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Discovering the Shaman Healer Within: Apprentice Course
Discovering the Shaman Healer Within: Apprentice Course

Aho! Take a journey and an exploration into the worlds and the way of the Shaman. Come and sit down before the fire with the Shaman as you calm your mind and open your heart to the teachings of the Elders. As you walk the path of this course, you will re-member many skills, talents, places and people from your past that you have forgotten. Welcome to the reconnection to your purpose as healer. Let the Shaman Elder take the talking stick and listen to his words. [ Learn more ] [ Enroll Now ] [ Course Reviews ]

The Way of the Shaman: Intent + Emotional Control + Knowledge = A Shaman

By Shaman Elder Maggie Wahls

Author's note: For sake of brevity, the reference to a shaman in this article is in the masculine form but this is not meant to preclude the female gender.
There are many things a Shaman comes to know over a lifetime of learning and practice. Many of these things are impossible to explain with language. The same can be said for certain tenets in Taoism, Buddhism and other religious philosophies—for example, faith. As a Shaman studies one meets with knowledge of good and evil gradually and can practice mastery in increments. For a Shaman to share all of his or her knowledge with you at once would fill your heart with such dread it could cause illness of body and mind because you are unpracticed and unprotected. However, everything a Shaman knows can be obtained through good practice and constant learning. I am always happy to share what I know and walk with a Shaman apprentice on his or her journey. And there is certain knowledge I share with everyone as we all need to protect ourselves.

Everything has spirit; every rock, tree, fish, animal, person, ocean, planet, has some kind of spirit. The spirit showing itself as a rock is not necessarily just a rock, however. Looks can be deceiving. But the quality or level of the spirit is evidenced in its physical form. For example, the spirit of a rock has a slow and low vibrational rate. It takes a long time to act but it has a long life span in this reality. A butterfly has a higher and faster vibration but a shorter life span than a rock. It makes one wonder whether we are all given the same amount of spiritual energy and our life spans vary only according to our vibratory rate. There are also various forms of non-visible spirits. More than you can imagine. Shamans spend lifetimes learning to "see" and perform various tasks using these spiritual forms. Some of these forms are neutral and some are beneficent. Some of them are predatory. I want you to know about the predators as they affect your health and happiness.

The only spiritual form that can gain spiritual energy or grace "gong" is the human being. It is the only thing we can absolutely take with us when we cross over into another life. This has been a fact for ancient religions and philosophies for thousands of years. You can find this in Taoism, Buddhism, and even Catholicism. It is only through experiencing life as a human being that Spiritual energy can be obtained and one's spiritual self can evolve. So there are many non-human entities that would do anything to have the life experience you are having here on earth. All they need is for you to invite them to come into you and they can then share your experiences and eat your "chi" or energy and perhaps get some of your spiritual power or "gong" so they can incarnate here themselves.

These entities also have limited powers and abilities as you do including the powers to attract and repel; the ability of precognition or foretelling the future; mind reading and limited healing abilities. The predatory entities offer to barter their abilities to you so you will invite them in. They also offer vainglories of wealth, business success, fame, all fleeting and limited to entice you to make a deal with them.

A man lost his wife of forty years to cancer and was very lonely. One day he sent up a wish for a new wife. He didn't care what he had to do or how she would come about. He would do anything to have a new wife. The predator entities heard the invitation and a new wife did arrive. The Man had accepted the predator entities and felt as though he had a monkey on his back. He started going down to the local bar hoping to wash that feeling away. But the entities loved all this experience and the man became an alcoholic. Now, he didn't know why he drank or that he intended it for himself. But unless he met someone who could remove the entities, he was stuck.

Most disease can be traced shamanically to spirit possession. Spirit possession is found in the book of knowledge of almost every religion in the world. For example, the Catholic Church and Lutheran Church offer Exorcisms. Soul retrieval is one Shamanic way to heal spirit possession. Soul Retrieval can be described as a Shaman going to these spirit entities and bartering, tricking, negotiating or forcing these spirit entities to leave the person afflicted. It is highly dangerous for the Shaman, as the entities do not wish to leave and can attack the Shaman causing mental or physical harm and more. It takes a strong Shaman who can protect himself or herself from harm and use his or her power to wield the Shaman stick effectively.

But the knowledge is here for you to be aware of these entities.
Another knowledge is that there are three bodies to each person. You have your physical body, that self you have known and used all your life. On the right of your physical body is your Master Self, which is your higher self, that part of you connected directly to the Universal Knowledge or God and whose little voice you can hear giving you the best advice when you listen. And you have your second self on the left side of your physical body. Your second self is just like your physical body but not attached to your body. This is the body that Shamans use to travel to the Inner Worlds. It just obeys what you put out for it and can hear and sense in other dimensions. It is your Shaman working body. It is the part of you that manifests your intentions. Your emotions come from your physical body; your intentions come from your Master Self body (hopefully) and your second self goes out and accomplishes those intentions for you. Spiritual predators can attach to any of these three bodies so you must learn to guard each of them.

How Do You Protect Yourself?
One way to protect you in this reality is to not go anywhere near developing Shamanic skills. It does not actually protect you but at least it does not attract entities to you as greatly as if you do practice. Entities are most attracted to people with power. If you do choose to practice, learn all you can about the Inner Worlds. Always travel with your spirit animal who will guide you and defend you from entities. Your spirit animal walks with all three of your bodies and by being aware of its presence you will sense well being or fear even in your daily life and you should respond appropriately. Contact me to learn more about working with your totem or spirit animal.

A Shaman is a warrior, a hunter. He is on his highest alert, fully prepared, moving deliberately with his intention held firmly in place in the forefront of his mind. He is ready for anything, being emotionally centered although feeling the excitement of the hunt and the anticipation of the successful outcome. No one could sneak up on a good hunter. It is he who is doing the stalking. The hunter knows his skills, has practiced a long time, and knows where to look for the game he needs. A hunter has heightened his senses so he can smell the wind and see in low light. He knows a bear can attack him or wolf at anytime so he does his very best every minute. To do less may mean his death. He knows there is no one there to help him and he knows that he himself can do it best anyway. He would not be a hunter if he wanted someone else to do it.

You too are a hunter here on this planet. You chose to come here, to have this experience so you could gather the one thing that you can take with you when you leave - spiritual energy. To be successful you must develop your skills impeccably. You have all the abilities that you need to gather great spiritual power here. It is your task to gain the knowledge about your skills and learn how to use them. Skills given to you by other than your own means are just borrowed from entities who take more of you than they give to you and are not worth the cost.

A Shaman walks this dimension in pure peace and joy using his physical body to communicate and maintain a physical presence with emotional power using his Higher or Master Self as his sail and rudder. The constant small voice of the Master Self (intent) and his second body self used to work, to create and to destroy, to attract and to repel whatever he intends with its knowledge of the Inner Worlds. A Shaman must learn to use his three bodies, as they are the tools brought here with you.

Shaman Elder Maggie Wahls is the creator and instructor for the course Discovering the Shaman Healer Within: Apprentice Course. Learn more about Maggie and this course now.

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