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#1241 - Monday, October 28, 2002 - Edited by Jerry
The Inner Shaman.....or "Ain't that a Shaman?"
I am beginning to think that I am a shaman. All I need to
set up in business is a card that says so. Vicki
After all, shamans are wounded healers. They usally go to
the edge or the underworld or someplace weird like that.
You can read all sorts of descriptions about them but
who has really met one? Therefore you can't be sure that
I am not one.
Maybe you are one, too. We could form a Home Shaman
Network and sell our services. Let me know if you are
interested or qualify.
Of course, if you tell me that you are qualified, I won't
have the foggiest notion if you are for real or not. For
shamans are not found in words but in wounds. They are
in conniptions, not descriptions.
I have had more than one conniption fit and maybe I know
something that I don't know. You see, being mysterious
is another of those shamanic qualities that we can all
The shaman is a wounded healer, which means that he must
have a little Dave Barry in him if he is to succeed. If
you haven't told a good joke lately, or at least laughed
at someone else's you probably ain't no shaman.
My inner shaman is beginning to come out and quite
frankly, I was hoping to keep her at home for just a bit
longer. Maybe until she got the hang of muttering
curative phrases without reading them from a book.
But like it or not, my inner shaman is coming to the fore
(she plays golf, which really tees me off). Oh, my God,
she is wearing Liz Claiborne golf shorts and a belt of
tiny human skulls. As Austin Powers would say, "Groovy,
If you, too, think that you might be a budding shaman,
call me and let's voodoo lunch. I hear that they serve
wounded healers first at the golf course clubhouse You
just have to show your Shaman scars and you're in.
pure, clear original mind
From 'GUIDE FOR TRAINING' by Shodo Harada Roshi
Our practice is to offer pure, clear original mind to
society. In order to clarify that mind in us, we do
We let go of our dualistic thoughts and egoistic feelings
in order to release their energy for realizing our true
nature. We don't let go of our thoughts and feelings
because they are bad or in order to become better people
or to solve all problems. We do it so that, little by
little, we may realize that pure, clear mind to offer to
all people who suffer. That is the only thing we can
truly offer others.
This practice is very mysterious: in shifting the focus
from trying to solve one's own problems, in order to
offer a clear mind to everyone we meet, little by little
those very problems fade away.
from Guru Ratings
It is only when even this work at undoing falls away that
the true simplicity manifests itself. --Harvey
.......hi harvey, I'm not so sure that this work of
undoing ever ends. It may change , the focus or
direction of it may shift, but the essence of it goes
on. I know there is a common thought today that one gets
to a point where they are free, or clear, or enlightened,
or totally accepting of themself and that is the end.
Then from that point on you are just happy all the time,
resting in true simplicity and there is no longer any
need to do anything, any kind of spiritual work. I do
not subscribe to this theory in the slightest. In fact I
would say that it is a this point, the point where many
falsely assume they have "got it" where real spiritual
work begins. The way I see it is that if you say "I got
it" and then don't begin to work harder than you did
before, you didn't get it. ................matthew
I have longed to move away
From the hissing of the spent lie
And the old terrors' continual cry
Growing more terrible as the day
Goes over the hill into the deep sea....
I have longed to move away but am afraid;
Some life, yet unspent, might explode
Out of the old lie burning on the ground,
And, crackling into the air, leave me half-blind.
from The Other Syntax
Seeing is What You've Forgotten
"Whatever you've forgotten is trapped in those areas of
your total being," he said. "To be using those other
areas is to see."
"I'm more confused than ever, don Juan," I said.
"I don't blame you," he said. "Seeing is to lay bare the
core of everything, to witness the unknown and to
glimpse into the unknowable. As such, it doesn't bring
one solace. Seers ordinarily go to pieces on finding out
that existence is incomprehensibly complex and that our
normal awareness maligns it with its limitations."
The Glow of Awareness
THE FIRE FROM WITHIN
The Universe Seems So Simple, Until You Have to Explain It
By DENNIS OVERBYE
The Old Worthen House, a no-frills tavern still sporting
what looks like its original 1834 tin ceiling on a street
as yet ungentrified in the old mill town of Lowell,
Mass., has seen its share of cosmic theorizing.
Jack Kerouac, who famously went on the road looking for
kicks and Truth, used to drink here. His grave nearby is
a pilgrimage spot for hipsters of all ages still burning,
as his buddy the poet Allen Ginsberg wrote, "for the
ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the
machinery of the night."
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