“Religion is for people afraid of going to hell. Spirituality is for people who have already been there.”
A medicine man or woman is someone who helps to heal by shedding light into the darkness or utilizing the energy of spirit to bring a soothe to the pain. A shaman, on the other hand, is someone who has walked through the darkness and experienced the underworld. From this they have made peace with their fears and contain the much needed wisdom needed to aid in the process of assisting others. They are able to utilize both the darkness and the light to help others to heal.