There are those of us who have been driven to the edge of madness, or death, even slipping over the edge, and somehow managed to pull ourselves back. Through our own strength, and by grace, we have survived and lived to tell about it. These are the shamans who have battled darkness and death, and learned what it takes to heal. What has occurred is a small death of some aspect of the ego/mind that identifies with the world of form, transformed into a realization of existence in the void.....vast and eternal. The experience of which has downloaded us with ancient wisdom and a fragment of Christ Consciousness - a connection with the Creator that can never be broken no matter what life brings. But it is not only once, for the most gifted healers experience these small deaths over and over again. To live as a shaman/healer, one must continuously die/surrender, sometimes getting ripped to shreds in the process, in order to be recapitulated and reborn.
Nadine Duckworth, M.Ed.