What is a Shaman?
A shaman is a specific type of energy healer
who works through the energy of alternate states of consciousness to enter the invisible world, which is made up of all unseen aspects of the world that affect us, including the spiritual, emotional, mental, mythical, archetypal, and dream worlds.
There are three categories of modern-day shamans:
- Some come from an unbroken shamanic tradition and continue to practice in that tradition, usually in their native culture.
- Some come from a shamanic tradition and serve as a bridge between, tradition and the modern Western world, often by adding ceremonies and rituals.
- Some are called by Spirit to serve the needs of their community as shamans, even though they may be long separated from their original shamanic roots.
Traits of a shaman:
- You’ve been drawn to the unexplained
- You’ve had a near death or spontaneous out-of-body experience
- You’ve been present for many deaths/births
- You’re always the one people confide in
- You’re an empath, you feel the pain, emotions, and joy of others
- You feel deeply comforted by nature
- You have past-life memories of being a healer/seer
- You like to solve things, finding creative solutions others may miss
- You see spirits, talk to plants, or can control your dreams
What is Shamanism?
Shamanism is not an organised religion, but rather a spiritual practice.
Shamanism has touched all faiths and religions, reaching deep into levels of ancestral memory. A primal belief system, that predates established religion, it has its own symbolism and cosmology, inhabited by beings, gods, and totems, who display similar characteristics although they appear in various forms, depending on their places of origin.
Shamanism is a spiritual practice that can be found in cultures around the world from ancient times up to present day. Shamanic processes are practical. These processes have coexisted over millennia with many cultures, systems of government, and organised religion.
Many formalised religions, from Buddhism to Christianity, came from ancient shamanic roots and still have shamanic threads of deep connection to the divine in all things. But shamanism itself is not a formalised system of beliefs or ideology.
How can I become a Shaman?
To become a shaman you undergo the path of an initiate,
working with a EMI shaman who will guide you through the 24 sacred rites of passage.
As you take each step on your path you expand into who you are becoming, awakening your ancestral wisdom that lays dormant in your DNA strands, claiming your place in your lineage.
We journey through your soul anatomy and bring all aspects of your soul, your oversoul, your soul family back into coherence which allows you direct access to your Higher Self. Now you can travel to the world between world and effect healing for yourself, your loved ones, your community and your beloveds.
A shaman is a fierce guardian of the physical world
we must first have personal mastery in certain aspects of our soul. The shaman’s heart must be pure and clear with a great love for humanity and for the Earth.
The gifts that flow through us are not ours; they are gifted by Spirit, it is important to treat then with great reverence. Any less than optimal intentions will be swiftly balanced by fates. One can be stripped of their skills and title completely. We work in spaces which require courage and faith to enter.
Key competencies of a shaman:
1. Develop a deep soulful relationship with Mother Earth
2. Honour the rites, spaces and medicine of our ancestors
3. Be able to awaken in a dream to bring back medicine
4. Be open to receive divine blessings for self and others
5. Create a shaman’s medicine basket. These are tools in the physical world that support the connection of the world between worlds such as:
journeying, drums, rattles, feathers, crystals, plants, song, gongs & singing bowls
Shaman & Wellbeing
How can shamanism benefit your health and wellbeing?
People seek shamanic healing for many different reasons. If they are living within a shamanic culture, shamanic healing is part of a multidisciplinary approach used for any dis-ease or imbalance, in partnership with physical healers, botanical medicines, changes in diet, and other therapies.
Shamanistic perspective on dis-ease The perspective on individual dis-ease is different in shamanism than in the conventional medical view. In a shamanistic view:
• Similar symptoms or diseases do not stem from the same underlying energetic root cause.
• Community disharmony often manifests in individual energy.
• Any illness may have a significant underlying spiritual or energetic root cause, regardless of the form in which that illness manifests – physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, or relational.
The sense that something is “missing” or that “I haven’t been the same since…” are indicators of an energetic loss of some type, including soul energy loss. Shamanic healing is compatible with both conventional medicine and integrative medicine, such as Traditional Chinese Medicine, homeopathy, naturopathy, chiropractic, and others.
Shaman are Spirit Talkers
The earliest mention of shamanism in Siberia is around the 14th century.
It involved a reverence for all spirits since it was believed that everything in the natural world was governed by spirit force. Shamans in those days were not just limited to being healers, but they also took on other roles such as curing diseases, interpreting dreams, blessing newborn babies, overseeing burials and even serving as midwives.
Yes, women were shamans, too. They are referred to as Shamankas. (shar mang ka)
Initiation were either a hereditary process through a parent, or when the individual felt a strong calling towards the cult and left mainstream society to dabble in the practice. Often times, these initiations included episodes of rebirth, journeys to the underworld, or out-of-body experiences.
Research shows that the shamans from Siberia travelled across the Bering land bridge which connected Siberia to Alaska, this is how shamanism reached parts of North America, South America and Africa. The Bering Bridge disappeared 12,000 years ago due to the melting of the Artic glaciers.
Today, these regions have several tribes and communities, which continue to persevere in the practice, each with its own variations and adaptations.