What Is Shamanism? The 5 Secrets Of Shamanism Revealed
Have you ever wondered if the era of shamanism is finally over? It isn’t! The ancient pearls of wisdom still exist and those who seek this archaic knowledge will encounter the terms Mother Earth and Mother Gea in their purest materialized and spiritual form.
Shamanism is the second stadium of the archaic spiritual development and mysticism of humanity. Those who studied these old archaic times and the principles used by the archaic people, know that our first ancestors believed in the power of mana (the creationist energy).
After that they started manipulating the energy for their own benefit. That is how the magic was born and soon after that, we witnessed that the syncretic art was born. The first rituals and ways of materializing spiritual energy were displayed and since then various new spiritual methods and practices were developed.
Shamanism is one of those important spiritual indoctrinations that date from the oldest times and are connected with certain cultures. However, in this article we will focus on the five fundamental aspects of shamanism that will help you understand this concept better.
Healing of Self and Community
Shamanism seeks to not only heal the individual but the entirety of consciousness. You cannot go to a shaman and expect to be lead through some kind of metaphysical-psychiatric appointment. Shamanism includes all aspects of the natural world—plants, animals, earth, air, water, mind, and spirit. The entirety of the tapestry of life is one symbiotic unit. If the universe is a monolithic tapestry, then shamanism is the loom weaving together the various elements, sewing up any tears, and recoloring any tarnished hues in the fabric of our lives.
There are daily routines in the life of the shaman. The shaman sees ritual and sacrament just as necessary as eating, drinking and breathing. The key to entering this world is through the emotions. If you are already engaged in this self-work then you’ll know what this means. If you do not, then you now have a good indicator!
Pilgrimage to Sacred Places
Learning to approach and connect with the world around us is integral to shamanism. Seeing the power and beauty of life unfolding leads us to the majesty of creation that is manifest in natural wonders. Wonders such as rivers, lakes, mountains, caves. The shaman pays homage to these sacred sites and embarks to reawaken and invigorate the energy within such places.
Vision and Ceremony
Ceremony and ritual honor the spirits of nature. The shaman dedicates their time and awareness to continued understanding, love, and acceptance of all things. This is done to encourage, cultivate, and provide a balance that is without end. The ceremonies and visions across ancient indigenous cultures share many core values and observations. Is this indicative of a common denominator in the communication with nature? The numerous accounts of visions around the world bare witness to the lessons that our mother Earth has to teach us. When the shaman shares with others their honed skills of navigation of the spirit world, it is a testament to the raw power of unity that we are biologically programmed to receive.
In the Now
It can be easy to ‘pigeon-hole’ shamanism as a skill that is learned or passed down. Whilst this is true, there are always those before us who pass down their knowledge, it is not necessarily the whole truth. Shamanism, in its most fundamental nature, is a full investment of mind, body, and spirit in the now. It is the interplay with what is unfolding to us as truth, moment-by-moment while also feeding back into our ancestry and the beginning of time. It is being aligned with our souls’ journey that grants us the ability to heal our own wounds. Just like the old adage of the finger pointing to the moon, with shamanism one may point the fingers in a slightly different manner: one that points outward to the stars, the other that is pointing inwards, straight at yourself.
Anyway, to understand and accept shamanism better, we have to follow the most important functions that shamans had in the history of humanity. In most of the cultures, people saw them as unique healers who have a special connection with nature.
They were respected, maybe more feared than respected, but still, they enjoyed a special place in the high ranked society in the past. On the other hand, we must admit that shamans used black magic too and the world of magic is directly aligned with duality.
It is almost impossible to practice white magic without having at least a slight touch in black magic. The system works that way, so shamans were often isolated. They lived life in total isolation and connection with nature and other spiritual beings.