With all due respect to the whole "love and light" fans, the shaman is neither a Care Bear nor a sparkle unicorn. Above all, the shaman is a human being, composed of forces and faults, thus far removed from the eventual idea that we can make of perfection made man – or made woman – in terms of "holiness". The shaman therefore has, like everyone else, an ego and the latter can be described as strong and voluntary, but is also often wrongly described as proud by those who fear or jealousy the power of affirmation that such a character can show.
Taught and guided by his ancestors Spirits and other Spirits which he incorporates, but also imbued with the culture in which he is born, the shaman dares to be without fear from the gaze of his fellows and without the need of any consent or recognition from them. If the shaman has an ego, he is not attached to it and the individual can then appear in the eyes of his congeners as someone unstable who does not have a fixed personality. In fact, the shaman does not need to determine himself or to determine his actions, which will not prevent him from naming himself or his actions for the sole purpose of communicating with the human person.
In the same vein, the shaman does not separate love from fear or light from shadow. He is perfectly aware that duality is composed of complementary and not opposite elements and that each element cannot exist without its annexed polarity. What would the day be without the night? What would the sun be without the rain? What would the Masculine be without the Feminine?