|the Dao of Atheism :||: the Shaman Atheist 39/81|
There are old things that have understood the unity of all ...
the sky is one and clear
the earth is one and solid
beauty is strong
space is one and empty
plants and animals reproduce
politicians and priests govern their people
... all because they are one with the way.
Clearness keeps the sky from falling
Humility is the root of greatness.
A list of parts still cannot explain the whole
are religious leaders
but they are not priests
nor are they ministers or teachers.
A shaman is a self-made religious person, independent of theologies and institutions, free of logical necessity and argument. One's knowledge comes from experience. There is no market for a shaman's religious talents outside their local community, nor does a shaman seek one. A shaman's authority is self-proclaimed, and endures for as long as it holds true. There is no text, no professional accreditation, no ordination that can legitimate a shaman other than the religious experience.
Shamans gain their knowledge through experiences of sickness and conflict.
Their power is born from within. They are power incarnate.
Atheists are never called.
A shaman looks for an ugly thing