What is Shamanism?
Shamanism can be defined as “an esoteric practice that involves a practitioner reaching altered states of consciousness in order to perceive and interact with a spirit world and channel these transcendental energies into this world.”
Noted Romanian religious-historian, philosopher and writer, Mircea Eliade stated that: “…Shamanism encompasses the premise that shamans are intermediaries or messengers between the human world and the spirit worlds…”
Of the spirit-workers, the Shaman themselves, Eliade noted that they: “…are said to treat ailments/illness by mending the soul. Alleviating traumas affecting the soul/spirit restores the physical body of the individual to balance and wholeness…”
Eliade also wrote that: “…The shaman also enters supernatural realms or dimensions to obtain solutions to problems afflicting the community. Shamans may visit other worlds/dimensions to bring guidance to misguided souls and to ameliorate illnesses of the human soul caused by foreign elements. The shaman operates primarily within the spiritual world, which in turn affects the human world. The restoration of balance results in the elimination of the ailment…”
Although the word ‘shaman’ seems to be originally derived from references occurring in the North Asian language of the Tungusic Evenki, it has come to be applied to many long-standing native religious traditions around the globe; the word itself appears to have roots that date back over two millennia. Wikipedia acknowledges that: “…some anthropologists began to also use the term to describe unrelated magico-religious practices found within the ethnic religions of other parts of Asia, Africa, Australasia and the Americas, as they believed these practices to be similar to one another…”
At Shamanics in Portugal we use the principals and tools contained in this ancient practice as it is emerging in the world again today, to prepare participants called to Shamanics in Portugal to find healing in their lives and to take away with them a feeling of wonder at what they truly are. The mystery of our true nature. So that rather than a third party such as shaman, priest or minister needing to intercede on their behalf with Spirit, we become aware of our own link to Spirit and our connection with the Universe. Macrocosm/Microcosm. Microcosm/Macrocosm.
So taking responsibility for our own way of being and even for the condition of our world. A change in consciousness which takes place within us and, due to our interconnectedness with the Universe at large. So influencing the collective consciousness. Opening each of us to our true nature and purpose, to our journey of joy, wonder and mystery. Creating harmony within ourselves and so the world around us.