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What is Prayer? The Shamanic Sense

What is Prayer? The Shamanic Sense

by Tasara, Contributor to Shamanism on Allthingshealing.com

For some of us, the word prayer invokes feelings of being small while making entreaties to a god that is big and far, far away. Some of us might associate prayer with guilt, as in “I don’t pray enough” or more likely, “I am _(lazy, unenlightened, lame, etc)_ because I have not kept up with my spiritual practice.”

But there is no shame or blame in the spirit world that we choose to engage with in shamanism. There is only love.

Shamanism in all things is about relationship. Relationships with the awesome, embracing, guiding spirits, relationship with the self ­— and just as profoundly, relationship with the land. This relationship with the land is where prayer comes in.

Prayer, meditation, yoga, martial arts practices all talk about Being. As a shamanic person, this means being myself as the magnificent carnal creature of the earth that I am. As I go deeper into my meditation, I am more and more awakened to my fibers, to the breath of the trees, to the birds, to the concrete and cars passing by. I am awakened, once again, to the passages that connect it all together. The connection, all around like crazy and wrapping back to me, is relationship. It is highly intimate if I open my heart to it.

This work, this gentle finding of our way back into relationship with the Mother Earth is prayer.

The experience is more like Ahhhh… There you are! Ahhh… There I am! And Ohhhh, it’s so nice to be back.  It’s a home-coming. It is unique to all of us and unique each time we practice. We practice and practice with no goal, really, because we reverently know that there is always more to find. This practice of finding, communing and balancing is all there is. It is what it is. It just is. Delicious.

In this conversation with her, some of us may find peace, some may find revelation, in some, a long awaited release of emotion. After we have been able to clear the private rivers of mind and emotion, there is, waiting for us, joy. This being in relationship, being in balance, is intrinsically, joy.

As a shamanic person, I do not find that I teach or hold ceremony out of an altruistic desire to help, nor from a feeling of obligation. Rather, I do it because it is my function in this vast web of beings to bring things back into balance – myself, the land, the humans I walk with and between the earth and sky energies. I do what I do because it is who I am, so I don’t need any reasons. It makes things less complicated. I am a love-earth creature and my job is to bring balance. It is my place.

Prayer is the first step to coming back into relationship with my home, Mother Earth. It is the prerequisite to doing any other work. She is always there, waiting. Or not waiting. Just being. But she is always there, willing to connect. All the good stuff.

Shamanism. Relationship. Balance.

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12:19PM PDT on May 5, 2013

noted

2:44AM PST on Feb 28, 2013

Thank you

4:04AM PST on Feb 6, 2013

Thank you

8:31PM PDT on Oct 7, 2011

thanks

2:03PM PDT on Oct 7, 2011

Thanks for posting. I believe that prayer is more than going to church.

8:13AM PDT on Sep 26, 2011

Very nice article... and very simply stated, as it should be. Thank you.

1:30AM PDT on Sep 25, 2011

There is nothing I've found as relaxing as a shamanic drum meditation. I found my totem animal through this and I felt so much more in tune with animals and the planet. We are all one, we are all together in this great mystery of life's journey. Thank you for the article.

4:32PM PDT on Sep 24, 2011

nicely put and beautiful. Thank you

11:27PM PDT on Sep 17, 2011

Thanks for another viewpoint.

8:02PM PDT on Sep 17, 2011

prayer gives me peace in heart & mind

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