Shamanism is the oldest spiritual practice known to man and woman, and interestingly this old ancient practice has been brought right into our modern society. The actual word Shaman comes from the Tungus speaking region of Siberia meaning “one who knows” and “one who sees”. This ancient practice is still used in communities around the world such as Siberia, Africa, Alaska, North America and South America. Although most Shamanic communities lived continents apart from each other the basic techniques and experiences are amazingly similar.
Mircea Eliade definition of Shamanism is ‘This complex phenomenon, and perhaps the least hazardous, will be Shamanism….. Techniques of ecstasy’.
What is shamanism? It fundamentally describes a spiritual framework for someone initiated to enter, at will into a trance or an altered state of consciousness to access the other worlds. First and foremost the Shaman is a healer, but can also work in the community as a priest, mystic, artist and poet. As the healer the shaman is able to enter an altered state to journey into realms with spirit helpers to gain access to knowledge, information and symbols to assist in a wide range of everyday issues and big life concerns. Shamanism is a spiritual practice that has moved with the winds of change and the ability to heal the human soul remains as beneficial today as it has from its earliest ancient days.
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