#3-The Shaman- Twin Cities 2016
The Shaman is represented when one becomes a student of running, having an interest in studying the craft. Many people reach a point in their running that they yearn to become more educated, whatever that means for them. It may not be about speed or endurance. One could just mean a generally seeking more wisdom about the art of running. For some that could be seeking out a mentor or coach either in person or online. It generally is when they orient their running towards developing their own “running self”. They yearn to become a “master” in whatever form that takes for them. I always found it interesting that athletes over the age of 40 are called “master” athletes. So, what does master’s running have to do with the Shaman? As you get older, you must train smarter. The Shaman cannot be rushed. Many people find at mid-life the need to restore mind, body and spirit. Running can be an outlet for this. The shadow side can be over-doing it (at any age) and over training, getting injured and not balancing mind, body and spirit causing more harm than good. Mastering the art of running is the Shaman archetype embodied.