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Contemporary Shamanism

Contemporary Shamanism

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Published by Leo Rutherford
CONTEMPORARY SHAMANISM
Ancient ways for urban and suburban people of today. BY LEO RUTHERFORD.
Eagle’s Wing College of Contemporary Shamanism (UK) / www.shamanism.co.uk

The origins of shamanism pre-date recorded civilisation and may well go back 45,000 years or more. Evidence of shamanic practises exists from the Palaeolithic period and it is the oldest way in which humanity sought connection with creation, with the source. These practises are shared by indigenous peoples the world over with an
CONTEMPORARY SHAMANISM
Ancient ways for urban and suburban people of today. BY LEO RUTHERFORD.
Eagle’s Wing College of Contemporary Shamanism (UK) / www.shamanism.co.uk

The origins of shamanism pre-date recorded civilisation and may well go back 45,000 years or more. Evidence of shamanic practises exists from the Palaeolithic period and it is the oldest way in which humanity sought connection with creation, with the source. These practises are shared by indigenous peoples the world over with an

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CONTEMPORARY SHAMANISM
Ancient ways for urban and suburban people of today.BY LEO RUTHERFORD.
Eagle’s Wing
College of Contemporary Shamanism (UK) / www.shamanism.co.uk
The origins of shamanism pre-date recorded civilisation and may well go back 45,000 yearsor more. Evidence of shamanic practises exists from the Palaeolithic period and it is theoldest way in which humanity sought connection with creation, with the source. Thesepractises are shared by indigenous peoples the world over with an underlying cosmologythat cuts across cultural differences and customs. All of us have evolved from shamaniccultures - shamanism is not imported, it is our roots wherever we live. Today shamanismsurvives on all inhabited continents in less 'developed' regions in spite of the relentlessonslaught of western scientific materialism, the treatment of the Earth and nature assomething to be dominated and exploited and dogmatic masculine dominant religion.Shamanism is a path to knowledge which is gained throughexperience of many facets of life. It is not a belief system, it is away of knowledge - that which is known from inside, that whichstands up to the tests of time and experience and is proven towork - unlike beliefs which are taken on from outside and notpersonally tested in the laboratory of life.In the past two to three millennia, a male
‘God’
in the image of man has been put into the minds of the people, rather like aFather Christmas / Santa Claus figure. He is seen by manyreligious people as separate from the Universe and often sittingin judgement of it
 –
and of us. This is totally at variance with the
shamanic cultures who saw Creator and Creation as one and the same, ‘
G
od’ as the
essenceof existence of which we ourselves are an integral part. When we see ourselves as livingwithin and as part of 
God, we don’t need complicated theology, we can go out to the trees
,the animals, the sky, and feel God present in nature.Indigenous shamans say we are supposed to be the Caretakers of the Earth. We are the onespecies with the knowledge of Self, and thus the power of conscious choice. We arechallenged to awaken to our Oneness with All Things, to our relationship to each other ascells in the body of Creator/Creation and to use our powers wisely. As the insatiable andunsustainable nature of Western style civilisation is becoming visible, more and morepeople are turning to the ancient indigenous cultures for help and guidance in finding a wayback to living in greater harmony and balance with nature, with Planet Earth, and withthemselves. Will we be in time? How can we do enough to change our polluting anddesecrating ways before our Planet ceases to be able to sustain us in the way to which wehave become accustomed?I was an engineer/business manager until mid-life crisis propelled me to seek deepermeaning in my existence. My personal odyssey into healing led me, to my surprise, to themost ancient cultures. I have been involved in shamanism for over 30 years now and myworld view and my life have changed beyond recognition. I am free of the guilt of 

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