Shamanism is not a Belief System

Shamanism is the about being connected with nature, understanding that we are earth-based, the real and living knowledge which is then used for balance, health, relationship as well as success in all that is that we do.

By understanding the word “shamanism” we would know that it is one of the oldest tribal healing traditions of indigenous people, which can be found in many different cultures worldwide. As well as many other methods, the one thing they have in common is communication and interaction with the spirit world. It is the oldest way in which human race has sought connection with Creation.

Shamanism is the path to knowledge which is gained through experience of many aspects of life, such as rituals, ceremonies, prayer and meditation, trials and tests. It is the practise, or discipline of interconnectedness and unlimited potential; which can create a total transformation of self.

Healing is the most important function in shamanism along with prophecy as well as addressing the condition of the Soul for healing to occur in the first place.

There are places all over the world where the spirit world merges with the physical world. These two worlds are in close contact with each other. Some of them are personal, some are secretive and some are very well known ‘power spots’.

Stonehenge – England
Skellig Islands – off the Irish Coast (County Kerry)
Serpent Mount – Southern Ohio
The Black Hills – South Dakota

Whether ancient or modern, human spirit, ordinary people, we are attracted to locations where we notice energy, greater power and spiritual force. And as we are all aware, we feel the longing, wanting to be back to experience them again and again, the physical sensations of transformative, energising presence of magical, invisible powers. These realms where eternity meets with the temporal world. The place where we know there to be more to the universe than we perceive with our physical senses.

The late Mircea Eliade defined Shamanism itself, as a technique of ecstasy.

16 thoughts on “Shamanism is not a Belief System”

  1. When I was 7 years old, I suddenly woke up and walked to the window around 3am. I had seen a spirit in the water calling me to go, it made me Believe that it was my mother. My brother woke up and told me nothing was there, and made me go back to sleep. I still remember til this day …when I woke up.

  2. She may be your soul mother. Our souls are created by other souls. I have met my soul mother and she is wonderful. I’m not sure if this is typical, but my soul mother helped me select my mother on earth. It is not uncommon for us to communicate better with other planes of existence near water. I hope this helps.

  3. I was wondering, I meditate once in a while but never went into trance. Do I keep doing it or is it not possible to reach the astral realm in meditation? I astral project when I sleep atleast 2 times every 3 weeks though.

    1. You can definitely go into third attention (trance) through meditation.

      However, you must become an apprentice to Shamanism before attempting to practice Shamanic Arts.

      Similarly, for example, many purport Wisdom is the result of experiencing.

      On the contrary, Wisdom is the virtue of discerning knowledge gained, having sought and understood the true nature of the experience, thus, applying the intended purpose to life.

      1. Dear White Cloud,
        Are you Native American by birth and if so,what Tribe? I have recently experienced incredible visions while meditating with “the great spirit tree” on my family’s property. It’s been there for approx.120-150 years. My visions have been very keen on the great horned who actually visited me while meditating and I was called daughter by the great spirit once he fashioned a crown upon my head, I was imparted with the knowledge that in the great spirit’s word,”will offer protection”. I was told I am a warrior,but I understand that women aren’t recognized as Chiefs or warriors so much in Blackfoot Nations. I am trying to understand what I’ve been given and do need a real Shaman.

    2. Not all people will trance but if you find out where about there is a trance medium you may get the correct guidance and I have a feeling that for trance you would need to sit in a private circle including a mediums to guide and protect you along your progression ,there are tool to use for your protection and grounding .ect .

  4. I need some help. Shortly after awakening, I fell into an awful clinical depression to which antidepressants saved my life. I am now tapering off the antidepressants but am afraid of the calcification of the pineal gland that they have caused. How permanent will these be? I don’t know how to move forward.. especially with the SSRI discontinuation symptoms that are driving me insane and into isolation.


  5. I haven’t taken much heed to any of this although I’ve had many shaman-type (for lack of a better explanation) experiences throughout my life that have been trying to teach me. I’ve, for the most part, dismissed them. But very recently I took a trip to the southwest. We got to our resort and started unpacking. Our room was on the ground floor and as I stood there over my suitcase, I started to well up with tears and had to leave the room and step outside. I walked out and looked up over the desert and into the cliffs and began to sob. Uncontrollably. Tears started streaming for ‘no reason’. What I saw was a very old, beautiful man staring down at me and he wore feathers–beautiful black, long feathers and he had a hood over his head made of feathers with a long curled ‘beak’ that seemed to come and go. I knew him. I know him. I’m not sure of the meaning, but I sobbed for quite a while and my heart knew that it was ok. That these were tears of gratitude and love but also of sadness–of letting go. Perhaps this is the end of it, but that’s not so as it feels like I’m being told to seek. I would love to talk to someone about this but I don’t know who. It’s such a different part of me and not part of my everyday experience.

  6. Dear Pekahontas
    Spiritual awakening is often followed by some darker times as the stronger inner light shines into the areas that were previously unconscious. I have found Rudolf Steiner’s basic exercises for the heart chakra very valuable to calm thinking and renew balance spiritual growth. Get his book Knowledge of Higher Worlds. Don’t worry about your past. Spirit can make all good again. Ian

  7. For those who may be interested in learning to journey, a workshop is a good way to learn. There are specific things that should be taught to a journeyer and it is best to be taught by a reputable teaching organization who knows to cover the basics. It also seems to be easier to learn the technique with a group of people. The effectiveness of shamanic work, and apparently journeying seems to be magnified when performed in community.

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