Transpersonalism and the Psychology of Shamanism: Final Footnotes
It’s been real, but I finished “Perspectives on the New Age” (edited by James R. Lewis and J. Gordon Melton) yesterday on the train. I am wrapping up my self-taught class called “Transpersonalism and the Psychology of Shamanism,” despite not having finished the other two books I wanted to. It’s time to move on…this is a topic that interests me to no end, so I will always be reading up on it. I will get to those other two books…eventually.
I learned and accomplished so much over these past few months.
- I learned that I am very comfortable with using the word “magic” (or “magick,” whatever) to describe the practice of shifting energy in order to produce a desired outcome. I learned that the use of magic is common to all cultures and has never actually gone away…even if its no longer called that by many adherents.
- I learned that the words “shaman,” “witch,” “magician,” etc…might very well be describing the same type of person. And that right now, as I’m still soaking up information and finding my footing, holding a particular label isn’t very important to me.
- I learned that some of the oldest magick and witchcraft traditions date back to Kemet, and are also found all up and through Yoruba systems. (More info here)
- And last but not least, my good friend Joyce and I decided to become spiritual partners to one another…to support each other on this journey of magic working, earth grounding and ascension. We have been mirroring and inspiring each other on the spiritual path at least since college, when we had a mutual interest in Buddhism. We both came to the realization that while we valued meditation as an important foundational practice, we wanted/needed something more…we have been super inspired by other women of color walking the road less traveled (shout out to Trae and Dynasty), by life events, and by the ascent of the Goddess energy on the planet. We have had some fun times, some funny times, and some truly mind expanding times. We’ve felt supported by our foundational Buddhist knowledge as we’ve been sifting through different people, energies, ideas, practices…as mindfulness practice truly allows one to see beneath what often masquerades as unshakeable reality. To peer beneath the veil.