Shadow Viper´s
Dreams, oracles, and visions, insights and hindsights. Anything from drumming and dancing to sitting and watching the river flow. These are all fragments of a Shaman's View.
Here I will be sharing thoughts and stories, some old, some new, but mostly focusing on the basis behind all these things. The interconnectedness of All Life, the Great Balance of which we are a part. These are not things pulled from a book, or found on a dusty shelf in an archaic library - these are living, breathing components of a Shaman's Life and Journey - my Journey - as I walk along this Path I have chosen. Ehena Oginalii, let us walk this road together, for a time.

What is Shamanism, anyhow?
The primary focus of Shamanism is healing, taken in a holistic understanding that all parts of the person- Mind, Body, and Spirit, must be in balance with one another in order for true healing to occur. Shamanic techniques often include drumming, trance work, chanting, dance, and frequent contact with spirits and any number of Totems. The use of Shamanic techniques does not necessarily make one a Shaman, however.

Ok, then what is a Shaman?
A Shaman is one who has chosen to live their life according to the principles upon which Shamanism is based. That is, a Shaman seeks to live their life in balance and harmony with all of life, recognizing and being aware of the interconnectedness of all beings, be they animal, mineral, or vegetable. At the very core of this lifestyle is RESPECT. A Shaman walks the Path, and helps others to find their Center, so that they, too can walk the path that they have chosen.

Is there just one kind of Shamanism?
Yes and No. At it's very center, the basic principles of Shamanism are the same worldwide. However, the techniques and methods vary as much as there are people practicing Shamanism. And that's also part of how Shamanism as a Lifepath works- Each individual Shaman (or practitioner of Shamanism) follows their own individual Path. The reason for this is simple- part of following the Shamanic Path involves having a personal relationship with the Spirits and the Divine. A personal relationship is just that- Personal- and each Shaman's Path is individualized to that particular Shaman. I have studied and learned Tsalagi Didanvwisgi, and although my path may be similar to that of those whom I learned from, it is also quite different, because it is mine.

Can anyone learn to be a Shaman?
Once again, Yes and No. Yes, anyone can learn the basics of Shamanism and the techniques. However, that does not necessarily make one a Shaman. Being a Shaman is a conscious choice to walk a certain path, and to actually live your life in accordance with the path you have chosen. There is no "5-step plan" or "How-to" books that will make you an instant Shaman. As it was told to me, "I have helped you to find your Path. Now, it is up to you to walk it". There are books and resources available out there, but those are just a starting point. To be a Shaman, you must go BEYOND the books, and live and walk in Balance.

Yigaquv osaniyu adanvto adad naqvv utlogasdi nihi,
May the Great Spirit's Blessing always be with you.
Udiyvli Galegi,
The Shadow Viper

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