One of the important things I think of, when I hear the word "shaman", comes from a post I saw on a discussion board years ago. Shamans DO NOT engage in their lifetime of study in order to merely benefit themselves. They do it so they can SHARE their wisdom with their COMMUNITY.
So the helping-others portion of using our learning is not just optional. It has to be CENTRAL to our being -- it has to become our prime directive.
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