6.9 – THE SHAMANS (2.28.14)

BECOMING A SHAMAN [10c]

Fort Lauderdale, Florida. January 27, 2014. A Peruvian-born shaman leads a group of participants in an ancient Andean practice. Known as a despacho ceremony, this ritual dates back thousands of years.

“In Peru, despachos or (speaks foreign language), which are offerings, have existed since the first pre-Columbian peoples settled the Andes and coastal areas. Despacho consists of a ritual honoring with reverence our ancestral star relatives in the cosmos that have been guiding the evolution of humankind on planet Earth. Every time I perform a Pachacuti ritual, portals are opened, conduits between the Earth and the sky are revealed.”

Oscar Miro-Quesada (Shaman / Author, Lessons in Courage)

“It is believed that through ceremonies such as the despacho, shamans are in fact able to access these so-called nonlocal realms of being in the Universe. That helps to unify those of Earth with those from the sky.”

David Wilcock (Author/Filmmaker),
(Author, The Source Field Investigations),
(The Synchronicity Key)

If shamans really are able to access these so-called nonlocal realms, how are they doing it? And who or what has chosen them to be the ones to communicate with beings from beyond our world?

“I came into this shamanic tradition as a result of deep curiosity as a child. I learned from my two primary mentors in folk healing known, as curanderismo, the following: the spirit world is here with us. Let us celebrate through that portal to the stars. I was introduced to a Universe in which seen as well as unseen relatives and allies and spirit helpers abound. And forming relationships with these spirit helpers was the foundation of my apprenticeship.”

Oscar Miro-Quesada (Shaman / Author, Lessons in Courage)

But who are the spirit helpers? Are they actual beings who exist in a realm most of us are unable to experience? Ancient Astronaut Theorists believe the answer may be found in the story of a famous Native American shaman.

Bighorn Mountain Range, Wyoming. Nearly 10,000 feet up, on a desolate peak that is only accessible during the brief summer months, lies a structure known as the Bighorn Medicine Wheel. This massive stone circle measures over 75 feet in diameter and contains 28 spokes representing the lunar cycle. By studying the astronomical alignments of the stones, researchers were able to date the construction of the site to approximately 1200 AD. Although it is held sacred by over 60 different Native American tribes, just who built the medicine wheel remains a mystery.

“So, the Bighorn Medicine Wheel is-is significant to a lot of tribes because it has this connection to a lot of different traditions in terms of star knowledge and star power and ceremony.”

– Brian Burkhart, Ph.D.
(Prof. of Native Am. Studies, CSU Northridge)

According to the oral tradition of the Crow tribe, the 19th-century leader Red Plume made a journey to the medicine wheel as a young man that shaped his destiny as a powerful shaman and chief.

“The medicine wheel connect to particular constellations that are kind of like vortexes between certain star energy and certain Earth energy, and the medicine wheel seems to be creating some place that marks the particular spot at a particular time where those star energies and Earth energies and human energy come together.”

– Brian Burkhart, Ph.D.
(Prof. of Native Am. Studies, CSU Northridge)

During what the Crow tribe call his “vision quest,” Red Plume claimed to have encountered a mysterious race of beings he called “little people.”

“He was visited, he said, by these little men who then took him inside the Earth into some kind of a vortex wormhole. There, they taught him secrets of medicine.”

David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

“There are lots of stories about little people in Native tradition across the Americas. The little people come from another planet, and they kind of play around with human beings. But they’re also protectors of them, teaching them even through that playfulness.”

– Brian Burkhart, Ph.D.
(Prof. of Native Am. Studies, CSU Northridge)

“Is it possible that this medicine man was actually meeting with extraterrestrials who then taught him some medical secrets and then allowed him to return back to his people?”

David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

“These stories didn’t originate in our ancestors’ imagination. There is a core of truth to all those stories. And so, those beings, are they, in reality, of extraterrestrial origin, something physical, flesh and blood? Absolutely. Those beings are the progenitors of knowledge.”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

Could the stories of the Bighorn Medicine Wheel be describing extraterrestrial contact? Is this where shamans, like Red Plume, acquired wisdom from otherworldly beings? In cultures throughout the world, there are stories of shamanic initiation at the hands of so-called spirits. Oftentimes, the process is described as dangerous. In fact, many healers are said to be taken against their will for this instruction.

“When shamans narrate their life stories, they usually do not say, “Well, I chose to be a shaman.” The healer does not choose her or his profession. They are chosen by the spirits.”

– Sabina Magliocco, Ph.D.
(Prof. of Anthropology & Folklore, CSU Northridge)

“The shaman is usually called and there’s some sort of wound that the shaman sustains.  It can be any bizarre malady: being struck by lightning, epileptic fits, a bad accident, anything that wounds the person and enables them to go inward. It’s quite a hardship, you know. It’s not something that anybody who really knows about it would readily undertake.”

– David Cumes, MD (Author, The Spirit of Healing)

“Once the spirits have got you, you either die or remain permanently sick or become a shaman. There aren’t a lot of ways out. You often go mad for a bit, or fall sick for a bit, as the spirits take possession of you. And then you go through a visionary process in which, for example, quite often you feel your entire body being taken apart and then put back together again. And when you’re back together again, you’re starting to acquire the abilities to travel through time and space.”

– Ronald Hutton, Ph.D.
(Prof. of History, Bristol Univ./Author, Shamans)

Why would so many of these traditional healers share this belief that they had been chosen and physically changed by spirits? Some Ancient Astronaut Theorists believe more clues can be found by examining the similarities between these shamanic experiences and the stories of modern day UFO abductions.

“People who believe they’ve been abducted by aliens will speak of implants being put in their bodies. Put there by the aliens. Exactly the same experiences are reported in much more traditional cultures, shamanistic cultures. The construal there is that this is being done by the spirits. And the similarity between the two experiences are very, very, very strong and very, very powerful.”

– Graham Hancock (Author, Fingerprints of the Gods)

“Perhaps what’s happening is that you’re really in contact with some kind of extraterrestrials. And in a sense, in these shamanistic states, you’re tapping into what we would almost call extraterrestrial powers.”

  – David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

Is it possible that shamans receive their mysterious powers through alien abductions? And might this explain why shamans all over the world claim to have a connection to other realms? Perhaps the answers can be found in the strange and powerful visions experienced by shamans in the Amazon.

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