Today’s research in quantum physics is beginning to explain what indigenous people have known for thousands of years. Matter, energy, and spirit are intricately connected. This connection animates us and, when balanced, provides harmony and optimum health.
The essential perspective of shamanism is:
- Everything is alive. Everything has spirit and awareness.
- Energy and matter are the same.
- Everything is vibration.
- Everything that exists is connected to everything else in a web of energy or life.
- Unseen/inner/spiritual reality affects visible reality.
The shamanic practitioner address the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of the client. Because shamanism is based on a great reverence for nature, the practitioner calls on spirit to work through tools such as plants, crystals, icaros (healing songs), feathers, and rattles in order to move and transform energy. A session might include soul retrieval, extraction, trauma release, or a drum journey. Clients often experience relief from symptoms and a renewed connection with their higher self.
Shamanism is unique in that it moves beyond the individual to include community gatherings, such as drum circles, medicine wheel rituals, and healing ceremonies. It’s an approach that can be applied to anything that exists, including our home, work, and natural environment.