“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…”

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jul 26, 2012
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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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About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.

Comments

58 Responses to ““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…””

  1. Tiger says:

    Unclutter your own mind of negatives lead a simplest life possible leave your impression foot prints

  2. ASB says:

    That's trolling??

  3. art says:

    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.

  4. Amy says:

    Good Lord people, lighten up!

  5. Dina says:

    If you answer those questions, honestly and repeatedly, you will be confronted by the "base" problem. It's in that confrontation that the truthi is found and the healing begins. Nothing in this article says that we should substitute genuine change with dancing, singin, storytelling and silence. These are the gateways to te pain and ultimate healing. The places where these stopped are also guideposts to when the wounding happened.

  6. Di says:

    Salves does not equate “a panacea for all problems” and does not mean death of the ego. They are soothing, healing and life-affirming.

  7. Matthew says:

    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.