Shamans often have multiple innate spiritual gifts to help them see, hear, feel, and know information that serves them on their path of service, and lives partially in this physical realm and the other in the spiritual realm. They are in essence living a very "connected" life through their heart center, as required by their life's work.
Shamans are often known as "wounded healers", where their path to service often involves very difficult and traumatizing experiences to prepare them for walking the healer's path of being of service to others. It is through these initiations and rites of passage where the Shaman learns how to heal themselves, develop relationships with the spirit world, and experience deep love, compassion, and empathy towards themselves and others without judgment. They are often chosen prior to birth to serve in this capacity, and must respond when receiving the call at a predetermined stage in their lives.
Conversely, there are shamanic practitioners out there whose path to service was through self-selection. The most important thing to keep in mind is understanding their motivations and intentions for pursuing this path. It must be of the purest of intentions, and not driven by greed for money and/or power. They must also have the approval and engagement from the spirit world to do this work. After all, without the spirit world, there is no Shaman and there is no Shamanic Healing Energy.
Being a Shaman involves a lot of personal sacrifices and is not a path to be taken lightly. Inadequate and/or improper training, combined with not respecting the will of the spirit world can bring harm and/or lack of results for the practitioner and their clients.
Choosing a Shaman
The most important thing to keep in mind when finding a Shaman who is right for you, is ensuring that they've gone through their own healing journey. Perform your due diligence on several different Shamans you're drawn to by checking out their website, their bio, and social media. What was the catalyst that made them step onto this path? If it's about power, money, or clout, please move on to the next. It's also a red flag if their behavioral pattern is competitive, showcase a sense of superiority / spiritual grandiosity, or lacks compassion and empathy.
In addition, ensure that they only work with the highest frequency energies and spirits and do not practice sorcery or black magic. Shamans have the ability to reverse curses and black magic inflicted onto you, but they should not be the ones placing them onto others even if at the request of a client. A good Shaman knows better than to inflict harm onto others- they should only be focused on working for the highest and greatest good of the client and the world in which they serve.
Also ensure that you are comfortable with the Shaman / practitioner and that you honor your gut instincts if something does not feel right. Energy work is highly personal, and you should always exercise discernment when it comes to who you allow into your spiritual space. This line of work is all about intentions and can bring about negative consequences if the practitioner's intentions are not of the purest and highest of quality for you. You should feel safe and supported in their presence, and feel a general sense of warmth, compassion, and humility. They will likely also have clear boundaries and feel very grounded, an indication that they've done their shadow work to become a balanced Shaman.
All this being said, every person and experiences coming into your life serves a purpose. Allow your intuition to guide you to someone who empowers you as part of your healing journey. Any perceived wrong turns allow you to grow through that experience, and lead you exactly where you're meant to be. There's so many wonderful healers out there with more stepping forward each and every day so you're bound to come across someone you resonate with deeply. Truth is always in the energy, not spoken words. Honor your truth, and the spiritual realms will align you with exactly who you're meant to work with.