What is a shaman?
The shaman in tribal cultures is the person who sees into the sacred
world. The shaman brings their sacred visions of ancient spirits and
power animals out as ritual. By this ritual process, most similar to
prayer, imagery, and art, the shaman heals themselves, others, and
the earth. By having visions of healing, and doing sacred ritual, the
shaman makes the visions come true. The shaman manifests reality in
the outer world, from the visionary world. That is the same way the
world was created from Her vision. We are all Her vision on earth, we are.
What is a vision quest?
A vision quest is a quest for the visions in anyone’s life that
will heal them and make them whole. In traditional first nations
cultures young people were sent into nature to listen to the voices
of the living earth. The elders taught them to do this to find
their path in life and to find their power animal helpers. The person
on the vision quest spent days in caves, on mountain tops, on rivers,
in the desert, waiting, and inviting the voices to come to them. When
they heard the voices and saw their vision, they would return to
their people and know who they were and what they were to
Who are the ancient spirits?
The ancient spirits are the embodiment of the ancient peoples of the
earth. Ancient spirits speak in the collective voices of ancient
peoples. They are the spirit guides, the inner voices of the earth.
Ancient spirits are archetypal visions given form. They appear to the
shaman in visions to give them messages from the earth. They come you with the intention to communicate with you. They come to you to help
you heal. Initially you see them from afar. They make themselves
known to you. When it is clear that you invite them, their voices
become clearer. Ancient spirits need to have a relationship
cultivated to stay visible. They bring you back into forest. They
coax you deeper into nature. They take you on their ancient paths.
When you follow an ancient spirit, that is when you discover the
feather and understand its meaning. The ancient ones take you on The
Medicine Path. The ancient ones tell us the story of The Medicine