The Infinite Paths to Spirit

There is no single path to spirit and our wildest dreams, but an infinite multitude of trails. It should be obvious, but sometimes we forget that there are no rules for connecting, accessing, and communicating with the non-physical world.

This is why I have felt distanced lately from labels like “shaman”. It has become clear to me that I do not agree with the shamanic worldview as it is generally understood. I cannot, myself, ascribe to any perspective that lays out the non-physical world as if it can be mapped at all. To draw a map is to impose limits and boundaries, while often reducing space to 2 dimensions and condensing data or details to the point where it all
becomes a metaphor, or even just a symbol. The spirit world, meanwhile, has no boundaries. No limits. There’s no containing it, and no laws need apply there. I believe contradiction abides peacefully in the spirit world, untroubled by the human mind which cannot comprehend it. I tend to think that the spirit world cannot be usefully mapped at all.

I’m not even saying that the shamanic description of the spirit world is wrong. For instance, it is said that there are three layers to the spiritual dimension: the Upper, Middle, and Lower worlds. I don’t have a quarrel with the concept; I don’t quibble about the somewhat vague meanings of the three categories. And I understand the compulsion to use physical terms that people are accustomed to, as if spatial directions
are relevant outside of spacetime. But this map is far, far, removed from the entirety of what the spirit world is. It’s just a napkin scribble that might help you get where you want to go — or where a teacher wants you to go. And it’s important to realize this. Who are we to think we know the landscape of infinity??

The less we think we know, the better.

But what I really want to say is that the label “shaman” imposes a distasteful distinction between “regular” folk and “special” people who can commune deeply with spirit. I disagree with this notion completely. While some people may be more confident, or even more skilled, in the ways of connecting with spirit, I maintain that everyone is directly in touch with the spiritual realm, even if they don’t realize it, and most can easily build on this innate ability. It is damaging to the spiritual growth of humanity to think we need to follow any elite group or person in order to get information about the spirit world. In truth, we do not actually need spiritual books or teachers, although learning from others does deliver new insights and perhaps helps push us along our journey. Just as you can see (or otherwise sense) the physical world and learn from it directly, for yourself, we are all given the opportunity to directly sense and learn from the spirit world.

My belief comes directly from how I define spirit. To me, the simplest way to define spirit is: something that exists which is not physically manifest in the world. And I believe that what we call spirit is the same thing we call potential. Potential by definition is non-physical, perhaps even the opposite of physical. Once potential becomes manifest, it is no longer potential, but physical. For me, if spirit can be equated to potential, then we are all hardwired to sense it: even animals dream, which is an exploration of potentiality. Things that aren’t physically happening; things that could happen. As I have said before, our imagination is a direct sense of potential, which is spirit. Imagination allows us to freely explore the landscape of the spirit world.

I have more to say, much more; but I wanted to offer a brief overview of why I will no longer be labeling myself as a shamanic practitioner, or any other label. I am but a human being who explores the spirit world.


3 thoughts on “The Infinite Paths to Spirit

  1. Wow! I love what you wrote. My mailbox is inundated daily with promises of all the secrets of instant spiritual growth from teachers who will elevate me if only I give them a lot of money. Well, a lot for me, because I don’t have it. And sometimes, if I allow myself to believe that they have secrets I can’t access, it’s very disheartening and discouraging. Other times, I realize that as I’m ready, all the secrets I need will be available for the claiming from the universe. It’s just difficult sometimes to stay in that frame of mind with all the “experts” and “teachers” clamoring for my attention. I’ve taken to just deleting most of it as it comes into my mailbox, because it seems there’s never an end to the “last chances” to have access to their wisdom. Something told me to read yours and I’m so glad I did. I was scarcely through the first sentence when I thought, “I love this.” Thank you for sharing it with me.

    1. I’m so very grateful for your words! It lifts me up that someone has found this inspiring! I know where you’re coming from as I have been a seeker all my life. I have a new blog where I write a lot about exactly HOW to find your heart’s truth. This one post might be meaningful to you as well, so I hope you don’t mind me sharing it!

      Thank you again and best wishes on your journey.

  2. Hi,
    Great statement of where you are and your understanding of the limitations that concepts, words, and human attempts at articulating spirit are. I appreciate, as always, your willingness to engage in dialogue on something as amorphous as spirit.

    Personally, it took me so long to be able to be comfortable with my gifts, that attaching chosen labels to myself has been healing and an anchor, (healer, medium, psychic). Though I don’t feel any need to exercise limits on what spirit is or does.

    I totally agree with you that others can access spirit. I respect what you are saying and it makes sense to me.

    Good and healing thoughts to yous.


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