Shamanism

People have been drumming, dancing, journeying and communicating with nature and spirit since ancient times. Although these techniques are mostly associated with indigenous (non-western) cultures, they remind us of our own pagan and classical roots. This type of practices and worldviews is now most widely known under the umbrella term ‘shamanism’.

Shamanism can be defined as ideology, social phenomenon, healing practice or simply a set of techniques. Although there are differences in form, some concepts and tools seem constant in most traditions. These include a strong relationship with the natural world, the role of the shaman as a mediator between the human and spirit realms, an emphasis on healing and restoring balance in individuals and community, the use of altered states of consciousness and working with spirit guides, power animals and teachers. These tools are becoming more and more reintegrated in western context. Indeed, they can help us remember that we are part of the larger whole.

Christian de Quincey and Jonathan Horwitz introduced me to shamanic techniques in 2005, and I have continued to study with them and other teachers. Many of the tools and experiences form an integrated part of my daily life and influence my way of looking at the world, and therefore also my way of facilitating. Please note however that I am not teaching shamanism as such. If you are interested in shamanic courses, you can visit the websites of for example Northern Drum and Scandinavian Center for Shamanic Studies.

 

See also Background Other