The way of the shaman – the adventure of self discovery
"The establishment consists of the Eagle's emanations. There forty-eight fumes Eagle separated from that man through our ordinary perception can not perceive two of them. "> / I>
Don Juan – the Yaqui Indian and a teacher of Carlos Castaneda.
There is much discussion and opinion on what a shaman. The word itself has its roots in the people Tungus word saman in central Asia. Definitions vary greatly in modern society, this varies from people who love music and the dances trancing 'tribal' meetings calling themselves shamans in a very precise definition of Mercia Eliade, who in his book Shamanism – archaic techniques of ecstasy precisely defines the term shaman compared with the healer, sorcerer, healer, seer, magician, herbalist and so on. Eliade specific differentiation is that the shaman can be practical and anything above is defined as "the shaman specializes in a trance during which his soul is supposed to leave his body and ascend to heaven or descend into hell." This definition is sometimes used in a strict, and it seems to limit its scope. For me, a shaman is more to this definition.
Quoting Joan Halifax Shamanic voices his book, "The shaman, a mystic priest and political figure to emerge during the Upper Paleolithic period, and such Once back to the days of Neanderthal man may be described not only as a specialist in the human soul, but also as a generalist whose sacred and social functions can cover a wide range of activities. Shamans are healers, seers and visionaries who have mastered death. They are in communication with the world of gods and spirits. Their bodies may be left in their flight to the fields of the supernatural. They are poets and singers. Dance and create works of art. Not only are the spiritual leaders, but also judges and political, the sacred and the profane. They are familiar with the cosmic physical geography and learn the ways of plants and animals and the elements. Are psychologists, artists, and detectors of food. More importantly, the shamans are technicians of the sacred and masters of ecstasy. "
Leo Rutherford his book The Book of Shamanic path, also see a shaman in a holistic and integrative. It defines a shaman as "someone who has completely crossed the path of transformation and decided to become a healer, support, seer, prophet, serving the people. "
The most important and consistent across above points of view is the emphasis on community, so that healing, divination and prophecy, which is done in the service of others. Shamanism Shamanism not if done in isolation.
Shamanism has always been a way to live as human beings with regard to everything on our planet Earth. Few thousand years to the dawn of human civilization a radical change occurred this way of being. It was the introduction of religion, but something much more powerful, the transition from a collection Hunter and ad-hoc horticultural society to agriculture. This shift has enormous implications. To be in relationship all things have become "managers" of the living world. The paths of rotation of crops and crop irrigation has led to institutions Standing man tribes no longer had to follow the migration of animals and food for the plants that you can have everything in one place! The ancient civilizations began, therefore, social and religious structures, systems and world views (many of which are still experiencing today) has emerged.
The ancients knew and experienced is not an energy normally invisible which connects all that exists, and living with knowledge of this energy and how to use. This concept of interaction and understanding that man is part of nature, not to separate her from the binding energy is expressed in different ways and in many cultures, but unfortunately not in ours. As Chief Seattle in 1855, said in his speech to Congress;
"What befalls the earth happens every child on Earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life, not just a thread. Whatever he does to the web he does himself. "
Separation in western society from the natural world with its myths Cover the man who has "dominion over all living things" led to a disconnection of the Universal spiritual energy. At some level, we recognize that, and many feel the desire of the heart led to reconnect with the field universal energy and consciousness of belonging.
Many people are attracted to the spiritual paths such as shamanism as a way to meet the deeply felt desire to heal the pain of separation, and welcome the ecstatic beauty and possibilities of simply being alive on this planet, rich and beautiful.
Shamanism has proven practices healing ceremonies and teachings to support people in this rebalancing themselves. These practices are primarily healing, not only the physical body but also for our inner sense of being and our soul. However, the challenge is to build a bridge between ancient wisdom and practices to be useful, efficient and useful to the modern Western individual.
One of the biggest gaps between approaches Western and modern approach is one eye that is between the shamanic and physical energy. Shamanic point of view we could say that we (and everything else) are fields of energy, and the reality that we as the physical world only to describe our physical senses rather than an absolute fact inherent. In some aspects of quantum physics is now facing the same direction as the shamans of 40,000 years.
In shamanic healing work with energy. Another word for this energy is the life force, soul, or "essential nature", and shamanism are many traditional forms of healing work with the soul or life force. These are fundamental questions and challenges to what is reality. This basic design is so great that it seems that this can not be described in terms of metaphor.
"Nature shows us that the bulk of the tail. But no doubt the lion belongs to it, even if not much is due to enormous size. "
The way of the shaman
Distillation shamanism in the 21 st century is the recognition that we and our God (which we made in our image) are not separated from creation, but the discrete elements in an eternal present infinite ocean of the wide awareness and energy, and we are all connected to each other, simply because they are among themselves.
All traditional and indigenous shamans I have met have a feature unifying, they will do whatever it takes to help a person in the health and welfare of catalyzing one way or another the belief that people within the system to lead change in the reality of people come to feel and "know" to be cured. This is as important as "real" medicine and tangible work. They know they're just bigger than they were led to believe that we are, and the mutual influence and create "our" reality. " Creative visualization and other practices that influence the course of our lives is not new, are very "old age" and belong to all of us. If we go back in our ancestral line, you will find we have all cultures shamanism, it is our birthright.
One of the beautiful aspects of shamanism is that democracy is a truly spiritual, no priests, there is no hierarchy. We all have the same rights to access the universal field of love, life force and consciousness, because that's where we are. We forgot.
About the Author
Howard G. Charing, is an accomplished international workshop leader on shamanism. He has worked some of the most respected and extraordinary shamans & healers in the Andes, the Amazon Rainforest, and the Philippines. He organises specialist retreats to the Amazon Rainforest He is the author of the best selling book, Plant Spirit Shamanism (Destiny Books USA), and has published numerous articles about plant medicines. Website http://www.shamanism.co.uk
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