Shamanism is a practice that involves a practitioner reaching altered states of consciousness in order to encounter and interact with the spirit world and channel these transcendental energies into this world.
A shaman is a person regarded as having access to, and influence in, the world of benevolent and malevolent spirits, who typically enters into a trance state during a ritual, and practices divination and healing. It is an ancient healing tradition, a way to connect with nature and all of creation. Mostly known for spiritual and ceremonial leaders among indigenous cultures worldwide.
Shamanism is the method by which we as humans can strengthen our natural connection. Daily spiritual practices allow Shamans to continually grow allowing them to create harmony with all creation. Shamanic practices tap into the energy of the Earth and all it has to offer. Indigenous teachings come from the simplistic truths of nature.
When it comes to Shamanic ceremonies, they honor the spirits of nature to promote harmony and balance in another human being or in the community. Shamans are known for using plant medicines in their ceremonies and when helping people who seek health and harmony.
Use of Ayahuasca and other plant medicines by a variety of practitioners among the mestizo riverine population of Peru is linked with Amazonian Shamanic ideas. All the main elements of core shamanism are present in this tradition including initiation procedures, which include dietary prescriptions; sexual segregation; and repetitive access to altered states of consciousness.
Shamans acquire help from animal spirits and use music such as icaros, or magic songs to help patients reach altered states of consciousness. Its concepts of illness include soul loss which requires concurrent shamanic flights to fetch and restore the soul to a patient, as well as the intrusion of partly material spiritual pathogenic agents that may be extracted by the Shaman.
To learn more about Shamanism, Ayahuasca or Spirituality, please Join our Newsletter!