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“I didn’t choose this life, it chose me” — sounds like a line straight out of the last movie you watched, doesn’t it? Well, as cliché as it may seem, that’s probably the quickest way to describe a shamanic calling.

The fact that it’s described as a “calling” itself speaks to some external force or urge — something beyond oneself. Think about it, the act of “calling” someone necessitates some level of relevance or even authority over their life.

Of course, being “called” to something also means that you are empowered to choose whether or not to answer.  Many describe the shamanic calling as a strong inner impulse or innate desire to become a shaman. The calling is often accompanied by certain signs and symptoms that may subside with time should the calling go unanswered.

Although some may turn their backs away from the spirit world for fear of the unknown, the few that choose the shamanic way often experience a sense of peace and purpose that most people spend their entire lives chasing after. 

If you have an innate desire to care or help your community, find that you’re more emotionally attuned than the average person, or if you just have that nagging feeling that you’re destined for something bigger than yourself, then those may be some of the more subtle signs of a shamanic calling.

Read on to find out more about the calling, what to look out for, and how Clinical Shaman Can help you.

5 Childhood Signs of Shamanic Calling


Most shamans will tell you that they first experienced the calling as a child. Unfortunately, most shamans only notice the signs in hindsight — once they have fully embraced the shamanic calling.

Clinical Shaman’s very own Angie Ates often speaks on how she never felt as though she truly fit in as a young girl. In many cases, children experiencing the signs and symptoms of a shamanic calling have some awareness about their special gifts — but just can’t get access to the guidance they need.

In fact, most children can relate to having their feelings and experiences brushed off and/or attributed to an overactive imagination. For many parents and caregivers, dismissing the seemingly inexplicable has become second nature. After all, how can something be true if it isn’t rational, right?

What most adults don’t seem to understand is that children have a unique connection to the spiritual realm — a unique sense of perception free from the rigid boundaries of rationality and free of societal influence and inhibitions.

Dr. Jim Tucker, for example, — a psychiatrist who has dedicated his life to documenting memories of children who claim to have lived past lives — is one of a slew of prominent voices calling for a wider acknowledgment and appreciation of children’s lived and perceived realities.

Whether you’re curious about your own experiences or those reported by someone in your life, it may be useful to go through these 5 childhood signs of being a shaman.


The same way you can tell when someone is suited to a certain career path by their personality is how you can tell when they are destined to be a shaman. A shamanic personality is characterized by a strong inclination to heal and help people in their communities and a deep sense of empathy.

They often form a close bond with the natural world and enjoy solitude just as much as they enjoy connecting with the people around them. Despite their ties to the community, however, uninitiated shamans tend to feel out of place and yearn for a sense of belonging that may be difficult for them to fulfill in the physical world.

Connection to Nature

It may seem insignificant, but in a world filled with so many distractions, a child that prefers to spend their days amongst animals and nature instead of looking at a screen may be one of the more subtle shamanic signs.

What more, recognizing a shaman isn’t just about how they interact with nature, but how nature interacts with them. Potential shamans are just as drawn to nature as it is drawn to them. Animals, for example, may instinctively linger, follow, or approach a shaman; or plants may generally thrive under their care.


You may associate clairvoyance with the deceitful psychics and mediums commonly depicted in popular media. However, many clairvoyants aren’t even aware of their gifts. Receiving messages from the spiritual world is one thing but knowing how to interpret them is another.

Clairvoyance can take many forms. Everything from feeling an inexplicable urge or instinct, hearing voices, to vivid dreams and premonitions — are all manifestations of clairvoyance. While some visions may be clearer than others, knowing how to identify them is just as important as knowing how to interpret them.


While there are many troubling reasons why a child may withdraw, it can also be a shamanic awakening symptom. Withdrawal often follows a shamanic initiation dream — deep sleep or a trance state — and may include a lack of appetite and general disinterest in day-to-day activities.

The potential shaman may be compelled to retreat into the wilderness or simply withdraw from society for a while. Of course, it’s best to ascertain the child’s psychological and physiological wellness before attributing it to a shaman awakening.

Shaman Sickness

Shamans can usually point to a particularly turbulent period of time in their lives, illness, or near-death experience that established their powers. Unlike regular illness, shaman sickness signs and symptoms can’t be treated by modern medicine.

Embracing the shamanic calling is typically the only way to cure the sickness. However, practicing shamans are not immune to the sickness and find that it may return if they neglect their duties. The sickness is one of the many methods the spirits’ might use to nudge a potential shaman onto the correct path.


Identifying a shaman can be difficult — especially when it is the last thing anyone is looking out for.  However, if you’ve ever wondered how to tell if someone is a shaman, then checking the signs against our list is a great place to start.

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If you believe that you or someone you know is a potential shaman, then you may want to look into getting expert advice on how to embrace your shamanic calling and mentorship to develop your gifts and hone your skills.

Clinical Shaman is helping people step into their calling as a healer, overcome the stigma associated with shamanism, and integrate Shamanistic practices into their everyday life. Learn how in their Shamanism Membership.

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  • About Angie

Angie Ates is a Public Speaker, Natural Health Practitioner, Trainer, and Culture Creator Dedicated to Empowering others. She achieves this through education, whether via speaking, training, or hands-on Shamanic work.

International Speaker and a Trainer

Angie is an International speaker and has trained over 10K Practitioners worldwide. She has worked with over 5k clients internationally and is featured in over 200 natural health training videos.