Ever pondered how to absorb local peoples’ knowledge? How can I get access to opportunities to learn about life’s mysteries, spiritual development, and ancient healing techniques? Indigenous people possess knowledge that has been passed down for a very long time. This knowledge, which teaches how to employ the body’s inherent existence and energy to become entire, healthy, and spiritually conscious, has largely been lost to Western civilization. anyone secrets are still accessible to anyone who put out the necessary effort and sincerity. John offers ten suggestions for how to access that knowledge yourself after backpacking into isolated locations to learn it.
1. Put down the book.
Indigenous peoples frequently pass on their knowledge orally, through oral tradition, from one generation to the next. Oral tradition contextualizes written knowledge even when it is recorded in writing. You will need to go to the source and learn directly if you want to know what they know.
2. Be sincere.
Native Americans are able to detect when Westerners are there as tourists, researchers, journalists, “drive-by” spiritual seekers, etc. You must be serious and have the appropriate purpose to use the knowledge in the way it was intended if you truly want to study their tradition. Since knowledge is often withheld from individuals who are not personally equipped to be good stewards of it, your sincerity of heart will open doors to meaningful teachings.
3. Do research.
Native American customs differ greatly from one another yet sharing some characteristics. Choose traditions that you can relate to readily before thinking about who you might study with. For instance, if you have trouble functioning at high altitudes, avoid visiting high-altitude communities. If you’re not into it, stay away from gatherings where the primary ritual involves psychoactive herbs. Some communities participate in austere, physically taxing, and occasionally frightening exercises. Some people take a kinder approach.
4. Respect your elders.
It refers to anyone whose expertise you are seeking in this instance. Many indigenous civilizations value wisdom and highly value their instructors. Politeness is frequently used by teachers to assess your preparation and sincerity. Don’t be overly aggressive. Be patient and controlled. Bring a present. Respect the local teachers in your speech and behavior, whoever they may be. Be aware that making direct eye contact with elders can be considered disrespectful in some cultures.
5. Merge with them.
In several of the places I examined, I received knowledge about the tribe that was not found in any books or anthropological articles. Joining a community for a period and learning as one of them can teach you a lot. Real oral traditions may only be passed on to individuals who respect the tribe’s customs by adopting their lifestyle, not necessarily to individuals who are merely visiting to observe and study. You might have to study their language and way of life. Additionally, in certain situations, you may need to spend a significant amount of time living with the tribe because some of the best shamans will not take on students unless they have completed a lengthy training program, which might take years.
6. Identify the real shamans.
There may be a lot of people claiming to be the village’s healers or teachers in some places where there has already been outside interest. They can try to snare you as you make inquiries about local healers. Be careful because these professionals might not be skilled at all. Use your good intentions and keep requesting help from the locals to find the folks who serve as the community’s top teachers and healers.
7. Find local resources.
Studying indigenous knowledge starts in your community or nation of origin. Look for academics, shamans, writers, or nonprofit organizations that have experience working with native people and are knowledgeable about certain regions. They frequently have connections you can use and can steer you in the proper path. Remember that these tools might only allow you entry. You’ll then need to look for real teachers on your own.
8. Understand what you offer.
Native people frequently see those of us who are more integrated into contemporary culture as significant and valued members of the planetary community. They may have knowledge that we have lost or forgotten, and although we may need them to re-teach it to us, they also need us. We provide a link to the status of the globe today. Recognize the value you add by being willing to learn about their culture because it gives them an ally in a modern society that, in their view, requires healing and transformation to live in peace with all things.
9. Consciousness is common ground.
If you are interested in understanding native customs firsthand but are concerned that you might not have much in common with native people, keep in mind that human consciousness is quite universal. Regardless of language or habit, our minds have similar features. In fact, you might discover that the shaman’s experiences are more similar to yours than to those of many members of his or her own tribe.
10. Be careful.
Remember that it can be risky to travel in isolated regions. The level of communication with the outside world is not what you might be accustomed to. You can be visiting regions with undesirable people and cultures that regard you as an unprotected individual in terms of their social structures. Quickly align yourself with a reputable healer, and keep an eye out. In many places where spiritual arts and effective healing are practiced, black magic is widespread.
Indigenous people have a lot to teach those of us who were raised in contemporary societies about what it is to be human, the meaning of life, and how to use natural remedies to heal and advance our minds. To guarantee that such knowledge is carried along, we should be careful to understand ancient customs and to be respectful stewards of them. By encouraging peace and unity among all of creation, we can heal ourselves, others, and the world by learning native traditions directly from the source, person to person.