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David de Warenne
The shaman is consider as healer, as the restorer of balance between humankind and nature. The purpose of the shaman is to heal all things of earth, sky and spirit, past and present.
Shamanism teaches us that everything that exists is alive and has a spirit. (The Apache elder known to his students as 'Grandfather' and of whom my own shamanic lineage has derived through - would call what we might
The Shamans main technique is the 'Shamanic journey', a dynamic meditation technique that through an expanded state of awareness allows the practitioner to connect to our most deepest selves and with the greater universe. It is used to seek information not available in everyday reality. To connect with the forces of nature to receive information on how we can acquire knowledge, heal ourselves, and contact our personal power... our spirit self. Through the shamanic journey the shaman has a the way of seeing in the dark and the Shaman are the ones who follow their own connection through the heart and with creator and spirit. Currently there is a dramatic revival of shamanism in the west, with a wide range of people integrating shamanic practices into their lives...including students, housewives, teachers, psychotherapists, doctors, lawyers, politicians and scientists. This may in part be because people are wanting to take back their own power instead of giving it away to socially acceptable authority figures. We know that we are the only ones who truly have the power to change our own lives. Article by David de Warenne
Core understandings of the ShamanIn shamanism all of existence is viewed as one... which is symbolised by the circle, whatever exists has a spirit. There is no division between organic and un-organic. We are all one and have spirit. This includes humans, trees, rocks,animals, mountains, rivers TV sets, and the chairs that we are sitting in. All forms of existence are recognised and respected. We are all connected by our energy with everything else. This is the symbol of the spiders web. The well being of a life form is dependent on its spiritual harmony with all other life forms. (Physics describes this through the Gaia and Unity principles)
consider the omnipresent God...as..."The Spirit that moves through all things). It also teaches us that we are joined with the earth and all of life via our spiritual interconnectedness. Quantum physics now realises and describes a field of energy that connects all of life...Shamans also speak of a web of life that connects everything.
When we journey into non ordinary realities, we learn how to communicate with the spirit of trees,animals,insects, birds, rocks and reptiles as well as the spirit of the elements of air, earth, fire and water... we directly experience the web of life. Shamans knew that they were connected to all of nature and that they were a part of the cycles and rhythms that nature reflected.
Today human kind is so out of touch with nature and her rhythms that this seems to be directly reflected in our health conditions, both physically and psychologically. We have disconnected from the cycles of the moon and the rhythms of the seasons. Get back into balance with nature and we will heal ourselves. Heal ourselves and we heal the planet.
Shamanism can teach us the value of having a regular spiritual practice in our lives and the value of being in service to others, which brings a genuine sense of meaning and purpose to our lives. It enables us to access powerful forces to help us create the world we want to live in - for ourselves and for others. Shamans are the dream-weavers.... They are aware that we are dreaming our world into existence. Shamans would say that at this time in history we are collectively dreaming the wrong dream.
Traditionally the practice of shamanism has focused on practical results achieved by the shaman. The shaman would be consulted by the community to find the best locations for hunting and gathering... locations for seasonal camps and and to identify food sources. If the shaman were unable to accurately divine the location of food then the tribe or clan would not survive. Shaman were also expected to perform healings for the community. Once again, the survival of the tribe was largely dependent on the shamans spiritual abilities.
WHAT IS SHAMANISM?
Shamanism is the earliest spiritual practice known to humankind. It dates back tens of thousands of years and predates recorded civilisations. There has been much archaeological evidence of shamanism from palaeolithic cave dwellings through paintings and artifacts.
The word 'Shaman' is of 'Tungus' origin... A tribe of indigenous people who live in Siberia and although it is a Siberian word it has been practiced globally, including Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia and New Zealand, Greenland and native North and South America. The word Shaman literally means..."One who can see in the dark" or "One who knows". The fact that it has survived into the 21st century speaks to the potency of its work.
Shamanism is a way of life...it is not a philosophy nor a religion and has no conflict with any religion. It grew out of practice...not ideology and is highly pragmatic. Again it has survived because it works. The beauty of Shamanism is that it is a path of direct revelation...there is no need for someone to intercede for us to get in touch with other spiritual realities.
The practice of the Shamanic journey enables us to art the veils between the seen and the unseen worlds, and access information and energies that can help awaken us and restore us to wholeness. Shamanism deals with power with the universe...not over the universe.
Traditionally the role of the shaman (Man or Woman) in the community was to interact directly with the spirits to address the spiritual aspects of illness...perform soul retrievals (one of the main healing techniques of the shaman)... divine information... help the spirits of deceased people crossover... and a variety of ceremonies for the community. They act as healer, doctor, priest, psychotherapist mystic and storyteller.