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Being praised by others
or valued by oneself
which is most important?

You or things,
health or wealth
which is more valuable?

Having things
or losing things
which is better?

The person who saves the most will pay the most in the end;
the one who acquires the most possessions and property
will lose the most in the end.
Attachment causes suffering.

Be satisfied with where you are and what you have
and you will never be sorry.
Be satisfied with when you are
and you will be always
safe, always
secure.

The shaman is both
the most traditional and
the least. Rememberer of the old ways,
seer of strange things, dreamer of different ways.

The shaman has no use for other people.
Shamans do not travel
outside of their own people.
Nobody else would understand them.
Their language and myth
have no broader meaning.

Shamans do not criticize
other metaphysical views.
Their power rests inside
where no outsider can touch.
Threatened with extinction
they go underground.




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