One of the options I offer is a style of coaching from the Integrated Arts Institute of Oakland, CA, called “Shamanic Soul Coaching.” Given that I have a degree in Science (it’s in Genetics), some folks have wondered how I can hold what seem to be such mutually exclusive views of the universe, in order to do something with “shamanic” in the title. Here’s my answer to one friend a while back. Hope this helps, and feel free to ask me any questions!
Last but not least, I wanted to address your musings about the perceived internal conflict between the Shamanic view and the scientific/rational view of the world. I too am highly trained in science (BS in Genetics), and have at times found it challenging to hold such disparate views of the world at the same time. For me, I’ve found that it helps to “translate” between the views, looking for how mystical concepts can be expressed in scientific terms, and how scientific concepts can be viewed in a mystical framework. Another thing that helps me is to remember Arthur C. Clarke’s “law”: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” For me, this means that just because I don’t understand it, or science can’t explain it NOW, doesn’t mean that no explanation exists. Conversely, I don’t actually need to know HOW something works in order to use it. A toaster might as well be a toasting spell, for all the difference it makes to me in practical application. Tarot cards, astrology, hypnosis, data charting, psychology, and trance dancing all become equally valid means of reaching a state of knowing and being hooked into a collective body of wisdom that’s not usually available to us on a conscious level in day to day normal space.
© 2011, Dawn M. Davidson