Further art discussions and notifications for the artwork of Sam Thorp

Sunday, January 20, 2008


ok so...

i had forgotten all about the "cherokee shaman grandmother"... but then i turn on the tv and william shatner is calling himself a shaman, WWE Professional wrestling now has a "shaman of sexy"..
and i'm thinking that the word "Shaman" has become a buzzword.
equally as meaningless and over used as "extreme" and "synergy"

don't let anyone fool you

If it says New Age or Shamanism on the cover, it's not a good source for learning about natives. Find out which authors can be trusted before you pay money to operators who harm us all.

Please understand the following points about native spiritual ways:

Native belief systems are COMMUNAL, not focused on the individual's faith like Christianity, and are TRIBE-SPECIFIC. There is NO "generic Indian" form of spirituality. There are as many differences from tribe to tribe as there are between Hinduism and the Church of England. No one would think of teaching those two as the same and calling them "Indo-European," yet many of these FRAUDULENT operators teach a thrown together mishmash of bits and pieces of different beliefs.

TRADITIONAL elders are very cautious about changing rituals and mixing different customs, it does happen, of course, but only after lengthy discussions that can take decades. FRAUDULENT operators are very casual and haphazard in what they do, in a manner that shows they have no understanding of or respect for the sacred.

TRADITIONAL elders DO NOT believe that any ceremony can be done by anyone who feels like it. It's that same caution and respect for the sacred. Yet these FRAUDULENT operators will let anyone do their inaccurate version of a ceremony if they have the money. Vision quests, for example, are intended for young boys age 12 to 14, but boys don't have much money, so these FRAUDULENT operators sell "quests" for hundreds or thousands to mostly middle-aged men and women.

There is also the matter of telling people they can be shamans and charging them for it. If you were interested in Judaism, would you pay money to someone who said he could make you a rabbi in just one weekend seminar? If someone did this and then claimed Jewish objections were foolish, we would recognize he was anti-Semitic. Think about the lack of respect these operators show to native people and beliefs, and to their own followers, by defrauding people.

Native people DO NOT use the label "Shaman."

Think also about how it makes it harder for natives and whites to get along when whites have been given an untrue picture of native cultures. We have to learn to get along and we can't do that as long as whites give support to operators who push a fraudulent version of what we are like.


already sick of the choices?

Konsider Kucinich...

Creating a single-payer system of universal health care that provides full coverage for all Americans by passage of the United States National Health Insurance Act.

The immediate, phased withdrawal of all U.S. forces from Iraq; replacing them with an international security force.[2]

Guaranteed quality education for all; including free pre-kindergarten and college for all who want it.

Immediate withdrawal from the World Trade Organization (WTO) and North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Repealing the USA PATRIOT Act.

Fostering a world of international cooperation.

Abolishing the death penalty.

Environmental renewal and clean energy.

Preventing the privatization of social security.

Providing full social security benefits at age 65.

Creating a cabinet-level Department of Peace.

Ratifying the ABM Treaty and the Kyoto Protocol.

Introducing reforms to bring about instant-runoff voting.

Protecting a woman's right to choose while decreasing the number of abortions performed in the U.S.

Ending the War on Drugs.

Legalizing same-sex marriage.

Creating a balance between workers and corporations.

Ending the H-1B and L-1 visa Programs.

Restoring rural communities and family farms.

Strengthening gun control.

and many more.

He's been censored from debating and cut off by the media...
you should wonder why...

Monday, January 14, 2008


notes on rodenberry

IDIC= Infinite diversity in Infinite Combinations

Self- organizing principle- the most basic condition underlying the universes existence.
Tendency for replicating systems to arise from chaotic conditions of the fractal boundaries that separated the domains of high and low energy.
“simplicity arises out of complexity”
In high energy domains physical bonds could not form; in low energy domains physical bands cannot be broken once formed. But somewhere in between the 2 extremes, in the flux of the 2nd law of thermodynamics there exists a domain where balance can be achieved.
On a planetary scale there was no distinction between life and habitat. Life itself and life’s home were like space and time- they could not be thought of as independent entities only as different reflections of each other,
IDIC- from simple comes complex- from complex comes stability.


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