If you feel ‘different’ to most of the people around you, ironically, you are not alone.
Being and feeling ‘different’ generally is experienced negatively until it is meaningfully transformed into a positive expression of uniqueness and power. The living matrix of our world functions best when the uniqueness of its inhabitants is expressed. It is the diversity of expression that makes up the rich wholeness of Earth and creates a vital, healthy ecosystem.
BREAKING OUT OF MEDIOCRITY
It can be very challenging to overcome the powerful forces of mediocrity that work to limit you. We are living in a society that uses sophisticated techniques to remind us of our imperfections or difference.
These messages can have a very disempowering effect. When exposed to on a consistent basis, they can be soul-crushing and lead to self-loathing, depression and isolation. Many people learn to fear their own ‘differentness’ and try to disguise or hide it.
Historically, it has been the brave, courageous, unique and different who have forged new ways, found solutions to seemingly impossible problems, brokered peace and changed the future. Mahatma Gandhi, whose passive resistance movement brought an end to hostilities in India, is an example of how a completely different approach could change the world. He showed us that it is the different who make a difference.
Tech visionary Steve Jobs had this to say:
“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify and vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things. They push the human race forward. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
IT IS THE ‘DIFFERENT’ WHO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
A contemporary example of the ‘different’ making difference is a school girl and climate activist Greta Thunberg, who identifies as living on the autistic spectrum. She is very ‘different’ and she is making a huge difference to the climate change conversation, showing remarkable courage along the way.
In the past, there was a pathway for those who were different and wanted or needed to follow the ‘beat of their own drum’. This pathway was not for the faint hearted, nor was it to be undertaken lightly. It has been called many names – druidism, shamanism, the green way, the warrior’s path. It was a journey undertaken with mentors and elders and by engaging deeply and profoundly with allies and guides from nature.
Those who heard the call to walk the ancient path of self-empowerment undertook the necessary rites of passage and initiations to acquire specific soul skills, capacities and capabilities to enable them to step into and perform their sacred roles in the world. This pathway was designed to lead an apprentice shaman to great expansions in consciousness and developing a high degree of fearlessness.
This type of spiritual and magical training was found in mystery schools, in indigenous tribes, in ancient orders and sacred places of learning. In many cases, only the chosen few could undertake the training and usually it required prolonged periods of retreat from the outside world. When properly trained, the resulting ‘graduates’ – healers, shamans, medicine women and men, were then held in high regard for the skills and powers they had acquired to bring healing and transformation to people and places.
WALKING THE SACRED PATH IN THE MODERN WORLD
The Aquarian Age is here and the ancient mystery teachings can be revealed once more to those who seek a proven pathway that leads to acquisition of true spiritual power. The path that enables an apprentice to harness their differentness in a way that effectively contributes to the restoration of peace and harmony on the planet.
Whether you wish to be a shaman or you simply wish to embrace all aspects of yourself to fearlessly stand for a better world, shamanism is one of the world’s oldest existing practices that enables you to undertake this journey ‘home’, home to yourself.
Shamanism is not a religion and it is not limited to a specific indigenous tradition or culture. It is a metaphysical discipline practiced for at least 50,000 years. It is a spiritual pathway where those who are different learn to embrace, develop and express their uniqueness and gifts.
The Medicine Woman Certificate in Shamanic Studies© online program is a 2-year shamanic apprenticeship ideal for those who are different and who wish to make a difference. In the tradition of ancient shamanic lineage, this is a proven pathway to personal empowerment. It is an ancient pathway that honours all who hear the call to set their feet on a sacred journey so they can express their true fearless self. You do not have to be a shaman or want to be a shaman to benefit from this life-changing program.
I look forward to seeing you there!
Light in Extension,
Founder and Spiritual Director of Medicine Woman Centre for Shamanic and Esoteric Studies®