10 Signs You’re a Shaman & Don’t Know It

10 Signs You're a Shaman and don't know it


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  1. I am shaman and healer in Norway and my main goal is to help souls a live or dead.I also help animals and balanse houses

      • Hey, this article was full of LOVE, lets connect on Facebook Benny Michel Smeds and all more. o love in Finland, just came from Lapland where I was discovering the Sami culture and the pure air ❤️

    • Hey, this article was full of LOVE, lets connect on Facebook Benny Michel Smeds and all more. o love in Finland, just came from Lapland where I was discovering the Sami culture and the pure air ❤️

  2. I just finished reading this great article. You answered me. I can’t thank You enough for this article. Is there a headquarters. Will look more into this. Thanks again. Irene

  3. Thank you to those of you who resonated with this post. The world needs all of us stealth or not so stealth healers to say YES to what we are called to do, in service to Mother Earth, the animals, the plants, and each other.

    Blessings to you all
    Lissa Rankin

  4. Wait… what?? With all due respect to the superficial intention of this article… In my opinion, this is incredibly insensitive and disrespectful. A Shaman is a person who was first selected by the tribe or community as clearly connected, and then underwent a near lifetime of training and focused tutelage under an elder of their tribes shamanic/spiritual traditions. I am quite fed up with this Facebook click bait nuevo spiritual BS that we are All Shamans just because of a list of things that nearly every normal human being (including the ones that aren’t self-centered) shares with one another. I am calling out everyone to be consciously respectful of a great tradition.

    • This is an excellent example of the worst kind of “plastic shamanism”. If you read this article and now think you’re a shaman you’re deluded. You’ve just demonstrated you have no understanding of shamanism. Shamans aren’t someone who suddenly decides “oh, I think I’m a shaman, must get some beads and stuff.” For everyone’s sake, stick with your day job.

      • what if it raises a question in your head because of a feeling you get, and causes you to heavily research shamanism of many kinds and cross reference your life with what you learn, eventually it still leads you to the same conclusion…will you give a short vague simple uplifting and positive natured and question raising article intending comfort and using positive vibes, like this one, credit at all? the only negative thing here is haters like you guys trying to defend the immensity and seriousness of being a shaman, trying to take away what you dont understand can still be a positive thing that exists to point possible candidates towards the knowledge seeking that makes it so clear that you are, or not? not helping! only spreading negativity……just letting you be aware of either side of attacking such a simple article that it could be fluff or just that, a simple article that doesnt go into detail but is definitely true of what a shaman knows and feels. it feels like it would make a suitable first page in a giant book on shamanism and its complexities……

    • The author of this article deliberately vaccinated her own child after researching the dangers. Obviously she’s a bit of a fraud and not to be taken too seriously.

    • I am scattered about taking in knowledge from all kinds of stuff I will keep my reply simple explain later if need be but I see a teacher a story teller in ur words whatever label u choose so I guess I am say please tell share with me what you know I would like to and care to know listen and learn 🙂

    • that may have been the best way to conduct chosing somebody suited to uphold every expectation and whatnot, but i have been either made aware of a path i led in a past life, or the earth is calling to me out of a need it feels. in any case, i have many many clear signs in addition to these and no doubts about what it means for a purpose and mission i will spend the rest of my life following. it doesnt matter what has called to me to wake up this path and purpose, all i know as its been calling my whole life and whatever it is, it has done it out of a need, and no matter how i denied it it still called and i never found answers for what it was until i was doing research and came to shamanism..

      accept that if a person feels a strong undeniable call showing every clear sign, that their path they walk based on a solitary existence of their own, the calls they have felt are no less real because in present day the need for shamans may be very needed and our place in it being stressed for a reason, outside of personal glamour or purpose, none of it is made less real by how tribes and society of old conducted the rituals of selection. when you use logic, when you know, you know. we have already ruled out the alternative as being more rational and logical until half our lives were wasted as we spent many years agreeing that it cant be shamanism or anything other than made up fantasy we created, until you have to use logic and rational thought to NOT accept that youre being called to with an urgency and for reasons you have to accept not knowing, and by untraditional methods. when it becomes all to real and leaves no reasonable doubt any longer, is such a person to reject the call and ignore a need something has to call, because in ancient history they had a tradition? i will dismiss tradition in understanding that in the world advancing daily, that old knowledge becomes antiquated as better more efficient things are achieved. all the while it remaining the same technology or knowledge, we are ever evolving as it is humanity’s nature to do so. failing to honor the call some feel towards shamanism in a world where a tribal villiage is something that can only exist in remote places just because it doesnt follow some old method. dis crediting a person feeling it in so many ways as to not be able to deny it any longer, living in cities yet loving and feeling at home in nature, is very hard headed narrow minded thinking. if whatever is calling to people and not all of them can be putting the term into their google search cause its appealing, some of them have that gut feeling and when researched and weighed with logic, the only logical outcome is that you are going to pursue the path of shaman, in populated areas where you are most useful to as many as possible, in a world that may be waking us up because there is going to be a need for humanity or somebody you meet for you to be able to help and heal them.(im being hypothetical only here) if we have a nuclear war tomorrow or something and it causes man to be without the technology and medicine we have come to rely on…..would you hate on every shaman that didnt get picked by a tribe ritual? would you refuse help from somebody that has accepted this mission and purpose because they felt a solitary call that they had? would you at the end of the world accept that everything evolves creating better more effective and currently applicable versions of everything living on this planet at all times since its beginning, so why wouldnt that include a shaman, earth dweller, forest lover, animal and plant communicating, closer to gaia than most could hope for kind of person wouldnt be evolving if not at the same pace, but more importantly, more efficiently to adapt to our present world? if anything hopes of surviving, it has to adapt. and relying on isolated tribes to have the only shamans where they would feel their need not as big, vs being in cities where they could help the most and where the planet was most sick and needing the shaman to protect and heal the planet because it needs to be taken care of by somebody who will do it out of love and care and purpose alone not seeking the perks or to just feel good about themselves or give to a charity because its a tax write-off? can you be a little more open minded and allow yourself to weigh the probable answer, instead of pushing some negative option? you think one person would do the job……but every person saying its all fake if you found by reading this that your feelings are false, saying the person who read it is fake when she gives comfort, saying if you dont follow to the letter ancient ways of leading this life that the calling and experiences and feeling in your gut that is never wrong, is all wrong and makes you a fake and not really a shaman, making the people doubt what they have known in their souls their entire lives or make it any less positive, if doing all this brings such negativity into such a positive setting, the only thing false about the people on here that follow the shamans path are the naysayers that arent singling out the ones they doubt are shaman, but leaving a comment that is only name calling, and negative, and close minded for all that find this page to read and be offended by. clear to me as the light of day who the false ones are or the ones following their path confused about the important part ranting about the details..about uplifting humanity. its only the place for a false shaman to act according to what clearly as far as ive learned in my research, singles every hater that comments as somebody who is not a shaman, and is acting out in an attempt to tear down the positive flow that you are reading until one of you guys pops up and shows us what a real shaman wont ever do.

  5. 1. You sense that you’re meant to participate in the global shift in consciousness that is currently underway.
    Yes. Much.
    2. You’ve been through a difficult initiation, which has prepared you for this leadership role.
    Yes. Many.
    3. You are an introvert.
    Social hermit. Need lots of time for self.
    4. You feel most at home in nature.
    100%. Since I was a kid. I love nature more than most people.
    5. You’re very sensitive.
    6. You feel a sort of spiritual calling to ease the suffering of people, animals, and nature.
    Yes. I do.
    7. Physical ailments that fall under the category of “shaman sickness.”
    Yes. Absolutely.
    8. You tend to have vivid dreams.
    I do. And in them, my totem is always a huge, strong, brown bison who is as close to me as a lap dog would be. A strong and loving, wonderful bison. There are others too, but the bison is the closest.
    9. You may discover unusual spiritual superpowers, or what the yogis call “siddhis.”
    10. You’ve always felt like you don’t quite belong anywhere, because you are a bridge.

  6. working on it;in the traditions i’ve been taught,i must keep my ego from swallowing me,so it’s not for me to decide to call myself shaman/Medicine person,it is others who verify it.peace to all of us who walk between worlds/realms

  7. Wow i was allways wondering am i special or different and why most of my vishes come true and today i just looked at a dog from my aunt he was lieing on the floor and i looked at him and said im my mind come here and he stood up and came to me like i was telepatically calling him and it worked and so many strange things i couldnt explain happened to me and now this helps me on my way i allso saw on tv that people can heal with their hands and energy and i tryed a bit of that and it sorta worked and i also love the supernatural and spiritual people and things it fascinates me add me on facebook fosho mynig or write me an e mail maybe together we can guide our selfs better and enhance and make this world a better place for all living beings to live

  8. Your article brought me to tears! I have struggled for so long not always understanding why I going through all this and having the strongest desire and often telling people that I felt like a bridge. Only to have mock me or pass me off. Please let me know where I can start. I am ready!

  9. I believe that I am an “indigenous medicine healer.” Great Spirit has been calling to me, giving me visions and past life memory flashbacks. I have consulted with several other psychics, healers, astrologers, the works and everyone agrees that I am a healer who has reincarnated multiple times to heal the Earth and the people who walk it. I also have doubts about all this and feel that I just believe what I want to believe or that I am going crazy. But if we look back through religious history we can see that Jesus called Himself the Son of God, and the world killed Him because they thought He was crazy. In the end, was He really crazy or was He actually the Son of God? Are people who have shamanic callings just believing what they want to believe, or is the Universe really asking for their help? Being a medicine healer is not a choice, it is a calling that cannot be ignored. Am I offended that there are people using “shamanism” to make money, yes. Just like there are bad Christians and bad Muslims, there are bad shamans. Am I offended that people are taking weekend workshops and online classes to be shamans without putting in any real effort into becoming one? Yes. But am I grateful that these opportunities exist so that I may go through retraining and reeducation to relearn multiple lifetimes of information that I lost when I reincarnated into this lifetime, yes. Great Spirit does not choose where it sends you. It didn’t make me Native American, it didn’t make me Native South American. I have ancestry with Celtic shamanism and druidery, but I prefer Amazonian medicine over European. So I really enjoyed this article as it has helped me reaffirm my beliefs of who I am and why every time Great Spirit asks me to answer Its call, I get really sick, exhausted, and experience severe back/shoulder pain. We all need to realize that the Universe works in mysterious ways, influencing people to connect in a manner to others that may need this. We live in the future where shamanic societies don’t exist anymore outside of small tribes. If we were all living in ancient times, nobody would be arguing about whether this is good or not. So please, think hard about everything before any judgment. (Some of this is in response to Facebook comments). The last part I enjoyed reading because I had to give up shamanism in my past lives to become a Buddhist because of all the wicca/pagan witch hunts. I was a shamanic priest-king who was executed and beheaded by order or my wife, the queen because she thought my beliefs were ridiculous. I was a Native American healer when a group of foreigners and “ghosts” came through our land bringing suffering and death. I have past life memories of this, and my spirit animal has been by my side since the beginning. The purpose of my incarnation in this lifetime is to come full circle, and to be a shaman again after so many years hiding from it.

    • Beautifully put….. Couldn’t have said it better myself…. Bless you and your journey… Good luck my fellow light worker.

    • Let your inner teachers and your inborn wisdom teach you. Observe and listen to others but do not assume they know more than you. Witness and access. May your path be blessed. I would love to hear more about your journey as it progresses. All the best to you.

  10. Reading your piece was like looking at myself. In church many have tried to call me a prophetess, but I have pushed such a title away. Perhaps those persons were picking up these 10 qualities about me? Now if only I could find a true mentor… Be blessed!

  11. This was so enlightening to me I am in shock. I have been through sexual abuse and have Ben through a very traumatic divorce at which time a psychic ability came to light. My parents told me I talked to people in the other side since I was a child but was told this was evil and to stop this. I have had fibromyalgia since shortly before the divorce. I can’t believe how all of this hit home for me. I would love to know more. Thank you Bonny

  12. I have been like this since I was a very young child, but was discouraged in using my various gifts. I started accepting and using my gifts when I tuned twenty, but in my mid thirties my father and my grandmother who were my biggest supporters died and I was also going through a bad divorce. I turned inward and quit using my gifts. For the next 30yrs I was miserable and always physically very ill. 4 yrs ago I let go of all my pain and hurt and embraced all my gifts and healing powers., I reconnected with nature and the universe and started practicing again. Growing up Catholic made it very difficult and into my 30’s most people thought I was out there . Now I embrace my life and my gifts and feel blessed to be able to share it with others.

  13. Yes all so true… I was born a shaman…, was aware of it through my teenage years.. Ten denied it fir along time …. But my dreams never ceased … It has always been my calling…. And now it is great to be around so many other healers… So many more people seeking and understanding… The world consciousness is changing….its a beautiful thing… The greatest feeling is when you discover that you feel comfortable in your own skin because you are doing what you were called to do! Thank you again… Hozho… Navajo saying for”walk in beauty” .. Meaning be one in balance with nature…

  14. Hmmmm… Sounded like you wrote my biography. I’ve been told by several that I am a Shaman but not sure what to do with it.

  15. Thank you so much for your words, which resonate so strongly with me. Particularly as I am bridging my father into the next world at this time. I am thankful to be a holistic nurse practitioner who does healing work in my practice, yet walks in the conventional medicine world also. Always integrating!

  16. I am what I have always been ! It makes sense ov my life ! I feel a power in me and now use it for heeling ! My life is amazing! My name was sent to me ( red hawk ) I am ready for what I was sent for ! It’s strange I have always felt I was broken and not ment for this place ! So glad I understand now ! Time for me to do my work . Love and light

  17. Ah I so resonate with this since I was a little girl. Now at 25yrs old I’ve been through over a decade of diblatating chronic pain ailments. Feeling so lost.

  18. No shaman would have written such a thing as this. The author has no clue what becoming a shaman entails. She seeks attention and to make money. 2 other readers’ comments down below are on target regarding what I described yesterday as tribal shamans who are chosen and trained by the tribe’s shaman to replace the tribe’s shaman. People who go to tribal shamans for training, intending to leave and go back into society and be shamans, and make a living at it, tend, in my experience and observation, to be not what they think, or wish, they are cracked up to be. Shamans chosen and trained by the Spirit World (angels), are something else entirely, Jesus for example. Hope you are feeling better. Sloan

    Mykael David
    January 18, 2016 at 7:55 pm
    Wait… what?? With all due respect to the superficial intention of this article… In my opinion, this is incredibly insensitive and disrespectful. A Shaman is a person who was first selected by the tribe or community as clearly connected, and then underwent a near lifetime of training and focused tutelage under an elder of their tribes shamanic/spiritual traditions. I am quite fed up with this Facebook click bait nuevo spiritual BS that we are All Shamans just because of a list of things that nearly every normal human being (including the ones that aren’t self-centered) shares with one another. I am calling out everyone to be consciously respectful of a great tradition.

    Rod MacKinnon
    January 19, 2016 at 10:19 am
    This is an excellent example of the worst kind of “plastic shamanism”. If you read this article and now think you’re a shaman you’re deluded. You’ve just demonstrated you have no understanding of shamanism. Shamans aren’t someone who suddenly decides “oh, I think I’m a shaman, must get some beads and stuff.” For everyone’s sake, stick with your day job.

  19. I have to be a shaman. I spent much of my teenage years and a mountain called storm King in Cornwall New York. I was there to communicate with the spirits that are present in a powerful place like this. The site where I used to sleep is said to be an old Indian graveyard which has been totally effaced this point but it was the place that I found to sleep. I pursued education and Western medicine and I find it to be somewhat of a joke. Even as a family practitioner it’s very hard to be The type a holistic healer that I had long to be. There are many other things that make me know I have been a shaman all long. I feel a strong need to pursue this part of myself in a way that is more formal as to this point I have been self taught. The mountain gave me more insight and knowledge than any other type of education I have received. Thank you for putting this site up.

  20. Wow, this is akin to reading my biography! I work using intuitive insights, kinesiology and homeopathics to heal people’s stresses. I see people’s past lives and any stresses that are being held onto which are affecting the persons health and wellbeing in this life. I’ve always seen things others can’t and feel so strongly that mainstream medicine is lacking. Combining mainstream medicine with ancient and intuitive medicine is how medicine should be, not one or the other.

  21. This is exactly why I named my practice Reindeer Bridge Holistic Health. I know I am supposed to provide a bridge for people to safely pass back and forth between the two types of medicine. I specialize in clinical herbal medicine, clinical aromatherapy, holistic nutrition and shamanic reiki. My community doesn’t quite know what to think of me yet but they are slowly remembering while their DNA recalls what a healer is. I’m on a small island so I am a little isolated since I cannot find anyone who does all that I do. I thank you for ‘sending up a flare’. 🙂 we do need each other.

    • The sickness that brought me to shamanism in 2010 was unbelievable. I can’t even imagine what my life would be like right now if I hadn’t said yes. I trained with Hank Wesselman for 5 years and it has been amazing. it transformed me into who I am and I am living my destiny.

  22. I believe that a better term that would better describe in the 21st century is “Healer” oppose to “Shaman”. I have great respect for the indigenous people in our country (US) and it appears that Shaman is a very sacred way of life and special hierarchy in the Native American tribes.

    Yes, I do believe there are very few people that are blessed with a healing gift. I also believe that because of God’s love is so powerful that people can be chosen that is not a part of a deep rooted culture with teachings specifically on natural healing. This uniqueness is a gift so it is up to the “Healers” job to learn and better themselves as much as possible of what goodness that speaks to their heart. All powerful “Shamans” and/or “Healers” of the past sacrificed themselves to make it better for us. I mean using themselves with “Highest love of light” as a medium to “Heal”.

    I enjoyed reading positive remarks. Thank you.

  23. Thank you so much for the enlightenment. I have felt this all of my life. I am currently an ICU nurse. Always love my patients and families. I’ve always felt that there is so much more to just medicinal healing. Please send info on any classes you may have. Thank you.

  24. The above information is amazing.. I am considered to be a Healer,many people come to me and have cone the here and when I lived in different countries abroad Hypnotherapist, artist, musician.

  25. Feel-good fluff and nonsense. I’m sorry, but there’s a LOT more to being a Shaman than your list. You’re obviously referring to a ‘New Age’ Shaman—where all you really need is the right hat! A true Shaman needs to have gone through decades of strenuous physical and psychological initiation under the guidance of a spiritual master. This process invariably involves the ingestion of psychoactive plants in a ritual setting, exploring and mastering different realms of reality and the beings that dwell there, and perfecting psychic, intuitive and healing powers.

    • I am somewhat feeling a certain way as well about the things I’ve read about this calling. I was wondering what you think about timeless lessons being taught to you both physically and mentally by a “actual (spirit) guide not a living being? Do you consider this to be above all the best teaching and guidance?

    • if i acknowledge that there is a lot more to it but can find no room to deny that i am going to pursue this because it put every unexplained experience to rest spanning my whole life……what would you advise somebody starting their journey do? i plan on giving care and dedication to shamanism respecting and honoring it and admitting im new to what it means i am embracing and inviting into my daily life, although ive already accepted the warnings of what we must overcome and endure. if you feel like you want to respond, i will take advice or opinions respectfully. my email is bakanekonei at yahoo dot com

  26. Answered ” yes” to most of these. Fascinated with shamans. I have too much humility to consider myself. a shaman but would to meet one!

  27. I feel like this and I’m mildly autistic. It’s my belief that autistic people just don’t have a place in western culture and the constant sensory overload is too much for sensitive people. If we could live the life we are meant to have ie in nature, in peace and quiet, helping people, we wouldn’t be pathologised. This article makes me understand why my life is falling into place since my first reiki attunement.

  28. This is really interesting and spot on for me. Do you have any recommendations for me? I’m a nurse and a mom and spread pretty thin as of now on time and money. Any available outlet for investigating this that doesn’t cost money and that I can do on my own time? I have always felt a pull towards medicine and being a healer.

  29. Thank you so very much I needed this. The The fustration that I feel as a Nurse, you touched on so much in this article thank you again very much

  30. thank you for the post. i myself feel like i am tearing apart, because i know, tat this is my calling, but i know no more shamans or havent yet met them in may way, but i know it will happen soon

  31. I’ve never lived in a city, I grew up in the forest drinking water from a creek and eating animals that were raised on the property. I’ve always had a gift, and always knew there were more like me. I’m now a light healer, with a special gift to the world, and other worlds like and not like earth. Thank you for your kind words Lissa, keep inspiring people and one day the world will wake up. Your’s truly Scott.

  32. Hello, my name is jade 🙂
    I have read about being a shaman as I feel, hear and communicate differently to others. I feel I can change the world and I need people to help me. I have had things like you have wrote about, happen. I can’t stomach certain food, I can hear people’s thoughts and also emotions and I also have had two car accidents where I came out fine, but I’m still perfect and happy. I literally am needing your help as I feel I can’t go anywhere, I can’t be around people and I want to embrace my gifts. I will not change for anyone but only for love and divine light of God and our world. It’s too beautiful 🙂 so when you are not busy, if you can send me a message in regards to help working with you! The more people to work together the more we can change the world. I see the good in everyone yet, hear all the bad. And feel as if it’s getting taken out on myself. I feel like a joke. And I feel how other people feel emotionally and everything else. It’s not the best and I feel as if I want to be isolated. I look forward to hearing from you too!
    Kind regards, jade (:

  33. Well..thats me! I was born that way, and without one organ. Everything you say here describe me. But thats just not enough for me to except that means I’m a shaman. 🙂 It’s kind of funny. I have heard that before..but still. I would like to speak with you if thats possible, I’ll try to contact you somehow. Until then, stay the same. Namaste

  34. Thank you for posting this blog post.
    I am a Völva / Hedgewitch (Haegtessa), Reiki healer, and dream worker.
    I have suffered from fibromyalgia (which is hereditary, my Nana has it), bipolar depression (bipolar 2), and nightmares, some of them so severe that I have woken up in physical pain associated with what I was dreaming I suffered– for instance, bee stings. Definitely, accepting the role as a shaman, or type of shaman or healer, helps to alleviate some of the “shaman illness” or psychic illnesses that shamans suffer. A lot of this has to do with the wellspring of support that becomes apparent from your deities and the ancestors you work with. But the suffering never completely goes away. Rather, it assimilates and becomes mixed with your joy and your path. You learn to tolerate it, even understand it a bit.
    What I find interesting is that, the vast majority of the time, a true shaman rejects their role for years before they are initiated into the tradition. For years, I considered myself a witch, a healer–many things– but I refused to associate myself with the word shaman. I never understood why that was, until I realized I was trying to avoid my own pain. A true shaman knows that being a shaman means pain, hardship, and a relationship with the cycles of death, life, pain, and joy. You experience overwhelming hope and light, but also overwhelming pain and sorrow and death, sometimes your own, and oftentimes that of others. That is part of the job description, so to speak. It takes a long time to come to terms with that reality.
    Many people who idealize or glamorize the Shaman’s path, want to be shamans but do not realize what it takes. I don’t say this merely to be dismissive or to lecture. It is just reality. Too many people like the idea of the path, read a book and buy a bunch of paraphernalia, host a workshop or two, and thinks that this makes them a shaman. The truth is, that in order to be a shaman, you have to have suffered. People think it’s all about drumming, humming, groovy vision quests, and spirit animals. That can be part of it for some shamans, but that is not the core of what being a shaman is. If you do not know what the core is, you were not meant to know, because it can not be described with words alone. It is a deep feeling, that most people simply don’t have.
    I’m not saying this to disrespect people or to try to dissuade them from pursuing the things which interest them. You might find drumming, journeying, and animal spirits to be very helpful. Many people who feel drawn to shamanism are in fact drawn to paths and works that come from traditionally shamanic cultures– or cultures that were either lead by or at least valued shamans in their community. But you don’t have to be a shaman to find healing in drumming, drawing up runes, and contacting your guides and ancestors. All I’m saying is, that this is a different path that is related to shamanic cultures, but is not shamanism in and of itself.
    The fact is, if you are a Shaman, it is not a matter of choice. You can not choose to be a Shaman, and you can not choose to not be a Shaman. You either are or you aren’t, and it’s as simple as that. Do not go looking to create an ordeal in the hopes of becoming a Shaman. If you are meant to follow an ordeal path, that is your prerogative, and such a path can be meant for many types of people, but it does not ensure that you will become a Shaman.
    One last thing I’d like to say, is that not all shamans practice the same way. So, if you see or hear of someone else’s practice, saying that it’s not for you, and use that as an excuse to deny your own path as a type of shaman, then you are not doing yourself any favors. I know, I’ve been there. If you are a shaman, it can’t be avoided. I do not, for instance, “horse” or allow myself to be possessed by a spirit (at this point in time, at least, although one of my deities has tried to convince me to give it a try with him). The idea of being possessed is too painful for me at this point in time, given my history with human beings who were abusive and possessive towards me. Many, if not most, other Shamans, and people who call themselves shamans, do “horse,” especially practitioners of the Norse path who are notable for coining this term in the first place. Whether you horse or not does not guarantee that you are or are not a shaman. Whether or not you do dream work or spirit work the same way I do is also immaterial. If you are a shaman, your spirits, ancestors, and the constant stream of people asking for your help with healing and for advice, will be the ones to tell you, even if they do not use the word shaman. Trust me, you will know. Listen to the signs, listen to the whispers. And above all, listen to what your own subconscious, your instinct, your intuition is trying to tell you. It will be the one most brutally honest with you, and will tell you you are when you don’t want to be, and you’re not when you do want to be. Listen to that voice. It will spare you some suffering. But only some.

    • One more thing I’d like to say is, do not listen to anyone in this comment section or on any forum, virtual or real, where someone is trying to tell you you are not “qualified” to be a shaman because you don’t meet their personal list of criteria, based on whatever information they were fed.
      If you are a shaman, you and you alone are the one who can confirm this with your soul. The soul of a shaman is different from all others, and your own inner knowing and the voices of your spirit contacts are higher knowledge than internet trolls and academia combined.
      You do not have to be Mongolian or Siberian to be a “true shaman,” just because that is where the word comes from. You can be a Miko, a Völva, a Wichasha Wakan, or any other name from any culture that is a name for shaman. Whether you use a particular method, or use a particular name does not matter. You may or may not have been chosen by your community. You may or may not come from a hereditary line of shamans. You may or may not have a day job in addition to being a shaman. You may or may not have a spouse and children of your own. You may or may not have an official title you go by, or have official recognition as a shaman. None of this matters, on the spiritual level. What matters is that you have access to the many layers of worlds and spiritual illnesses because of what you’ve been through, and this enables you to be a healer in ways all other people can not be. Even this is not full proof criteria. The only completely honest evidence is your soul. You will know, and anyone who declares that what your soul knows to be true is wrong, is either lying or doesn’t know what they are talking about.
      Being a shaman isn’t a matter of being respectful to culture or not. Just like a person can not help the language they were raised to learn, or how tall they are, a person can not help whether they are a shaman. There are people who try to be shamans who aren’t, who may “appropriate” purchasable goods and hold workshops. This is meaningless, and is ultimately not worth arguing over. You can be a shaman and still participate in buying such goods or books, or what have you. This will not make you any more or less of a shaman. If you are a shaman, you don’t need permission form an academic professor, an online blogger, another shaman from another culture, or Mongolia or Siberia. You can’t help whether or not you are a shaman. It’s as simple as that.

      • Good stuff. Shamans are a part of every culture. The Celtics and Druids had powerful magician/shamans. The Egyptians also had powerful magicians. Shamans and magicians are really struck from the same lighting bolt. They both use rituals, potions, meditations, and journeys to heal people and to work magic for the betterment of the community. Shamans tend to be more connected to rural areas and work with nature spirits, while magicians tended to be more connected to cities and towns and used ritual magic and communed with angelic and demonic beings. In a nutshell it’s the same kind of power, although I believe shamanism takes a person a bit deeper into spiritual realms. Aliester Crowley studied all kinds of ritual magic, but he also spent a year in the Mexican desert taking peyote with shamans. Most spiritual or magical people will become shamans, or they will have a period in their life where they turn to shamanism, for a certain time period, in order to heal themselves or discover deeper spiritual truths.

    • Hello I have been reading your comments and would like to thank you. I am currently following my gifts and have recently discovered that I am a Shaman and Wizard. I also am a clairvoyant, psychic, medium empath and healer. (That of which I believe is because of the Shamanic calling). I am still learning as I have much to learn. If you wouldnt mind helping me or give me any advice you have I would appreciate it.

    • is it okay for somebody finding that what a shaman should expect from pursuing the path, what they will encounter and experience and see and do as a shaman, because upon researching celtic shamanism as a witch they found on paper word for word sometimes that described the unexplained experieces of their lives? that in having these things happen to them from a super early age before metaphysical things were even a thing to them, and without seeking power because of its glamour, but identifying with it more than any other thing found previously? this article being read by somebody who was just forced to have unexplainable experiences without ever looking for them, only following their gut and not knowing why that feeling had guided them there or even expecting something had something unexplainable happen? by a person who is skeptic first, and had searched for ways that could discredit or disprove what happened and proven that it was their own complexity of the human brain that invented a falsely metaphysical experience? what happens when said person is so against reaching for answers to explain it in fear that they would be stupid enough like most people to make something fit for them to explain it but reaching so hard that they were finding wrong answers?

      Look, im going to stop talking like im not talking about me. but when i started to fully educate myself on the older origins of what i followed with my heart, i found a book outlining sometimes word for word but always outlining what id felt, thought, and experienced in my life. not just one thing id experienced, it was 4 strong experiences id had while not looking, things id been slapped up the head with unsuspectingly that left me bewildered and shocked, these experiences that started when i was 11 that id given up on finding meaning to years and years ago, 20 years for the first thing that happened. and the book i was reading that outlined the basic concepts of abilities and personality traits as well as even saying that you will accept the torch that will light the way for others to see through the dark so they may find a way out of it and into the light. or a similar way of saying something i always called my glimmer, my special calling and ability to shine a light through a persons darkness, so they had a beacon to find their way out. now its quite undeniable to me that a past life of shamanism has been resurfacing my whole life, sometimes in very powerful ways that cause me to be in shock after, or to question was that something i did or was it just perfect timing? or what the hell did i see when i touched that tree?

      so in learning about shamanism, i had asnwers to something that i had for years no way to explain but unable to deny. and in learning about the path, id had every impulse ive followed proven justified, ever impulse that felt the same way that i didnt follow led me to wish i would have, every calling ive ever felt be considered normal and standard for a person suited to this life path, positive personality traits i endulged be identified as something i always found to be a step further in intensity than others that felt the same things but in a more common way, willing to put up with less or help less than i was, more something they were willing to do than felt the need to or calling to, feelings i had when i thought about certain things, senses that i seemed to have that i was very sensitive to…..that nobody has or they denied it, abilities id just stopped denying as made up and started really undienably exhibiting and growing and certain aspects becoming undeniable in intensity, every philosophy i have and uphold as a moral ground to conduct myself and police myself and the idealistic giving and healing nature i see being the thing the world is missing, seeing the ideals that i have as a solution to a lot of problems, if there weas just more people like me, and every vision ive been blindsided with explained all in detail and 100% on point not causingme reach to make anything fit but being right there like id wrote the book myself, just reading the most basic introduction to the history of celtic shamanism with very standard non advanced knowledge intended for the beginners to know if they are suited to pursuit of the path, to weed out the flimsy ones lacking the necessary qualities or interested for the wrong reasons, all the while letting them know how to start on it, how to do the most common things a shaman does, outlining things like meditation methods and what you can expect when an animal decides to be your guide. what the initiation ritual is and what you will find along your path if you work hard at it and always stating that its a lifelong pursuit that takes a great deal of dedication to get anywhere with. now, id be willing to say that your assumptions that the book was worded in such a way to be able to apply it to myself and play upon the unaware searching for it to apply to them or snare them with promises of what you will gain falsely. it speaks to the reader at first very cynically, as if it assumes every person that pics it up does so for thr wrong reasons, the entire time causing the thoughts that should ideally cause a lot of people to just put the book down and shift their focus to something easier and more appealing, but id say id read books before that allowed me to see how it could answer my question of what was that and why? as long as i found a way to apply it to myself and not feel how the answer made me feel, using my gut and only my brain and pattern forming tendency, sure ive found what could be answers, but it never felt right and i was accepting that i hadnt found any answers to any of it minis just having some remarkable abilities and even that i rejected as i was aware of human nature to claim such things when the appeal of having special powers was glamorous and allowed them to feel special, and unique and thats something all humans do. but being aware of every human doing that to varying degrees and not being convinced with other peoples claims, even though i felt like i had been exposed to a few different powerful experiences because of some ability i had and was born with, i rejected having innate senses and abilities that mde me special because i conduct my search as a scientist, and if it couldn’t be repeated or if its something that never was gonna happen again or could be coincidence, mainly if it never happened again, it wasnt a fantastical thing, but my rational brain begged it to be honest with myself and rational and logical and instead it got filed under my human search for feeling special and unique and then rejecting it because it didnt fit other things or feel quite right. good thing it has happened to me two more times, years apart, always when i was unsuspecting and always without consent and willingness i might add! just blam drive by experience. and i spent an entire evening the night i opened this book finishing it because the more i read applied to my life, and questions, some of which iid had for 20 years answered in such detail leaving out no part of it and also not saying anything that was supplimental extra info. everything that was included was relevant and part of what i had experienced, short and to the point while also not leaving anything out, the book as well as addressed a lot of things that i enjoyed or welcomed in my life that i wasnt asking any question about and finding that id always thought it human, and caring, and just part of me, not assuming a role alongside this part of the things that a shaman embodied and felt calling towards, that heavily singled you out as a candidate or not. the things that my book asked me in the beginning in order to make the reader realize it wasnt for them.

      and if it had been one or two things that gave me an answer to a years old question id know that there was a deeper reason for me having experienced these things in a sudden shocking drive-by way, but id stay realistic and not say this is undeniable. what makes it undeniable is that it was all 4 major and powerful experiences in my life that id never been able to explain or had told myself it was something i had created i had not been witness to experiencing something wondrous of the metaphysical nature. there they were outlined and explained in what a shaman could achieve or expect to be a part of in their following this path, and for the first experience i had, i was 11 being shown a vision and automatically writing something that couldnt have come from an 11 year old, which the last part of just this week became relevant . but what i wrote was that i should welcome and explore the knowledge that seek and attain accepting that i have known it before and finally in closing it stated that i had been given a mission in life, fullfill it as though needed, it is.” so many things didnt make sense in it for a very long time but it id provide strength for that which was the hardest year of my life. and the vision i saw was outlined word for word on helping you identify what will be an indicator of the wolf aligning with your path and following you guiding and leading when you needed it. now ive always felt a magnetic draw towards wolves, and since that moment became very interested in them, as its so common, i tried to use logic to tell myself id just gotten an idea for a drawing ( as im also an artist, but only after i wanted to be some kind of medic or nurse but realized id rather pursue art, feeling myself shy away from the reality of seeing horrible injuries), while trying to be realistic and not reach for the more appealing or “cool” explaination of what had just happened, which would be leaning towards my own brain finding a way to cope with hard times, and telling myself exactly what i needed to hear at that moment to comfort myself and i had picked the wolf not the other way around. being so common a favorite animal, liking that animal made me feel more comfortable with accepting that i experienced something common and there was some logical answer to it. i could never explain the experience in a way that laid to rest my mind as when i find proven and cross referenced conclusions. if i was saying it could very well be rational and logical to assume it was and ordinary and the imagination of an artist. but without finding some facts that follow logic and fact and science and proof, it was just as likely to be metaphysical and amazing i put it to bed, and found lots of ways to rationalize it into nothingness and logically think and not allow myself to believe something that may be false, i would explain it away thinking it ordinary but the last thing that begged to be accepted was that what i had written lied beyond my 11 year old self, that it was anything but invented because always knew nothing of that complexity ever came out of me especially at that age and at the speed in which it happened and passed. all in all it took about a minute and a half to write the whole thing down. without stopping its about as long as it took to draw out the letters and get it on paper. i could barely keep up with the speed it was moving at. let alone just come up with a complex message in that time as well as get it own, using vocuabulary that was unusual and all at a speed that would be impossible for me at 11 years old to create without at least 20 minutes. minute and a half? that goes past unlikely. i couldnt do that again with such meaning if i tried.

      so i am realizing that one sign, okay, im still pursing magic, and then 2 and 3 and even 5 things, perhaps in a different time i would have pursued it. but with more than 10 things so clearly described and 20 year old questions being given answers in perfect accurate detail, as well as the feeling i got when reading this information for the first time and it all clicking, and the sense of how momentous it all was and how it was on paper explained sometimes in my own words, not having to think to make it fit, and that feeling of immensity of what i had discovered, it caused a pretty substantial emotional reaction from me the second i read what happens when the wolf picks you, what you will see and where he leads you. that was the information that caused me to read the whole book. and clearly see that every thing i am, everything i embodied, the strength to deal with pain and suffering, made me candidate for a shaman. when paired with experiencing or seeing witnessing and observing mostly all if not every recognizable sign that i was being led here, it became severely real and completely undeniable if i was using rational thought or logic at all. i had been given so many positives and no negatives to say what i felt was anything but realizing that i will pursue this path now until i die.
      so please if you respect the path at all and the virtue of spirit and positive effect required of the path, more than you state this article is superficial in intention, when you act so negatively to something i find in research of my path finding it another thing that all fits even though im not seeing anything to derail me from accepting continuing a past lives purpose in this one, im still trying to find things to disprove it all before im devoting myself fully.

      i wont try to reach for answers still, leading with a clear head because the clear signs and whatnot that are real to me always make themselves known no matter how skeptical i am of everything initially. and i am happy to know that i will be able to help others heal and my existence in this life as well as a past life will again effect the world positively in a way i am proud to be a part of.

  35. I don’t know if you’ll read this or even care for that matter I need to communicate with someone real who can help me through this journey. I am experiencing an intense spiritual awakening and a calling which has brought me here. I now need to know how to control the abilities I was given because right now the spiritual communication is at full force and I don’t know how to listen when everyone is talking all at once… Please help amberelena77@gmail.com

  36. I had a reading done recently that said I am a Shamanic Wizard. I have had many hardships in my life and I feel like I am. Whenever I say my doubts I feel negativity coming back but as soon as I say I am a Shamanic Wizard I feel right in the world. Not sure where else to go from here about it. Any help would be appreciated or an email.

  37. I’m not a shaman. You do not have to be a anything to see the world is going in the wrong direction. The birth, education, care, treatment, understanding, the environment,concern and compassion for all that take breathes,being,love, heart, feelings and sensations…we know that everything is wrong. We feel truly acts
    and recognize what is just advertising. We know that we want different and better. But we feel stuck between the obligations…..according to the family, according to the bank, to work …We feel different but we do not find force to lead change. I do not even know what a shaman is. With my bad English I read this text and uncontrolled crying on every word, every second of my life that I spent waiting for rescue,
    waiting for someone to take my hand and says …in that way is a happy place, there is a place where are people like you. I’m sorry, because I do not know anyone, who’d show me how to use my strength,… instead of tears and regrets I make someone smile, better world. I feel human suffering and pain …. I feel their needs, but people around me say … I’m crazy. Well, I want to be crazy … I do not want to live under other conditions. Why is everything upside down? Until a few years ago I saw the occasional aura around people. Now I do not see it. As it is an impenetrable wall around me. But I still have terrible heat in my hands…I know that it is intended for others…if any of you know what I should do please write to me maja.mitrovic@gmail.com

  38. Thank you. thank you. thank you. My shaman friend and mentor shared this with me. I’m finding more and more mystics to connect with as I embrace my own path as a shaman, psychic and healer. To say these things out loud is so new that I still cower a little as the words slip through me and onto a public forum. But, I’m so grateful to accept my gifts after MUCH encouragement from many kindred spirits, such as you!


  39. I have been told and it was very specific that I am a shaman. The visions are Getting stronger and I feel terrified and alone and yet I want to know how to carry out my duty and to do it in a way that is the most helpful. Please help guide me as I need an elder or many elders. The images are clear and I cannot stop them nor do I feel it’s my duty to do so. I’m trying to be a leader but there are so many forces working against us all and I need help and support.

  40. Hi every one . I feel I am having a shamanic calling! finding every thing that has been happening a little confuseing. Feel like for the last twenty years or so maybe even long my life has been ripped apart by trauma after trauma that lead me to study spirituality. Since such I have gained a few gifts downloads of information. I feel so alone never have ever fiited in society and always seen has the strange one! But who people turn to in crisis that leave once I have helped them.. Like I said they has been so much if anyone can be of assistance would be most gratful much love and gratitude to you all.xx

  41. I have this strange occurance happen often. I can be thinking about something that I want to mention to some one in the room with me. They suddenly start telling me exactly what I am thinking about to tell them. It blows me away. It happens when I’m watching TV also. I also think of calling someone and my phone rings . It will be the person I’m thinking of.

    • I’ll think of something to say to someone and they start talking about to me the same as I’m thinking of.i can think of someone and they call me on the phone. I dream of something happening and in a day or so it happens. Sometimes it is good and sometimes bad.

  42. Thank you Lissa, you’re article was very affirming for me. I have been in stealth mode for much of my life, my intuition cautioned me to be discerning and I listened. The following is for anyone that chooses to benefit.

    We are indeed the bridge makers and holders, every gesture we make helps to usher in the continuing improvement of consciousness.

    We are here to overcome our fears both together and alone, life in this material realm is hard because it needs to be in order for lessons to be consolidated.

    Each lesson learned contributes to a more evolved understanding that is instantly shared by all, yet not all are ready to accept and utilise the lesson, over linear time however, lessons do come through.

    Life in this realm is also glorious in moments. Courage, kindness and respectful conduct with all that you encounter will help heal the wounds that bind us all.

    I am grateful for the whole experience and look forward to seeing balance being restored. The spiritual truth with bring sanity back to the material realm and nature will once again feel the peace it deserves.

  43. Hi Lissa,

    I was wondering if you had any statistics on how many people or what percentage of the population (US, the world) would answer yes to 10 out of 10 signs?


  44. You say all this and then you want me to buy your book. It always seems to come down to money. Whenever that happens, I don’t trust it.

  45. Yes, I am! Finally found the name of my true calling. I am a shaman. Life has moulded me from the days I was born, and I could make a profound tick against each point mentioned here. Thank you!

  46. Great post. The Shaman archetype is a good experience but also a bad experience. How can one have both? Only the shaman knows. I had to check-mark every point that you made. Shamans not only experience these things, but the deeper your call is, the more intense the ecstasy of it, but also the pain. Shamans often feel deep pain when they are mistreated or see others mistreated. They often watch their dreams of fame, money, and cultural respect vanish before their eyes over and over again until finally, at age 50, they give up on their dreams and become the true shaman. Good shamans are very humble because they have been crushed and wounded over and over again by the divine and the spirits that are part of that divine. Many shamans live on low incomes but have learned to be happy because of the joy and ecstasy of the power that resides within them. Shamans often have evil people thrown on their path to rob them, wound then, gossip about them, and injure them. But there’s good news. Shamans often have interesting sex lives. They also get free stuff, such as NFL tickets, from people who appreciate their healing power. They also can become fairly well off in the end because the divine can bless them out of appreciation for their service.
    If you have a calling it’s best not to run from it. You will not find rest or happiness until you embrace it. The powers that you will experience are hard to define and can be very uncomfortable for years, but as the years go by you will begin to embrace that power as the most important thing in your life.

  47. I’m confused everything I have read has matches every feeling or life event and experience I have had what do I do?

    • Sometimes my hands get so hot .and I can feel this energy on me I once tried this feeling and tried to heal this woman that had multiple people talking to her .I place my hands on her head and asked them to leave her alone knowing they were not just voices in her head but feeling she was sensitive as well I told them stop you don’t belong here leave. Her alone I am saying this with my own mind then she was smiling and brought her complete attention to me .am I losing it ? I don’t know .I have so many things that are so unexplained in my life I need some kind of answer.out of body experience,repeated dreams exact same over and over every year reading people,gut feelings that are as exactly as I envisioned in my own mind etc.