What is Shamanism?
Shamanism is the oldest known spiritual system, allowing us to be a part of a larger universe. This universe encompasses more than just the physical world. Shamanism encourages us to be aware of the spirit around us and connecting us to everything.
“Shamanism is an ancient universal spiritual practice that dates back over a hundred thousand years…As shamanism has been practiced all over the world, you most likely have personal ancestors who at one time practiced shamanism.”
Sandra Ingerman in Walking in Light: The Everyday Empowerment of a Shamanic Life
Shamanism is a global spiritual system, encompassing cross-cultural spiritual practices and addressing the spiritual needs of people everywhere.
Shamanism has similarities and differences from culture to culture. While there are core principles across cultures, each culture also offers a unique approach. I may be captivated by the ecstatic dancing practices of the San Bushmen in the Kalahari while you may find you are drawn to the songs of the Celts, vision plants of South America or the drumming of Native Americans.
“The techniques of shamanism help us awaken to our true essence,” says Sandra Ingerman. “When we do, we become a vessel of light, able to radiate healing by our very presence.”
Shamanism is not a religion and doesn’t conflict with any religious traditions. People of all faiths can and do practice shamanism. There are no rules or beliefs in Shamanism. Shamanic practice is based on the principle of direct revelation. This means that you have a direct experience with the helping spirits and spirit worlds.
Who is a Shaman?
The name Shaman is a Siberian word with multiple meanings. One meaning is “to be consumed with fire” [of inspiration]. The term Shaman refers to a person who can be a bridge between the physical and spirit worlds.
A shaman can have many skills such as spiritual and physical healing, performing soul retrievals, helping spirits of the deceased and divining information. A shaman often plays multiple roles such as medicine woman, herbalist, gardener, therapist, and diviner.
A simple definition of a shaman was given in 1944 by Swiss anthropologist Alfred Metraux as “any individual who maintains by profession and in the interest of the community an intermittent commerce with spirits…”
Mircea Eliade in his 1951 book Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy defines a shaman as “…the great master of ecstasy.”
The modern shaman continues to fulfill many roles such as teacher, doctor, information technology specialist and weather worker.
Everyone can learn Shamanism, integrate shamanic principles into their everyday life and journey into the spirit worlds for guidance, inspiration, and healing.
If you feel your heart pulled in the direction of spirit and you would like some guidance, you may consider taking our introductory Shamanism Training course listed below.
If you’d like some guidance on living shamanically and integrating the principles of shamanism into your everyday life, you would enjoy a personal teaching session.
These teachings are about learning how to connect with the spiritual world. If it’s your destiny to become a Shaman, you will be guided by your helping spirits. We’ll help you connect with your helping spirits and the spirit realms. You will also be taught how to live a spiritual way of life and gain ancient practices to help you live with integrity as a spiritual being.
We offer an ongoing remote course for training in shamanism. This format provides a strong foundation in shamanism and personalized guidance in shamanic journeying. These shamanic teaching sessions allow for a deep learning experience without having to travel across the world. Each session is one on one, working directly over the internet or phone with your shamanic teacher.
The first six hours of our Shamanism Training are designed to develop your personal shamanic practice and help you live shamanically.
- Connect to a Power Animal and Spirit Teacher
- Engage and Honor Spiritual Relationships
- Travel to the world of spirit and meet helping compassionate spirits
- Experience The Shamanic Journey – a core practice common to all shamanic cultures
- Activate the energy of your Dreams to receive insight, guidance, and energy for your waking life
- Learn to follow your destiny (versus your fate)
- Create personal Sacred Space in the spirit world
- Build personal mana (spiritual power) and shine your inner light
- Learn how to follow your intuition and divine answers to your questions
- Relax your mind and engage the power, protection, and support of the invisible realms
Learning More About Shamanism
If you feel called to Shamanism, an additional six hours of training sessions can be taken to learn about using Shamanism to help others, your communities, organizations and the Earth.
- Learn about illness and spiritual healing from a shamanic perspective
- Merge with a helping spirit
- Journey to a helping ancestral spirit for healing
- Begin to connect to plant spirits as medicine teachers
- Perform a Divination Journey for another person
- Retrieve lost power and learn a spiritual healing technique called a Power Animal Retrieval
- Explore the power of Healing with Spiritual Light
Our shamanic training is an introductory level course that helps you connect to your helping spirits for healing, protection, and insights. It teaches an ancient practice of direct revelation so that you learn to become your primary spiritual authority through inner guidance and intuition.
Shamanism is a path towards “seeing with the heart” to become a force for positive change in your life, family, community and the world.
What You Need for Shamanic Training
- journal for tracking dreams & journeys
- eye curtain, bandanna or scarf that can be tied loosely around your eyes
- items from nature that are sacred to you
- internet/phone (headset is nice but optional)
- a drum and/or rattle (optional for first 6 hours)
Following the path of Shamanism leads us to be the authority of our spirituality. The path rewards us with insightful dreams, magic, healing, understanding and personalized guidance through journeys.
Maybe you’ve been drawn to shamanic practice for a long time, or maybe, as I did, you’ve found your way here almost by accident. Maybe you’re a therapist, teacher or healer who wants to incorporate these methods into your practice. Maybe you’re a parent, leader or person who wants to build more personal power and connection in your life, home, and work.
This shamanic training is taken from the convenience of your home via phone/Skype with email support between sessions. Because these are personal one on one sessions we will adjust the teachings specific to you and your pathway. You may also go at your own pace with daily, weekly or monthly sessions!
To set up an initial session, Contact Julie and let her know a little about who you are and how you came to be interested in learning Shamanism!