What is there to say about this? It ain't about drugs.
Shamans were a key part of pre-history humanity. Along with the best hunter, the best gatherers, the big and strong, the light and nimble - shamans had a role that was needed. To entertain. To heal. To explain....the wildness.
When a troupe of Italian travelling showfolk came across an Amazonian tribe they were immediately revered. Because they were wearing traditional Harlequin, Columbine and Pierrot costumes...all that multi-coloured pizazz was recognised as shamanic.
Vasilij Suhaev and Alexandre Yakovlev: Harlequin and Pierrot (Self-Portraits of and by Suhaev and A. Yakovlev), 1914. Russian State Museum, St. Petersburg
If you want to read more about this kind of evidence then you will do no better than getting a hold of Rogan P. Taylor's ground-breaking work "From Shaman to Superstar - The Death & Resurrection Show". Unfortunately it is out of print and second-hand copies go for a few hundred of your English pounds. So you could have a go at Yuval Noah Harari's "Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind" which is a best-seller available in all good bookshops and online.
Shamans were the ones who explained how come people were gored to death, how come you are ill, how come the weather is freaky. they explained it in verse and song and dance and rhythm and paintings and theatre. They entertained. They brought what Taylor calls hot religion. Before people stopped moving around and settled down to grow wheat. This turned property into something valuable - who wants to carry treasure around all day? This agrarian revolution around 10,000 years BC created cold religions - where the trick was to control people's sense of the future so they would carry on doing all the boring hard work of growing crops.
And as this civilisation grew so the role of shaman became split - doctors, priests and the court jester. Entertaining became downgraded to the fun bit, the distraction, the controlling of events so that we all went back to work.
The shaman is from the times of fewer people who have a higher quality of inner life, relationship and connection. As populations grew and riches were amassed and attacked in equal measure so humans became kinda....like we are today.
Artists are shamanic.
Sometimes art is considered elite. And sometimes artists are considered elitist. And we certainly feel different to others. Don't you? Well I think that is because we come from different times when we stood out a bit more because all people stood out a bit more. people were more precious. Children were born with bigger gaps in between because moving around was tricky with kids. Only when we settled down would the genetic imperative of DNA be happy to procreate and produce more and more of us.
Artists are still here. We are the shamans. Our role is to explain the wildness still. The chaos of life. We bring different views, understandings and perspectives. This is valuable. You are valuable. All groups of people - families, communities, mates and clubs - all have their shaman. The weird one. The entertaining one. The wise one.
And we can still be wrong ha! We ain't wise. We are just connected to the need to feel and relate and make patterns and know something of our true selves. In a world of very weird misconceptions, belief systems, labelling, power games, pointlessness and frustrated anger.
Hence - the Shamanic Secret Seven.
Here are 7 principles to make sure you are fulfilling your role as creator. It ain't about drugs, It ain't about voodoo. But is is magic. It's amazing. it's real. It's what goes on whether you get it or not.
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