The first thing is to pay attention their energy
How do you feel?
Do you feel more yourself when you look at them?
Maybe you’ve seen them on a website, video, etc.
Your heart knows deep inside, when we look at someone, we get a glimpse or hint of what that person may be like, if we are attentive enough.
For all the bad experiences you’ve gone through, like mistrusting someone, a part of you deep inside knew that this person may pull something shady…
So, the first thing to recognize a good Shaman is TRUST.
How do you feel when you look at a picture of them? do they only leave the most favorable reviews?
The key is to look at a Shaman and his energy.
How does he lead his life?
A good Shaman walks his talk.
My experience with our elder in Colombia, i’ve drunk medicine with him many days straight, and i’ve gone to very deep places with his medicine, and yet still some of the most touching moments to me have been in conversation with him while we were all sober.
Seeing him lovingly take care of his tribe, of his wife, of his children. Seeing him tell jokes and laugh.
In a person’s laugh you can recognize the soul of that person, because its being poured out freely.
How they smile, what do their eyes look like? Numb and faded or do they look vibrant and full of love?
In their life you will recognize if they live with integrity, if your Shaman lives a chaotic life, looking like they’re desorganized, arguing with their partner, living from a very disconnected point in life.
Then he will take you to that place.
A Shaman can only take you as far as he himself has walked, as deep as he himself has explored.
To a life of as much love, abundance, beauty, peace and compassion, as the one he EMBODIES.
It is irrational to think that you can meet an angry Shaman, and that his medicine is somehow going to make you a more loving person, it is very rare, and you should be careful with this.
In the world of plant medicine there’s a lot of people who talk too much, a lot of narcissism, greedy, monetizing people, that just want every dollar from foreigners that are in need of healing.
You want to be mindful, you want to pick someone whose heart feels like its at a place where you will want to go, and if you’re unsure then that’s your body telling you to take your time, to be in no rush.
There’s so much beauty that can be created if you find the right people and so much ugliness that can come if you dont.
I hope that if you’re looking for a plant medicine ceremony that you find Shaman whose energy you can trust.
If you don’t know of the Shaman usually you can look at their facilitating team, the people that assist, work with them, that speak of them on their behalf.
You will get a fair glimpse into the kind of energy and the kind of work that is done in that medicine house.
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