This must be my week to, ever-so-gently, make fun of the texts my friends send me. Earlier this week I received the following text:
"Do you know any good shaman?"
Now, while I know a good pediatrician, dentist, pizza place, homeopath, hairstylist and yoga teacher, I don't know any good shamans. In fact, I realized as I stared at my phone and wondered (a) why my friend needed a shaman and (b) whether a good shaman was something a reasonably intelligent person *should* know about; that I wasn't precisely sure what a shaman is or does.
According to http://www.crystalinks.com/ shamans are spiritual beings with the ability to heal, work with energies and 'see' visions. The essential characteristics of shaman are mastery of energy and fire as a medium of transformation. The website had a lot more to say about shaman, you can check it out if you are so inclined, but the thing that really caught my attention was the reference to the weather.
Shaman have been credited with the ability to control the weather. This might seem like a small thing to you but here in Oregon we have been living under semi-cloudy skies since October. Six months is a long time to go with only occasional sunbreaks. As I stared out the window at the grey skies that plague us here and thought about my friends in the midwest and south who are literally going underground to escape the tornadoes I realized my friend was right. We all need a good shaman. If you have any references you can leave them here.