is Shamanism, anyhow?
The primary focus of Shamanism is healing, taken in a holistic understanding
that all parts of the person- Mind, Body, and Spirit, must be in
balance with one another in order for true healing to occur. Shamanic
techniques often include drumming, trance work, chanting, dance,
and frequent contact with spirits and any number of Totems. The
use of Shamanic techniques does not necessarily make one a Shaman,
then what is a Shaman?
A Shaman is one who has chosen to live their life according to the
principles upon which Shamanism is based. That is, a Shaman seeks
to live their life in balance and harmony with all of life, recognizing
and being aware of the interconnectedness of all beings, be they
animal, mineral, or vegetable. At the very core of this lifestyle
is RESPECT. A Shaman walks the Path, and helps others to find their
Center, so that they, too can walk the path that they have chosen.
there just one kind of Shamanism?
Yes and No. At it's very center, the basic principles of Shamanism
are the same worldwide. However, the techniques and methods vary
as much as there are people practicing Shamanism. And that's also
part of how Shamanism as a Lifepath works- Each individual Shaman
(or practitioner of Shamanism) follows their own individual Path.
The reason for this is simple- part of following the Shamanic Path
involves having a personal relationship with the Spirits and the
Divine. A personal relationship is just that- Personal- and each
Shaman's Path is individualized to that particular Shaman. I have
studied and learned Tsalagi Didanvwisgi, and although my path may
be similar to that of those whom I learned from, it is also quite
different, because it is mine.
anyone learn to be a Shaman?
Once again, Yes and No. Yes, anyone can learn the basics of Shamanism
and the techniques. However, that does not necessarily make one
a Shaman. Being a Shaman is a conscious choice to walk a certain
path, and to actually live your life in accordance with the path
you have chosen. There is no "5-step plan" or "How-to"
books that will make you an instant Shaman. As it was told to me,
"I have helped you to find your Path. Now, it is up to you
to walk it". There are books and resources available out there,
but those are just a starting point. To be a Shaman, you must go
BEYOND the books, and live and walk in Balance.
Yigaquv osaniyu adanvto adad naqvv utlogasdi nihi,
May the Great Spirit's Blessing always be with you.
The Shadow Viper