Having studied shamanism for the first time in University two decades ago;
it was a topic that always fascinated me. Having grown up in a very Christ
centered home I was taught to believe that anything in the New Age; Spirit
World etc. was black magic and not to be toyed with.
My mother did teach me some aspects of the culture of Indigenous people
but chose to leave out this very key aspect of what drives their culture.
When I read the first line of my World’s Religion’s textbook about the importance
of the role of Shamans throughout the world I was intrigued. Could people
in our modern world who are shunned and categorized as freakish or crazy
because they dabble with the spirit world have been Shaman’s in another
culture, time or society?
The most interesting fact about Shaman’s in history is that they were
part of societies all over the world, as far back as 40,000 years.
These Shaman’s had no knowledge or contact with one another.
How can something unspoken be consistent and
widespread in so many different places throughout the globe if there
is no validity to it?
The draw to Shamanism for me comes from the deep rooted connection
Shaman’s have to the natural world and how they can commune with the
spirit world. With a deep attachment and adoration for nature I feel a
kinship with Shamanistic healing and thought.
What is Shamanism? (Excerpt cited from Shamanism.com)
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.
Morning Meditation: Yoga Nidra-Drinking the Shaman’s Tea
Deep Relaxation Shamanic Meditation Music Playlist
Journal Entry: As you listen to the playlist above think about a time when you
felt a deep connection to nature. Was it a subconscious drawing in? When do you
feel soothed by nature? Write about the time you were most connected to either
the spirit world or nature.