i was challenged recently by a post on another site, www.timboucher.com whereby a comment was put forward regarding he process by which one becomes a shaman. i have used the term shaman to characterise myself, not in a boasting fashion, but merely to describe effectively the process of what i do. the role of shaman in the community is the closest description to what i do that i`ve ever found, so i use the term to describe myself.
the comment in question suggested that unless you`ve been attacked by a spirit and taken within an inch of death then you can`t claim to be a shaman. i see the line of reasoning that the commentor was using to describe the developement of the shamanic soul but i disagreed as to his conclusions.
my shamanic developement contained visions, energy from outside normal consciousness, visitations, coincedences, magical and ecstatic states that lasted for days, unconscious knowledge about people and events and the ability to gain hidden knowledge through intiutive use of the tarot. none of these events killed me or made me dangerously ill. i questioned my sanity on occasion but i`ve got used to that aspect of life now and avoid confrontations with dogmatic processes and people.
i am a suburban shaman, versed in the relationship with the occult nature of our existance and the need for all of us to negotiate the acceptance of divinity within us as our robot programming wears off. we all get the transmissions. some of us need a translation.