Shamanism & Shamanic Journey
This very short post is based on my direct experience with shamanism, what it means to be a shaman, to have lived for a while with a shaman and to have been healed several times by him. Furthermore, it derives from reading books and historical research on the topic.
What is Shamanism?
Shamanism is the oldest spiritual practice and it dates back to 100,000 years ago.
The word shaman comes from the Tunges tribe in Siberia and it means the one who sees in the dark, spiritual healer, the one who knows.
It is essential to know that the shaman does not see through the eyes but through the heart.
Shamans perform different types of ceremonies to gain guidance, to honor the cycles of nature, to achieve healing for themselves and others. One of the most common ceremonies that a shaman performs is called a shamanic journey.
What is the Shamanic Journey?
During a shamanic journey, the shaman enters an altered state of consciousness using a drum, rattles or sticks (a musical instrument that creates a kind of percussion that slows down brain waves and allows the shaman to actually enter non-ordinary reality) .
Through the shamanic journey it is possible to receive personal guidance, to receive healing, it is also possible to ask for help from our spirit guides on behalf of others.
Shamanism teaches us that:
-there is a web of life that connects us all and that we are all connected to this web and we are all connected to nature. We are part of nature.
– to reconnect with nature in order to follow the flow of life.