Have you ever wondered why you feel a certain way or where a certain thought came from? How about conflicting thoughts or ideas? You want to go in one direction but somehow you end up doing something that completely disregards this.
Shamanism sees the world as a flurry of spirit. everything material has a more real counterpart in the spiritual realm. Everything we perceive in one sense or another is the result of spirits in action. If you switch the word “spirit” for “energy”, you’ll see that modern science is, innocently, just starting to understand this.
We are vessels that allow for the purest manifestation of spirit. This is why humans are so prevalent to external influences. Energies literally want to express themselves through us. This is fine as long as you agree with the vibration/direction these energies want to go towards. We discern this all the time through our will and reason. This is why achieving big goals take so much will power. We must resist energies that tend to pull us in directions that counter our desired goal.
Shamanism uses psychology for this (we don’t call it that though). We consider that there are countless segments of our personality within us and that each of these wants to express itself in the external world. Some are more dominant and others are flat out neglected. The key principle to remember is that the conscious and present “You”, is the one that allows which aspect of yourself will take over in a specific situation. Basically, you decide how you will deal with a loved one in an explosive scenario or what you eat while trying to loose weight or how you react while being cut off in rush hour, etc.
You…and no one else, is in control. You should also be aware that other aspects of yourself want to express themselves. They don’t care when, how or the consequences; they are basically impulses. By having read this information, you’ll notice when a conflicting impulse wants to surface and this will help you from acting impulsively. Additionally, I recommend that later in a quiet and private setting, you literally have a conversation with yourself and address that part of your personality that tried express itself. Explain why you had to restrain it and what the goals are, also offer some sort of a solution or activity that will allow that part of you to express itself in a beneficial way. This exercise takes a little practice. In the beginning you’ll be talking to yourself not sure if any of it is making sense. After a couple of tries you’ll see how the negative behavioral habits start diminishing and new strengths start developing. Others will perceive you as more whole and solid, in essence more powerful.
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