Because modern culture doesn’t have a role for the shamanic archetype, many people who grow up outside indigenous villages are shamans — healers who have access to the spirit world — and don’t know it. Many naturally wind up in overtly healing professions, such as medicine, psychology, or life coaching. They’ll take part in various forms of sacred activism and spend their lives healing the planet, for example, rather than healing people. But some wind up in professions where they may feel like they don’t fit in at all.

I wrote this article to honor the shamanic tradition, not to violate it in any way.

Even those who enter the healing professions may feel out of place because the systems of Western medicine and psychology leave little room for a shaman to practice his or her natural healing art, which may include such unconventional practices as intuitive medicine, ritual, and communication with spirits.

Are you a shaman and you don’t know it?

Here are some telltale signs that you might fit the shamanic archetype.


1. YOU SENSE THAT YOU’RE MEANT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE GLOBAL SHIFT IN CONSCIOUSNESS THAT IS CURRENTLY UNDERWAY. We can all feel it, this impending shift that New Agers have talked about for decades. But those with the shamanic archetype don’t just feel it. They feel it pulling them, like a magnet, towards leadership positions that help facilitate this transformation of human consciousness and evolution of the species.

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