silenceseeker Posted August 5, 2015 Share Posted August 5, 2015 We get a lot of questions and confusion about what the Maker tradition is and how it fits in the grand scheme of shamanic traditions. I thought I would post a list of a few things of what it is and isn't that comes up a lot. This is not a criticism of other traditions/methods. We value and respect other methods but I would like to clarify some common misconceptions about the Makers.. It is considered contemporary shamanism, however: It is NOT Neoshamanism - this is not an invented tradition, it's been around a very long time It is NOT Core shamanism or anything related to Michael Harner's work It does NOT use power animals - there are other methods used for the same purpose but they involve working with energy directly It is NOT contemporary in the sense that is is new. It is very old but it did not stay stuck in one particular point of time/tradition. A lot of contemporary shamanism is really traditional shamanism at its roots.- it's really the same traditional practices with just a new new look/ use of materials to fit better with modern culture. It IS contemporary in that it has evolved alongside western culture as the culture evolved. Since it has its roots in Western European culture, it has evolved along with western culture to fit the needs through different periods of time. This means that the practices are about working with the time and culture we currently live in and reflect that in the techniques. It IS about working with energy in its most elemental state, which also sets it apart from other traditions. I hope this helps clarify some things. All questions or comments are welcome. Lorrie Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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