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The Basics of Shamanism

The Basics of Shamanism

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An introductory guide to practicing the ancient art of shamanism. There is emphasis on drumming and trance states. Ritual is an important part of shamanism.
An introductory guide to practicing the ancient art of shamanism. There is emphasis on drumming and trance states. Ritual is an important part of shamanism.

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Published by: calliaste on Dec 28, 2011
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The Basics of Shamanism 
Table of Contents 
1. What is Shamanism? by Elizabeth Farrell2. The Shamanic Journey and the Three Worlds by Elizabeth Farrell3. Spirit Guides by Elizabeth Farrell4. Animal Totems by Elizabeth Farrell5. What is a Shamanic Journey? by Viola Woolcott6. The Shamanic Journey: A Brief Introduction7. Upper World, Realm of Gods, Teachers and Guides by Viola Woolcott8. Learning Shamanic Journeying by Dr. Michael Meredith9. Shamanism: An Overview 10. Journeying Suggestions.11. More Journeying Suggestions12. The Shamanic Journey by Melinda Rodriguez13. Basic Journey into the Lower World to Meet With Animal Spirits by Melinda Rodriguez14. The World Tree by Michael Drake15. Shamanic Wisdom and Shamanic Healing by Nina Mawfolsky 16. About Shamanism by Rene Sherwood17. How to Do a Basic Shamanic Journey (ehow.com)18. How to Contact the Spirits through Shamanism (ehow.com)19. The Shamanic Journey by Ross Heaven
The Basics of Shamanism 
1. What is Shamanism? By Elizabeth Farrell 
Ask any group of people what the definition is of shamanism and you may getmany different answers. It is agreed that shamanism has been part of our worldsince prehistoric times and yet there is some conflict and controversy as to whatexactly it means to be a shaman. Part of the conflict has to do with the fact thatshamanism is a spiritual practice that has such a long history and it has ties tomany different and diverse cultural groups. But it is often agreed upon that ashaman is a person who is a spiritual healer and one who has a strongconnection to the sacred world. The shaman connects to spirit guides, and also toanimal guides, through sacred rituals that involve, and yet are not limited to,trance-like meditation, lucid dreaming, divination and out of body experiences.In this way they help to restore spiritual, mental and physical balance to aparticular individual or to the community that they are connected with. Theword shaman is said to have come from the Tungus language of Siberia andreferred to holy people in this region who worked as healers and seekers. It is nota gender-based word and can be applied in the same way to both men andwomen.A shaman gains insight into what needs healing and restoring in an individual orcommunity by working with the spirits of animals, trees, the land and from thespirits of past ancestors. All of these carry a wealth of information that theshaman can connect with and use in their work. The connection is made by theshaman to the spirits through a shift of consciousness that involves entering atrance-like state through meditation that often involves the use of rattles,drumming and/or chanting.Shamanism is not a religion but rather a specific set of spiritual and holisticpractices and traditions; these practices and traditions can vary depending on thecultural group that they are connected with. For example, Korean shamanismcontains a variety of traditions that is heavily influenced by Taoism andBuddhism. The shamans, who are most typically women and called mudang, may work with a person to help them gain good fortune, to cure illnesses or to help avillage obtain a good harvest. The Mapuche people of South America commonly have a community shaman who is also typically a woman and who is referred toas the Machi. The Machi assists the community by practicing herbal medicineand performing ceremonies to help cure illnesses.Shamans are often very much involved in working to heal the land such asfinding the reasons for drought, determining the best places for crops to grow and also finding plants that help to fight illness. In some cultures, shamanicabilities are considered to be inherited but many times these abilities are learned
The Basics of Shamanism 
through teachings that are passed down from one to another through oraltradition.Despite some information to the contrary, shamanism and Native Americanspiritual healers are not one and the same. Indigenous groups such as those whoare part of the Inupiat and Aleut tribes of North America and other Indian groupssuch as the Tlingit and Athabascan tribes used to or currently practiceshamanism. However not all Native American holy people or Medicine peopleare shaman and the word should not be considered a catch-all term for NativeAmerican spiritual leaders and healers.

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