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What is Shamanism? A guide to getting started with your shamnic journey.

Updated: Jun 19, 2023

What is Shamanism?

Shamanism is a spiritual practice that has been around for thousands of years and is rooted in animism, the belief that everything in nature has a spirit or soul. Shamans, or spiritual practitioners, use various techniques, such as drumming, chanting, and meditation, to connect with the spiritual realm and receive guidance and healing for themselves and others.

The Origins of Shamanism

Shamanism is believed to have originated in Siberia and spread to other parts of the world, including the Americas, Asia, and Africa. It is a practice that has been passed down from generation to generation and is deeply ingrained in many indigenous cultures.

Core Principles of Shamanism

The core principles of shamanism include the belief in the interconnectedness of all things, the importance of spiritual harmony, and the power of nature. Shamans believe that everything in nature is alive and has a spirit, including animals, plants, rocks, and even the elements. They also believe that we are all connected and that our thoughts and actions have a ripple effect on the world around us.

Benefits of Shamanism

Shamanism offers a range of benefits for those who practice it, including physical, emotional, and spiritual healing, personal growth and transformation, and a deeper connection to the natural world. Through shamanic practices such as journeying and soul retrieval, individuals can access their own inner wisdom and gain insights and guidance to help them navigate life's challenges.

How to Get Started with Shamanism

Start by researching the Shamanic and folk traditions of the land that you are ancestrally connected to. It's far easier to connect to the spirits of the land on which you walk, than to another culture. In some traditions it's a taboo to reach out to spirits not connected to your heritage.

Research the stories, myth, magick and practices local to you, are the specific deities or spirits local to you? If so, it's worth investigating them, learning their customs, taboos, ways of forming a relationship with them, how they can help and what they require as a sacrifice or offering.

There are many wonderful books, videos, tools, resources and courses on Shamanism out there, ground yourself in a wide variety of different perspectives. Ultimately Shamanism is a path of revelation, eventually what the Spirits revel for and to you may contradict everything that you know! And that's ok, we all walk a unique path.

Whilst Shamanism can be a powerful, beautiful and ultimately fulfilling spiritual path and way of life; it's not without its perils. Not all Spirits that you encounter are friendly, and not all places a Shaman walks are safe.

And for this reason it's always best to have a guide, a lamp in the darkness, illuminating the path, bringing attention to the world around us and to the wisdom that lies within us. For in Shamanism, not all our allies are incorporeal!

Finding a Shamanic Guide can be a long process, certainly don’t go to the first one you find. Make sure you know what tradition they are teaching from, and does that tradition resonate with you. What will you be learning, what are the learning outcomes, and how will the learning material be delivered?

From the day I first stepped onto the Shamanic pathway, I have felt guided in every action, developed a deep sense of peace, and the heart of a warrior. I walk between the worlds gaining wisdom and allies, I see the strands that are woven into the fabric of the tapestry of life.

Forever will your life be blessed, from the healing tools aiding you to bring balance to your mind, body and spirit, to the allies you will share your journey with, you will be able to move in harmony with the natural flow of the world around you.

The Spirits of nature whisper their secrets to me, and in time they will reveal much to you too!

However, the Shaman’s path is not a fluffy one, it can sometimes be fierce and terrifying, we are often caused to look deeply into our shadows, revealing what lies hidden beneath our surface. In the end Shamanism is a healing path, and this healing path will remind you often to “stalk” yourself, that is to watch yourself carefully, looking for ways in which you may be wounded!

Whilst we are called to face our darkest fears, we have with us a team of allies, powerful healing and transformative tools are at our disposal! We have with us the knowledge of the natural world, from plants, rocks/crystals, Trees, the elements, and the Spirits.

What then, will be your first step on the Shamanic pathway? Where will you go, and how will you get there?

Whatever you decide, know that you will never again walk alone!!

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