Why Shamanic Turtle?


You bet your ass I am.

  People are similar to animals, and many people are so much like a certain animal that they may as well say they are one. Native elders and others who are into some form of shamanism often see people by their totem animals, and it can reveal a lot about how people act, what they care about, and even things like longevity and health. There isn't usually much choice about what you are, and it's damn hard, if not impossible to change. I wanted to be an eagle, and soar effortlessly among the clouds, seeing the whole world under me, and going anywhere I want to go swiftly and easily. I wanted to be fast, sexy, and revered as a national treasure. Yeah, an eagle, that's it man! Cool!

  But I'm a turtle. Turtles are slow. They move slowly, they think slowly, and plod deliberately from place to place. In order to be effective, they have to think way ahead of where they presently are, and avoid pitfalls and obstacles, so they can travel the greatest possible distance with the least effort, and it always takes effort. They can't afford to make too many mistakes. They are usually loners, who needed to be self reliant from a very early age. They are not easily befriended, because they have trouble trusting anyone who moves faster than they do, and who doesn't? They will usually pull into their shell when you approach. They do this instinctively, even reflexively, even if they don't want to. They are not adventurous or exciting. Very few of the world's movers and shakers have been turtles.

  There are some good things about being a turtle. Mmmmm. Let's see. Mmmm...there must be. Oh yeah! Turtles live a long time. They have been around for over 200 million years, and have seen the extinction of many kinds of dinosaurs, birds, and mammals. They may even outlive man. They are survivors, despite everything. They are not greedy, at all. Their needs are simple, and when they have met them, they like to just sit on a log in the sun and enjoy the day. They don't make life miserable for those around them by taking more than their share, or taking out anger and hate on others. They are serene, and try to avoid the madness that affects others from time to time. They are not easily moved by herd mentality or groupthink.

  Maybe being a turtle isn't so bad. It could be worse. Many politicians are jack asses, leeches, and sharks. Many ordinary people are sheep, or sheep dogs. And then, of course, there are the monkeys, the tomcats, the shrews, the rats, the pigs and boars, the lumbering, clumsy elephants, and the mad bulls, stampeding over the cliffs of life to an early and bitter end.

  Maybe it's good to be a turtle. Maybe. I'll think about it. It will take some time to sort it all out.

Are You a Turtle?

  Ever since I was a child, I have always liked turtles. I have now learned that I was not the only one. Indeed, there are turtle fan clubs in many major cities, and turtles are shown frequently in art, cartoons, and are frequently a talisman in various shamanic practices as well, so that, in part explains why “turtle”.

About the word “shamanic”, well, I have seen and done some things which demonstrate to me that consciousness actually does have, at least some times, the power to affect, or get information from, this world in ways that would be regarded as paranormal. There was a time when I could flip a coin and make it land the same way 5 times in a row. I have had dream like experiences, which seemed more real than this world, and are very different. One of them was when I explored something that looked very much like a “borg” ship, floating in space, while I was about 15 years old, and that concept did not exist yet. Others were in a world very similar to that described by people who have tripped on DMT. These experiences stopped when I was about 18 years old.

I have had amazing experiences with animals, especially birds, similar to the experiences of Nicola Tesla. I surprised myself by being fairly powerful in Reiki, even though I never got past level 1. I am very frequently running across numbers like 1111 at the present time, and I am not sure what that means. I have never had any of this under consistent or reliable control for very long, but I have seen other people who can.

I find shamanism very interesting, whether it is traditional or the more modern phenomenon known as urban shamanism.

  Real shamans, who actually take the path seriously, are much more likely to have a power animal which actually has power, like a wolf or an eagle, certainly not something slow and humble like a turtle. I am most like a turtle, and somewhat like a bird as well, but mostly a turtle, and I guess I accept that.

So, shamanic turtle it is, at least for now, until something more exciting comes along.