Back to Basics: Returning to Our Roots with Modern Shamanism

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One thing we can say for sure during this renaissance of spiritualism is that people are yearning for their roots. As a collective, most of us crave more. We want more depth from ourselves, each other, and the world. As a result, many are going “back to basics” by turning to energy work. One such modality that others are feeling called to is modern shamanism.

What exactly is shamanism?

In short, shamanic practices are the spiritual practices of ancient civilizations and cultures. It is indeed the oldest healing philosophy in the world, and for many, it can be the most difficult. Shamanism is not meant to be witchy or voodoo. It does not seek to hurt you or others. It does, however, ask you to go to the deepest, darkest parts of yourself and purge the gunk that’s preventing you from walking your true path. This type of healing work asks us to heal ourselves so we can become beacons of light for ourselves and others.

Originally, shamanic practices come from the Evenki people of Siberia, and the word literally translates to “the one who knows.” It should be noted that the role of the shaman is more than just a healer. A shaman is a person who can walk in both worlds simultaneously, a communicator between the physical and the spiritual worlds if you will.

Who practiced shamanism?

Over the years, this style of energy work developed a bad reputation due to the lack of understanding. It was practiced by indigenous tribes all over the world, though the details varied between cultures. Those who used an adaptation included the Native Americans, Celtics, Norse, Tibetan, and Aborigines. Each group had its own form of this spiritual practice that was tailored to their culture and environment.

Over time, many traditions were lost due to violent means and suppression such as religious crusading. In this modern day, we are seeing a surge of Shamanic rediscovery taking place, which means modern people are bringing the practices back to life. People all over the world over are feeling a calling, a draw back to their roots. Through this reconnection, a form of modern shamanism is being born.

How is this type of work practiced?

Though there is no one size fits all style of this spiritual practice, there are similarities among the techniques used and ceremonies that take place. Those who follow this style of energy work see the practitioner as one who changes his or her state of consciousness at will in order to contact and/or travel to another reality to gain insight for the purpose of healing. If the practitioner accomplishes that goal, then she works with this power and knowledge to help herself and/or others.

Why do some practice shamanism?

What makes this spiritual practice different from other religious or spiritual practices is that fact that it is designed to go to the deepest parts of your Soul to perform the healing. With this work, you will touch upon the “why” of an illness or circumstance you’re currently in. You’ll also be asked to look at yourself as a whole and evaluate your emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical self since they all play a part in your overall well-being. It should be noted that with shamanic practices, the focus is on energy, not religion. If you practice a traditional religion that you love, you are not required to give it up. You can do or receive this kind of energy work as well as long as you’re comfortable with and open to it.

If you’re searching for someone who offers shamanic work, be sure to search TribeFinder. You might be surprised how many people are turning to this type of energy work as it aims to restore our personal power and help each of us find the right path. You may even find a class in your local area that can teach you how to use shamanic techniques in a modern sense.