Shamanism Explained

Shamanism is a healing method. It is a nature-based experience, facilitated by a guide. It isn’t a formal system or an ideology. The word “Shamanic” comes from the Siberian region. Consequently, Western explorers gave this name to the healing ceremonies they witnessed. Evidently, many cultures around the world practiced similar traditions in this embodied way. Shamanism basically means; a set of practices that coexist with different cultures and religions. The term “shamanism” is evolving into modern meanings and understandings though.

Spirit is Alive in All Things

Shamanism, in general, is the idea that guides are messengers between the spirit and manifest worlds. Under this description, Shamans help clear ancient wounds and mend the soul. Regal woman in mystical green and blue colors-shamanismHealers are said to operate in the spiritual realm. Accordingly, they initiate healing on deep levels of consciousness. This initiates change on all levels.

Shamanistic Perspective on the Personal Journey

Shamanism isn’t a religion. It is for seeking guidance on our personal spiritual path. This helps one to form a philosophy of life using information and guidance from the Shaman.

Woman's face with orange, purple and pink paint splattered on-shamanismReconnecting with Body Wisdom and Nature Through Shamanism

Shamanism involves the reconnection to the mystery and wonder that arises naturally when our body and spirit are in alignment. Generally, the spirit world is experienced in a very metaphorical way. Many people though, experience it in a literal sense. It is an expressive, healing art form that uses ceremony and structure. Being witnessed by a guide initiates pain and hindrances being expressed. All that holds us back is then released.
Healing is a mysterious process, therefore, it must be honored. The Shamanic idea is that healing must come with some reconnection to our child roots, as well as, our animal aliveness. Shamans believe that we are all part of nature. Firm lines between the mind, body, and spirit, represent a misguided way to understand human life. Shamanism blends all aspects of our lives and helps give us a better understanding of ourselves.

Embracing the Grey Through Shamanism

Most healing occurs in the grey area between concepts.  Harnessing our creative forces entails that we let go of strong and limited notions. We experience clarity of mind and the wholeness of being. The aliveness of body and emotions facilitate our higher wisdom.

Childlike Wonder, Creativity, and FlowSwirls of colors-shamanism

Nature’s system is very complex, thus, we can’t even begin to understand it. The more connected we are to life, death, birth, and rebirth, the more we live in the flow of creation. Undeniably, we are part of this creation. Nonetheless, humans have a need to understand our place in the Universe. Shamanism is a healing practice that brings you back into your body, as well as, into the flow.
SpiritQuest offers both private custom and group retreats. We offer sessions with a Shamanic perspective. Many of our practitioners weave Shamanism into their sessions. We also offer a Shamanic Group Retreat.
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