Dear Terence McKenna; still making me laugh out loud 14 years after his death.
Oh, and he is so right. The Shaman is the interface between the Culture and the Other, in human societies.
Paraphrasing the Bard:
“OK, you…you can go and be weird. We’ll give you a hut on the outskirts of the village and -yes – when we need you we’ll call you.”
I think that there are more Shamans walking the Earth today than at any point in the past. We are experiencing that concrescence which is a hallmark of a great shift in levels of awakening.
Why, I had an hour-long conversation with a Shaman just yesterday, at work. I very much doubt he calls himself that, but that is the effect. You, you go over there and be weird. We’ll call you and use you when – not if – we have need.
And so it is perhaps not such a shock to find groups of Pagans and other minority clusters at seeming war with each other: they are each and all behaving like the Shaman of the village, and being weird. It takes a certain level of weirdness to handle magic at after all.
And we so need our Weird ones at this critical juncture in our species’ history.