ShamanTalk: Episode 52

September Theme: Swan Medicine

Stepping Out of Saviour Mode

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Swan  Spirit 

“Time for a deep dive” 

When Swan Spirit arrives, you are called to take a deep dive, beyond what is easily available on the surface. You may think you know what is best for you now, but take the plunge into the depths of your awareness, for there is knowledge you are not aware of and great treasures to discover.

It’s understandable to want to help someone one in a bind.

But what if they didn’t want help?

Do we accept their refusal? Or do we insist on helping, believing we know exactly how to handle their problem, regardless of their desire to work it out themselves?

A saviour complex describes this need to “save” people by fixing their problems.

People with a saviour complex tend to:

  • only feel good about themselves when helping someone
  • believe helping others is their sole purpose
  • expend so much energy trying to fix others that they end up burning out

This week we take a look at how to recognise this kind of behaviour and why it can do more harm than good.

We also discuss how compassionate ways that you can respond to being ‘saved’ by others when you didn’t ask for help. 


Activities & Journeys

  1. Work with the energy of Swan and take a deep dive, go beyond the surface, go on a Journey and ask to be shown something you don’t know about the Saviour Complex. 

  2. Try going 7 days with giving people advice, telling them what to do and why or finding solutions for the people around you. Was that easy? Difficult? What did you learn from this project?

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