Shamanism is the most ancient system of personal, environmental and spiritual healing on this planet, connecting us to spirit, nature and the natural flow of life.
It teaches us to be true to ourselves and to one another, and to show love and respect to our fellow creatures and Mother Earth.
Shamanism has its roots in almost every culture on the planet, and it is said that its spiritual origins can be traced back to foothills of the Himalayas, it is thought that the ancient Yogis were indeed Shamans – with archaeological evidence dating back to over 50,000 yrs.
The name Shaman, comes from the Siberian Tungus tribe, it means ‘one who sees in the dark.’It is now widely documented that our first Shamans were Women, today the name often used for the female shaman is ‘Shamanka’. ‘Udagan’ is another name originating from the Mongolian word ’Etugen’ meaning ancient hearth-goddess.
Eagle Woman Flies High.
‘We are all connected, we are all one, and we are all on this journey together.’
A practitioner of Shamanism awakens to their call as either a Healer, Seer, Medicine Woman or Wisdom Keeper – this can happen at birth, initiation (Shamanic training), a spiritual awakening or occasionally a traumatic life experience.
One who chooses to honour this path and walk with spirit, makes a commitment to heal individuals and the community, to be the care takers of Mother Earth, to share the ancient wisdom, to most importantly do that right now, to dream this new world into being.
A practitioner will link into the higher planes of consciousness and existence, working in the hidden realms of spirit by accessing altered states of consciousness. Trance, dance, drumming, ceremony, meditation and plant medicine make this possible. A practitioner acts as a mediator to communicate with unseen helper spirit guides and power animals using/listening/ following their guidance and using Shamanic tools, for the purpose of bringing back healing, power and information.
‘May the Sun bring you new energy by day. May the Moon softly restore you by night. May the rain wash away your worries. May the breeze blow new strength into your being. May you walk gently through the world and know its beauty, all the days of your life’.
– Apache Blessing