What is Shamanism?


Shamanism –

Shamanism is the world where the magic, mystery and miracles become an everyday reality. It is the space where visible meets the invisible; the ordinary becomes extraordinary. Inanimate objects become animated and alive. Communication with animals, plants, elements, and all manner of things becomes common place. Sleeping bring more wakefulness as opposed does being physically awake. Wisdoms and truths beyond your wildest dreams become easily accessible.

Shamanism is the oldest spiritually that we know. Carbon dating has shown that it dates back at least 40,000 years from analysing cave paintings.  Anthropologists have discovered that shamanic practices were common and very similar across the globe. To me, this is something I find as mysterious as, for example, the correlations between the Mayan Temples in Mexico and the Egyptian Pyramids – how did they communicate between each other to develop such synchronicities?

A shaman is someone who moves their awareness to communicate and source information from the invisible – be it plants or animals, elements, those that have walked before us. Shamans would be identified from an early age and would be trained up by the local shaman before being bestowed by the community as a shaman. This indeed is an honorific title and consequently, most of us who have chosen this route call themselves shamanic practitioners.

By communicating directly with Creator, shamanism eliminates the need for external sources for healing, and instead enables each person to connect with the divine nature inside themselves. Shamanism is a deep and complex spirituality, and there are many books which outline in greater detail some of the tenets of it. As a healing modality, it involves a return to power. I use the word “power” with a degree of caution as it is not about authority, or even equality but it is about living your best life possible. I will be blogging about it shortly but in the meanwhile, a return to power includes:

  • Living according to our fullest potential
  • Experiencing benefits of being filled with rich wisdom and insights that come from the world, the universe and perhaps beyond
  • Feeling the ease and grace of life filled with love and compassion
  • Enjoying deep joy and bliss in the ordinary as much as the extraordinary
  • Regularly experiencing the magic and mystery in the world
  • Bringing our egos to the space where they work to our benefit in keeping us safe
  • Delighting in living in community and harmony with all who are close, as well as to the infinite.

This sort of life seems far, far away from us – but when shamanism was prevalent, this life was the norm and these are the results of a return of power. The powerless we experience in our lives leads to

  • Physical and mental diseases / disorders
  • injuries and pain
  • Depressions, fear, anxiety, overthinking
  • Envy and jealousy
  • Irrational anger and outbursts
  • broken relationships and a lack of a connection

The loss of power has emerged through thousands and thousands of years. When shamans were the norm, an individual would quickly notice there was a loss of power.  For example, stumbling over a tree root would indicate that something was amiss. They would go or be taken to the nearest shaman and the issue would be taken care of there and then and full power would be restored. Consequently, people lived most of their days in the fullness of the power.

However, with the demise of the shaman, the ability to have one’s power restored was removed. In the same way as gifts and talents are passed from generation to generation in the DNA, so are ancestors’ hurts, sadnesses, shames, guilt are caught up in the DNA and pass down from generation to generation. Consequently, we can look at ourselves, we can look at our parents and our families and our wider communities with compassion as we were all born with these wounds, and they are constantly being bombarded by those of others. The snowball effect emerges and layer upon layer of disempowerment emerges.

Breaking these cycles of involves going within and the shaman / shamanic practitioner will track back to the source of the original wound, or as far as is available, unravelling the layers of the onion that have built up. Gently and releasing these binds that create a loss of power. These wounds have emerged over generations, they won’t all go over night but over time, real changes can be made.

Another major aspect of Shamanism is that of ceremony. In shamanism, gratitude and petition go very much hand in hand, dancing and weaving together with the dance very much being led by gratitude.

I will be writing about different aspects of shamanism as well as different healing modalities including

  • Power – what is it, how do we lose it, and how do we regain it
  • The four directions –support and structures for every day life
  • Ceremony – the transformational power of paying due respect and honour
  • De-coupling – Resetting the fight / flight trauma
  • Illumination – the clearing of a chakra
  • Power animal retrieval – finding metaphysical support
  • Extractions – removal of that which is not of us
  • Soul retrieval – the return of aspects of ourselves that have departed
  • Destiny retrieval – what lies beyond

Shamanism has stood the test of time.  It was as relevant 40,000 years ago as it is today. We can all access the wisdom that lies in the non-ordinary realities that co-exist with us and please do contact me if you would like to explore more deeply for yourself and experience shamanic healings and a return to power, or even learn how to become your own wise counsel – either with the Foundations of Shamanism Course or Shamanic Counselling course.

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