How to Evaluate Shamans

Would You Go to See a Shaman?

shamanIf you crack most alternative magazines nowadays, one of the ads that's likely to jump out at you will be from somebody who calls themselves a shaman. Most of us react to that with a feeling of skepticism. Once up on a time, a shaman was a person who literally traveled between worlds and spiritual planes, carrying messages back and forth.

Really, it comes off as a tad farfetched.

But if you think about it for a moment, perhaps it isn't as strange as it seems at first glance. A few centuries ago if you said the earth was a ball you'd have been laughed out of the tavern. If you said the earth actually revolved around the sun and not vice versa, then you could actually be tried for heresy. Is it possible that there really is something to shamanism?

A person who practices as a shaman will often enter a sort of trance state. They accomplish this through meditation or physical activity such as yoga and even dance. While most of us don't utilize this type of ritual, we can probably identify with the altered state. Ever had runner's high? Or felt like you could climb the walls after a few cups of espresso?

For a shaman, these elevated states enable them to access their deep intuition which gives them insight into what other people are thinking and feeling. Reading the desires of others can allow them to provide help and guidance.

And that's where things get a bit dicey. You really have to feel comfortable here. Does it seem like the person who is in the trance is being real? It's okay to trust your own intuition. If it feels inauthentic in any way, then it's okay to leave.

Most shamans perform roughly the same work as therapists or spiritual guides. It doesn't have to feel magical. The best way to ensure you're working with someone genuine is to get a trusted referral. You want to keep your mind open – but you don't want to be too gullible.

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