View Full Version : A case for Shamanism

11-18-2013, 03:43 AM
Throughout my life I have always been searching for an answer to existence. Satanism, popular religions, gnosticism, arthurian legends, alchemy, mythology, philosophies, conspiracies and more... but in all these experiences and immersions I found nothing that felt right. Except for Shamanism.

I think, for me, the -ism of choice (and I dislike labels and -isms in general) is Shamanism. It is a system of practices that have worked remarkably well for probably a million years or so. All the rest are but a few thousand years old. Like babies they are born out of a loss of contact with the shamanic world-view.

Shamanism differs all over the world, and so does particular beliefs... but they all share some common traits. The shaman is in modern terms an alienated being. S/he is usually artistic (sing, paint, sow, dance, drum, verse) and in good contact with the subconscious/dreams either through trance induced by some substance or by drumming or dance. The shaman is also of course a healer, and nature is the pharmacy.

It is therefor logical to assume that alchemists, wizards and 'witches' are descendants of shamans. Making psychedelics or regular medicine, the shamans know how to cook up a brew just as well as alchemists, witches and wizards.

For me Shamanism is the area to be looking in. Even if the answers can only be found within the self Shamanism is a suitable path as internal journeys is what it is all about (with or without psychedelics).

Some might view the shaman as a glorified basket case, others as a god/wizard... but in my opinion a shaman is an artist... art is all about channeling. It is well documented that composers, writers and painters receive their art through something they can't explain... it is not inspiration... it is something more. No thought is needed, only action to place whatever is created on paper or canvas before the signal is gone. Great art is dictation... from god or a higher self or lizards (this we don't know yet for sure)...

...but in Shamanism this 'god' is usually Nature/Universe.

This does not mean that I am a shaman or that I want to be one, I am just saying that the world that surrounds Shamanism is a reality I prefer instead of all those other ones.

There are of course bad shamans (I call them Siths) and good ones like Yoda or Laura (below).


For me I think it is very easy to tell who is corrupt and who is pure (just look at Darth Vader and at Yoda... pretty easy to tell who is the baddie... same if you look into the eyes of a shaman you can tell...) This doesn't mean they can't be mischievous... shamans are tricksters and just because they might rip you off a little doesn't mean they are bad. It depends on what your view is on common ownership, money and customs. If a reality is all about sharing within the tribe, then being stolen from is almost a symbol of acceptance into the tribe (one could argue). I have not had any bad experiences personally.

So vote for Shamanism this fall!

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02-10-2014, 04:50 PM
Yes, vote Shaman indeed .lol.

Is strange, practicing various forms of spirituality I had never thought of myself as anything Shaman-like. Would have rathered 'Alchemist' or even 'Magician' something that said the word, "Grand" just as well as it said deep and mysterious where 'Shaman' might just say, "Weird" in this era of concrete and faux wealth. While I had given up on Cannabis for a long time due to adverse effects it started having on me it was my 30th birthday in January this year and rather than spend it with the concrete and the indebted I figured I'd take a trip to Amsterdam to shop around for vinyl and who knows what else. In preparation for this I had practiced multiple rituals to compensate for any 'loss' I might experience while making it over there via coach and also as I had little intention of doing so while there. So it was on my 30th birthday that I decided to take a hash cake and it was on my 30th birthday that I woke up, realizing myself as a Shaman.

The level of creativity was almost overwhelming, used to find myself twitching in a kind of agitated state that marked my paranoia when influenced by Cannabis but found that this was more of an acuteness, a sensory exaggeration as though every movement had 1000 movements prior to its movement to get to being a distinct move, I felt a marked shame that I do not have a medium through which to work with, as you mentioned ART became an importance... without an actual medium I could only make noises recording them using the video function of my camera. Then.... the darkness came for me... I was swiftly reminded why I had stopped taking Cannabis, paranoia set in, fear took over I was hearing things, seeing shadows and distinct presences around me. I was going to go insane and end up in hospital, my parents were going to have to come and pick me up... it was then that I had a 'breakthrough'... that this fear of loosing control was the door that I had to break through to actually realize myself, that these fears were all my own, none of them were new, it wasn't as though the TV had flickered on and shown me the horror of some unknown menace and if I was crazy then surely I would be crazy and that would be it, there'd be no rationale to deal with, surely!? And... what would happen if I accepted that I was crazy, would it make me crazy, is crazy like an on and off switch that only occurs when you believe it to occur and what delineates crazy in the first place? I resisted the temptation to strip naked and chase after the local Tram service and fell asleep, content.

So yes, voting Shaman does much more than voting Magician or some other, its also a vote for sanity, for nature and a deeper connection than might be had amongst others who chase personal power over a connection with nature/the universe.


04-03-2014, 07:45 AM
Be careful.

Becoming a "shaman" is something you're asked to do, not something you choose.

Without being asked, you're an Explorer on your own path ... which is no less noble.

Ask any true Shaman.


09-12-2015, 10:06 PM


Illen A. Cluf
09-12-2015, 11:12 PM
Thanks Dev, that was a great presentation. I always enjoy what Terrence has to say. He opens up a perspective that many of us have forgotten in this age of materialism.

09-13-2015, 01:05 AM
You SERIOUUSLY need to visit La Paz (Bolivia) at least one time during your life.

I have a friend from France who reminds me a lot of you.

He did such thing 10 years ago... He was a "Crowleyan".

He's still in Bolivia. after some weeks in Bolivia he said: "Fuck Crowley, the shamanic Cholas are a thousand times more real than Crowley or anything I've ever been in touch with".

Well, he's no longer "from France", now he's "from Bolivia".

I don't suggest you should live there, but a trip to La Paz would certainly amaze you.

09-13-2015, 02:43 AM
Oh for sure... I want to see all sites in Latin America... only done Argentina, Brazil and Peru so far... plenty more to check out.

PS. A.C. was a bit of a dickhead IMO.


09-13-2015, 03:04 AM
Oh for sure... I want to see all sites in Latin America... only done Argentina, Brazil and Peru so far... plenty more to check out.

PS. A.C. was a bit of a dickhead IMO.


I am from Argentina and maybe I should be "cheerleading" for more Argentina... but I think you'll love La Paz in Bolivia.

I don't like Crowley either... he's funny as a clown, but I don't expect from him much more than what I would expect from a clown.

09-13-2015, 02:30 PM
Same here, I prefer to think of religion and the supernatural through the eyes of a shaman: just a man out in nature. I feel like as alchemist we must wear many hats. Panpsychism and animism go hand in hand with shamanhood, and are beneficial for the alchemist without detracting from the shamans belief. I agree with Donsweet, it's definitly a calling although becoming familiar with their practices couldn't hurt.