs to "global" and back. Deity is served by ministering to others. Ministering to others serves deity. In time, the shamanic path fully reveals what deity truly is.

A shamanist is one who follows a shamanic path. A shamanist's life is enriched and healed by their walk with deity. The 'tribe' of the shamanist benefits from their association. There is no guarantee of recognition of priesthood, if the definition of priesthood is the attainment of the title Shaman. Traditionally, Shaman is a title of recognition bestowed by others upon an individual. The result is that there are many on the shamanic path and few who are Shamans. This does not lessen the shamanist's personal relationship with deity.

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This is my question to my fellow shamanists. Putting aside my words, and looking into your heart, do you desire to become a full-time Shaman? Do you not? Why? My words are my own. They are colored by my experience. Please do share your own take on what it is to be a shamanist and what it is to be a Shaman.