What Is Shamanic Practice? How Can it Help?

Why do we continue ritualistic and ceremonial practices such as eating together, birthday parties and wedding celebrations? Why do we love to be told stores? Why is it so calming to sit by a fire; to light a candle at dinner or for a soak in the bath?
There are many practices that resonate within us because our ancestors did the same; they are a means of forging connections and embodying the wisdom that isolation is a myth.
We have lost our way and forgotten that we are part of the magic that has been woven all around us; we are blinded by a collective psychosis that we are not 
enough and that we do not have enough.
Shamanic practices can help you to find your way again, get you back on your unique path and connect you with the rhythms of the universe so that you can be empowered, feel free and effortlessly live your best life. 

HOW CAN SHAMANISM HELP ME?

  • Do you feel like something is missing or that you don’t belong?
  • Do you want to cast off outdated patterns of behaviour that keep messing things up for you?
  • Do you want to feel happier, stronger & fully self-empowered?

It is your time to become the best version of you; feeling relaxed, calm and in control of your destiny! Get connected, be happy and finally live the life of your dreams. Any time you feel ‘blocked’, or are working on what you want to dream into your life, shamanic ritual can support you in moving forward. You are more powerful than you can imagine.

WHAT IS SHAMANISM?

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It is  the oldest system through which humans have sought connection with creation. Yet it is not a religion, has no scriptures, dogma or god worship. By following a shamanic lifestyle you practice the ability to harness healing and wisdom from within, through community and universal energy.

At the heart – Shamanic practice is a simple and peaceful means of drawing on your innate connections with the people and world around you, so that you can operate fully and at your best using intuition, wisdom and compassion. A big part of shamanic living is compassion for the self and for others – learning to forgive and to accept declutters your soul and psyche so that you can stop struggling with things that simply don’t matter in the big scheme of things. Cast off the ‘stuff’ that does not serve you: guilt, shame, regret, self-loathing, resentment etc.

– Everything is alive and has a life force (animism)
– Our ‘physical world’ is only the beginning; the shift to consciousness opens up the possibility to connect with spirit
– We are all teachers and students
– Compassion and a deep union with nature allows us to see and live from the heart, the practice of living in this way brings pure to all ares of living
– Each individual has the birth right, and responsibility, to commune with spirit directly.

Shamanism it is not a religion. Shamanism is a way of life that our ancestors have passed down through us over the generations; embracing ideas such as self-healing, personal responsibility and connection with every living thing on our planet. Therefore, the practices inherent in the following of shamanism are rooted in nature and a respect for what this planet has to offer us. In a seemingly fast paced, technological and solitary world, the practice of shamanism empowers us as human beings by strengthening our connection to nature, collective consciousness, spirit, energy and each other.

WHAT IS JOURNEYING?

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Journeying is when person enters a very relaxed state of consciousness and goes on an inner journey of discovery – the experience will take you to places you can only imagine. Sometimes the practitioner (shaman) does this on behalf of the participant, sometimes not. This trance state can be achieved in a number of ways, for example through the repetitive sound of a drum or voices and so on.

THE IMPORTANCE OF RITUAL & CEREMONIAL PRACTICES

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There are certain tools and customs to be utilised when undertaking shamanic work, we can call this ritual and ceremony. These ancient practices form part of our basic instinct as human animals. Both allow us to feel connected to our community; connected to the self and connected to a higher source all at once. These three pillars are essential if we are to feel at peace and safe, which in turn creates the space for processing thoughts and feelings in order to let go of the past and create the future we want.

Some religions still maintain ritual, but this is not the kind of practice we are talking about here; shamanic practice is not a religion. At the heart of shamanic practice is presence in the moment, creativity, connection and balance. Together in harmony, these allow co-creation and transformation on many levels.

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CONNECTING WITH NATURE
The path of a shamanic lifestyle is very personal and it’s not for anyone to try to make you embark upon it.
 The development of the modern world has led us away from nature and these traditional, natural practices. Now, more than ever, humans are beginning to intuitively seek to reconnect with each other and the planet. We ask how we can be empowered and empower one another and take collective responsibility for a harmonious life and existence for the greatest good of all. 

FEELING SCARED OF SHAMANISM

You may be concerned about some of the things you’ve heard about Shamanism.You may have heard that shaman are witch doctors that evoke evil spirits; that they use hallucinogenic drugs; it’s a cult or any other number of ill-informed claims. As with any practice, unfortunately there are some people out there who do not really understand what they are doing and who operate from the ego. Authentic shaman sometimes use plant medicine to journey on your behalf; they know how to navigate unchartered territory to get you past your mind and the mirage of believing only what you see. If you are ready you can benefit from the use of plant medicines, but proceed with caution as this is not something to be taken lightly. It is simply not the case that participants will be required to partake in imbibing ‘secret remedies’, such as Ayahascua. This is just one form of shamanic practice and is not for everyone. 

Shamanic practices have been demonised over the centuries by governmental and religious establishments because it puts the individual in control of their destiny. When the individual is empowered they do not look to others for leadership; nor do they seek comfort in ‘owning stuff’, addictive behaviours or withdrawing from society.

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Shamanism is not complicated; it is individual and collective. It is finding what you need by looking into and beyond yourself. There are many people who live shamanically though they may not even be aware of it, while others actively seek it out because inherently, they know they could be sharing a deeper connection with the energies of the universe.