Shamanism is probably the most time honoured system of healing on earth, it has been practised for over 40,000 years. It’s use is global, every indigenous people on every continent has a history of Shamanic practice. Shamanism continues to be used today by the indigenous peoples of all continents and has experienced a resurgence in practice in the west over the last few decades.
Shamanic practices like many natural healing practices were often taught through word or mouth and so there are very few written records of the practice. Shamanic and other natural healing practitioners were also hunted down and exterminated in the west during the rise of Christianity and the subsequent ‘Witch Trials’ but the traditions remained albeit often practiced in secret and the wisdom driven ‘underground’. As stated, we have seen a resurgence in Shamanic Healing in recent years which seems to relate to the growing awareness both individually and collectively of our need for responsibility, a rise consciousness and a need and desire to heal ourselves.
Although some practices may differ across the world with regards Shamanic Practices there are some fundamental elements that remain the same. Shamanic Practitioners experience the world as two kinds of reality:
The ‘Ordinary Reality’ of our daily lives in the physical world we live and
The ‘Non-Ordinary Reality’ of the energetic or spirit worlds which are frequently seen as being ‘behind the veil of illusion’. It is within ‘Non-Ordinary Reality where the all knowing, compassionate, loving and endlessly wise spirits that we call our guides or spirit helpers, live. These all knowing, loving and compassionate beings are there for us all the time, to teach us and heal us if and when we are ready and willing to connect with them.