Many scholars believe that in the traditional context of Shamanism, you are either born a shaman, or you are not.
If the spirits want you to work with them, there is nothing you can do.
And if the spirits don’t want you to work with them, there is likewise nothing you can do.
Of course in modern Western shamanism things have changed. Today anyone can learn Shamanic Practices, and the Spirit World will tell you, if shamanism is your way to go.
Did you know, that traditional shamans often think people in the West are out of their mind if they want to become shamans, because being a shaman can be very uncomfortable, and difficult in some cultures.
Traditional Shamans believe there is no choice. If the chosen shaman ignores their fate, they may even get ill.
Some of the traditional shamanic cultures think that being a shaman is like royalty, in that you must have it in your DNA.
Others say it's just a calling, and any one can become a shaman, even without initiations.
From my experience I believe that everyone can learn foundation shamanic studies.
There are many different methods and beliefs.
Why is that?
Because shamanic practitioners might learn methods and techniques from their teachers, but the true teacher of a shaman are the spirits they are working with.
Without the spirits a shaman is nothing.
Although having a human teacher is also very important.
A human teacher will give you the guidelines, the rest you will learn through your experiences with the Spirits. That's why each Shaman works differently.
If you have already learned some Shamanic methods, and it comes naturally to you, and you trust your intuition, and the guidance from your Spirit Guides or Power Animal, then the shamanic way is the way to go.