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native american shamanism

Please Don’t Call it Native American Shamanism

I see a lot of people offering spirit medicine who call themselves Native American shaman. As a Native American, I respectfully as you to please stop. I assume that you mean well and have the utmost respect for the Native American culture. If that is true, I ask you to use that same respect to honor the culture and call your tradition something else. It’s not Native American shamanism. Here is why. Not in the Language The word “shaman” is not in any mainland U.S. Native American language. Ethnolinguists say the word comes to us from North Asia by way of Russia. Words are a representation of the culture. How can an idea exist in a culture if there is no word for it? If you mean “shaman” in a generic way...

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You Can’t Think Your Way to Spirituality

Once there was a well known philosopher and scholar who devoted himself to the study of Zen for many years. On the day that he finally attained enlightenment, he took all of his books out into the yard and burned them all. ~Zen parable A lot of people approach spirituality from a head space. They read a book, or maybe lots of books, and then adopt the ideas as their own philosophy. The problem with that is that you can’t think your way to spirituality. It is something that comes from the heart, the gut. It is something that you feel. When it is present, you have a sense of knowing about it. When you approach it from a head space, it’s just intellectual stuff that doesn’t penetrate your bones. It’s...

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i see you

Let The World See You

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-u5SiCCmVv0[/embed] Everything and everyone is interconnected. People whom westerners see as primitive often still have and live with this knowing. When you see others and let the world see you, you embody that knowing. What am I talking about? The movie Avatar displayed this beautifully. In one of the final scenes, Neytiri holds Jake in his vulnerable, clumsy, handicapped human form. She looks into his eyes and says, “I see you.” What she means is, "The God in me sees the God in you." Many African tribes have this idea in their language. The tribes in Northern Natal in South Africa, greet each other with “Sawu bona.” It literally means, “I see you.” The standard reply is, “Sikhona” which translates as “I am here” in English. They never reverse the order. It's not...

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mitayuke oyasin

Aho! Mitakuye Oyasin.

Aho! Mitakuye Oyasin is a simple yet deeply meaningful statement. In the Lakota language, it means "all my relations" and recognizes the human, plant, animal, mineral, and ancestor relatives. It is an acknowledgment that all are one. It is spoken during prayer and ceremony to petition God on behalf of everyone and everything on Earth. Mitakuye Oyasin honours the sacredness of all life and creates an energy of awareness which strengthens not only the person who prays but the entire planet. Loneliness, depression, suicide, and crimes of all sorts are epidemic today. I believe it's because modern man has lost his ability to feel this connection with his own family, friends, community, the plants, the rocks, and the ancestors. The Age of Reason created beings who are afraid to be curious, play, or use...

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