It has been a while since I have blogged. CV19 has put a damper on our planned trips to sites in Perú this Spring and Summer but we can all continue to practice.
We don't become shamanic practitioners by reading a book or two, or by attending a weekend or longer workshop. We really become shamanic practitioners when our tribe accepts us as such. When our tribe recognizes that we have skills and practices that improve their lives. Your tribe can be as small as your immediate family, and that's a good size to start with, or as large as the world. I follow the old dictum, "Think Global . . . Act Local".
I realized how true that dictum is after spending years as a international development consultant working in the developing world. I wanted to change the world . . . and I still do. However it was frustrating to see years of hard work and progress swept away with a regime change, or when the priorities of the sponsoring agency changed. I realized that I had helped change individual lives, even if the system reverted to its old ways. If you remember from statistics courses, that's regression to the mean.
Anyway I hope that you are members of two tribes, the local tribe that you serve and the Tribe of Shamans. If you grew up in a book religion then you probably remember the mythology of the 12 Tribes of Israel. Eleven of the Tribes were given a land inheritance however, the Tribe of Levi was not. Rather, they were disbursed throughout all of the tribes to serve as priests, the Levites. We don't serve a mythical, vengeful, and psychopathic god of the old testament. We serve the members of our tribe by connecting with real helping spirits, by teaching them to do the same, and by facilitating healing.
We are members of the same tribe, the Tribe of Shamans, and are all connected, and we are members of the tribes that we serve.
I'm Dr. Dave, an eclectic shaman. I lived and worked in Bolivia and Peru for over six years, where I and was trained by Andean Shamans, and today practice eclectic shamanism.