The calling experienced by the shaman often arises during periods of illness or intense personal imbalance. During this moment of crisis, the initiate is taken into the spirit world, where he or she receives instruction from the spirit helpers who will later assist him in the work for the community. He learns to heal himself and is instructed in the nature of illness and the workings of the soul and the web of life.
Central to shamanic practice is the collaboration with the spiritual dimensions. The shaman works from connection with the sacred dimension of existence. He has access to a wider reality in which he is assisted by his personal spirit helpers and auxiliaries. He is able to place himself in a state of expanded consciousness and travels between spiritual dimensions to anchor new strength and vision in this world.
The shaman moves into the blueprint of existence; He is the ‘walker between the worlds’, the ‘technician of ecstasy’, the ‘holy dreamer’. He looks at the world with different eyes, sees beyond the material form and is open to the voices in the silence. He listens to the wind, the rain, the stones and the plants.
Shamanism is on the rise today. While many traditional cultures often kept their ‘sacred ways’ to themselves, they now increasingly share their wisdom with people who are open to their message. The traditional teachers tell us how their elsewhere, like the spiritual guides, emphasize the importance of the unification of mankind. This impulse to association is felt worldwide.
The sense of great change that many people in the west experience is a collective fact. We often think that this feeling stems from our hectic Western lifestyle, but the traditional shamans also speak at length about the collective leap we can make as humanity. Their message is often one of renewal, of brotherhood and sisterhood, of cooperation and deeper connection with the sacred dimension of existence.
The classic crisis of the shaman, in which the old dies and a new path is revealed, now seems to be expressing itself on a global scale. A collective crisis in which many feel compelled to look beyond what they know. More and more we feel the importance of reconnecting with Mother Earth and the sacred dimension of existence.
These times are wondrous times, inviting us to new vision and to walk consciously towards a new destiny with resolute devotion. It seems as if we are all led in our own way to a path on which we live from the consciousness of connectedness. This is the great gift of our time. It takes our trust, faith and strength to live a new vision so that the collective may find expression.
Shamanism takes countless forms. The core of shamanism, however, is formless. It is the connection with the dimension of the soul, through trance, dreams, prayer. Shamanism is a path of strength and surrender. Although personal transformation is a constant on this path, the original core is one of genuine service. The first shaman was born out of a sincere desire to help the other, relieve pain and bring hope.
The shaman is a servant. He surrenders to the power that guides him in life. A life in which he will die many times: surrendering again and again to a wider understanding. He feels the constant support of his spirit guides, whom some call “the compassionate spirits”: “the spiritual beings of compassion”.
The shaman walks the sacred path. Not a path “holier” than any other, but a path of wonder and reverence for the great mystery we call life. A path on which we experience that everything is connected and that life itself is sacred. Everything and everyone is precious, sacred and filled with essence.
This path shows us the dimension of the soul, where connection and continuous growth always await us. It is a path that invites us to renew ourselves and to open ourselves to a new inspiration, new strength and above all: a new vision.
I believe we are all called to reveal a new world. Many gifts live within our hearts. The path of giving, of helping each other, of using your gifts sincerely for good, that is the true path of strength. So it has always been and so it always will be.
We each have our unique voice and way of life. I believe that life invites us to renew our eyes and unite our hearts, to become simple again, open to the preciousness of this existence.
There is a new vision waking up, a time of rebirth. And in this we are connected. It awaits those who are willing to live it and give it new expression. The voices of many cultures and traditions will become one. It is in this that our collective leap will find expression and strength.