Shamanic practitioners serve as messengers and conduits between the human world (a.k.a ordinary reality) and the spirit worlds (a.k.a. non-ordinary reality). The Practitioner enters into an altered state of consciousness to directly interact with the spirit worlds and bring forth transformative energy, wisdom, and information, which can be used to help mend souls, remove energetic intrusions in the body, help the soul become whole again, mend energetic rifts in the auric field, and restore balance. It can also be used to connect people with their spirit guides, allowing them to benefit directly from their wisdom, healing, and protection. As if this were not enough it can also be used to restore harmony and balance to our environment.
Shamanic practice has its origins in all seven continents of our planet. Certainly, then, our ancestors benefitted from this practice and it is part of our genetic make-up. But how old exactly is it? There seems to be no shortage of opinions out there. I’ve read anywhere from 10,000 to 40,000 (and even 100,000!) years. I’ve also read articles claiming that it wasn’t until the 16th century that shamanism was documented (although, colonization being what it is across the globe, documentation doesn’t necessarily mean it did or didn’t exist) and by then, they speculate, it may have been tainted by various cultural influences. In any case, we know it’s been around for quite some time , and there has been a resurgence of interest in it over the past few years. I think this is because the need for it has risen up along with how toxic our world is becoming – to our bodies, our minds, and our spirits.
I am honored to participate.