What is Shamanism?
Shamanism is one of the most ancient spiritual practices known to humans. It is believed to date back atleast 40,000 years though some anthropologists believe that the practice may be as old as a 100,000 years. The word Shaman comes from the Tungus tribe in Siberia and it means “One Who Sees In The Dark”. Shamans have also been known as “walkers between the worlds”, the “one who knows” or “SEERS”. All shamans are healers who work in the service of their community.
Shamanism is practiced across the world in all habited continents. It is a body of methods and practices which have been revealed by spirit to Shamans and hence the core practices across continents have a very large similarity. These practices enable a Shaman to develop a partnership with the spirits i.e. the gods, goddesses, ascended masters & his or her ancestors to access information and healing for himself and others. It is because of this partnership with spirit that miracles occur all the time in shamanic practice. Since all information to the Shaman comes to him directly from his spirit guides shamanism has also been called the path of direct revelation.
The practice of shamanism is based on end results and the fact that it has survived as long as it has is proof enough of the effectiveness of this work.
Shamanism enables the healing to be tailored to the needs of each individual and is not about one healing for all. It heals as against curing - for curing is merely at the physical level. It helps in aligning and integrating our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual selves.
Who is a Shaman?
A Shaman may be described in various ways – all of them are correct individually and collectively. A Shaman is a “Walker Between The Worlds”. A Shaman is someone who journeys from this ordinary reality to the other worlds or to the parallel universe in an altered state of consciousness to seek information / healing from his spirit guides. A Shaman is someone who heals miraculously and consistently every time. Every Shaman is a healer but every healer is not a Shaman for a Shaman is distinguished by the practice of journeying to non ordinary reality.
What do Shamans do?
A Shaman or a practitioner of shamanic methods journeys to non ordinary reality to commune with his spirit guides to access information and healing for those who have come to seek his help. The cornerstone of any shamanic practice is Divination i.e. getting answers to questions for yourself or others. This is done through a divination journey.
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