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What Is Traditonal Shamanism

What Is Traditonal ShamanismbyShaman Elder Maggie Wahls

Everything about the course I teach, everything that I am trying to get you to experience in the very experiential course I teach is about walking the path of the Traditional Shaman. And what is this path the Traditional Shaman walks? If I had to highlight it in one word I would call it “being”; a state of being.

Every created thing is energy. It receives and emits energy. The first goal for the Traditional Shaman apprentice is to break out of the limits of the physical perceptions only, which create limited beliefs and limited realities by their very nature, and to perceive with inner senses the energies that lie beyond the limits of outer senses.

It is not about accomplishing working with beings or having superhuman powers or creating gold out of dust. It is a state of consciousness that few people in this world ever achieve. It is the perceiving of this Energy in all its innumerable forms and living this life experience from this state of “being”.

The Traditional Shaman has the advantage of seeing the flow of Energy and cooperating with that flow, working within the flow of Energy that is all around us and within us, that simply IS.

It is by discovering this flow of Energy that the Traditional Shaman learns to govern the energy within him or herself. It is our own inner thoughts, feelings, perceptions and beliefs that create our reality. If you are not happy with your reality, the work to make that better all happens within you, you are the creator of this reality. You have the power to create the reality that brings you joy and health and happiness and prosperity. You are the Energy as is everything around you. The path of the Traditional Shaman is a constant walk of becoming, expanding and self-awareness. We cannot create a reality of love and compassion and joy from only the limited perceptions gained by our outer senses alone. We all have inner senses as well but we were taught to ignore them as they are not necessary to surviving in the physical world. But this world is larger than we have so far perceived when you think of all that is here as being Energy. This Energy can only be perceived using your inner senses. And yet this is reality, a huge reality that we have never perceived. If we cannot perceive something, we cannot take it into our belief system, we cannot make it a part of our reality. We first must perceive. This is lesson 3 in the Traditional Traditional Shaman course I teach. And as we learn to perceive more and more we can begin to understand “being”.

Clarity, discipline, a relationship with this Energy is required. Letting go of the negative ego which holds this limited reality in place in our lives, this sense of self importance, that does not allow us to perceive beyond our own little lives needs to be let go by reaching out and perceiving more of all that is. The more you open up to new perceptions the more you let this Energy flow through you. Its not all about you! Its not all about the little reality you have created in your own life. Its about Energy.

It is a discipline to allow an unfettered relationship with everything around you. And as you align yourself as an explorer with all that is, you will find this treasure of balance and joy and focus and Energy within you. As we let go of our limited perceptions and explore new perceptions we loosen up, we can perceive Energy more and more. We can then explore what is really here, far beyond what we thought was here. We can then relax and deepen into ourselves as we see our connection and indeed our essence in this Energy and become the real expression of ourselves within the world, within Light, within this Energy.

It takes work, perhaps a lifetime of work to grow into awareness of this Energy that is you, that is everything. As you explore and grow your awareness you connect naturally to the fullness of you. The more you experience this Energy the more deeply you come into alignment with this Energy and your expression of this Energy. The path of the Traditional Shaman is to become One with this Energy. The goal for the Traditional Shaman apprentice is how to go beyond the dogma of the physical world and its inhabitants to really experience an authentic life as Energy.

This state of “being” is a place where one experiences this life adventure rather than to create a tiny shoebox of beliefs and live in there with the lid on. To live in a tiny shoebox of beliefs that were mostly given to you by outside sources is to live someone else’s view of reality, not your own and not the truth. No wonder it doesn’t work very well for us! Beliefs are based on what we have so far perceived. If we have not perceived something
there is no way to let that into our belief system or to benefit from it. But Energy cannot be held by society’s beliefs or personal beliefs at all. It is Energy. It is here. We will never understand Energy yet we are Energy and everything is Energy and it is high time that we started exploring it for ourselves.

The true Traditional Shaman is an explorer, involved in the practice of gaining new perceptions using one’s inner senses that are a natural part of the human system. The Traditional Shaman has, through gaining new perceptions, gone beyond needing a belief system as most people do. This work to gain new perceptions allows one to develop one’s own authentic self, and to express that authentic self beneficially in this physical world. The Traditional Shaman breaks free of the limited beliefs of this physical world. He or she does not just create new beliefs to remodel that shoe box. She throws the lid off and goes exploring with her inner senses to discover this Energy. And he or she discovers that this Energy is all that is. Everything around us here in this life experience is simply a physical manifestation of this Energy.

As a Traditional Shaman who is here to walk this walk and share this walk with those who wish to experience it, my work is to give you ways, experiences to open up to this Energy yourself. It can only be experienced. No words, no discussions, no workshops are able to put into words the experience of this state of “being”. And it is not a state that you can just decide to achieve and catch like a bug. It is elusive like the butterfly and will only land in your hands when it is ready for you. But you can learn patience and determination and discipline and awareness and intent and emotional control so that you have your hands outstretched for it to land upon.

Being a Traditional Shaman is a state of being in full immersion within Energy. It is from this Energy, this Powerful Force that the Traditional Shaman can access this Power to do incredible things. It does not happen at the will of the human being but rather is a butterfly that lands in the hands of those who have done the work within themselves to seek out this Energy and hone the skills and tools to hold this butterfly should it choose to land.

About the author:
Traditional Shaman Elder Maggie Wahls is one of America’s most loved elder teachers of Traditional Shamanism for today’s modern society. Her classes are always ongoing online and she also offers free counseling to anyone who wishes it. Visit her site to learn more at


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