As we go through the process of learning to be Shamans along the lineage of Peru, we do workshop type weekends to concentrate on different aspects of teachings in the honor of the four directions. We start with South, where we learn about self healing. In the West Work, we learn to confront our own death, and how to work with our own shadows. I believe that I have explained shadow work on this blog before, and I will go into the confrontation of your own death later. But what I would like to share today is that I am continuing to learn more about myself on this path, than I had ever imagined. I am, of course, learning about Shamanism, but much of that comes from understanding myself. Physically, emotionally, and energetically. The more work I do, the more I realize that Shamanism can be more psychology than energy. (But works all the better for being both)
I am learning more about the path I am on, as well as what my path is. I have known for a while that being a teacher is not the path for me. I am a healer, I am a Torchbearer. And while all of the work I have been doing, seemed much like the work of a priest, Hecate kept telling me clearly that I am not a Priest. This is something I have given a lot of thought to. I feel like this is the work of a Priest, but I am no Priest. What is it that I am doing as a Torchbearer?
This past week, I had the chance to have dinner with a couple of friends, and as I was discussing this question with Sarenth, He was quick to understand my concern and tell me the thing I didn’t see.
And if I may summarize what he had to say,
A Priest works with a deity or deities, but they are working more closely with the divine, and allowing people to learn from them.
A Minister, is someone that works with a deity or deities, but they take the information from the deit(ies) and teach it to the people.
It comes down to which way the persons energy is facing when they are working to communicate between the divine and the people.
As he was explaining this, I felt that it was truth. Or at least the truth I needed. My job is to hear the divine and communicate that to the people. I am to be facing the people.
Almost simultaneously after Samhain, I understood the benefit I gain from offering and giving aid. It feels right, and it is what I am to do. And this while I felt that the West Work was over. I feel like I have leveled up again, and I am happily sitting in the place of peace, before I start on the next set of work.
It seems that the work that is worth doing, is of the most challenging, yet the most fulfilling once you succeed.