“Shamanism is a path of knowledge, not of faith, and that knowledge cannot come from me or anyone else in this reality. To acquire that knowledge, including the knowledge of the reality of the spirits, it is necessary to step through the shaman’s doorway and acquire empirical evidence.”
“We need to remember that we are each of us indigenous to Earth, even though some of have fallen into a profound amnesia about that reality. Shamanism is a world wide practice and we each are the descended from the ancient peoples who practiced it in some form. The impulse behind shamanism is the universal and ultimately, we are the people (including non humans), and healing and growth that comes from a path of Spirit is the birth of each of us. The shaman is an archetypal presence in our culture coding and our DNA. You might even say that when we are taking of the welfare of the planet and the unborn, it is our responsibility to find our way back to the path and to live it, not just talk about it. Understanding what the shaman is historically and what the emerging shamanic personality consists of may be profoundly helpful to our understanding of what is required of us in a time when the very future of Earth is at stake.”
Lauren de Boar
“Shamanic ecstasy is the real “Old Time Religion, “of which modern churches are but pallid evocations. Shamanic, visionary ecstasy, the mysterium tremendum, the unio mystica, the eternally delightful experience of the universe as energy, is a sine qua non of religion, it is what religion is for! There is no need for faith, it is the ecstatic experience itself that gives one faith in the intrinsic unity and integrity of the universe, in ourselves as integral parts of the whole; that reveals to us the sublime majesty of our universe, and the fluctuant, scintillant, alchemical miracle that is quotidian consciousness. Any religion that requires that requires faith and gives none, that defends against the religious experience, that promulgates the bizarre superstition that humankind is in some way separate, divorced from the rest of creation, that heals not the gaping wound between body and soul but would tear them asunder…is no religion at all!
Shamanism is a range of traditional beliefs and practices that involve the ability to diagnose, cure, and sometimes cause suffering because of a special relationship with, or control over, spirits. This tradition has existed all over the world since prehistoric times. Shamanism is based on the premise that the visible world is pervaded by invisible forces or spirits that affect the lives of the living. In contrast to animism and anatamism, which any and usually all members of a society practice, shamanism requires specialized knowledge or abilities. Shamans are not, however, organized into full-time ritual or spiritual associations, as are priests in shamanic religions a medicine is some magical object or ceremony, such as medicine bag, that is used to control and direct the supernatural forces. The term medicine also refers to the magical potential of the object or ceremony which is used for these purposes. Among North American Indians, a medicine man or medicine woman is someone who professes to have skills at manipulating supernatural forces and uses these skills to cure sickness, drive away evil spirits, and regulate the weather.
Shamanism encompasses the belief that shamans are intermediaries or messengers between the humans and the spirit worlds. Shamans are said to treat ailments/illness by mending the soul. Alleviating traumas affecting the soul/spirit restores the physical body of the individual to balance and wholeness. The shaman also enters supernatural realms or dimensions to obtain solutions to problems afflicting the community. Shamans may visit other worlds/dimensions to bring guidance to the misguided souls and to ameliorate illnesses of the human soul caused by the foreign elements. The shaman operates primarily within the spiritual world, which in turn affects the human world. The restoration of balance results in the elimination of the ailment. Shamanism is based on the premise that the visible world is pervaded by invisible forces or spirits which affect the lives of the living.