Shamanism for the 21st Century

 

Reality Creation in the Age of Info-Technology

There is a wind that is blowing, brushing against us all, leaving us with a vague sense that something inside is missing. We search for masters, teachers, and guides to mold us and illuminate the way, but where are the masters, teachers, and guides? The teachers of old are almost all gone and with so many seekers they are becoming ever more difficult to reach. The seekers are left with the words of the last old teachers preserved on film, in books. and on recordings. Many of these words praise the beauty of the higher worlds and warn of the pitfalls of the modern world, but most are unable to show us this future world nor teach us how to deal with the present age.

The most powerful teachers that you seek are within you. They reside within the very real worlds of non-ordinary reality while extending outward into the illusionary world of ordinary reality. These teachers are your spiritual aspects, your High Self, Soul, and Spirit. They are your Full Self, mental-self, and astral-self along with every past life you have ever lived and every future life that you are about to live. The teachers are waiting for you to become aware of them in their worlds and times. However, your inner-teachers are the easiest to misinterpret. Self-honesty is the most difficult of truths because it requires taming your negative-ego. Always be skeptical of your inner voices. Always pay attention to your body sensations when in the shadow of an important decision. Body sensations never lie. They are the tracks the new shaman follows when hunting for the truth because they are connected to intuition, which is never wrong.

Other teachers surround you waiting for your inner awareness to recognize them enough to request their guidance, friendship, and companionship. These are your angels and unseen friends who represent a small gathering of teachers who are usually the easiest to honestly communicate with.

There are also many physical service-to-other teachers. Most of them incarnated to increase their knowledge and wisdom by navigating through the chaos of the times. They also chose a life of teaching to learn to confront the challenges everyone will experience as this new age unfolds. These warriors can be found in every occupation, income level, and life style teaching their ideas and beliefs, methods and techniques. They are the new shaman who constantly search for knowledge and like everyone else make blundering mistakes, almost always fail to meet their own expectations, and continue to search in the same places until they find what they are looking for somewhere else. They then teach what they learned.

Every teacher, guide, counselor, aspect of self, and unseen friend is available to you whether you consider yourself a modern shaman or not. They bring new approaches to a new age that may replace the old. No approach should be thought of as lesser than any other. What is considered new works in the modern world in ways that the old is no longer able to.

There are differences between old age and old. Old age refers to the last quarter of someone’s life who has lived into their eighties. Old for this discussion means the end of an age or epoch. New means the beginning of an age or epoch. Neither old or old means worthless, useless, or dying. Both refer to being experienced, learned, and wise. During old age there is often an increase in the fear of death, the old fears oblivion.

Modern shaman are becoming aware as their inner-selves awaken their past and often ancient memories. Awakened memories are accompanied by their forgotten spiritual skills. These are the same methods and tools used by the shaman of old. If they are to be effective, the new must discover their skills and alter them. When any one shaman discovers their skills, that discovery becomes available to all searchers.

The new shaman have to change their astralogy, their connection to the astral plane by releasing as many unhealthy physical, emotional, and mental traumas and confusions as they are able. They are not looking for perfection but instead are seeking balance. In their times the veils between ordinary and non-ordinary realities were thinner and the old shaman’s astralogy was so connected to the earths’ resonance that many were able to change form physically. Nature and human kind interpenetrated one another becoming so interwoven that to the shaman the earth creatures and its vegetation were almost indistinguishable from theirself. This allowed them to shapeshift from human to birds and animals. Both had feelings and emotions, but only the humans had belief. Their belief cannot be understood by the new shaman or modern population. In those times, actual physical, emotional, and mental transmigration due to transformation was possible.

There are urban myths about beings who in our time and space are able to change into animals or birds, but most are probably either temporal lobe or astral experiences, not mineral/physical ones. If there are still such masters, they dare not become known because they would be hounded unmercifully. The old shaman shapeshifting was more common than we think and to the people who lived then more real than we can imagine.

Modern myths, urban legends, and mass media normally picture a shaman as old and wrinkled, kind and caring, and a probable magical grandfather or grandmother. They are seen as indigenous, poor, and above all wise, but unfamiliar with the ways of the modern world. Images and myths abound of drums, chanting, the smell of campfire smoke and strange herbs, healing concoctions as well as soul retrieval, stalking, and shape shifting. These images no longer fit into the modern Info-Technology Age with its fast-paced multi-media culture. However, the actual tools of the old shaman are adaptable and can be modernized to improve the everyday life of the average person. That improvement must be experienced; it cannot be imagined.

The new shaman’s personal wealth and possessions are choices in progress. Some prefer a low material existence, others a wealthy one, while the rest continue to work on their manifestation skills. Almost all of them are still working on their wisdom. Most were born into this modern world where digital music and meditation replace drums and chanting; incense, candles, oils, and store-bought herbs adds to or replaces the smell of campfire smoke, strange herbs, and healing concoctions. Shape shifting into animals or birds is refocused to move in and out of time and space, experiencing and sensing your bodies and thoughts within this life from conception and wombtime to your future death. Past lives, future lives, and lives between death and rebirth require even more tweaking of your shamanistic shape shifting skills. Stalking melds into experiencing visualization and probable life exploration.

Accepting these tools require a fundamental awareness of one’s place in different multidimensional realities and of the skills we already possess but are unaware of. These are not new tools with different methods or techniques. Like everything they are refurbished then modernized and evolving on schedule. One of the new shaman’s life purposes is to discover which tools work for their personally, to learn as much about their use as possible, and then to master the skills focused on. This mastery is usually self-taught or remembered and adopted.

The old shaman are the last of their line while the new shaman are the beginning of theirs. The new are starting over with nothing more than the tools the old shaman left them. They are entering a world to be filled with their creations and tasked with creating a new world without blueprints or maps. That is what shaman do, they see what others cannot, they are aware before others, and they safely guide others to their vision. Their only prerequisite is being a service-to-other being. There are no instructions or manuals for this world because it does not exist yet. This move to a new world is unique, it is exciting, and it has never been accomplished before. Since we are becoming aware of our being conscious, humankind is about to create their own world and the new shaman will design that world.

The old shaman relied on nature and since all shaman use their environment to shape their skills the old perfected their skills focused on nature. As raw nature becomes less important, the old is running out of ways to change and adapt. As they fade away to be reborn into the new, the old shamanism differs most from the new because their astralities have different roots. The old was grounded in the earth, lived in nature, and honored all things as living. They listened to the wind, saw through the veils separating worlds, and communicated with animals, birds, and spirits. They were as close to the animals around them as we are with traffic around us. The new, however, has not yet found its grounding, nor should it. Newness means new, never been done before, and original. The new shaman are to spearhead the New Age, create this new world, and decide how life is to be lived in this new world. They will become the guardians of the earth on their way to becoming the guardians of each other. They look for answers both in and beyond nature.

The shaman of old would be the doctors, lawyers, and corporate leaders of today. They were healers, priests, and traders, but they were more, having a special power, a connection to the spiritual. They fine tune their intuition, creativity, and imagination and they learned to use non-ordinary reality to solve the problems inherent in their earth-based ordinary reality. The old communicated with the nature beings as we can communicate with our angels and unseen friends. Even though the nature beings are aspects of the angelic beings, communicating with the angels themselves elevates the new shaman into higher spiritual worlds. These higher spiritual worlds are not better or greater than those of the old shaman, they are different. As different as the earth and the moon.

Discovering your forgotten skills can be difficult especially if you cling to the beliefs that you are your body, that there is no god except human developed science, and that life is a crap shoot. These beliefs anchor people to the past and give them license to use the system to gain its rewards. Humankind has evolved, and the earth has evolved, both are changing. Ordinary reality is thousands of times more complex, noisy, and confusing than it used to be. There is valid fear that we are in danger of being engulfed by an ever-growing mound of information which increases daily. Chaos is created as so many spin frantically within their beliefs attempting to stop or control the forward progress of evolution. Nothing can change evolution; evolution is the creation in time and space of the intent of Goddess/God.

Shaman old or new are the ones who understand and use their inner senses to navigate the many and varied dimensions beyond the physical world. There is nothing spiritual about inner senses, they are the hidden skills that need developing. It is however, impossible to use inner senses without becoming spiritual. As we move further into the new century, shamanism will become more important to everyone desiring to become a more kind and prosperous person. The techniques to enter the increasingly accessible worlds of non-ordinary reality may introduce you to probabilities and probable worlds.  It is in these worlds where ideas can be tested before being applied to ordinary or actual reality. Interaction with your unseen friends and teachers will become invaluable. It is also a double check on your intent and motives; if your intent is not good for you and the people involved, the unseens will not act. This inaction is an instruction to rethink your intent and desire and then to try again until it works. When it works, retrace your steps to discover how and what you did that worked, how you felt, and what you were thinking. Then, celebrate.

Everything is interconnected. All time is simultaneous, and all events are actually happening in the present moment. Therefore, we can contact and change past, future, or parallel lives and, by doing so, affect our present life. The 21st Century Shaman is anyone who consciously lives in a multidimensional world, who understands that reality is malleable within their soul’s purpose, and who are willing to learn technique to navigate time and space in order to positively alter the course of their reality.

Historically the shaman of old used non-physical inner senses to enter non-physical reality, usually working within specific tribal traditions and traveling the realms of the astral world. Most often the shaman resided within the context of an agrarian or hunter-gatherer society and still today the majority of traditional shaman live largely outside the influence of the Industrial, Information, or Technology Ages. For most of us, the traditional techniques of old shamanism do not easily fit into our daily lives. The new shamanism’s way of life does.

The skills the new shaman are discovering and tweaking for their personal needs are the same skills most modern humans have within them. These modern humans also need to reawaken their skills if they want their life to be a success in this time of chaos. Whatever occupation, life style, or world view you have, you would be better at living your desired life if you understood and magnified your intuition, imagination, and creativity.

Your unseen friends are able to work the unseen worlds in ways you cannot imagine. They can communicate with another person’s unseens and help you get your point or ideas across to someone you may not be able to convince face to face. They can take you to other times and places where a trauma you may not even be aware of restricts you from your present-day desires. They can protect you, not with sword or might, but with whispers, loving directions, and sometimes strong pushes. Your unseen friends are to you and your worldly needs what the animals and nature were to you when you were an old shaman communicating with the nature spirits to help your clan, tribe, or family unit live safely, healthy, and more joyfully.

As you become aware of being conscious of your body sensations, emotions, and thoughts you will begin to understand how they interact with one another and how much control they have over your life. This is the way of the modern shaman because by understanding yourself, you can understand the world around you and act in the best interests of both. That is the balance service-to-other beings strive for, that is the new shaman way, and the challenge for those who chose to honestly look at themselves as a service to others.

The 21st Century Shaman will lead the way into the new world by creating new techniques, attitudes, and definitions that easily work in our daily lives. Many of those who chose to lead may not know about shamanism much less consider themselves shamans, but they have mastered the shaman’s tools by adjusting their skills to fit their needs and the needs of others.

If you choose to become one of the innovators, leaders, or teachers it is not going to be easy, but you made the rules, you decided when and where you would plant yourself on this earth. Do you really think that when You designed this life, negotiated with everyone in your past, present, and future that You and your unseens did not have a plan for you? Think of all that you gave up leaving the higher worlds, all you have traded and bartered away, and the work you put into the creation of your body, to your specifications. You created your physical, emotional, and mental stability or lack of to experience life with its difficulties and dangers. You left hints but kept your consciousness in the dark about who you really are and why you incarnated. These hints are incentives that will lead you to new learning and evolving.

We are now living in the Info-Technology Age with science growing exponentially to the point that many think we are in danger of being overwhelmed and controlled by it. They are probably right if we continue to only rely on our five physical senses to sort and sift through all the information increasingly available to us. Decision-making will become an even more cumbersome endeavor unless the new shaman begin to develop methods and techniques that will help themselves and others become more consciously aware. Humankind is in a childhood stage of handling the runaway expansion of information and since we are now required to make more decisions at a faster pace in a world we have not yet begun to understand, we are going to make a lot of mistakes. However, if we learn to use our inner senses we will be able to bypass the complex pile of information and rapidly find our answers using our intuition along with the help of our High Self, angels, and a variety of wonderful unseen friends. By opening shamanistically to our inner senses, we have a wealth of information at our fingertips—personal, global and multi-dimensional.