Wow! thanks for taking the time to explain to me. Ican't say that I understand,or agree with all of the reasoning, for example "The understanding is that if we are troubled by restless spirits, then attempt to communicate, start a relationship, try to find out what it is that we might do for such." That sort of negates the reality that a restless spirit might be malicious, and not interested in being helped, it might even be interested in dictating to the shaman, and controlling the person thus leading him to do things that are not in keeping with his character like someone on this forum alluded to. Then if the Shaman looses the battle of will, would it be worth it to himself personally and to the larger society, who may be adversely affected by any actions that he might take while he is being controlled or obsessed.
I am viewing this from the perspective of a cautious person who believes that a person really needs to be well informed and count the cost, weigh them against the benefits BEFORE setting out on any venture in all areas of life, and have a plan B or a parachute if thing go wrong. From your explanation I gather that the Shamanic way is to learn as you go along and embrace the pain as you go along! Civilisation could not have reached this stage without diversity, but on the other hand look at the impact that the oil spill is having on the Gulf coast. Maybe if BP had a proper clean up plan in place the damage could have been minimalised. There are lessons to be learned from that. Everyone has to know what is right for him/her. To each his own. This is why we have such a wonderful world!