What is a Shaman?
who practices shamanism can be defined as someone who sees
in the dark (psychically, energetically). Another description
is someone who works in the unseen or spiritual realms.
is actually a Tungus word that comes from Siberia. It is
commonly used in reference to a person who has special abilities
and training in working in these spiritual energetic realms
for the healing of individuals, the betterment of their
community, and for being of service to humanity.
term does not mean the same thing as Medicine Man (or woman),
Indian Doctor, or Holy Man (woman). These are terms that
describe different types of leaders, healers and priests
within many tribal cultures. The roles of these people vary
from culture to culture and follow historical and traditional
society these words are often interchanged, over used, and
we have energy healers, herbalists, homeopaths, naturopaths,
and countless other methods and modalities for healing.
There are biofeedback machines, electrostimulators and a
miriad of devices that attempt to assist people in the healing
of physical and mental or emotional dis-ease. Many of these
modern approaches are effective within their scope of purpose.
is Holistic in Nature
approach to healing is multi-faceted and holistic. The focus
is on the whole person: body, mind, and soul. Healing takes
place within the spiritual (energetic) realms and then affects
the mental/emotional and physical bodies as it penetrates
and affects the whole being. The Shaman also often recommends
changes in the person's lifestyle and thought patterns.
is made up of more than just their physical body. They have
a mental, emotional, and spiritual body as well. These bodies
outside the physical body are known as the aura. Each "body"
vibrates faster than the one below it. The physical body
is the densest. The particles that make up this body are
the slowest moving and therefore can be seen with normal
vision. Surrounding the physical body is the mental body.
Outside of it is the emotional body and finally the spiritual
body. These bodies can be seen by people trained and/or
gifted with psychic sight also known as clairvoyance.
is also the gift of hearing what cannot normally be heard,
known as clairaudiance. And simply "knowing" things
without psychic sight or vision is known as being clairsentient.
A Shaman uses these skills to work in the energy bodies
to transform disharmonious energies.
Begins Outside the Physical Body
a Shamanic perspective, dis-ease, illness, imbalance and
dis-harmony usually start in the outer, more etherial energy
bodies. These imbalances or disharmonious energies in the
energy bodies (fields) can occur because of many factors
including detrimental beliefs and fears, curses and negative
thought projections from others, ancestral issues, alcohol
and/or drug use, negative thought forms, physical, sexual,
or emotional abuse, past life and other traumas, negative
energies in the home or workplace, entity attachments, etc.
imbalance is not corrected, it then moves inward through
the emotional and mental and finally manifests in the physical
body as dis-ease. If you heal or transform the imbalance
at the spiritual level, all of the other bodies, including
the physical body, will be affected.
has the ability to locate and work with these imbalances
in the person's energy field using energetic tools and the
skills mentioned earlier. Assuming the person then takes
positive steps to change their lifestyle, beliefs, and behaviors,
true and permanent healing can occur.
look at an example such as cancer.
Medicine is Not Holistic in Nature
medicine approaches disease from a combative point of view
using surgery and medications. They are trained to diagnose
and treat disease. They seldom look for the underlying cause
and rarely concern themselves with the mental, emotional,
or spiritual factors. Therefore the treatments are directed
at the densest lowest level, the physical body, of the individual.
type of cure can, and often is, effective. It is also often
only temporary. In medical terms they call it remission
because they know it is likely to return.
a Shamanic perspective, since the energetic cause of the
dis-ease has not been addressed, no healing has occurred.
The energetic imbalance that caused the disease in the first
place still exists in the energy field. Thus the pattern
will often reoccur in the physical body at a later time.
things have to occur in order for true healing to take place.
has to take responsibility for their choices and behaviors
that have created the dis-ease.
have to learn about, take responsibility for, and make changes
that will allow healing to take place. Then they have to
find someone, a Shaman, who can assist them in ther healing
the energy pattern is corrected, the person must continue
to live a new lifestyle, acting and thinking in entirely
new ways, in order to maintain their new level of health.
If they simply return to their old patterns of acting and
thinking, they are likely to create the same problems all
is a personal journey.
or Healer is someone who can assist a person along this
journey: to guide, to facilitate and to encourage. It is
ultimately up to the person themselves, however, whether
healing occurs or not.
healing - like other forms of alternative or complementary
medicine - is often done in conjunction with, or in addition
to, traditional western medicine. (Anyone with a serious
condition should seek professional assistance from a trained
some western medical doctors are studying shamanism these
days. Raven has had the priviledge of providing them with
a sweat lodge experience when they've visited Santa Fe,
New Mexico for such training.
this link to learn more about Shamanism and Earth Based
article was co-written by Raven Hicks and Debbie Shelor
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