A ‘ Shaman’ is a name that goes way back to ancient times. It means someone who connects to Nature’s Natural elements of Earth, Fire, Water & Air. Uses Nature’s Plant-Life and Minerals for various Healing Rituals and Meditations. They are Spiritual Visionaries & Nature’s Natural Healers/Seers. Shamanism is the name used to categorise the ways of the Shaman. Other Names used are the ‘Medicine Man’ or ‘Witch Doctor’
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Shamanism technically refers to the medicine practices of the tribes in Siberia, and has been used in reference to the medicine people of Asia and the Americas. The term shaman has become a catch phrase for some basic techniques and concepts found worldwide, regardless of the tribe, culture or religion that surrounds it. This perpetuates the idea of tools for “core shamanism” that can be used by anyone, because they appear to be universal. Techniques of core shamanism include:
• Using trance techniques such as drumming, dancing and plant substances to induce an altered state of consciousness.
• While in an altered state of consciousness, projecting your awareness to a non-physical world, often by climbing some form of cosmic axis. Many cultures describe the axis as a world tree, reaching into three worlds: the heavens, the world of human life and the underworld.
• Contact with non-physical spirits who can grant advice or healing power.
• Working with the spirits of animals and plants, both in the physical and non-physical worlds.
Core shamanism has led to the concepts of Celtic shamanism, Norse shamanism and even Wiccan shamanism. An old Celtic druid or seer who practices these techniques never referred to himself as a shaman, just as a Siberian shaman would never call himself a Siberian druid. But many of the basic concepts are the same, particularly in regard to other worlds, spirit working and journeying. Shaman has become a modern default term.
In modern witchcraft, many focus solely on the craft of the witch, through spells, rituals and holiday celebrations. While this is a wonderful place to start, and many traditions focus exclusively on these tools, the mysteries of witchcraft are very shamanic. Those who explore witchcraft further learn to work deeply with the spirits, and to work on healing all levels of their being. The old hedge witch knew spellcraft, herbalism and how to work with the spirits. Witches are known to communicate with animal familiars, the deceased, faeries, angels and gods. One of the first definitions of a witch that I learned from my teachers is a “a walker between the worlds.” That phrase is also used to describe shamans. We stand with one foot in the physical and one foot in the spiritual, both firmly rooted. We act as the gate between worlds — a crossroads to aid others on both sides. We form partnerships between the human and spirit worlds for the good of all.
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