In the current state of Society, the aforementioned roles aren't quite well accepted as a normal standard. But the thing is that the normal society isn't quite well accepted within those certain roles too. And I'm saying society rather than Average Person because that's the criteria of being Average nowadays.
A state of Awareness is the only different thing that mediates the difference between an ordinary man and a Shaman. It is what the Ordinary man is not aware of that makes him ordinary within the eyes of a Shaman. But at their cores, bot Shaman and Ordinary Person are Human, both with equal abilities. Only different states of awareness gained through experience. " When one goes through something, be it physical or nonphysical, by paying attention to the impact on that thing onto him, he may now be aware of its existence".
So with that said, the difference between both individuals is the lack of experience, leading to a lack of awareness.
But that difference has a pre-request that is beyond simply noting it.
The Shaman compared to the Ordinary Person is within full control of his Individuality, [Emotions/Mental Perception/Physicality], Gained through awareness or through a right of passage, or on birth if he is not within a normal society.
Where the ordinary person is in most cases only Aware and in control of his Physicality and in some cases Emotional Body but to a simple extent. Some might see that as a bad thing, but in almost all cases it is a good thing because it saves a person from the perils of the Unknown.
What difference is there between medicine and Shamanic healing?
I've previously written about the interconnectedness between mind body and soul. If a person is to heal his body into a perfect vessel of health, he will heal his mind and soul.
By taking medicine we heal our bodies, which heals the mind and soul. But shamanic healing focuses on healing the nonphysical aspects of our being, which once healed lead to the body being fixed as well. That is due to the interconnectedness of the mind body and spirit.
Why we don't see many shamans in the city?
First of all, In the shamanic view, mental illness signals “the birth of a healer,” in our society mental illness signals a defective person. So we don't have the knowledge to support shamanism in Cities, we have mental institutes.
Life in a City is hard and mainly goes against Shamanism. Being a Shaman requires a Healthy mind and spirit. Something that City life struggles to leave space for. That is why most Shamans live in mountains and small villages.
Although there seems to be a new breed of Neo Shamans which finds a way to incorporate City life and the way. Personally, I think that they might be better suited for the role, but as I said, it is all based on what one person is aware of, so having different experiences makes different people in that circle.
Most people like to associate Shamanism with the ability to heal and talk to spirits. But that's what they see in the whole picture and those are the benefits that are given from one party to another.
One thing that is unknown is the process of Embodiment that goes on for a person to swim in those waters. It takes years of practice and experience not only on a physical level but rather on all levels of being. That is what stands behind the word "Shaman". It is not a case-specific role that is the same for everyone.
Simmilar to Shamans Mystics and Seers have the same difference when compared to Normal People, but have walked different paths compared to the one of the shaman.
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