Individuals who would be described as “modern day healers” already demand a great deal of honour and respect, but oftentimes these people are actually of the shamanic archetype—which means they could (and should) be doing even greater and more meaningful things for human kind. Contrary to popular belief, one does not need to be born in an Indigenous village in order to be a Shaman.
In layman’s terms, Shamanism is a collection of techniques which aid in awakening and expanding consciousness. Shamans seeks to provoke thinking rather than to uncover meaning, and they do this without clear knowledge of how it might help anyone. Just like modern day healers, Shamans are effective at both external and internal healing. However, Shamans also have a reputation for being strange, exotic, and even mystical.
Please scrutinize the list below to determine if you or anyone you know has “Shaman potential”—you could be doing all of humanity both great and meaningful good.
#1: You’re genuinely connected to Nature.
When you are around plant-life and wildlife, you sense these presences, absorb the energy they provide, and feel truly at peace with yourself and the world.
#2: You’re compelled to help people.
You naturally have urges to help other individuals succeed, especially when they are in great need. Of course, you’re often taken advantage of as a result—but it doesn’t really bother you, since it’s for the greater good.
#3: You’re a dreamer.
Both philosophically and literally. And when you do dream, it’s almost exactly like living, even though you get the sense you could be communicating across universes.
#4: You’re extremely perceptive and intuitive.
You’re not easily deceived and you can sense when something’s off or when someone’s not being honest. What’s more, you become aware of the realities of situations quickly, and act accordingly.
#5: You’re a bit of a loner.
At least sometimes. But this is mostly because you need balance in life, and the time that you spend alone or with nature recharges you with the energy you need to heal others as soon as you go back to interacting.
#6: You’re sensitive.
You experience feelings and emotions that other individuals don’t, which causes you to react differently than most other people (and to end up with more headaches).
#7: You feel lost sometimes.
You fit in well almost anywhere in the short term, but over the long run, you always sense the urge to move on. This could be a sign that you are destined to travel, and to help the widest array of human beings as possible.
#8: You feel like you are a part of the global shift of consciousness.
You sense that you’re a part of this power and movement, and that you’ve at least made headway in some small way.
#9: You’re spiritual.
Whether it’s with animals or human beings, sometimes you’re a part of psychic experiences with other lifeforms.
#10: You can connect with some animals better than some humans.
This is both because you have an innate ability to connect exceptionally well with some animals, and because some individuals simply won’t allow themselves to be connected with.
#11: Deep, repetitive noises tend to calm you.
Drumming-noises make it easier to channel and to communicate with spirits.
#12: You have the desire to significantly change the world in positive ways.
And although you realize that doing good on numerous small scales equates to greater good on larger ones, you also sense that you will accomplish genuine global breakthroughs in the future.
#13: You trust yourself to always do the right thing.
Making the decisions themselves often won’t be easy, but in the end, you trust that your morals, beliefs, and actions will have a positive influence on the world at large.
#14: You realize that human beings are merely parts of nature.
“Nature is not our enemy, to be raped and conquered. Nature is ourselves, to be cherished and explored.”—Terence McKenna
#15: You believe that every individual has the potential to do and be good.
“Shamanism is the oldest form of communicating and healing. It probably resides in all of us.”—Amy Hardie
#16: You realize the importance of walking the walk in addition to talking to the talk.
“Shamanism is a path of knowledge, not of faith, and that knowledge cannot come from me or anyone else in this reality. To acquire that knowledge, including the knowledge of the reality of the spirits, it is necessary to step through the shaman’s doorway and acquire empirical evidence.”—Michael Harner
#17: You can feel your spirit (and everyone else’s).
“Man has not really vanquished Shamanism and its spooks till he possesses the strength to lay aside not only the belief in ghosts or in spirits, but also the belief in the spirit.”—Max Stirner
#18: You’re respectfully humble.
“Shamanism is not a religion. It’s a method. And when this method is practiced with humility, reverence and self-discipline, the shaman’s path can become a way of life.”—Hank Wesselman
*This content was inspired by an amazing article that can be found here.