Friday, April 20, 2012

Mums the word

There are just about as many people willing to accept the idea of shamanship here as anywhere else in the U.S. - probably. But here in buttoned down Washington DC, it's best if we shamans practice behind the veil. It's OK to be a shaman, but not so ok to admit it publicly.

If I lived in Taos or Boulder, Madison, Austin, Savannah, Charlottesville, Seattle, L.A., New York, or any one of those little towns in upstate New York, etc., it wouldn't be hard to locate a community of like minded folks with which to share and learn. I could shout it from the mountaintops, "I AM SHAMAN!!!!" No one would care.

But here in Washington DC we keep these things on the down low. We are very subterranean, as befits a swamp. I guess!

All this begs the question of why I continue, year after year, to live, move and park my butt in Washington DC.

When I question my spirit guides about this, they are kind. They pat me on the back (such as spirit guides are able). Then, inevitably, one of them will whisper in my ear, "Reya! You're exactly where you're supposed to be!"

OK. But sometimes I wonder!


X said...


You are a wonderful shaman.
Speaking as someone who sees you for healing I am lucky to have you here in this city-swamp.

Sometimes the reason we go through deprivations, I am told, is because that experience makes us worthy of becoming the next great thing we are to be.

Maybe being alone as a Shaman here makes you more independent, or able to see shamanic leanings in others that would otherwise be drowned out if there were many others of you.

Maybe it has to do with past lives.

Maybe like giants, shamans are best if they have clearly marked out territory.I am reminded of the giants in Harry Potter, who fight among themselves if too many are kept together for too long.

Maybe Shaman are best with little regional monopolies, because competition does not actually make shamans better.


For now, I hope you are here for, among other things, me.

I enjoy and benefit directly from your presence here as a healer and shaman. As I imagine do the many others you treat.

It would be a tough and unforgiving place without you here. I think periodically over the last two years that I might have actually died from lyme if it weren't for you, healing and encouraging me to heal.

Perhaps for today that is enough, yes? Perhaps you will stay here just a bit longer.


Reya Mellicker said...

Thank you, X.

I'm not leaving, just whining.

Barbara Martin said...

Reya, I don't know much about it except I have an Objway friend who steers completely away from shamanism. I suspect that delving into the spirit world probably has it's pitfalls.

X said...

Whine away, just stay put.

Angela said...

As long as you stay on the internet. I have not met another like you, Reya.

Rose from Oz is Back! said...

I have returned (again) to continue reading your wonderful posts (many of which I am enjoying greatly) and to feast upon some of your amazing photographs. Thanks so much Reya, I'll be back (again) :)

Steve Reed said...

It's good to wonder. Wondering is a process of self-examination, and it's never bad to check in with ourselves and see if we're happy and secure, or in need of a change.

Pam said...

I do believe we are exactly where we are meant to be, and divulge exactly how much we are meant to. Most people have an antennae for these things. Part of the whole intuiting thing is knowing when to keep quiet, even lay low, and when to let your light shine.
Pity you have to lay low sometimes Reya. You have a very shiny light!x

Reya Mellicker said...

Steve and Pam, you are both very very very wise and healthy minded.

Rose I'm so glad you're back!

Meri said...

Just catching up here -- wanted to say I loved this post, so reposted it on FinallyMe. Thanks, Reya!