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I have my roots in Samiland. But my wings have taken me away. I teach shamanism as a world heritage, based on Sami traditions. 

It is obvious that a shaman is influenced by her or his surrounding. First of all it includes living shamans and teachers, those people that keep the fire alive.

Then comes the influence of living mythology and traditions, nature, animals, vegetation, language, climate and so on. All these factors contribute to the way of the Shaman.

But since shamanism is a personal way and vocation, it is influenced by personal factors, the wound, the motivation, talent and interest.

A central theme in Christianity is sin and salvation. The central teaching in Buddhism is about suffering and how to end suffering. In Shamanism it is about wounding and healing. The shaman is a wounded healer. The way of the shaman is the way of healing yourself and others.

In the old days i guess shamans were at work all around Europe. The interesting thing today is were you might find living traditions, and how to wake up more or less dormant traditions.

It is in the nature of shamanism, that it does not die. The roots of shamanism are from the natural mind, inborn in each and one of us. The outer nature and the mytological mind is one and the same.

Shamanism does not die, it just goes to sleep, or it might hide inside the earth or behind the stars. Those who learn the journeywork way or the way of dreaming, might bring it all back into life.

Traditions belong to the past. The experience is in the present breath of life. You have to grow out of your traditions to reach the totality, the holy. For me the sacred experience is more valuable than any traditions. And in the end there are no more rituals left to do, nothing else than keeping the fire alive.

Shamanism is the foundation for the sacredness of life. And one can use the shamanic mind in all trades. You dont have to be a healer of other people to be a working shaman.

I guess every shaman is an artist. The main thing is to be creative, and to contribute to wholeness, peace and beauty in your own genuine way.

Shamanism is a way to study the mind-body-nature connection by help of different kind of support. Support might come from objects, like drums, rattles, sticks, stones, og plants.

Inner support might be visualisations and consentration. But these are all just supporting tools. 

I think there are individuals and traditions that give to much importance and sacredness to the supporting tools, especially the outer tools. That also includes plant-eating shamans.

The real shaman is the one that does not need any tools any more.

I started my path with the traditions from the north. I came to tell you about the sacred white reindeer. Some 20 years has passe since that. Now I know that shamanism is a worldwide tradition.

Seen from inside, all traditions are one. Many ways lead to Rome, they say, especially the Romans When you have gotten there, who cares about the road you took.

By the way, get yourself an animal. A dog is a good friend, a cat is more of a teacher if you cannot keep a tiger.

Ailo Gaup


Kommentarer (8)Add Comment
skrevet av XXX, December 19, 2011
XXX hva mer er å si
skrevet av Egil, December 19, 2011
I think there are individuals and traditions that seem to exclude the use of supporting tools too,by ignoring them and suppressing them,and calling those who use them for cheaters or even drug addicts.A real shaman doesnt need any tools any more,but to get there he used supporting tools. A man who is truly awake,doesnt even need coffee anymore,yes?
skrevet av XXX, December 19, 2011
Vi får bruke krykker så lenge vi trenger dem, når vi er "der", so what?
Bare Egil, hvem snakker om kaffe!!!
skrevet av Eagel, December 19, 2011
A real man doesnt need women anymore
he has all the women in the world under his skin
& ecstasy is his.

skrevet av XXX, December 19, 2011
skrevet av Gro H, December 20, 2011
"Shamanism is the foundation for the sacredness of life"
- it is just bloody well put.
skrevet av torstein ja, December 20, 2011
Very nice
Thanks Ailo. Exactly,
skrevet av gunilla, December 22, 2011
my worldview described i few words..

my roots, my body
my wings, my soul
and inside me
and all around me
the wholeness
the holyness

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