Shamanism-what is Shamanism?

The term shamanism is an umbrella term which refers to a wide variety of spiritual practices. The word shaman from the Evenki language and was introduced to the west from Russian explorers who first encountered the term among nomadic peoples within Siberia. Shamanism has been practiced for thousands of years and before organized religion was the main spiritual expression in the world and could be found on every continent.

Shamanism is a practice that involves a practitioner reaching altered states of consciousness in order to encounter and interact with the spirit world. A shaman is a person regarded as having access to, and influence in, the world of spirits which in turn influence this world. It could be said that Shamanism is an ‘experiential religion’, one which generally does not have a written doctrine or set belief system but from the direct experience of the shaman and those that are treated by the shaman. Because there is no religious doctrine or hierarchy associated with shamanism it is always evolving and changing often with shamans in one region using very different techniques and methods.

Shamanism teaches us all that everything contains spirit, is alive and that we are all deeply connected to others around us, nature and the world and over thousands of years has received techniques which allow us to experience this spirit and connection.