Spoiler alert: This is my understanding. If it doesn’t feel right to you, let it go. There is no value in debating spiritual matters. I am sharing this for the benefit of those who are seeking to learn different beliefs, in search of their own understanding. The thing to keep in mind is that what we believe is the choice we need to make at the time we make it.
Urban shamanism is not a religion. As shamans, we do not worship gods. We do not pray to deity. We communicate with spirit entities on behalf of others to help them in this world. We request guidance, insight and healing in order to benefit our communities. Here are some of the things I have learned through working with those spirit beings:
- The universe is not divine.
- There is no universal “love” or any other emotion.
- There are no gods or goddesses.
- The universe does not punish us, nor does it reward us.
- The spirits shamans work with are kin.
- We are spirit entities who are experiencing the world, the universe, from the perspective of physical matter and energy.
- Everything we experience while being “alive” is for the purpose of learning and having fun.
- Many of the spirits we encounter have experienced countless “lives” here.
- We choose to be here, in this state. While most of us purposefully forget who we really are while we’re here, this identity we accept is just temporary.
- Often we meet others here in our physical lives that we also know as our true selves.
- The spirits are energy beings, just like us but are not directly experiencing the world as we are. Some know us in our true form and stay close during our trip through the middle layer.
- The spirits want to help us, but typically will not interfere in our experience unless asked.
- Shamans are able to perceive outside the experience of the physical world, and interact directly with those entities who are not currently inhabiting this layer of being.