To know

To know

Posted 05 August 2011, by Marcus McCoy, Bioregional Animism,

The etymology of shaman means to know.

Everyone has the ability to know.
And knowing doesn’t belong to one culture or people or tradition.
You don’t need a rite of passage to know, and you don’t need the approval of others to know.
You don’t need a drum to know, you don’t need a teacher to know as some people are born knowing.
You don’t need to die and be reborn to know, though some say it helps…
You don’t need to be born a boy to know or a girl to know or both or neither genders to know.
You don’t need to belong to a certain tribe to know.
You don’t have to live rural to know, though you might because you know better….
You don’t need a certain skin color or to speak in a certain language to know…
You don’t need to be dirty poor or wealthy to know.
You don’t need to read a book to know, though some do, and can talk in magical circles…
But you don’t need to walk and talk in magical circles to know either.
You don’t need to know it another way then how you know it.
The way you know and what you know is unique and rare and has never existed and will never exist again in the history of this universe, revel in that… If you know how to revel.

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