Pic taken at Soda Dam Natural Hot Spring, New Mexico.
Whenever someone approches me asking to be initiated, I always proceed with caution. I don't lightly just bring anyone into my spiritual lineage and family. I'm always curious to see the intentions of a person before I initiate them.
An initiation ceremony is an intense process. It's literally a fight between life and death, to the mudang. Before initiation, the shaman to be is at the mercy of the spirits, and it's not glitters and rainbows. It's agonizing torture, suffering, it feels like my soul was slowly suffocating.
The mudang and other indigenous shamans that I know, never went this path willingly. If anything, we fought the calling of the spirits for most of our lives until we were barely hanging by a thread. So when someone comes to me and say please initiate me. WHY?! What intentions do you harbor that you desire to be initiated? What false misinformation did you read online that made you think, this was for you.
Some have this fantasy misguided thought, that once initiated they will have almighty magical powers.
This isn't the X-Men.
After initiation, you will learn to pour water in the same cup over and over. It's called being humble and learning humility. Ever see karate kid, yeah he didn't learn those Flying Kicks on first day of class.
So when someone approached me asking to be initiated, I usually a raise my eyebrow asking Why? This path is difficult, and involves rock polishing, walking in a path of mindfulness. No one is ready for this
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