by Isa Gucciardi, PhD
Shamanism is the core spiritual and healing practice of most indigenous cultures. The Shaman serves as the medical, psychological, and spiritual counselor of these cultures. One of the primary responsibilities of the Shaman is to interface between the world of the seen and the unseen...
Editor's Note: This is a wonderful overview of the Shamanic Journey.
by Paul Levy
The would-be shaman has to pass through the experience of madness without getting stuck in it. In the experience of madness the shaman descends into the underworld of the unconscious, where they have to come to terms with the darker parts of their being...
Editor's Note: A true pioneer in the field of spiritual emergence, Levy describes the correlation between being traumatized, abused, and wounded, and having a shamanic initiation/spiritual awakening. See Part 1 and Part 2.
by Hank Wesselman
In the Western world, when we hear the word "shaman," most of us tend to conjure up an image of a masked and costumed indigenous tribal person, dancing around a fire in the dark, involved in some sort of mysterious ritual, accompanied by singing and drum beats. But inside that cultural shell of mask, costume and ritual, there is a woman or a man with a set of very real skills. The shaman is the master of the trance experience...
by Zayin Neumann, The Integral Gardener
An interesting difference between Western doctors and shamanic practitioners is that the shaman is a medium for guides and spirits beyond the physical plane. Doctors are primarily focused on the physical aspects of the healing process. A shaman operates a bit differently. They are inspired, even led, by their helpers. Imagine that each type of medicine a Shaman engages has a life and personality all its own. Now imagine that each form of medicine that is most likely to be effective, seeks out the shaman...
Editor's Note: Shamanism is a form of conscious dreaming used to bring about healing. In this video, Robert Moss puts his engaging storytelling talents to use to give us a core myth from the Shamanistic tradition.
by Don José Campos
Review by Peter Clark
Shadowy mysteries of the jungle spirit undulate through these pages…
Ayahuasca is a seduction of expansive consciousness, healing magic, and an opening of boxes that keep one enclosed…
Karen Kelly interviews Jonathan Horwitz
When death comes close the shaman is someone who is called in to help people to die, and to be with them and with the family at the time of death, and later on the shaman comes to help the soul to move on to its next destination...
by Shaman Elder Maggie Wahls
The key to living in this world as a healer is to incorporate our skills and disciplines into our hearts in the most impeccable way possible. It is not enough to have knowledge or good intentions. The Shaman strives constantly to be the most disciplined and the highest skilled hunter he can be...
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