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Learning the Shamanic way in technology development

Techno shamanThe shamanic state of consciousness has several qualities that distinguish it from other altered states of consciousness such as meditation, dreaming, channeling, hypnosis, or daydreaming. The first quality is the degree of control: like mediators, shamanic practitioners enter and leave a journey by choice. Within the journey, they are able to exercise their free will, maintain focus on their intentions, and make conscious choices.

While this is the traditional view of a Shaman and the skill sets, it is also a vibrant definition for technologists and practitioners.  Think of it this way;

The digital shamanic state of consciousness has several qualities that distinguish it from other applied states of consciousness such as programming, data modeling, product requirements, presentations, or downtime. The first quality is the degree of control: like mediators, digital shamanic practitioners enter and leave a journey by choice. Within the journey, they are able to exercise their free will, maintain focus on their intentions, and make conscious choices about which technology / application / execution is the best for the problem at hand.   Where resources are determined and brought to the task at will.

The point is to evaluate the problem, not try and solve it with just your known universe of skills or options.  Use other Digital Shamans to transcend a problem space and bring a holistic and natural solution to the tribe you work within.  This approach will always raise the question of how do I maintain what is created.  The challenge is to expand your relationship with the solution and embrace the forces that bring solutions.  Then a true Digital Shaman will be one with the system and thus be able to support it.

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