Illusion of Good & Evil
the realisation of Right and Wrong
The concepts of good and evil in ancient times generally
came from a simple and pragmatic definition; “I & my
people survive and prosper = good; I & my people shrivel
and die = bad or evil”.
Shamanic thought recognises energy and spirit as both
potential and real. It is the intent behind an act
which determines the ‘value’ of good or evil, normally
by a very colloquial standard at best. In fact, we
still use the old definition today, just dressed up in
more words and finery. ‘Evil’ is generally something which
destabilises the influence of the powerful within the
community and ‘good’ is its polar opposite, lending
greater stability and/or influence.
Essentially, we all have within us an innate knowledge
of what is right and what is wrong. A ‘good’
transaction between yourself and another happens when
all feel well heard and satisfied with the outcomes;
where you would be happy to discuss every aspect of your
dealings to all and sundry knowing that ill feelings are
unwarranted ,.. this is a good rule of thumb for a
Even in the most confrontational shamanic dealing like
an exorcism, the shaman works towards a good outcome for
all involved, even the possessing spirit. Any shaman
works in the understanding that they walk in worlds
where compromise and influence and intent play huge
roles, where balance is generally desirable and
disharmony is less so.
is an important distinction between real Shamanism and
'Hollywood Shamanism'; one of intent and acceptance.
The Shaman tells us that there is no power needed, that
there is nothing to overcome with force, that all is
available and possible in and of itself. There are
no whirling lights, no deep music, no ethereal winds
whipping about, SFX style. The Shaman merely
introduces a possibility and allows it to happen as it
will; the Shaman suggests and coerces possibility into
probability, letting temporal distillation and those
directly involved do their own exchanges of energy with
mere guidance at best.
temporal distillation to select the most enduringly
energetic path, it must hold the most beneficial outcome
for all. A demon is not banished or destroyed
(Hollywood again!), a demon's energy is altered,
returning stagnant back to a state of motion, resolving
probability back into quasi-infinite possibilities.
A sickness is not crushed and fought, it is merely
altered to a different rhythm and tune, its energy less
stagnant and more mobile once more.
Thinking of good and evil in the shamanic worlds does
not work, thinking in terms of assessment of energy and
intent is a better thing. As a matter of fact,
this is a great place to leave this discussion with the
[the shamanic version of] good is anything where
the intent is towards a beneficial and more energetic
outcome with respect and kindness to all involved.