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A Global Shamanic Perspective

Peter Clark, Guest Writer
Waking Times

So what is the current state of the world and how can shamanism relate to it? We are on a wild ride perhaps, with many twists and turns. On the one hand, we see our human created structures: financial, religious, political, health care, business, shaking and at times crumbling at their cores. And we see the apparent big time stirrings of Gaia in many places across the planet – perhaps in response to the increasing energy of the time, perhaps in response to what we have been doing. All of this might lead one to feel that we are on a big downward spiral with an unhappy ending. But from a different perspective, there appears to be a great awakening, a great empowerment happening underneath the apparent dismal news of each day. As the ever evolving shamanism of yesterday and today unfold, the guidance and assistance gained from knowing the aspects of ourselves that we meet in the world beyond the five senses is increasingly valuable in navigating these challenging times. The deeper one develops one’s connection to the other dimensional energies of the non-ordinary reality, the more one can see the transformation that is being born in the midst of the crumbling of the old paradigm.

This I feel is a part of the convergence that is occurring among the various mystical religious and spiritual practices, and the cutting edge quantum physics research in grasping the complex interconnectedness of the Universe. Physicists are able to measure the non-local linkages of quantum particles separated by vast distances. The standard laws of physics as we understand them in ordinary reality cannot explain how information could flow from one particle to the other instantaneously, no matter what distance separates them. The shaman can tell you that the spirits in non-ordinary reality say that they operate outside of linear time and space. Perhaps it is through non-ordinary reality that the quantum particles are able to communicate. Most importantly, the ancient shamanic tools available to us today allow us to directly research these ideas ourselves, discovering unifying truths and cutting edge universal perspectives. In the shamanic journey experience, everything we meet is alive and able to communicate in some way. We can have interactive conversations with sub-atomic quantum particles, rocks, lava, ants, whales, a storm system, the entire ocean, the moon, a particular star, an angel, or just about anything or anyone. In this way, the shamanic journeyer can carry out direct experiential research into the nature of reality – and some of it can be verified with Google afterwards!

Just as the quantum physicists can measure non-local effects and the apparent communication between linked particles over vast distances, new research into the state of the brain and how it connects to the state of our minds is on the cutting edge of another frontier. The frontier of metaconsciousness. One piece of this research can and may help modern day shamanic practitioners more fully inhabit the vast depths of consciousness available to us all. That which is our waking state, we are finding to be but a tip of the ice berg. The measurable alpha brain wave state – just below the beta state of awake awareness – is the characteristic signature of the shamanic trance state. With biofeedback and other forms of self awareness and practice, the shamanic journeyer can move deeper yet into theta and perhaps even delta brain wave states. As humans become more at ease and aware at being awake while exploring alpha, theta and delta states, this integrative experience may contribute in some way to the ongoing process of becoming more fully human. This may be the essence that is perhaps at the pre-historical foundation and the current day frontier of what may be the most meaningful aspects of our lives.

These brain wave states are all described as frequencies. Vibrations. There is a vibration or frequency present in all matter, whether considered animate or inanimate. When the vibration of different people, objects, entities, energies, or substances entrain and synchronize, there is the distinct possibility for deep communication, for deep connection. At the root of shamanic practice is the use of the drum or rattle to create a vibration that leads to the grounded and expanded trance state. Grounded because we are fully in and aware of our bodies, expanded because we are perceiving in non-ordinary reality. We entrain and synchronize with all that is around us and beyond, with the physical and non-physical.

We truly live in a mystical, magical time. A time of both great potential transformation and great potential disaster. And perhaps, from the shamanic perspective, both are just different sides of the same coin.

About the Author

Peter Clark, MA, MS, our ATH Asst. Editor of Shamanism, is a lifelong scientist and educator, has always held a fascination with the cosmos and the nature of reality. It is hard to say when his shamanic path began, but there are early roots of it deep in his pre-teen years. In the early 1990’s after a spiritual awakening, Peter began a devoted practice that includes yoga, meditation, systemic balancing and shamanic healing. His work integrates seamlessly the concepts found in quantum physics with the spiritual path of shamanic healing. Over the years, Peter has been involved in a number of advanced shamanic healing programs, and has been a practitioner since 2005. He is a graduate of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies Three-Year Program in Advanced Initiations in Shamanism and Shamanic Healing. Peter’s specialties include extraction healing, soul retrieval, channeling, land spirit communication, past life healing, and divination.

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  1. Phyl says:

    (duality, two powers, good and evil– third dimensional energy. We are shifting out of this 3rd dimensional energy and are 3.9+ closer to settling in the 4/5th dimension place in space).
    …It is time to start claiming and acknowledging your Divine sonship; learning what it means to be Divine. Yes, in your real self you are Divine. Churches have taught you for a long long time that you are worms in the dust, that you need to be saved, and that you are less than the lowest and are born tainted. BUNK, dear ones. This is pure unadulterated bunk. You are the manifestation of Source, here on earth to awaken to that very truth through and in spite of the dense energy of duality and separation present on earth. You are doing it. Pat yourselves on the back. You are awakening from the dream.

    Many are now beginning to see through all the false words, and the false appearances that confront from all sides, Many are beginning to understand experiences much as watching a film of earth life; a movie. The bullets that fly on the screen never hit you do they? But it all seems very real. HYPNOTISM Even when you leave the planet in what is termed death, you soon find that you are back home, with friends saying to you; “Oh, back so soon”?

    You see dear ones, all you see on earth is a material concept of the Divine reality. That is, everything is real, but is being seen and interpreted through a universal mind (there is only one which is why all see the same thing) that is conditioned with beliefs of duality, two powers, good and evil– third dimensional energy. You are here on earth by choice to awaken even while in the midst of these pictures. The earth and all of creation is not illusion, it is how you perceive it based on your state of consciousness, that is the illusion. As your consciousness (not just intellectual knowledge) embodies more and more truth, and less and less false, the outer scene changes. The outer is the inner and that is what is happening right now. The Light of so many of you awakening, is pushing the old to the surface to be released, which you are seeing as chaos.

    We urge you again to consciously release all the old beliefs and concepts that still hold you in bondage to all unreal and finished. That is our message today, dear ones.

    Examine, and let go. Do not dwell in the past with regret or guilt. Let it go once and for all. This must be done in order to allow in that which is new, real, and which carries the Light of the Divine–that which YOU are…Arcturian Group…onenessofall.com

  2. autogene says:

    @ Phyl beautifully summed up…

    Mind is the division of Love’s reflection into the Minds idea of love but because Mind is separate it knows only separation. Minds love finds itself in opposition to hate, it’s polar opposite. 99% of people exist in Minds idea of love which is conditioned by polarity. This isn’t being in Love, it’s being in love with the idea of being in love

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