Shamanism is one of the oldest spiritual practices known to mankind, yet very few people seem to know about it or understand it. For some, it conjures up the image of a crazy looking, bone-in-the-nose person jumping around with a rattle. For others it may bring up fears, such as “this might be something from the dark side”. Well, these are all old pictures in an old paradigm. I would like to shed new light on this age-old spiritual practice and relate it to today’s need for strength, wisdom and healing.
Evidence of shamanism dates back more than 40,000 years and is found in most indigenous cultures today. And ponder this: at one point or another in time, we were likely all considered “indigenous”. If your belief system includes reincarnation, which mine does, and we believe that the soul has no beginning and no end, then why would it be far-fetched to assume that we could all have shamanic energy within our soul?
A Shaman is defined as “a healer who sees in the dark”. What does that mean, in the dark? That means the Shaman can go inside to her own inner landscape and find meaning and healing for her client. The healing happens for the client’s soul inside the Shaman’s landscape. “As within, so without”! Going within is where we connect to God/Source and our Higher Selves.