reply to post by Vanitas
A shaman, in my opinion, has discarded all the trappings and nonsense of his own belief system. So many people go through the motions, attending
churches, following a given routine, and having no idea why. A quick example, a friend of mine was Catholic, but he wondered, why the priest would
chant in a language no one understood, what was with the fireballs and spraying water, and up down kneeling standing sitting. What did all of this
ceremonial action have to do with the teachings of his God? It is all repeated like an annual children's play that no one wants to go to, but they
feel obligated to do so.
Noe allow me to give you a more Shaman like opinion of the matter.
Why only celebrate Spirit on one day? Why do the people seem miserable? Why are they in a building, away from nature, the temple hand made by God? Why
is so much time wasted, not teaching and discussing the actually church teachings? Are these Church teachings, or actually God's teachings? Which
comes from God, which comes from man? What is this hierarchy of power in the church, when no man can be closer to God than another?
It is possible for a Shaman to come from such a ritualized background as well. Even native peoples had ceremonies, and customs, and teachings that the
Shaman would hold in question. These dogmatic ideas, or ceremonies are created to fill the gap of knowledge that a normal person has about Spirit.
Further more a Shaman would actually question the teachings themselves, and base their current belief system on what they learned via revelation and
experience. Holding no idea or belief so sacred that they are above evolution and refinement, for the Shaman knows that as they grow, they will
continue to realize that things they once believed are incorrect, whereas a normal person may hold onto beliefs and not know why, or consider
something taught as set on stone.
I hope this expands on my point of view more. A Shaman seeks to strip away all impurities to their perception, constantly refining and changing their
beliefs, as their point of view evolves, so much so that their concept of reality eventually doesn't even resemble the beliefs that started with.