What is Shamanism?
The Shamanic tradition is one of the oldest spiritual practices. It
can be traced back at least 50,000 years.
Rather than a belief system, it is an age-old way of gaining knowledge
and integrating parts of our life force that we have lost touch with,
allowing us to regain our natural power.
The word ‘Shaman’ comes from the Tungist tribe in Siberia
and translates as ‘one who sees in the dark’ or ‘healer’.
What is remarkable about Shamanism is that although
it was developed by many separate cultures – in Australia, Siberia,
Europe, Africa and the Americas – a core practice exists which
is common to all these traditions.
The core practice is the journey to non-ordinary realities, namely:
The Lower World, which is usually a very verdant Garden of Eden type
of place, where we can meet our Power Animal allies and find guidance
and practical help. The Upper World is a place where we can meet our
spirit guides and wise elders who often appear in human form. The Middle
World is the parallel non-ordinary reality to our earthly world.
In ancient cultures the Shaman would journey to non-ordinary
reality to seek guidance for the tribe The ability of the Shaman to bring
back accurate information was essential as the information received
often meant either life or death, if not given correctly. Shamans all
had their allies, their wise ones often appearing to them in the form
of animals or human spirit guides. They had learnt to trust implicitly
guidance from their allies, going on their journeys into the non-ordinary
reality as little children, open to being taught and inspired by Great
Shamans were also the magic man/woman or the healer, driving out what
were often seen as evil spirits, and journeying to retrieve lost soul
parts, now know universally as soul retrieval. Getting information from
the spirit of the plants to advise members of the tribe what they needed
to eat or drink to keep themselves well and strong. In fact the Shaman
was a central figure in the tribal world, it was their honour to serve
At this time in the evolution of man/woman kind, the
shamanic way can offer a way forward for us to be able to sit down together
to each other and try to understand differing cultures.
How many of us are re-incarnations of ancient ones
who held the true knowledge? We have always felt that if anyone is drawn
to the Shamanic
way they have known that life before and it is not a case of
learning, but a re-remembering.
Maybe we are the ones we have been waiting for!
Although we no longer live in Tribal communities the Shaman still has a place in society and maybe in some respects more so now than ever before. In the hustle bustle of modern life they can be reminders of the beauty that dwells in all. The Shamanic Way teaches that everything has its own spirit and that can surely be a way forward in these times of turmoil and distrust.
If we can see each other as spiritual beings, on this earth to learn about love, and in doing so having to see all sides of it including hatred, then we are all sitting in the same cauldron of chaos and change. It is no wonder we get confused and fearful. However, to remember we are all seeking the same thing gives us all a common goal.
The Shamanic Way is to tread lightly on the Earth and to honour and be grateful for everything around and within us. To help those who are lost in the confusion of their own shadow.
The Shamanic tools are beautifully simple in their power, but it is
how they are used that is important. If we are not that hollow bone and
full of integrity, but are still caught up in our own unresolved issues,
we cannot be effective how ever long we have trained as a Shamanic Practitioner.
We need to be always aware of where we sit and be sure to have constant
healing for ourselves.
Let us be true Shamanic Warriors on the path to Peace and Harmony and
not be "lukewarm shams" trying to be something that is of
our own making , and carries very little of the real spiritual knowledge
which is there for us all and is meant to be shared.
As teachers of the Shamanic Way we feel truly honoured.
The Shamanic Way has given us wise guidance and a passion for life.