New to Shamanism?
Shamanism is the world’s oldest spiritual practice, utilizing a set of practical techniques that have helped human beings to survive in all continents of the world since Paleolithic times despite having no contact with one another. Although academics heatedly debate the issue, in our view shamanism cannot really be considered a religion because it has no dogma, no organization, no sacred book, and no recognized leader nor does it have a single founder. While people of many religions practice shamanism, Catholics, Buddhists, Hindus, Taoists, and Jews, not all shamans are members of an organized religion.
Shamanism organically arose from ancient tribes as a response to the needs of the people. Shamans have always been recognized leaders in their communities healing the injured and sick, performing sacred ceremonies, singing, chanting and dancing, expressing themselves artistically, acting as the bridge between the living and the dead, and communicating with the spirits to receive knowledge and teachings of plants, animals, and the elements. In ancient Peru and China to name just a couple of developed civilizations, the emperors were always trained shamans.
Despite great efforts by the Inquisition and by the Nazis to exterminate shamans because they were seen as subversive, they are still alive and well today practicing their skills in many parts of the world.
While not everyone can apprentice with a traditional shaman or become an official shaman today, it is still possible to practice the techniques of shamanism for gaining physical, mental, and spiritual health, accumulating vitality and power, and for self-development. In addition through shamanic practice one learns respect for the physical environment and learns to live more in balance with the earth and its creatures.
SSP is a modern day organization that supports those who aspire to follow the shamanic path by providing information from experts in the field through professional online articles, audios, forums for communicating with other like-minded people, and opportunities to participate and learn about shamanic practices through conferences and annual member events.
Advantages of seeing a shamanic practitioner
There are a number of advantages of seeing a shamanic practitioner in addition to seeking allopathic medical assistance. One is that the shamanic practitioner will include the energetic dimension as well the spiritual aspects of the situation. They are also able to call in their helping spirits to assist you in the healing so you get multiple helpers for the price of one. Another difference is that a shamanic practitioner is clear about the patients responsibility to take part in healing themselves. Their point of view is that no one can be healed unless they give their complete permission for the healing and take responsibility for their part in it.
For those of you seeking a shamanic practitioner through our website and those of you who advertise your services through us we have initiated some new policies. As most of you know shamanic practitioners are not regulated or licensed like other professions including medical doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, and various specialists. Because of the nature of shamanic practice there is no governing body, no centers of higher education and training, and no regulatory bodies. Shamanic practitioners develop their expertise in many ways including apprenticing with a teacher, studying with master shamans and the like. While many practitioners are very knowledgeable they may never have had a class in counseling skills or bedside manner. In addition there are no classes or oaths regarding ethics for shamanic practitioners and regrettably like in all professions there have been some abuses. For this reason we are installing these new guidelines to help protect those of you seeking the assistance of a shamanic practitioner.
Bear in mind that the vast majority of shamanic practitioners are hard working, high integrity, service oriented healers who are dedicated to the well being of their clients.
Because of our limited budget and staffing it is not possible for us to vet or screen each and every shamanic practitioner who advertises with us or whose name is on various lists held by organizations that advertise with us. Therefore we have established the following policy. If we receive three complaints by three different people regarding a practitioner we will no longer list them.
What constitutes inappropriate behavior? In our eyes any explicit sexual advance by a practitioner towards a client is inappropriate and unacceptable. Any attempt to extract or extort fees through negative threats we would consider to be inappropriate behavior. Any attempts to control or dominate the client, and insulting rude behavior should not be tolerated. These are the big ones. While we cannot list every potential problem here we still want to hear from you if you have been treated in a way that you believe to be harmful. We encourage you to contact our website and report any inappropriate behavior to us. Complaining to someone not connected with us who cannot do anything about the problem is not helpful to you or us. Please contact us with any concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org We also welcome hearing of your wonderful healing experience.