Originally Posted by bluestar
A good shaman would be able to perceive the source of the bond in the Spirit world, which would be not necessarily in "linear" time, and be able to negotiate with aspects of both peoples' Selves, or even other Beings that surrounded them and influenced them.
But, regarding poor Sveta, did they suspect that she might be schizophrenic? Sometimes the symptoms of psychism are similar to those of schizophrenia. I knew a woman who was a good psychic, and when she began having her experiences, she was not, at first, exactly sure what was going on, though she had an inkling. She actually went to a doctor (psychiatrist) to be tested, and in spite of the "voices" and many symptoms which could have sounded like paranoid schizophrenia, she was found to be sane.
But that wasn't in Russia. It was in Germany. I am saddened and horrified to hear of the dreadful way psychiatric patients were treated in that hospital, Irisha! Even animals elsewhere are not treated with as much disrespect as that.
I really don't know if Sveta has this diagnosis or not, because I can see that she is an absolutely normal person, and I don't trust their diagnoses very much. Psychiatry in Russia was used to isolate those who were against the the Soviets before perestroika. So, the same doctors who did those dishonest things are still working as doctors in psychiatric hospitals now, the same mentality prevails over there, little has changed. Even if they have started following the new course (especially the young ones) they can hardly be different very much from those who have taught them psychiatry. They just cannot take any person to the hospital against his/her will now. Before perestroika they took there anybody who disliked the life in the Soviet Union, used a very cruel 'treatment', made those people disabled very often!
I can tell you even sadder and more dreadful things. When I gave birth, I didn't have milk, and I was given bottles with milk for my baby when she was brought to me for feeding (They keep mothers and babies separately in Russian hospitals). Accidentally I put the bottle on the chair (because they even don't have tables in the hospitals, - only beds),- and it was prohibitted to do that (too much infection in the hospitals). The nurse saw it , and immediately took the bottle away, didn't allow to feed the baby. I asked her to give me another bottle, but she didn't. Then the baby was taken to their separate room. And next time she was brought to me again, she was having a very husky voice because she was crying the whole night so much from hunger. I was very upset that they hadn't feeded the baby, and I wanted to tell the doctor about that. "Don't do that, - the other women told me, - better try not to make anybody angry here. Otherwise they can hit the baby's head against the wall , - and what can you do then? For the sake of the baby, be reasonable, be careful with the nurses." Do you think I was in a prison hospital or the like? Nothing of the kind! It was a regular hospital in my native city. Women in the hospitals are looking forward when they will be allowed to leave hospitals and have their babies! My daughter suffered from the problem with the belly-button, because it was her fifth day, and the cord (?) got separated, and she was crying of hunger too much that night! At the age of 5 she still had the problem with it . I had the Channel at that time, and Mr.G. fixed the problem on the distance! It was one of the good things he did.
As for the shamans, I also think they could help me. But Russians don't have shamans. The shamans in Siberia were not Russians, they were buryats, or of some other nationalities. There are plenty of other nations in Siberia. I don't think shamans are still practicing there. They could be found there in the 19 th- the beginning of the 20th century. But after the revolution in 1917 the Soviets prohibitted their practices, those who disobeyed were arrested, maybe killed. If there are any they are very, very few.
Russians just have people who can heal with herbs. They are also psychics to some extend. But according to ads of psychics in the newspapers they are mainly Jews, not Russians. Do you know that here, in the USA, there are very few Russians? I have been living here for 5 years, and I know only 2 or 3 Russians. All those people who speak Russian here are not Russians. They are mainly Jews from Russia.