On an August afternoon, I drove my Honda Accord to the edge of a Pennsylvania subdivision and parked just outside an urban wooded trail near a creek.
I’d come to the creek that day to perform a Soul Retrieval Ceremony.
A short walk on the trail led me to the spot that we planned the ceremony, and after a few ritual acts to complete the ceremony, it was over.
Back to my car I went, Shaman business for the day was complete.
Afterwards, I took my daughter to Chick-fil-A for chicken nuggets and ice cream, so that she could play in the playplace while I chatted with my sister.
This is how my life as a shaman looks now, and it’s actually pretty normal and mainstream.
I’m able to perform ancient, thousands of year old practices one minute, and then next minute, switch gears and head out to run errands and grab ice cream cones.
After I became a shaman, my day to day life largely stayed the same. I might even wager to say it’s better.
Before I was a practicing shaman, I got anxiety nearly everywhere I went for what I thought was no reason. I’d become suddenly panicky and overwhelmed and have to go home; it would take hours for me to calm down.
Now, because I’ve developed my once-causing-anxiety energy sensing abilities to actually do something positive, that doesn’t happen so much anymore. (Most to-be shamans struggle with overactive energy sensing abilities that are misdiagnosed as mental illness).
I’m less irritable, I’m better able to go with the flow of life, and more equipped to deal with unexpected changes free from anxiety and panic.
I’m mostly just like everyone else, except now, I have a spiritual job.
I love Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Target, and Ulta.
I take my kid to the playground and have to compromise about bedtime.
I buy my clothes from department stores and look for sales, but I still prefer to shop online as much as possible.
I wear makeup and paint my nails. I get my hair cut and colored at a salon.
I have a smartphone, a touch screen laptop, and my daughter has a tablet PC for watching Curious George. I like binging on Netflix, too.
I live in and amongst urban America, I don’t smoke a pipe, I don’t say namaste, and I don’t wear handmade wool-woven clothes.
For all intents and purposes, I’m as modern and mainstream as they come . . . except I have no idea how to use Snapchat or tumblr.
The only thing different about me is that I can communicate with Spirits and perform energetic and spiritual healings.
Sure, there are things that make me different from you, just like there are things that make you different from me - but if you meet me on the playground or in the pedicure chair, you’d never be able to guess that I wasn’t a regular mom with a regular job.
Choosing to be a shaman will change your life in many ways, but it doesn’t have to change your day to day. You can still do the things you enjoy, wear the same clothes, and have access to the same amenities you have now.
To be a shaman, you don’t have to give up caffeine, red meat, shopping, or watching Netflix, unless you want to.
Once you become a shaman, you can still be you, only now, with awesome, new-found healing powers.