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Shamanic Wisdom: All Great Change Begins with Individual Transformation

Shamanic Wisdom: All Great Change Begins with Individual Transformation Jan Engels-Smith

We live in the twenty-first century — the Age of Aquarius, an age of enlightenment and of new hope — but this new millennium is also the era of rapid change and confusion. We face the ironic condition of a globalization that seems to separate us more than it brings us together. We are in an information age that overwhelms us with rapidly accessible data that leaves us with less wisdom and understanding.

Messages from the media simultaneously tell us of new advancements in medicine but also new strains of viruses and bacteria. Advances in technology offer opportunities to make our daily lives more effortless while threatening us with identity theft and depersonalization in the workplace. Science allows us to grow more disease-resistant crops in greater abundance while mutating our food into a potentially dangerous combination of new genes that might well create threats to our physical well-being.

We are confronted with both hope and threat from the same sources. Our sense of confidence in a better life in the future is offset by confusion and a sense of impending doom. How might we find a better way of dealing with our rapidly evolving civilization and create a greater possibility for personal growth and happiness in such a contradictory world?