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Shamanic care

shamanic-careIn shamanism, everything has a spirit: every person, animal, tree, flower, rock, stream and ocean – even the earth. The shaman can communicate with all spirits, good or bad and must determine with which minds work. Traditional shamans must learn to “control” the minds: they must be tamed and domesticated so that they work for the shaman, this is not an approach to be taken lightly and it requires many years of apprenticeship with one or more traditional shamans.

My approach is to work with the spirits of equals and with total respect. The concept that everything has a spirit is known as animism and is considered by many to be the ancestor of all religions. For many people, the word mind has a religious connotation and can even be repulsive. When we speak of shamanic cultures, the meaning of ‘spirit’ is clearly what we think, be a form of super-natural. It’s more of a spiritual belief that a religious belief and it is a way of life for the shamanistic cultures. For me, the distinction is clear between spiritual and religious – I consider myself very spiritual and somewhat non-religious. The fact is that for many people, when we make a spiritual care, we work with energies, energies that science has not yet understood. We do not have to be religious: the spiritual care work for atheists like the fervent believers! Continue Reading »

Shamanic Journey

shamanic-journeyIn simple terms, shamanism is a technique that requires altered state of consciousness to travel to “other worlds” to communicate with spirits or guides. It is the shamanic journey. During this journey, the shaman can experience events relating to his life and his past lives, and can also often see elements of future possibilities. The shaman can see this causing a problem for his patient, whether physical or psychological / emotional. The shaman “trip” on behalf of the patient to help him with his problems.

Some shamanic cultures use drugs and / or alcohol to go into a trance, but this can not be advised: this is very dangerous and it is also impossible to control the trance while you are under the influence of substances that control the mind. Many Westerners are intrigued to want to experiment Enough With The Amazonian plant Ayahuasca Which Is, Indeed, Used by Many shamanistic culture as to enter trance. Although thesis cultures are doing to defend What They Cdn Their millennia-long use of Ayahuasca, it has been “Outlawed By The United Nations Because Of The Hazards Associated with its use. Continue Reading »

What Cha manisme?

what-cha-manismeIf you talk on shamanism to most Westerners, they will surely think about the techniques of traditional care, travel or shamanic medicine men of Indian peoples of North America (which were not, interestingly, necessarily shamans). But shamanism and shamans are not words used by American Indians although shamanism is practiced for at least two thousand years, and probably as far back as the Paleolithic era (perhaps there 50,000 years). The word shaman is not used in most shamanic cultures which remain today in the world: other names for shaman among the Zulu sangoma include, babalawo among the Yoruba, and kahuna in Hawaii. Shamans of People Mapuche in Chile almost always women and are known as the Machi.  Continue Reading »