Model of a Human
a Shamanic Eye
practice is, in many ways, first an art of observation;
seeing what is really there.
consider this point fully, an illustration is needed.
When a Shaman looks at a person, a descriptive model of
what is seen
is similar to the concept of a soap bubble floating in the sunlight
with myriad colours swirling and combining; each colour
representing different aspects of that person's
physical, mental, spiritual, energetic, psychic etc.
thing to note in this model is that tension and
opposition is an integral part of this model. The
membrane of this bubble can not be with too much or too
little tension, otherwise it bursts. There are no
voids in the membrane, but neither is there significant
asymmetrical aggregation unbalancing the same bubble.
the Shamanic Gestalt. All aspects of a person
considered as a whole. This way of seeing is
critical to understanding that a Shaman might talk to a
person of their emotions rather than addressing their sore
back directly; they are addressing the cause of the
symptom cascade, not just a part which is obvious
recognises that there are also many aspects of ourselves
that we do not want to even admit to, much less embrace.
Within every person is the capacity for works and
attitudes of both great good and great harm.
Within all of us lies the potential for kindness and
baseness; in effect we all have within us the priest and
the prostitute, the sinner and saint, the comforter, the
concept of Gestalt
teaches us to acknowledge and embrace all aspects of
ourselves, just as the Shaman does. Only when we
stop trying to disavow or deny a part of who we are can
we then make a conscious and clear decision of how much
energy we choose to give to that acknowledged aspect of ourselves.
another illustration, trying to suppress or deny an
aspect of ourselves is like holding a ball under-water
in a pool. The more it is held, the greater it
seems to try to surface.
The rational adult who is losing a parent tries to be
'adult' about it, accepting and dealing with their adult
concepts and reactions. They deny their inner
child feeling resentful and scared at mummy 'deserting'
them. The adult feels shamed or lessened by this
resentment which manifests as guilt,.. stacks of mind-draining, emotion-numbing guilt; all over a natural and
suppressed part is embraced and comforted (the child),
the whole person can then choose how much energy to give
this aspect. In most cases, it is enough to be
reassured that these 'shameful' feelings are not petty
and small, but rather are a natural part of the cycle.
My experience in this shows once a person can embrace
this part of themselves, they no longer are ruled by it.
upcoming discussion of
good and evil,
we will examine the nature of right and wrong. We,
all of us, are born with an innate sense of what is
right and what is wrong. The child covers their
mouth with their first lie. The thief hides from
the eyes of others when stealing. The bully
blusters and gets louder in an effort to drown out their
own sense of inequity. The 'abuser' proclaims excuses
rather than admitting to being a person of little
personal command and control.
potentials lie within all of us. Recognising that
we could be a murderer is the first step in controlling
that aspect. Recognising that we have an abuser
within us allows us to take energy from that aspect and
channel it into an aspect we prefer to exhibit and the
person we choose to be.
Shamanic model of a person protests a person saying that
it is 'their lower back that hurts' when it is actually
THEM that hurts, not a named and separate thing called 'a
lower back'. Owning and admitting ownership of a
thing is the first step in resolving a thing.
person may say that they are frustrated and stressed
because of a work-mate, but this is not true; a person
is stressed and frustrated. They probably feel
anger at themselves also for their inability to distance
themselves emotionally from their circumstances and a
heap of other things. The Shaman tells us that how a person feels is their
no syringe full of pain, anger, hate or joy, love or
anything else like this. A whole person deals with
their responses to a scenario, not blaming others for
how they respond, but owning their response as a part of
person can see the difference between internal
responsibility and external blame and excuse, they are a
major step closer to wholeness.
seeks to help all that require it to see their own self,
the whole self, admitting all aspects, and choosing
where their energy will actually go. The Shaman
also recognises the imperative that they too see
themselves and their own motivations in the same light,
for their position has great potential for abuse,
regardless of intention.
probably an excellent time to introduce another hot
topic, the illusion of good and evil,...