In my last blog I wrote a little bit about the difference between pagani and hellene and more about being pagani in an urbani setting. That is, bring nature into our lives even when we live in urban settings. I think that those of us who live in urban settings need to make a more conscious effort to incorporate nature into our lives. In addition, because we may live in a concrete jungle rather than the Amazon jungle or even in a rural setting, finding ways to connect with nature is even more important for us.
Finding that connection with nature brings us the idea of being hellene, or in modern vernacular, being pagan. Those of us who proudly consider ourselves to be pagan don't follow one of the three book religions. Our spiritual lives lie far from orthodoxy. You too might be pagan or have pagan tendencies (oh no, not that) if, for example, you:
Shamanism isn't a religion if you believe Wikipedia which defines a religion as, "a cultural system of behaviors and practices, world views, sacred texts, holy places, ethics, and societal organisation that relate humanity to what an anthropologist has called 'an order of existence'". Just for fun, let's take that definition apart and see how shamanism stacks up.
Shamanism may not be a religion but it can be a spiritual path, one that brings you closer to Spirit and humanity. In fact, if you want to really practice shamanism then you have to do more than read about. You must develop your own personal relationship with Spirit. The best way to do that initially is through shamanic journeys to meet your power animals. They are representations of the divine, the energy of the divine directed towards us in a form and frequency that we can interact with and understand. The messages that you receive from your power animals are personal revelation. The heavens are open, we just have to learn to listen.
Find Spirit on your path.
I'm Dr. Dave, a modern druid. I lived and worked in Bolivia and Peru for over six years, where I and was trained by Andean Shamans, and today practice Druidcraft and contemporary shamanism.