“A Shaman is the holy man, in a culture that is still hunting.” ~Alan Watts
Shamanism is an ancient healing tradition and moreover, a way of life. It is a way to connect with nature and all of creation. The word shaman originates from the Tungus tribe in Siberia. Anthropologists coined this term and have used it to refer to the spiritual and ceremonial leaders among indigenous cultures worldwide. The word shamanism can be used to describe the ancient spiritual practices of these indigenous cultures. Clearly, the countless similarities between various ancient traditions played a role in the continual generalization of the word.
Over the past few decades, the term “shamanism” has been popularized throughout the western world, especially in new-age circles. Today, it can be difficult to distinguish between traditional forms of shamanism and modernized, often esoteric practices that utilize the term.
One could view shamanism as the universal spiritual wisdom inherent to all indigenous tribes. As all ancient spiritual practices are rooted in nature, shamanism is the method by which we as human beings can strengthen that natural connection.
The lecture you about to listen to is truly a masterpiece. To anyone listening to this understand that whether you choose to be a shaman(ista), or not, it chooses you. If your truly meant to be one depending on the culture and environment you live in will determine the difficulty in which the state of your life flows against the grain with peers and family. It is truly a path and a calling.
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