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What is Shamanism?

Shamanism is an ancient healing tradition and moreover, a way of life. It is a way to connect with nature and all of creation. The word shaman originates from the Tungus tribe in Siberia. Anthropologists coined this term and have used it to refer to the spiritual and ceremonial leaders among indigenous cultures worldwide. The word shamanism can be used to describe the ancient spiritual practices of these indigenous cultures. Clearly the countless similarities between various ancient traditions played a role in the continual generalization of the word.

Over the past few decades the term “shamanism” has been popularized throughout the western world, especially in new-age circles. Today, it can be difficult to distinguish between traditional forms of shamanism and modernized, often esoteric practices that utilize the term.

One could view shamanism as the universal spiritual wisdom inherent to all indigenous tribes. As all ancient spiritual practices are rooted in nature, shamanism is the method by which we as human beings can strengthen that natural connection.

            Aspects of Shamanism

  • Connection with Nature

    Shamanism stems from nature itself. Shamanic practices tap into the power Mother Earth has to offer and the ancient indigenous teachings are derived from  the simplistic truths of nature.

  • Healing of Self & Community

    Shamanism is not only concerned with the health of the individual, but also with the health of the entire community. This includes all people, plants, animals and all of life.

  • Spiritual Practice

    Daily spiritual practice allows for continued and exponential growth of both body and soul. The goal being to create internal and external harmony with all creation.

  • Pilgrimage to Sacred Places

    Learning to approach and connect with sacred places is an intrinsic part of shamanism. By honoring natural wonders, such as rivers, lakes, mountains and caves, we reawaken and invigorate the energy of the land.

  • Vision & Ceremony

    Ceremonies to honor the spirits of nature help promote harmony and balance. The path of shamanism never ends. It is believed that so long as these ceremonies continue, the world will go on.

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