Shamanic healing supports regeneration to one's entire being by
restoring soul parts or vital essence and personal power, and
removing impeding spiritual and energetic influences.
Shamanism is the oldest known spiritual practice, surviving over
30,000 years due to its adaptability to the time, place and
culture, and it's practical results. The term "shaman",now widely
used, originated in Siberia and means "walker between worlds" or
"one who sees in the dark". A shaman essentially mediates between
this and the spirit world by becoming a "hollow bone" for the
healing power of compassionate spirits. In addition to healing, in
earlier times shamans were responsible for a host of practical
matters like the survival of the tribe by locating food and water,
or interpreting the signs of nature to know if it would be an
especially long, cold winter. They were also the storytellers,
counselors, priests, and doctors.
Indigenous cultures world-wide are rooted in shamanic traditions,
and even industrialized cultures have an history of shamanism,
including Europe and the United Kingdom. Each culture has unique
ceremonies, rituals, stories and practices that have evolved in
relationship to the land, nature, and the cosmos. And, as varied as
each shamanic culture may be, anthropologist and those who have
worked with shamans in different parts of the world have found that
most shamanic cultures share core practices that are universal.
Michael Harner, Ph.D. refers to this as "core-shamanism".
Today, shamans continue to be a primary source of healing and
assistance in many parts of the world. There is also a vital
re-emergence of shamanism in the western world where it is being
adapted (as it has through the ages to remain relevant) and
integrated into modern culture.
Shamans work to assist in the well-being of the living, and also
the well-being of those who are deceased. Psychopomp is a ceremony
that is done to help the deceased cross over to a place where they
are at peace. This crossing-over ceremony is often called for in
clearing the energy in a home, office, plot of land, and places
where accidents or disasters have occurred. Shamans are also able to
assist when there is a need to help resolve unresolved business
between the living and the dead, and help to give peace or healing
to suffering ancestors.
From the shamanic perspective common causes of illness and
difficulty in one's life are a result of