Recently at a dinner party, someone asked me what’s a shaman? What a complicated question and one I could only answer by opening my heart to my experience but first a little history then some personal experiences.
The Shaman was born from observing nature, developing survival skills, and the people’s great need to flourish. In every land, shamans work to keep the people alive and healthy. Shamans are a necessity of traditional cultures even today. In our modern world, they are bringing their tried and true skills honed over thousands of years, to the communities in which they live.
Shamanism is not a religion but the root of religions like Buddhism and Christianity. The role of the shaman in ancient society was one of healer, psychologist, sociologist, and priest. Traditional shamans train for many years beginning their schooling in their youth. They learn to be a herbalist, work with energy, and travel in the spirit world. They’re survivalist that know the land and all that it has to share with us.
The shaman lives in two worlds, the physical world of the flesh and the spiritual world. She travels between these two worlds to bring information and energy to her clients. She journeys awakens visions in others, shifts and balances life. These healings occur during ceremonies or private sessions.
Today’s Shaman has the same challenges, to keep the people alive and well. We as a modern society are in need of healing that encompasses not just our physical but spiritual lives. So it’s no surprise that mothers, fathers, cancer patients, those with heart disease and chronic illnesses are reaching out to shamans for help.
Shamans today live among us in schools, universities, grocery stores, and auto repair shops lending a hand when needed and they also have offices, spas, and centers where they work with clients on a one on one basis. A shaman hears the call of spirit then trains to sharpen the skills needed to help her fellow man/woman. It was this way that I heard the call to become a shaman.