About Medicine Bags....
We're often asked about the medicine bag that Paul is seen wearing at workshops and in circles.
The content of ones Medicine bag is actually very private. In traditional shamanic cultures, the Medicine bag was considered deeply sacred and it was never touched by anyone other than the owner. It was often carried onward into death or in some cultures, handed to the family member who would carry onward the shaman's duties.
Is it mandatory that a Shamanic Practitioner carry a Medicine Bag? The answer is no.
I carry one because I use the contents it holds...it is tool akin to my drum and rattle...it carries special Medicine that augments my work. Can I work without it? Of course!
To put your own Medicine bag together, the contents will present themselves to you when they are ready to be found. Items may include stones, crystals, bones, feathers, flowers, herbs, tobacco, talismans...it is as unique and distinctive as you.
Remember how I ask you to journey and find out how you can honor your Power Animals and Guides? That is so you may find things to put into your Medicine Bags.
A similar form of a Medicine Bag called a Mesa and is found in South American forms of Shamanism and that will be written about later.