The Practical Power of the Shaman

Written by Keith Varnum

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When shaman use their ability to "see"repparttar underlying energy dynamics of situations and relationships, they are able to "see" cause and effect connections and forces that are not visible when viewingrepparttar 122371 circumstances superficially, i.e., looking only atrepparttar 122372 outer form. Perceivingrepparttar 122373 energy dynamics of life events reveals new alternatives and possibilities not previously apparent.

"The art ofrepparttar 122374 (shaman) is to be able to guide, to be able to illuminaterepparttar 122375 path in such a way thatrepparttar 122376 person hooks on to a greater experience-that of freedom..." Eagle Feather shares. This allows peoplerepparttar 122377 freedom to move beyond limits of past perceptions intorepparttar 122378 realm of options, fresh creativity and natural magic.

A shaman would "see," for example, thatrepparttar 122379 anger of a supermarket clerk resulted fromrepparttar 122380 clerk's inability to express their feelings. The shaman could "see" how these emotions were adversely affecting not onlyrepparttar 122381 clerk, butrepparttar 122382 people in line. Consequently, a shaman may choose to engagerepparttar 122383 angry clerk in a friendly, relaxing conversation in order to shiftrepparttar 122384 situation into flow and harmony.


We have many powers within us that we can learn to use for our own benefit and forrepparttar 122385 benefit of others. Fromrepparttar 122386 shamanistic point of view, all power comes from within. Power comes from authorship (authority). Shamans becomerepparttar 122387 authors ofrepparttar 122388 creations in their world by freeing themselves of programmed and conditioned perceptions. In moving beyond customs, manners, rules and techniques,repparttar 122389 shaman embracesrepparttar 122390 practicality of " What works, works." The shaman has little concern for how something works, only that it producesrepparttar 122391 results that one intends. Shamans arerepparttar 122392 most flexible, utilitarian and efficient authors of their world. They takerepparttar 122393 shortest, quickest route to their goals, even ifrepparttar 122394 path tramples on their own concepts or beliefs.

One way people can experience this power is to look for proof in their own lives. Take love, for example. One way to increaserepparttar 122395 presence and power of love in a person's life is to decreaserepparttar 122396 presence and power of judgment. Shamans notice that their attention cannot be in both places atrepparttar 122397 same time, and, therefore choose where they want to spend their energy. To spend energy judging that they harmed someone or that another person caused them harm, would be a misdirection and waste of energy for a shaman.

Eagle Feather explains more aboutrepparttar 122398 true nature of power, " Anyone looking for power over others or control over material processes is probably going to be disappointed byrepparttar 122399 teaching, which essentially define power asrepparttar 122400 ability to free oneself from one's own perceptions and habitual patterns. The message seems to be that once you align withrepparttar 122401 energy, you're no longerrepparttar 122402 master. Spirit is."


A shaman is a bridge between this world andrepparttar 122403 invisible world ofrepparttar 122404 spirit. A shaman is very anchored, very present in this world. Being so centered and grounded, a shaman can assist a person to travel into dimensions and see things from a much bigger perspective. Then people can heal because there is more room for them to expand and open to fresh new realities. This expanded awareness fromrepparttar 122405 shaman creates a strong foundation for people to awaken to their own healing power within. The goal ofrepparttar 122406 shaman is always to supportrepparttar 122407 awakening ofrepparttar 122408 soul. The shaman acts as an anchor sorepparttar 122409 person can reach their own depth and move through their own cellular transformation.

Shaman Frederick Wolf concurs. "People really know how to heal themselves. It's an illusion to think that someone is going to come and heal them. But what will happen is, when they feelrepparttar 122410 support and safety thatrepparttar 122411 shaman can hold for them, they will have faith enough to go into that place inside of them that knows how to heal. It's not some magical thing that happens. It' s very natural."

Way of Living

Shamanism is a way of living onrepparttar 122412 altar of Mother Earth. It's a way to live in balance onrepparttar 122413 earth, a way of finding not only peace with yourself personally, but peace with nature and your environment. Shamanism is bringingrepparttar 122414 two worlds together: your inner world-"your heart"-with your outer world. It's important to be balanced, to be grounded in both worlds. We should be able to go anywhere and be at home, whether it's in a cave or a big city.

Shamanism is a pathway that can help us to realizerepparttar 122415 sacredness and magic within and all around us. Birds that soar intorepparttar 122416 heavens, trees whose roots reach deep intorepparttar 122417 earth, everything in nature reflects an aspect of our souls. Asrepparttar 122418 poet Rumi said, "You will see stars and moons mirrored in your being." Shamanism is letting go of our limited ideas and concepts of who we are. As we abandon our illusions of separateness, we open torepparttar 122419 beauty and simplicity of our true nature-our connectedness with all of life.

Drawing from the wisdom of native and ancient spiritual traditions, Keith Varnum shares his 30 years of practical success as an author, personal coach, acupuncturist, filmmaker, radio host, restaurateur, vision quest guide and international seminar leader (The Dream Workshops). Keith helps people get the love, money and health they want with his FREE “Prosperity Ezine” at

Indiana Jones and the Volcano

Written by Keith Varnum

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Butrepparttar heat was notrepparttar 122370 only aspect ofrepparttar 122371 lava thatrepparttar 122372 elements had concealed from us. I picked up a small twig and approachedrepparttar 122373 foot ofrepparttar 122374 black mound that had gushed fromrepparttar 122375 top ofrepparttar 122376 mountain. Getting as close as I could torepparttar 122377 sulphurous heat, I stuckrepparttar 122378 branch intorepparttar 122379 rain-drenched ground about two inches in front ofrepparttar 122380 lava. Within a minute,repparttar 122381 lava hill reachedrepparttar 122382 stick and buried it!

Suddenly my whole body reeled withrepparttar 122383 involuntary shudder of recognition. Forrepparttar 122384 last hour Rob and I had been walking on a live, moving lava flow! And Rob was still up there running around onrepparttar 122385 molten granite.

Another eruption, three times louder thanrepparttar 122386 first one, filledrepparttar 122387 air. My ears throbbed fromrepparttar 122388 deafening boom. My feet and body registered avalanche after avalanche of crashing rock careening downrepparttar 122389 side ofrepparttar 122390 volcano. Descendingrepparttar 122391 rough trail, I ran head over heels in a panic, determined to outrun any rockslides coming my way. After a half-hour ofrepparttar 122392 fastest, long distance race I’ve ever run, I arrived at our jeep safely sheltered under a broad-armed tree. Collapsing intorepparttar 122393 front seat, I fought to catch my breath.

As my pulse and mind quieted, I was overcome with fear forrepparttar 122394 safety of my friend still walking around onrepparttar 122395 moving bed of liquid rock inrepparttar 122396 midst of periodic violent explosions. I began feeling intensely responsible. I’d left a young kid in my charge on top of an erupting volcano! A nightmarish vision bombarded me. I saw his parents, who had entrusted their son with me, watching local authorities dig throughrepparttar 122397 rubble ofrepparttar 122398 volcano searching forrepparttar 122399 body ofrepparttar 122400 lost American youth. Feeling so guilty and worried I could neither relax nor rest, I decided I must leaverepparttar 122401 jeep and hike back uprepparttar 122402 volcano. I had to find Rob.

No sooner had I openedrepparttar 122403 door ofrepparttar 122404 jeep than an insistent inner impulse told me to stay put and listen inside for further instructions. When I receive such forceful commands from my inner coach, I usually obey. Quieting myself as much as possible underrepparttar 122405 circumstances, I endeavored to get in touch with my next best intuitive move. I challenged myself, Was it wrong what I did? Was it selfish and self-absorbed to look after my own safety and leave a young kid behind?

After I felt allrepparttar 122406 intense emotions stirred up from asking these soul-searching questions, I received a very strong message directly from Spirit. My inner knowing spoke to me emphatically, saying:

“You didrepparttar 122407 right thing. You followed your intuition. If you recall specifically, your inner coach told you that it was dangerous for you to stay, and that you needed to leave immediately. It said nothing about your friend Rob. Nothing at all. You were right to follow your guidance and leave. In fact, had you stayed, you may very well have endangered your friend’s safety! Had you stayed, you would have been out of alignment with your intuition and, therefore, out of harmony and integrity with yourself. This discordant state has a strong tendency to interfere with another person’s ability to tap into and follow his or her own knowing. Had you stayed, you may have hindered Rob’s ability to hear and heed his inner direction. You tookrepparttar 122408 most helpful, loving and appropriate action by followingrepparttar 122409 letter and spirit of your intuition. You following you own internal urging allowed your friendrepparttar 122410 space to realize he must rely on his own internal wisdom.”

Spirit’s message was a fascinating new lesson in intuitive guidance for me. In general, and for its reassurance in my present predicament, I was grateful for this fresh perspective. I never before realizedrepparttar 122411 precision of intuition. I never before understoodrepparttar 122412 independence of one person’s guidance fromrepparttar 122413 inner counsel of another person in a shared situation.

Atrepparttar 122414 exact moment I realizedrepparttar 122415 import of what I was being told by my inner coach, Rob came streaking downrepparttar 122416 trail towardrepparttar 122417 jeep. Inrepparttar 122418 fury ofrepparttar 122419 last violent eruption, Rob received his own internal signal to vamoose. Guided by his own inner compass, he immediately tookrepparttar 122420 Mudslide Express throughrepparttar 122421 jungle to safety. I was extremely relieved—and appreciative to Spirit—that my nightmare vision of Rob’s demise was averted. I gave silent thanks forrepparttar 122422 eternal lessons I learned from our escapade.

Back on solid ground, Rob and I were anxious to leaverepparttar 122423 mountain rains and clouds. We hopped intorepparttar 122424 jeep and sped towardrepparttar 122425 sunny western coast of Costa Rica. Driving downrepparttar 122426 mountainside, we both lapsed in and out of thankful silence for being alive. Perhapsrepparttar 122427 next day,repparttar 122428 morning’s events would seem a great adventure, but, right then,repparttar 122429 very real danger we’d just survived remained very palpable and raw. Our minds, emotions and physical bodies were still remembering and replaying our narrow escape.

Suddenly, Rob and I experienced simultaneous intuitive hits to pull over and get out ofrepparttar 122430 jeep. Leaning againstrepparttar 122431 vehicle, we turned as one towardrepparttar 122432 top ofrepparttar 122433 mountain we’d just descended. As if waiting for us to stop our downward trek away fromrepparttar 122434 mountain and turn our gaze upward,repparttar 122435 clouds parted to revealrepparttar 122436 awesome Mt. Arenal volcano forrepparttar 122437 very first time since our arrival in Costa Rica so many days earlier. The dense mist lifted. We saw exactly where we had been hiking onrepparttar 122438 lava flow. We pinpointed whererepparttar 122439 tree line ended andrepparttar 122440 lava flow began. We’d been standing only a hundred yards fromrepparttar 122441 open mouth ofrepparttar 122442 volcano when it erupted!

The restaurant owner Miguel had promised we would be with, we would feel and we would knowrepparttar 122443 spirit ofrepparttar 122444 volcano. He saidrepparttar 122445 mountain would definitely erupt when we were there. And he’d promisedrepparttar 122446 volcano would not harm us. The rain and his crude map tricked us into going so close torepparttar 122447 volcano that we did, indeed, get to knowrepparttar 122448 volcano, not just view it.

Was itrepparttar 122449 spirit ofrepparttar 122450 volcano that sent Miguel to us? —and turnedrepparttar 122451 skies into a torrential downpour in order to obscurerepparttar 122452 treacherous nature of our journey so we wouldn’t be scared off? Rob and I agreed, stranger things have happened. One thing was certain. If we’d been able to see where we were going, we would never have walked as close as we did torepparttar 122453 mouth ofrepparttar 122454 cauldron.

Now, viewingrepparttar 122455 majesty of Mt. Arenal, we were humbled and ever so grateful forrepparttar 122456 experience of having been able to safely feelrepparttar 122457 mountain’s power and personality. As we were sending out our thankfulness to and admiration ofrepparttar 122458 volcano,repparttar 122459 mountain erupted again with an explosion twice as high asrepparttar 122460 volcano itself. Two miles of elegant ash plume shot up intorepparttar 122461 dark blue sky. The event was quite dramatic and very humbling.

We knewrepparttar 122462 volcano was responding to our love and appreciation for its gift to us that day. Thenrepparttar 122463 clouds closed back in and our mighty friend said good-bye, leaving us forever changed and enriched by its friendship.

Keith Varnum shares his 30 years of practical success as an author, personal coach, acupuncturist, filmmaker, radio host, vision quest guide and international seminar leader (The Dream Workshops). Keith helps people get the love, money and health they want with his FREE “Prosperity Ezine” at

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