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What is Shamanism?

The word "Shaman", the name given to ‘one who knows’ or ‘one who sees’, originates from the Tungus language of Siberia. Traditionally, around the world each culture has its own name for the Shaman(s) of their tribe or community, which may often be dependent on his/her function.

 

A suggested view of Shamanism may be that:

 

“Shamanism is not a faith, but a wisdom tradition in which we learn purely from our own individual, collective and personal experience. It is not a religion and is dogma-free; indeed it supports any existing spiritual practice one already has. Many of us deeply desire a connection to our own ‘soulfulness’ and that of all other living beings in a free and natural way. This is the essence of Shamanism.”
-John Cantwell

 

The Shaman, as the intermediary between the people and spirit, undertakes a journey or soul flight, under an altered state of consciousness, in order to access information or gain wisdom to facilitate the healing of others. On returning the Shaman uses this wisdom for the benefit of an individual, their community, or the land.

 

The practice of Shamanism reaches back to the dawn of time. In the present day, Shamanic practices are offered to those struggling on their own life journeys. The work of a Shamanic practitioner provides support and spiritual guidance to those who perhaps suffer from the pain of a physical, emotional or mental illness, or feel incomplete or unfulfilled in life.

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