The Way of the Shaman ….. What is Shamanism?
“In the beginning of all things, wisdom and knowledge were with the animals, for Tirawa, the One Above, did not speak directly to man. He sent certain animals to tell men that he showed himself through the beast, and that from them, and from the stars and the sun and moon should man learn…. all things tell of Tirawa. What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.”
― Eagle Chief – (Letakos-Lesa)
Webster defines Shaman as simply a religious man. The word Shaman comes from eastern Siberia (the Tungus Tribe) an area where shamanism was the most prominent and where its origins may be found. Translated, shaman means “to heat up; to burn; to work with heat and fire.”
The essential characteristics of Shamans are mastery of energy and fire as a medium of transformation. Tribal peoples believed that the Shaman was a healer and keeper of tribal history (handed down through the oral tradition) and a “Walker Between Winds.” The latter term refers to the Shaman’s ability to send his spirit to walk with the ancestors between the winds. To walk between the winds one has to look around the edge of reality to the paths between space. There is where the spirits of the ancestors walk the trails of time.
“Our normal waking consciousness, rational consciousness as we call it, is but one special type of consciousness, whilst all about it, parted from it by the flimsiest of screens, there lie potential forms of consciousness entirely different. We may go through life without suspecting their existence; but apply the requisite stimulus, and at a touch they are there in all their completeness, definite types of mentality which probably somewhere have their field of application and adaptation. No account of the universe in its totality can be final which leaves these other forms of consciousness quite disregarded.”
– William James
One can practise Shamanism without being officially termed a Shaman. From ancient times, Shamans have worked with the spirits of nature for healing, survival, and knowledge. By learning from the plants and animals, from the rocks and mountains, from the winds and waters, and from the sun, moon and stars, Shamans helped their peoples live in harmony with the universe. In a world now out of balance, the way of the Shaman can teach how to once again respect nature, our Planet, and its inhabitants at a deep spiritual level. As our ancestors everywhere once knew, our survival depends upon the survival of the other species. By working together intensively through shamanic journeys and other spiritual experiences, we will dedicate ourselves to working in both non-ordinary and ordinary reality to restore and maintain a living Earth.
It is good to take care of one another, to offer thanks; to cooperate. Sadly, these ways are becoming a rare trait in current times, which is far too great a loss and society is altering because of this. We should do our best to learn the ways of the Shaman, to live a more meaningful, pure life. If we take care of the mountain, then the mountain takes care of us. In consequence, all the Beings on the mountain, be they birds, horses, bats, fish, trees or clouds will join us in this spirit of cooperation. We become one community. We become Sacred. We speak to one another with honour and respect; we take responsibility. This is then good!
Although many signs and events in Nature have come to have traditional symbolic meanings, it is our personal interpretation that we learn to look for first. All of the significant signs and events in Self, Nature, and Spirit are there to help the follower of the shamanic path. If what we divine, or interpret, has meaning for another, it is because their path led them to it.
The shaman shares knowledge but does not seek to own it.
For knowledge is power, and power is a gift.
It should be emphasised that shamanic healing looks at what is spiritually out of balance with the client. Shamanism and shamanic healing should not be confused with medical or psychological methods, and should not be used in place of appropriate medical or psychological consultation or assistance.
Definition of Shaman
One who can interact and mediate with the spirit world on behalf of their community, usually by some form of trance techniques, for the purposes of divination, information gathering, healing and to receive wisdom.
Believed to come from the Tungus word “saman” meaning (very roughly) holder of knowledge.
Some anthropologists maintain that shaman are the basis of most magician/sorcerer archetypes in folklore.
Shamanism encompasses the premise that shamans are intermediaries or messengers between the human world and the spirit worlds. Shamans are said to treat ailments/illness by mending the soul. Alleviating traumas affecting the soul/spirit restores the physical body of the individual to balance and wholeness. The shaman also enters supernatural realms or dimensions to obtain solutions to problems afflicting the community. Shamans may visit other worlds/dimensions to bring guidance.
“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
All things are bound together. All things connect.”
“Indeed, the attempt to live according to the notion that the fragments are really separate is, in essence, what has led to the growing series of extremely urgent crises that is confronting us today. Thus, as is now well known, this way of life has brought about pollution, destruction of the balance of nature, over-population, world-wide economic and political disorder and the creation of an overall environment that is neither physically nor mentally healthy for most of the people who live in it. Individually there has developed a widespread feeling of helplessness and despair, in the face of what seems to be an overwhelming mass of disparate social forces, going beyond the control and even the comprehension of the human beings who are caught up in it.”
– David Bohm, Physicist
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