When reading at forum lately, it was seen, that surrounding community have brought much problems. I quess, it can be seen as party of testing, whether or not a person is ready for the way ahead. Is the person strong enough to do what he wants or merely a puppet of controlling and manipulating forces of surrounding community. What is not needed can be left behind. People do not need much. A bit of sacrifice and giving up here and there, and soon people would feel more free than ever.
It is useless fight to try get others to back you up and just a sign of how weak a person's self confidence really is.
That resonates with me. I personally stay away from the community. From time to time I go to the shamans up in the mountains and go through some of the rituals and drumming and we have a good time, but as soon as they start telling me how it should be or what my calling is and how I should be doing this thing and that, then I leave and don't go back for a long time. I have found that I am pretty much on my own in this path. Yes, shamanism can be a lonely path.
The last time that I was involved with a shamanistic community I was charmed into believing certain things that wouldn't have helped me anyway. One of the shamans said I had a powerful wizardry spirit. I almost laughed uncontrollably. Then someone said that I had powerful magic. Again, I felt like laughing.
I have found that on the shamanic path, anyone that tries to use hypnotic or seductive words is probably lying or wanting something from you.
I have also found that those that don't have a following usually have the most powerful magic of all.
I think humble shamans found their power in being out in the woods and hanging out with the spirits. That's where the true power is.