That was an intriguing passage from a fascinating book about the Easter Island statues. It grabbed me on both the prehistoric hunter-gatherer societies and their shamans (okay, I've been there - past lives) and on the utility of randomness. I've long been a fan of randomness - it is, after all, where patterns we see in the natural world (such as star constellations) come from - and seeing it put to practical use in these archetypal human conditions (the hunter-gatherer-shaman communities) gave me an "ah ha!" moment that was quite delicious.
The book passage goes on to say that, while randomizing our actions can help us survive and succeed, for us humans it's a really difficult thing to do. That's why we have random numbers tables. It's why we sometimes toss a coin when trying to make a decision. For the hunter-gatherers, who apparently hadn't invented coins yet, the randomization came from cracks in an animal bone heated over a fire. Of course, the common assumption is that the hunter-gatherers didn't "know" what they were doing and just primitively thought that the cracks "predicted" where the caribou would be.
But what if the hunter-gatherers weren't that dense? I tend to think they knew more than we give them credit for - but then, I was there lifetimes ago, so maybe I'm biased. Looking at my own work in divination over this lifetime, it strikes me how many times I've had a reading client say to me, "I need direction." Yes! that's what divination is all about - it's not so much "predicting" the future (although a good reader can tap into the timestream in ways that are uncanny) as granting a direction to help us stop floundering. My readings over the years show again and again, that there are times to sit with the confusion, and times to pick a direction and go for it. Our little human minds have a hard time doing this with clarity, but with the great gifts that divination can give us - even if it's "just" random - we can find an opening to take us out of the maze and get back on our path.
If you're at place where you find yourself longing for some direction in life, you need one of my readings. Just go to my Order a Reading page, and see how easy it can be!