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.

Advantages of seeing a shamanic practitioner

Shamanic healing is a spiritual and medical practice based upon the belief that all healing includes a spiritual dimension. Shamanic medicine is a tradition dating back 25000 years. To better understand how a shamanic healing works it is important to understand some of the fundamental concepts of what shamanism is. It is a specific set of methodologies for accessing the spirit or energy field of anything or anyone. The essential perspective of shamanism is:

  • Everything is alive. Everything has spirit and awareness.
  • Energy and matter are the same. Everything is vibration. Everything that exists is an energy system within a greater energy system.
  • Everything that exists is connected to everything else in a web of energy or life.
  • Unseen/inner/spiritual reality affects visible reality.

Working within this system of perceptions, the healer strives to create balance and harmony of the spirit. This is a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual balance and can be focused on the individual or the community. This also can be applied to anything that exists.

By using shamanic practices a wide spectrum of healing is possible. Shamanic healing takes place in many forms, depending on what spirit recommends. This can include plant, herb and mineral spirit medicine, the use of song and other instruments to move and transform energy, visualization, soul retrieval, extraction, hands on massage or physical body manipulation. The shamanic practitioner understands the necessity to use both nature and spirit in healing and that true healing is whole and complete: body, mind and spirit.

Our Shamanic Resource Directory

Our shamanic resource directory is designed to help you find whatever resources you are seeking to support you in your journey on your shamanic path. Everyone listed in our directory is a member of our organization. Because of our limited budget and staffing it is not possible for us to vet or screen each and every service provider who advertises with us or whose name is on various lists held by organizations that advertise with us. Therefore we have established this code of ethics, which everyone listed on our website agrees to as a guide for maintaining the utmost integrity. If we receive three complaints by three different people regarding a practitioner we no longer list them

Want to learn more?

The Society for Shamanic Practice 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 journal articles, audios, monthly new moon ceremonies, and opportunities to participate and learn about shamanic practices through conferences and annual member events. Consider becoming a member if you are interested in joining our community and enriching your shamanic practice.