5/11/2013

William Whitecloud - The Last Shaman

Would you like to know what is right for you? Would you like to avoid danger and even know when you can pull the lion's hair without fear? Are you interested in knowing what the others are thinking and what to do for their and your best interest? Then let's read the latest book of African-Australian writer William Whitecloud - The Last Shaman.
Life is supposed to be magical adventure filled with joy and unimaginable miracles. Unfortunately we often evade the pleasures which are prepared for us. We don't listen to our instincts, we dismiss advices of our inner voice and rather act reasonably. It's foolish but logical.
Key topics: Intuition, Innocence, Expectations versus Reality, Vibration, Subconsciousness
The Last Shaman teaches us that we should forgot about what we learned how the world is supposed to work. We will learn that to live according to our expectation leads only to confirming of these expectations but usually not to joy. The remedy is innocent point of view of small children that see the reality and not the names we given to it. In innocence we would see a car as variety of shapes and features and not as a word 'car' and everything else would be real not just a name we gave to it.
Even though William sometimes point out the differences between his point of view and the teaching of The Secret, I think these two path have many things in common - e.g. intention on the end goal, synchronicity and following one's intuition. From Whitecloud's previous book The magicians way we know that we should put the attention to the end results and do not care about how we will achieve it. Just follow the magical path of intuition which would never fail us.  
In The Last Shaman William explains that if we want to overcome a bad habit it's not enough to think about its positive opposite. We have to bring into mind some higher idea which surpass both the vice and the virtue. Once we decide to grow and follow the nobler thought all our conscious and unconscious, bodily and mental abilities get into synergy to fulfill this new goal. If we on the other hand just try to overcome a habit, part of us would try to protect the secure and known habitual routine while we would simultaneously try to overcome it. 
In the state of innocence so beautifully described in the book we would quickly find out the noble goal and we can start the thrilling journey to reach it. Our habitual behavior will lay us traps here and there but if we stay tuned to the life we would finally succeed. Fortunately this journey never ends and we can always aim for better and more fulfilling life. 
The Last Shaman start a bit lengthily describing civil war in an indefinite African Republic. It would however be a mistake to stop reading. The story will get on speed and we will learn how we usually perceive our world and how miraculously we could see it. The book will help us to expand our awareness so much that we would notice much more from our surrounding, that we would easily see the right way forward and we will be able to avoid unnecessary danger. We will learn how not to judge and not to try to solve everything out but rather have confidence in our life. The Last Shaman will allow us to life fully to achieve our dreams and to be sure that these desires are not only short term elusive illusions but life-fulfilling aims. The Last Shaman can teach us how to live.

Quotes: 
Dumani warned me that it's not the best to try to work everything out. Doing so only engages rational mind, which in turn has to reference our belief system for answers, which of course remove us from objective reality. All paradoxes can be resolved if we but give our subconscious mind to put the things together. And it's in these moments when I stop needing to understand that it comes to me. 
Just let it all unfold and do not try to be in control

When you define him as victim, then he looks sweet and behaves cute. But when you define him as crazy rogue, he looks like a monster and behaves like one, too. Even inside yourself, you change - the pictures, the memories, the thoughts and  feelings change according to the definition. 
Assign the definition and the reality follows. You change the definition and the reality changes. 
How our expectations influence what we experience.

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