Shamanism is a thousand years old and proven method for healing . Healing of body and spirit, between man and nature, between people and healing between man and his spiritual source.
An essential characteristic of shamanism is that it recognizes that everything that exists is alive, that everything has a soul or consciousness and that everything is interconnected. The shaman often works with the non-physical reality. Through trance he ‘travels’ as it were to non-ordinary realities to find out what can be done to cure or to restore balance and harmony. This can be done by simple and effective rituals, such as removing “ negative” (misplaced) energy (power extraction), Soul Retrieval (part of the soul retrieval which has withdrawn from a severe shock or trauma), or working with herbs or the sound of the voice, to name a few. (source; www.alternatievegids.com)
Ever since I can remember I have been fascinated by all kinds of indigenous tribes. During my adolescence, I devoured the books of Carlos Castaneda. Then I started my personal search in this area. In particular, the fact that we are all connected and simultaneously connected to all living things, appealed to me. I wanted to feel and understand this connection. Everyone has access to the worlds that exist alongside ours. Shamanism gives us many different techniques to explore the other realms including singing, dreaming, dance, sound and herbs.
Native American prayer;
“Oh, Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the winds and whose breath give life to all the world
Hear me, for I am small and weak, I need your strength and wisdom
Let me walk in beauty and make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset
Make my hands respect the things you’ve made and my ears sharp to hear your voice
Make me wise so I may understand the things you’ve taught my people
Let me learn the lesson you’ve hidden in every leaf and every rock
I seek strength, not to be greater than my brother but to fight my greatest enemy; myself
Make me always ready to come to you with clean hands and straight eyes
So when life fades as the fading sunset, my spirit may come to you without shame”