Shaman believe that everything has a spirit and is alive.
The tree has a spirit. The rock has a spirit. My drum has a spirit, and yes, even this computer has a spirit.
If everything has a spirit and is alive, we humans then find ourselves in a position of equality rather than dominance.
If you follow this logic, you begin to realize that shamanism is a radical act. Shaman don’t follow the laws of man; they follow the laws of spirits.
They don’t dominate the earth and its creatures; they strive to live in harmony and balance. Our ancient ancestors all over the world discovered how to maximize human abilities of mind and spirit for healing and problem-solving. The remarkable system of methods they developed are today known as “shamanism,” a term that comes from a Siberian tribal word for its practitioners: “shaman” (pronounced SHAH-mahn).
Shaman are a type of medicine man or woman especially distinguished by the use of journeys to hidden worlds otherwise mainly known as myth, dreams, and near-death experiences.
A shaman is one who goes into an altered state of consciousness at will. While in this altered state, he or she makes a conscious choice to journey to another reality, a reality which is outside of time and space. This other reality is inhabited by helping spirits and is composed of three layers:
|The lower world– consists of power animals or helpful animal spiritsThe middle world– consists of of humans, animals, plants, and physical formsThe over-world/upper world – consists of of spiritual beings|
The shaman is able to establish relationships with these spirits and to bring back information and healing for the community or the individual.
Just as shamanism teaches that there is a spiritual component to everything, it also suggests one or more spiritual elements exist at the center of every illness.
Therefore, there is a functional spiritual aspect to any physical and emotional recovery or healing experience. Shamanic practitioners seek to assist their clients in cleansing, strengthening and/or renewing their vital life force or spirit.
Ones’ soul essence can be depleted or damaged through trauma or ongoing abuse or distress. The shamanic practitioner often works with clients in one or more initial sessions to bring them back to a state in which they may experience deep inner strength and balance.
Further exercises, study, meditations, prayer work and/or ceremony may be recommended to be performed by the client alone or in community. This additional work is intended to further the process of spiritual growth and repair, which also helps with physical and emotional growth and repair.
The shaman already embraces one principle which is shamanic in nature: People who are always negative or constantly in a negative environment often become ill.
One shamanic antidote might be to find ways for the sick person to be very positive to help manifest wellness. In shamanic practice, negative energy and its effects are called âpiritual intrusion.The shaman performs what is called a shamanic extraction to remove the negative energy from the clients system.
From a shamanic perspective, as well as that of other pagan cultures;
people who constantly look in the mirror and think thoughts such as, I hate my butt,â€ dump negative energy into themselves, wounding their spirits.
In turn, this creates a field of negative energy around their rear end, which magnetically draws more negativity to it. The cycle can go on and on until it is broken by a more powerful, personal spiritual shift. A shaman can help facilitate that shift.
To commune with nature, creation and the cosmos is the foundation for all the worlds spiritual traditions.They can coexist comfortably with, support and even enhance all spiritual paths. Just as importantly, it can coexist with and holistically support all other positive healing methods including modern medicine and its complementary modalities and spiritual paths. In the spirit of love of creation, this coexistence is the most natural and balanced thing in the world.