In coming ever closer to understanding the shamanic aspect of my soul, I perceive that its essential nature is to heal. It's that simple and it's not that simple because a healer must heal himself first. It is that winding road of the shamanic path that shows you that as a Shaman one must, in the wisdom of the Amazonian elder shamans that I was reminded of in Tyler Gage's book, Fully Alive, "Give thanks to the wind, to the shadow, to that which challenges us, that which shows us where we are weak, that which invites us to be stronger." The healer becomes a healer through acknowledging his own pain and suffering and then transmuting it. With the help of these healing powers, the Shaman becomes a facilitator of the healing of others.
This sentiment is deeply captured by David Whyte, in his book The Heart Aroused:
"It is as if we first stumble into our belonging by realizing how desperately out of place we feel... we might at first label the body's simple need to focus inward depression. But as we practice going inward, we come to realize that much of it is not depression in the least; it is a cry for something else, often the physical body's simple need for rest, for contemplation and for a kind of forgotten courage, one difficult to hear, demanding not a raise, but another life.
It seems that to find the real path we have to go off the path we are on now, even for an instant and earn the privilege of losing our way."
As Tyler Gage so wisely asserts, "In the world of shamanism, the pervasive archetype of the 'wounded healer' arises from this core value of recognizing the gifts hidden in events that at first seem shattering."
I discovered that the shaman's way is the way of the heart aroused. It is that aroused heart that helps the Shaman to always come back to a healed state. Remember, "Physician, heal thyself."