What is Shamanism?
A shaman is one who is trained in the use of altered states of consciousness. It is believed that shamanism and the wisdom traditions of journeying, shape shifting and energetic healing have been practiced for some 10,000 years in all regions of the world. While individual practices may have local distinctions, the foundational techniques are universal.
Shamans may come from indigenous backgrounds or be quite removed from their indigenous roots. While the word "shaman" itself has origins in the Tungus people of Siberia, the term is used broadly today to describe the medicine men and women of the rain forests, the high mountains, the great plains or the urban canyons of our large cities.
Shamanism is not a religion, but it is a spiritual practice. There is no liturgy and no dogma. The wisdom of the shaman comes from a rich relationship with the natural world. Shamans understand that everything in the natural world has consciousness. By recognizing the energetic connection between all things, shamans transform perceptions and core beliefs, support healing, strengthen relationships and promote personal development.
Through rituals and ceremonies the mythical realm of human consciousness is called forth by the shaman to accompany us through the complexities of life. For more references on shamanism, visit our Resources section.