The stars always hear the cry of the shaman’s heart.
Shamcher Bryn Beorse is known as a contemporary western mystic; a Sufi and yogi who was an engineer, economist, generalist and author. In the true sense of the word, he was a 20th century elder — one of that rare breed who has seen and felt and experienced much in life, and who shared his knowledge freely with the generations that came after him.
When someone demonstrates unseen wisdom combined with experience, then surely that one can be named an elder. Shamcher was such an elder, whose words can be heard today as a life-giving message for us all.
Just what is the role of the elder and how does this apply to him? As someone recognized by his community and his peers, Shamcher was often asked for his wisdom and opinions on matters and decisions. He gave his advice freely through his extensive correspondence, wrote both non-fiction and novels, and remained involved in events in his chosen fields of economy and energy.
Is this enough to be named an elder? The unseen aspects of his life and work must be acknowledged and at play in order to show a full picture of this role in society and humanity’s evolution and well-being. Decades of dedicated Sufi and yoga meditation and contemplation nurtured Shamcher’s evolved and present intuition. Here he excelled, always saying, “I am nobody” and “I know nothing.” It was not an affectation. The so-called wisdom of the elder is just that.
As Eliot poetically stated in his Four Quartets: We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. In Shamcher, this activation of the unseen in the world’s affairs combined with his external training and experiences to bring about a union (yoga) of both the seen and unseen realms. This is the openhearted elder wisdom we seek to discover in our world and it is something that is revered at an intellectual distance but can prove shocking when it is actually before us, for it can confuse a set worldview (as it should!)
Our current society worships the young, pushes aside the old as outmoded and ill-informed. The older members of our culture are shuttled aside to make room for headstrong new developments. It has always been so. Shamcher was a wise elder who welcomed this new energy.
With the inclusion of the attribute of respect — on both sides, from the older and the younger — our world can go forward, bringing in the new solutions to the seemingly insurmountable problems of the day. Shamcher was the ideal example of such an older person — he listened to youth and was always open to learn. In this way also, he was an elder. He conveyed his outlook and wisdom by being an example, not by bossing others or browbeating them into reluctant simulated agreement that could later turn into aggressive opposition. He was older in years and experience and very young at heart.
As he was a constant advocate for the good of his global community, Shamcher’s books were a synthesis of his vision, life experience and deep cry. Here he could express the complexity of the elder, seeing the world as it is, applying his wisdom and experience to the problems of the day, sharing his life’s work and mission — all combined in his unique voice. Using his books as conveyances of a Sufi or shamanic integrating world view, with full quantum awareness he crafted vehicles for the future generations, in hopes that they could access the meta-information embedded there.
And here is where respect comes in — for people now to pick up the meaning in his writing, respect is required. A respectful approach and an open mind will allow the elder wisdom to be heard in the reader’s heart.
Today we are too quick to toss aside anything that doesn’t quite agree with what we already know. Our saturated information diet is tuned to just our own needs and desires, making it practically impossible for us to allow other approaches to penetrate the walls created by our preconceptions and preferences. We are particularly eager to weed out old ideas in favour of the new, and so waste much time and energy reinventing what has been done before.
“There is nothing new under the sun,” said wise Solomon. Truly listening to our elders can remind us of this. Who are these so-called elders? Are they people older than us? Senior citizens? Not necessarily, in fact, not likely. Just because one is older does not mean one is wiser.
Wisdom occurs at any age. Wisdom knows and does not know at the same time. Shamcher engaged with wisdom intuitively throughout his entire life and the richness of this integrated experience truly made him a 20th century elder.
Books by Shamcher Bryn Beorse have been re-released through The Shamcher Archives, and can be seen here: www.planet-earth.shamcher.com.