What’s a Shaman?

 Recently at a dinner party, someone asked me what a shaman is? What a complicated question and one I could only answer by opening my heart to my experience but first a little history.

The Shaman was born from observing nature, developing survival skills, and the people’s great need to survive. 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, see the future, 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.

In my practice, I feel that the work I do with my clients is for “the good of all things” not just the two of us working together in a room. The call of the shaman is particular to the love of nature and the well-being of the people. It’s filled with learning songs and stories that teach and open doors to new perspectives.

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.

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