Hey folks, this is the monologue I stuffed up a while back. Sorry for the delay.
In this walky talky, I explore the concept of shamanism in ordinary life, as opposed to shamanism in traditional indigenous life or plastic shamanism. This view of shamanism might differ from others that you're familiar with but I think you see that it overlaps with some of the ideas inherent in traditional shamanism, except that I've given them a modern twist - without the need for entheogens, pain, music, ritual or rights of passage experiences. I do however talk a little about some initiatory experiences (including a few of my own) and the purpose behind some of these. I also explore the relationship of dreams to shamanism and dream symbolism and describe a simple method for interpreting dream symbols and for interacting with the external world through symbols that we can see in our minds.
Don't listen to this if you're after a comprehensive overview of shamanism. The purpose of this monologue is merely to highlight that it is possible to integrate a shamanic world view and shamanic type methods into the experiences of ordinary life. This is really just a very basic primer in working with mind and body as an interface between inner and outer worlds, to demonstrate that there really only is one indivisible whole. Kosmos.
In this monologue I introduce the idea that there is a relativity to our humanity.
Many humans like to believe that we are more than human and that's all, while others argue that we are merely a living organism and nothing more. I argue that we are both transcendent and ordinary ! Some people try so hard to be more than human and forget their humanness - at great cost ! While others revel and suffer in their humanness, ignorant of other aspects of their being.
We humans also believe that we are separate and forget that we are defined by our relationship to each other and the natural world. We are in relationship with all of existence ! We become consumed and preoccupied by our roles and forget that they are created by relationships.
There are many people who didn't receive what they needed to feel like whole human beings. I ask if it's possible to reskill people in love and intimacy to create new bonds and attachments in groups of people who are bound by suffering.
This monologue gets off to a bit of a rambling start with my venting about killer feral cats etc. but 13 mins in, things begin proper.
The issue of aloneness & loneliness is an issue that is close to my heart. In today's walk and talk I approach the issue of aloneness & loneliness by talking about my son's life (with his permission) and my own adolescence. I'm often amazed at how sometimes, our children mirror our own lives. What is aloneness & what is loneliness and how does our authentic self relate to the experience of loneliness ? Does loneliness only happen to introverts or are extroverts equally vulnerable, to this most painful symptom of the human condition ?
Loneliness is a universal experience. Today I ponder some potential solutions to loneliness and speculate as to whether whether or not loneliness plays a significant role in our lives.
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Sometimes we try and turn away from the shocking reality of how things are. But how things are is how they are. Isness is a powerful ally !
In this walk and talk I explore how nature's seasons and the cycles of nature, parallel the seasons of our life and how we all face the same seasons of life, as part of the seasons of the human clock - from the cradle to the grave.
I offer a tour of the seasons here on this land and suggest how facing the shocking reality of all that nature brings, helps us to face the shocking reality of how things are in our own life. I suggest that the seasons of nature and of human life are necessary to create awareness and to help us grow. Life is both predictable and unpredictable and if we have courage, we can stay open to anything that life might throw at us.
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I dedicate this monologue to Sandor for his seemingly endless support for yours truly ! Thanks buddy for caring from so far away ! May you discover the light within !
Many of you have heard me talk about my experience of being taken to merge with the light on an ET craft in 2011. In today's monologue I ask "What Does the Light Want From Us ?" and suggest an answer. An answer that coincides with what I believe we ought to want from ourselves.
Enjoy Dudes and Dudettes !
One of the unsaid rules of life is that we all want control and believe that we have control. But control is just an illusion. We only seem to see the illusion when the things we take for granted are taken away from us. Recognizing that we have little control sometimes forces us into a place of surrender. In today's monologue, I explore how losing control can bring us to our knees and help us to accept what is, while handing over the script of our lives to something far greater than our individual lives.
We've all had that sense that everything happens for a reason !
In today's monologue I play a little game of 'if only', using some events from my own life and some well known historical events, to demonstrate how everything is connected and how one thing leads to another.
I'd be curious to hear your own list of personal and collective 'if only's'.
PS. I'm lousy with history - Robert Bruce is actually Robert The Bruce.
PPS. I had to edit out a bunch of personal stuff I shouldn't have put in this monologue, so it shifts a little abruptly early on, from one thing to another.