Right now we are called to go beyond appearances and go deeper. One way we can go deeper is to explore Shamanism. There’s a lot to learn about Shamanism, and it can take years to develop the skills of a Shaman. However, we need to start somewhere, and the tools we’ve learned in life can help us too. Here are some key things to think about if you’d like to explore Shamanism (taken from the journal notes of Joe R. Lineweaver – who learned Shamanism in Peru):
- In spiritual practice, we ask for divine intervention for what we can’t do for ourselves.
- Destiny has no idea of linear time.
- The purpose of ritual (from the word “spiritual”) is to suspend space and time.
- Shamans journey to capture energy from a specific place.
- Archetypes: warrior, teacher, seer, healer.
- Heal by looking and shine your light in the darkness.
- Evil spirits abhor (detest) faith, feed on fear.
- Metaphor becomes Reality.
- Shamans work with extensive systems of divination (clairvoyance or divination/conversation with spirits).
- Power animals teach Shamans to move past what blocks them. Let the power animal dance you.
- Ancestral energies can be helping spirits.
- The left side is feminine (yin) and the right side is masculine (yang).
- Ritual creates change.
- Gifts come from struggle.
- Give tobacco offering to spirits. Helping spirits need to be fed (offerings).
- An altar is a physical place for the spirits to come.
- Have a travel altar. All objects on the altar have a purpose.
- Smudging cleanses the aura.
- Merge with the helping spirits and look out through the spirit’s eyes. Ask to be shown the soul’s purpose and energy.
- Ask: What needs to die to move on? Live with death as an ally. Destroy your fear of letting go of this ordinary reality.
- Spirits can open the door for you, but you have to go through it.
- Even your wildest dreams are doable. Notice the doors and strep through.
- Each person has a unique relationship with the Universe.
- The Shaman’s job is to cultivate a relationship with the unknown.
- Learn about the four directions (North, South, West, East).
- Shamanism is like installing a new operating system. May need to remove the old operating system.
- Learn about plants for healing. Shaman’s plant has powerful doctors in it.
- Taking a journey is different than meditation. You need a vehicle (kicks the brain into an altered state – like drumming, bells, chanting, or fasting).
- You need a journeying trance state and embodiment trance.
- You can’t use power until you’ve cultivated it!
- We can do this work with intent once we learn the keys to open the door.
Books to explore Shamanism:
“The Secrets of Shamanism: Tapping the Spirit Power Within You,” by Jose Stevens & Lena S. Stevens
“Shapeshifting Into Higher Consciousness: Heal and Transform Yourself and Our World with Ancient Shamanic and Modern Methods,” by Llyn Roberts
“Soul Retrieval: Mending the Fragmented Self,” by Sandra Ingerman
“Visionary Shamanism: Activating the Imaginal Cells of the Human Energy Field,” by Linda Star Wolf & Anne Dillon
“Shamanic Awakening: My Journey Between the Dark and the Daylight,” by Sandra Corcoran
“Spirited Medicine: Shamanism in Contemporary Healthcare,” by Cecile Carson
“Shamanic Reiki,” by Lynn Roberts & Robert Levy
“Shamanic Journey Drumming,” by Michael Drake