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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. Historically, shamanic healing has been practiced by indigenous people for as long as humans can remember. The shaman works with the knowledge that all things are connected and have life force energy, or spirit, within themselves. When someone or something becomes diseased or out of balance, the shaman believes this is from a loss of life force energy or a disruption in energetic patterns. The core concept of shamanism is connecting with the spirit world and working with the Earth and life force energy in order to receive healing.

What is a Shamanic Practitioner?

A Shamanic Practitioner is a person who can connect to the spirit world through a change in consciousness and act as a bridge to our ordinary reality.

In shamanism healing work is performed to deal with the spiritual aspect of illness. There are three common causes of illness in the shaman’s worldview.

A person may have lost its power, causing depression, chronic illness, or a series of misfortunes. In this case, the shamanic practitioner journeys to restore that person’s lost power.

Or a person may have lost part of ist essence, causing loss of a part of the soul, which sometimes occurs during an emotional or physical trauma. Loss of soul part can result in post-traumatic stress syndrome, depression, illness, immune deficiency problems. It is the role of the shamanic practitioner to track down the parts that have been lost by performing a soul retrieval ceremony.

Another cause of illness from a shamanic perspective would be any spiritual blockades or negative energies a client has taken on due to the loss of his or her vitality or soul part. These spiritual blockades also cause illness, usually in a localized area of the body. It is the role of the shamanic practitioner to extract and remove these harmful energies from the body.

A shaman heals both the living and the deceased. In healing those who died, the shamanic practitioner performs a psychopomp ceremony of helping those who have died cross over to a comfortable and peaceful place.


Aristoteles said, that pictures are the language of the soul.

Tom Cowan (Quote from "Shamanism")


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