By Bridgette: Every Shaman has a song that takes them away, I believe that we all have songs that can take us away. We do not have to be Shaman to find the shamanic threads in our lives, inviting us to go deep into creative consciousness and our own vision of quests.
As I am learning to listen for that song for my own next quest, I am struck by how easy it is to miss it, to not hear well or to discount the song while wrapped up in our lives and the expectations of those around us. Our lives, even if not what we dream them to be, are comfortable, even if they are uncomfortable, we know how to do it. It is familiar, known and quantifiable. Even if we are unhappy, we can cling to the ways we walk, because we know how to navigate them. The well-worn path deemed valid and productive by society and community, can be so seductive because it seems to offer direction. But that illusion of certainty that comfort in the known and accepted can keep us from finding our way in, from hearing the music that calls us to the quest that can deepen our understanding of our work in this world.
There’s a little story, it’s an account of a woman in West Virginia, in the coal mining areas there, who in her late sixty’s had the dreadful feeling that she had lost life, that there had been a life for her that she had not lived. And in the analysis they found “one time” when she was a little girl about 13 years (that’s about the time for the experience) she was walking in the forest, and she heard a strange music, a strange “song” but she didn’t have in her culture the assistance to help her do something with that, and so she lost it. And then through out her life she had the feeling that she hadn’t lived her life.
The thing about the Shaman crisis, is that if the individual does not follow the “song” he will die, he will really die. I believe it can and does happen at multiple times of our lives. We have so many opportunities to forge that new path, to hear a”‘new song” or find the lost tune of a song that’s been working in our psyches. Each is a chance to find the next “quest” and to bring a “boon” a small or large, back to your community. This is what I wish for you, that you may hear your “song” and that the culture around you can help you follow it, and that you may find ways to assist those around you to hear theirs and do something with it and that you feel that you really have lived your life…
With Blessings of Love and Light,