July 27, 2012

“In many shamanic societies, if you came to a medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions…”

The four universal healing salves.

In many shamanic societies, if you came to a shaman or medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions.

When did you stop dancing?

When did you stop singing?

When did you stop being enchanted by stories?

When did you stop finding comfort in the sweet territory of silence?

Where we have stopped dancing, singing, being enchanted by stories, or finding comfort in silence is where we have experienced the loss of soul.

Dancing, singing, storytelling, and silence are the four universal healing salves.

~ The Four-Fold Way: Walking the Paths of the Warrior, Healer, Teacher and Visionary


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Matthew Oct 12, 2015 10:08pm

I am very talented in visual art, and have been very abused. Upon going to college to study art I abandoned it for vocal training, singing, acting, dance classes. I was not good at it at all but the abuse killed my soul, I needed it. Eventually I became a good singer, a greater actor, a competent dancer, and could enjoy silence. Now I am returning to visual art. But I need to heal before I could pursue where I am really gifted.

Amy Jul 10, 2014 10:48pm

Good Lord people, lighten up!

art Jul 9, 2014 3:01pm

What so-called "shamanic societies" are we talking about here? I hear the lighten up dance, sing, & laugh riff but really this is the problem with so many "New-Age" prescriptions to life's difficulties. There is a complete lack of cultural context ie. actual practices and their use by traditional shamans which will likely be misappropriated & assimilated into some subcultural milieu as a "universal truth" by someone in an authoritative way. This can actually be very misleading and cause more confusion in peoples lives.

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