May 01, 2016
Sorcery is the darkness that thrives in the shadow of Shamanism. While shamans use their powers to heal, sorcerers, like Darth Vader, take that same wisdom and turn it inward for personal gain. The sorcerer can make an enemy suddenly sick or curse a family for generations. They thrive on having power over others because their wounds drive perceptions of their own shortcomings. Our emotions tune our vibrations. The essential differences between the sorcerer and the shaman, then, is simply the nature of their intent.
In the days of old sorcery and shamanism were often entwined. Using shamanic wisdom to do harm to another was an acceptable form of survival between waring tribes. As humans have evolved many have come to recognize that having power is a responsibility that comes with a set of ethics and a code of honor. There is difference between having power and having ill will. Today’s shaman believes evil lives in the hearts of men and women, not as an independent principle.
Hatred is a common social ill rooted in anger. Babies do not come into the world hating, they learn to hate through the wounds and fears of their parents and teachers. Much of the racist, sexual orientation, and gender based hatred in our culture is passed down to us from the people we admire most. Some of the greatest sorcery done on this planet is at the hands of regular people who feel wronged. Being angry with someone, however, does not give us permission to do them harm. Anger is a secondary emotion. Behind it you will find pain, hurt or fear. As with all emotions, this is simply feedback for our circumstances. In truth, our pains are our own to dismantle, not a justification to volley a ball of fire over deck. Unfortunately, instead of healing our wounds, many use them as fuel for hurting others. Directed anger, regardless of the source, hits another like a spray of poisoned darts.
One of the most insidious forms of sorcery is Trash Talk. When we are hurt by another's actions we often go to friends and fill their hearts with our sorrows. If that loyal friend hears your sad tale and passes it on to another, it starts a ripple of negativity that runs through the community. Each person hears the injustice differently and retells it in their own distorted way. Some people do this on purpose to undermine a person they feel threatened by; others are just seeking comfort from their friends. The effect is the same, either way. Gossip and Slander are considered two of our most destructive sins.
Self Sorcery is the worst form of sabotage. Our negative self talk, even humor at our own expense, cuts us off from the vibration of love and acceptance that we are created in. Further, when we cut ourselves down, we draw in others who are tuned similarly, giving them permission to take another swing at us.
All sorcery aims at doing harm to others, whether it is conscious or not. If we stay stuck in self hatred and anger we perpetuate it in others, continuing the abuse. Every pain and fear has within it a personal strength that can be owned, tuning us to a higher vibration of reality, if we will let it. Part of the modern shaman’s training is therefore the deep personal work that makes their actions clean and conscious. We are all in a critical period of awakening for our species. By healing our own wounds we create a better world! Instead of creating more darkness, let’s choose to be Sacred Witnesses to our friends, keeping their stories secret. Let’s look at the ripples we are creating with our beliefs, motives and intent, and bravely choose the path of light!
Christina Allen’s work as an Intuitive, Healer, Teacher and Founder and Director of the Austin Shamanic Center, combines a strong science background (BA Physics, MS Neuroscience) with decades of applied ancient spiritual wisdom (Master Yogi, Reiki Master, and profound Shamanic Healing based on Q’ero Indian traditions of Peru). Learn more about making private appointments, and upcoming classes, at www.AustinShamanicCenter.com or (512) 391-9829.
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