Shamanism is a centuries-old healing tradition, and for those that apply it’s teachings, a way of life. It is a way to connect with all of creation, and stems from nature itself. It is not a religion, but rather a spiritual practice deeply rooted in the belief that everything in the world is embodied with spirit and has healing wisdom to share.
Those who follow a shamanistic perspective seek to be in relationship and harmony with the spirit in all things. They seek to use information and guidance from spirits to intentionally form their own life experience.
The word shaman originated from a tribe in Siberia and was applied to all medicine men and women of indigenous cultures whose practice included the flight of their soul. Throughout time, shamans have been called upon to serve their communities as healers, oracles, counselors, guides and to assist the dying in transitioning from this world to the next. These are not merely people with bizarre experiences. They are experts in navigating the spirit world and returning safely.
In the past forty years, Shamanism has transformed into a formal practice and spiritual path, with highly skilled and accomplished teachers who still share the ancient wisdoms and traditions through teaching circles and apprenticeships. Like shamans of old, the path to becoming a shamanic practitioner is a lifelong undertaking that encompasses years of mentorship, self-healing, study and most importantly continual practice.
Shamanism is not only concerned with the health of the individual, but also with the health of the entire community. This includes all people, plants, animals and all of life.
One could view shamanism as the universal spiritual wisdom inherent to all peoples. As all ancient spiritual practices are rooted in nature, shamanism is the method by which we as human beings can strengthen that natural connection.
Today, people everywhere struggle through life with damaged emotions, needlessly carrying heavy energy, causing untold hardship and stress in their lives and on their bodies that needs to be dealt with. But all too often, these hurts are simply swept under the rug in an attempt to make them go away.
Only by facing the shadows of our woundedness can we gain complete knowledge of them.
In a sense, we are all called to be shamans. We all know how it feels to be wounded; to be sad, hurt, feel abandoned, angry, confused and a multitude of other emotions that we would rather not experience.
Only through an acceptance and integration of our shadows can we begin to clear our lives.
Shamanic practitioners work with helping spirits to facilitate healing for their clients. The shamanic model of health and healing asserts that illness originates in the energetic or spiritual dimensions before it manifests as physical symptoms.
A TEAM EFFORT
It is important to recognize that shamanic healing is a team effort. The team consists of the shaman, helping spirits and most importantly, YOU. Your belief and involvement is vital to the success of the shamanic healing process.
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