The lineage of my teachers goes back many thousands of years in central Asia/southern Siberia, and as you might imagine, I’m very respectful of the knowledge which was passed on to me during my apprenticeship there.
However some of my Western clients have difficulty understanding that this kind of shamanism is very different to that which you might pick up in a Western weekend workshop.
Many clients come to me expecting me to use crystals, realign their chakras and take them on some kind of shamanic journey…like I’m a shamanic travel agent.
Most, however do take time to appreciate the older tradition. It’s not a question of one approach being right or wrong.
It’s more to do with what works – and integrity and continuity of what’s been tried and tested.
And it’s not a battle – though I know that not so long ago, there were regular showdowns between rival shamans in Buryatia. And they were engaged in the same kind of traditional shamanism.
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