I received an email recently from a metaphysical teacher and wonderful channel (a person who relays messages from spirit guides) about a client who came to her asking her guides if she should leave her job to pursue her interest in healing.
Her guides told her that she was not being asked to do this, she was still needed in her current position and she didn’t need to quite her job in order to pursue her passion.
Many cultures containing shamans, understand this paradoxical perspective as well. They consider the shaman’s journey to non-ordinary reality as a part-time activity. The shaman who is considered a “master”, not only performs shamanic duties, but is also an active participant in the economic, social and political affairs of the community:
“He is commonly an accomplished hunter or gardener, craftsperson and artist, thinker, and responsible family and community member. Indeed, the ability of the master shaman to operate successfully in two different realities is seen as evidence of power.” – from Michael Harner, The Way of The Shaman
It's easy to feel like we can’t have one thing without giving up the other. The road doesn’t always need to be new to be of value and sometimes the size of our decisions does not relate to it’s importance. Just as the spring contains the paradox of new/old, green/brown and sun/rain, so too are we being asked to embrace the “and’s” in our life and in ourselves.
That both can exist at once is an awareness of your own Master Shaman within. May you walk in many areas and many dimensions this year, remembering that there is no such thing as a “jack of all trades, master of none”.