by Phillip J. Watt
Phillip J. Watt is an author, presenter, researcher and
health coach who lives on the Mid North Coast of NSW
written and film work deals with topics from ideology to
society, as well as self-development.
The role of the Shaman in the original peoples
resolve issues of the tribe that other members
unable to rectify themselves.
heal, they influence, they transform,
otherwise known as the art of magic.
Traditional and contemporary
shamans do this by consciously
venturing into the non-physical realm - a practice called
'journeying' - to dance with the spirits of their ancestors and
their land to find answers to their current affairs, and assist the
energetic rivers to flow in more desired directions.
However, as the Western world became so-called 'civilized' over the
course of several millennia, they tore the role of shamans and other
energetic workers out of their societal infrastructure.
Tribal peoples were
labeled as primitive and undeveloped. Magicians hid in
Witches were burned...
Organized religions stepped up to
dictate their version of the divine to the masses, eventually
leading to the secularization of large portions of society,
including their managerial structures.
Entire cultures progressively lost their connection to themselves,
each other and nature, as well as their personal exploration of
The war on metaphysics
advanced. A philosophical disease called materialism took a
toxic grip after industrialization, consumerism and the
technological explosion saturated people's minds and hearts with
predominately mundane and
destructive conceptions of reality.
Communities were now highly fragmented and the majority of people
were sucked into urbanized enslavement.
the Internet was created. An
unprecedented moment occurred in humanity's (known) history where
information was being shared instantaneously to all areas of our
planet, resulting with a significant amplification of cross-cultural
ideas and behaviors.
A human culture, not an ethnic or regional one, was being birthed
(or simply remembered).
Amongst all this dualistic madness and magic, spiritual traditions
and sacred practices were being increasingly revitalized in the
shadows of our collective dialogue.
The re-enchantment of our
world has been long underway and is now coming to the forefront of
discussion in alternative and occult circles, as well as slowly
leaking into mainstream mindsets.
The practice of magic and
the exploration of
altered states of consciousness is
becoming unsurprisingly common as individuals feeling spiritually
pillaged have learned to research and apply their own version of
energetic expression and manipulation, regardless if facilitated by
meditation, ritual, psychotropics and/or other personal
Nevertheless, the shamanic role has only slightly recovered...
Or put another way to
circumnavigate appropriation arguments, the process of working with
spirits, information and energy for the benefit of the entire
community is rare, compared to that process actioned for the benefit
of the individual implementing it.
Granted, shamans work with individuals, just like contemporary
energy healers do. That specific role is widespread.
Yet when members of the
tribe asked for specific help in health or other matters it was
always considered in the context of whole; the more healthy and
happy each individual is, the more the tribe is too.
As much as this concept still remains resilient in a world
characterized by greed and competition, it's not given the respect
or the celebration it should, especially in complementary health
disciplines. Put simply, people who help others should be
'consciously' doing it for not just for their client and the
development of their own knowledge and skills, but for the human
Regardless, the role of serving the tribe has now evolved.
Enter neo-shamanism. This
is necessary given that the clan is no longer made up of a few
hundred or a few thousand individuals, as it did for most of our
history, it's now a highly integrated human community made up of
over 7 billion people.
There's no one shaman that can fulfill that role.
Therefore, a collective shaman is being necessarily
It's always been there,
functioning as a result of the archetypal expression and
informational evolution of the collective, but this is a potent time
to recognize and honor it because we're at the fork of choice
between control and freedom.
What we will collectively choose is yet to be determined.
In any case, every single one of us inputs our own energy, our own
processing of information, into the greater grid. Regardless if it's
conscious or subconscious, we're all asking the collective shaman
for help as a member of the human tribe, and we're all contributing
to the energy that the collective shaman provides.
However, there are many advanced healers and energy workers who play
a more prominent role in the collective shaman. Many are conscious
of it, many aren't.
Inspiringly, there are
also many other naturally-wise people who are yet to rebirth their
wings and fly in the greater heights of
consciousness expansion, but
they're well on their way and are therefore already highly
contributing to the collective shaman role, albeit unconsciously.
So for all of you who a raging fire in a world of mostly embers,
process your experience - your connection to spirits, symbols,
patterns, information and energy - as it relates to you, as well as
how it relates to your human family.
Ensure you don't neglect
one or the other either, as both are equally important in our
In addition, feeding humanity's collective unconscious with healthy
and evolutionary vibrations is but one layer of the
interconnectedness that exemplifies our reality, so remember the
biological, planetary, galactic, cosmological and interdimensional
Ultimately, the plethora of energy work being practiced in our
current era is undoubtedly positive for humanity,
regardless if it's somewhat misguided or misunderstood at times (for
the highly cynical, yes there are charlatans in every discipline,
including the metaphysical arts).
Yet as previously alluded
to, the re-spiritualization of our species is a grand thing, a
necessary thing, particularly because it will be a primary driver
for finally bringing some sanity, justice and healing to our sick
Moreover, the more conscious we are of both our separateness and
connectedness, as well as how their paradoxical dynamics play and
dance with each other, the greater role we have in contributing to
the collective shaman and its task of helping our human tribe to
You should remember it, in all that you think, feel and do.
The following interview is of myself on the brilliant RuneSoup
Podcast, where Gordon White and I talk about this and
other relevant topics: