The other day i was discussing about a white person who went to study shamanism in Peru. This person opened a center. And has since put out books and does podcast. This opened up the question, is anything wrong with this?
Maybe wrong is heavy, but is there more to the story. Are white people allowed to learn shamanism of another culture? To be trained as a shaman someone must have taught you, so there is some sort of approval or acceptance that must be had to learn this knowledge. I wonder, do many Shamans in South America like the idea of their ancestral knowledge leaving their tribes? Its hard for me to imagine how they perceive it, and what are the implications where some Shamans believe in spreading the teachings and others dont?
Perhaps this isnt only about whiteness. Its just the fact white people have colonized lands, goods, that even now absorbing of ideas can be seen as something to speculate on.
Why is our culture failing us to an extent that we need to go to other cultures to fix and heal us? And what does it say that to go to these other cultures requires a form of wealth and expendable income not everyone in our culture has. Yoga culture. Organic foods. Are we creating this more ‘conscious’ part of society, yet not everyone can even participate. We prescribe these as healing modalities to our culture, yet is everyone able to participate at an equal level in this. Are we saying this is healing for middle class people, but anyone not capable will just not be healed, not be at peace. I find myself noticing these little blind spots more. How much of my friends are middle class and white. How much perspective and bubble do i really live in? I used to think that most Canadians my age are just living some slightly different version or reality of my life. How true is that? Would i have had all the jobs ive had if i was BIPOC? I have a used car gifted from a cousin, which has allowed me to do electrician work, would those same abundance in my life exist if i wasnt white. Is what i call normal really actually a privledge some people around me are not also experiencing.
Its slightly upsetting to acknowledge that. How much of my life is me or just my skin color, age, gender, belief system? This is also called intersectionality, and i find it shows up in small subtle ways to me, but is much more amplified and present for other groups of people.