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 wisdom 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.