The term "shaman" is derived from a word used by the Tungusic peoples of Siberia to identify those who serve their communities as intermediaries between what we might think of as ordinary reality and the spirit world for purposes of providing healing and support, or in obtaining wisdom or guidance. To do this, shamanic practitioners work directly in partnership with unconditionally compassionate beings or helping spirits. For several decades, scholars have used the word 'shamanism' as a general term to describe all such practices, from many different cultures, traditions, and backgrounds. The principles and practices associated with shamanic work are ancient and may be found in virtually every culture throughout history.
Those who receive some sort of shamanic work experience healing (physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual). They may experience more focus or clarity or greater confidence. They may receive some insight or direction that is needed. They may find it easier to work through any difficulties or challenges they are facing. Generally speaking, in healing work, it is possible that some things are removed that are not needed (think of it a bit like housecleaning), other things might be returned to us (such as parts of ourselves that we have lost connection with as a result of trauma), or it might be that some additional support or help is provided to us (such as a power animal or some sort of blessing). I work according to the guidance of the helping spirits that I work with, and the truth is that I will not know specifically what work needs to be done until the work actually begins.
Common methods and practices are:
If you would like more information, please contact me, so we can schedule a phone call to discuss your specific situation. I also want to make sure that you understand what to expect and to answer any questions that you have.
The Foundation for Shamanic Studies is a non-profit educational organization founded by Michael Harner fulfilling its mission to study, teach and preserve shamanism worldwide.