Monday, April 2, 2018

An African Shaman Explains What it Means to Answer the Healer’s Call

I think that we are all called to become healers, however slight.  It is the first strong signal from our spiritual self that can get our attention.  With that in mind, it is also appropriate that we develop teachers who can advance your skills and meditative powers.   By no means is any of this easy.

In fact i have long noted that the meta stats tell us that five percent of the population is particularly sharp while at most a third can be relied on for any form of leadership.  The second third do good work while the lower third need to be carried in one form or the other often by simply supplying a skill sett over and over.

Thus in a natural community at least one individual will tend to optimize healing skills.  Call him a shaman or whatever, he could still learn the rudiments of practical healthcare while possibly getting advice from the spirit world for more serious issues. Properly supported in the modern world, he would also know when to step back and bring in experts. This is no mean consideration..

An African Shaman Explains What it Means to Answer the Healer’s Call

March 13, 2018
Dylan Charles, Editor

“Make no mistake about it – Enlightenment is a destructive process. It has nothing to do with becoming better or becoming happier. Enlightenment is the crumbling away of untruth. It is seeing through the façade of pretense. It is the complete eradication of everything we imagined to be true.” ~Adyashanti

Finding purpose in life is no easy undertaking in a culture as distorted, confused and mechanistic as ours. This is especially so when you consider how little emphasis and value we place on ritual and rites of passage, for, as young people come up in this world, there are very few opportunities to shed the old self and step into the new person whom one must become in order to be a happy and productive member of society.

Self-actualization and individuation are given little attention, and when you add to this the influence of corporate interests, the confusion is exacerbated. When the confusion reaches a peak, we are diagnosed with psychological disorders and all-too-often drugged into conformity, when no one really knows what exactly is happening to you.
“You become completely lobotomized by a culture that doesn’t know what really the hell is going on with you.” ~Malidoma Patrice Somé
Author and spiritual leader Malidoma Patrice Somé is a Dagara elder of Burkina Faso, Africa. His insight into the challenging spiritual journey of healers and shamans in our contemporary world was described in the article, What a Shaman Sees in a Mental Hospital, which discusses the vastly different ways cultures can look at a person who seems to be going ‘crazy,’ or experiencing a mental crisis.

To Somé, a crisis of this type is akin to receiving a call from the spirit world, which serves to disrupt ordinary consciousness and compels the person on a journey of discovery to find out how to reconcile the material and spiritual energies at play in their life. If the call goes unanswered or is ignored all together, the crisis appears to deepen as the person is driven mad by the refusal to integrate spiritual energy in a way that serves them and their community.

This type of enlightenment is a type of awakening to one’s inherent healing powers, and they must first heal themselves, then turn their constructive energies toward the service of their community. At first it does indeed appear to be a destructive process, but experienced elders and healers rally to help the individual, their unique purpose can be fully recognized, and their sickness becomes a gift which can help other people.

This is vastly different from modern Western culture, where behavioral and psychological anomalies  are perceived as chemical imbalances, neurosis, and other problems that need to be ‘fixed’ in order to achieve conformity and uniformity in behavior and identity.

The short video of Somé speaks to the cultural differences in how these disturbances are viewed, and to the sincere value in paying attention to and answering the healer’s call.

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