Energy Medicine and Shamanism
The word shaman is the English translation of the word saman, meaning "to know/to see" in the Evenk language of the Tungus people–an indigenous people of Altai Mountains in Siberia.
The term "shaman" (shamanism/shamanic) was popularized mainly by anthropologists, historians of religion, and others working in the academic arena to describe the village or tribal mystic, or medicine man/woman. The Tungus used the word "saman" as both a noun and a verb, to describe a person and/or the actions of a person extra or high sensory perception and abilities, hence the alternate translation: "one who is excited, raised, moved" or "to know in an ecstatic manner."
However, there is some debate as to where the word saman comes from. We find derivatives of the word saman from the Tibetan as the name of Buddhist monk named Samana as well as from the Tocharian: samane, from the Prakrit :samaNa, from the Sanskrit: sramaNah, from sramah, all referring to diverse spiritual practice of state of mind.
Today the word shaman describes a type of medicine man or woman able to journey (virtual travel) to hidden worlds otherwise acknowledge through myth, dream, and near-death experiences. The purpose of such journey is to gain knowledge for the benefit of oneself or other, proving physical, emotional and spiritual healing or wisdom. Regardless of the culture the shaman is an altruist and use his gift to help other. He is known in different culture as the druid (Celts), the medicine man/woman (native american), the magi (middle east), the witch doctor (africa) or wizard/witches or sorcerer/ess (middle age Europe), a "rebouteux/guerisseur" (comtemporary France).
In fact the shaman's ability to perceive alternate reality can be described as the ability to perceive specific patterns of energy that the rest of the people is not aware of or able to perceive.
These pattern of energy are given various label from non-ordinary reality to spirits, totem spirit, power animals, guide residing in parallel worlds.
Because the shaman is endowed with these skill in tribal culture the knowledge to perceive non-ordinary reality was transmitted from teacher to student or from one generation to another as is still the case in France for the "rebouteux".
I believe that this ability was at one point in time much more common that it is today despite the popularity in shamanic studies especially here in the U.S. Our ancestor's extra sensory perception was more acute because they were more in tune with nature. They spent more time in and enjoying nature and each other. . They also had much less sensory stimuli bombarding them at many levels ( physical, energetic.) Computers, TV and cell phones are keeping us physically apart and unaware of what others are truly experiencing (and not texting.) Yet, these abilities can be awaken in anyone who has the desire to do so.
As one begins to broaden is consciousness beyond ordinary reality and starts to perceive other landscapes and beings in non-ordinary realities he becomes aware of the interconnectedness of all things all forms of life. He see himself as a spiritual being part of a spiritual world with many aspects. This concept become the basis for the belief that shamanism is the root of all religion. Nevertheless shamanism is not a religion, it is an understanding and a way of life in which everything is perceived as having a spirit which is part of the whole–Great Spirit or God. Shamanism is a manner of understanding and perceiving the universe.
Today there is a resurgence of interests in the occult and especially in the process of commnicatiing with the unsean. That it'll be talking to the dead or receiving messages from angels or other spiritual guides, groups, classes and businesses-tarot, palm reading and mediumship- flourish with a younger and younger crowd attracted to this quick and easy fix to receive answers to their problems.
Shamanism, and the healing techniques learnt in this practice, require dedication and discipline. The same is true and to be expected with anyone wanting to explore and practice, remote viewing, astral projection and lucid dreaming--which are all related to altered state of consciousness induced by various techniques, from rythm (as the drumming in shamanic journey) or breathing techniques and more complex recipes to achieve Out of Body Experiences (OBE).
The Shamanic Journey
The process of journey and the gift of second sight or intuition have one thing in common that of retrieving information from non ordinary reality for the purpose of helping oneself or another.
Shamans do that but also healing practitioners, priest, ministers, and just about anybody who opens himself to the experience do it also. Some shamanic techniques to enter the trance state, to retrieve information, have their roots in the shamanic journey or what Robert Moss calls conscious/active dreaming-different from lucid dreaming.
The shamanic journey is an induced state of consciousness which enables the shaman to entrain is mind to use theta wave to perceive images, sounds, taste feelings, emotions, and physical sensation while awake and conscious . The trance is usually induced using a rhythmic sound pattern produced by a drum, rattle, bells or other percussion instrument but can also be reaches with mantras and mediation. Some musical CDs are now available to induces theta brain wave activity. Native American shaman use drumming, rattling, chanting and whistling and seldomly used hallucinogenic plants to induce this trance state. South American shamans may use plant (Ayahuasca in Amazon Rain forest and Peru; Peyote in Mexico and Central America) in specific circumstances.
The Ayahuasca is a climbing vine (Banisteriosis Caapi) which twines itself around rainforest trees. It's name means "Vine of the Dead" or "Vine of the Soul" in the Quechua language, the language of the Incas. Combined with the leaves from the Chacruna bush (Psychotria Viridis), Ayahuasca becomes a very powerful and effective brew to help people in general, and shamans in particular, enter the "real' world of Spirits, dispelling the illusions and cleansing the pollution incurred in this ˜unreal' world of everyday life.
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Energy Practitioner and Shamanism
I started studying shamanism in 2000 first with a friend who introduce me to my power animal.
I admit that I had many preconceived ideas about what shamanism was. Most of these ideas were fear based on teaching from my catholic up-bringing. Vision of spell and malefic spirit kept me from exploring this subject for years even though the opportunity presented itself several time!.
With a trusted friend I took my first journey to the lower world to meet my power animal.
She brought me to a little room in her house that she called the Spirit Room. An ornate rug lay on the floor, a small altar stood in a corner with on it pictures of Jesus and Buddha as well as a feather and a candle.
First, she called the spirit of the directions starting with the East and to my surprise also called Archangel Uriel asking for clarity and wisdom during this journey. Yes Spirit/God had brought the perfect teacher to open my mind to this new and power teaching that would soon transform my life. One that could incorporate some knowledge akin to my spiritual background!
Turning clockwise to the South she rattled again and called Archangel Raphael the keeper of the South and thanking for the gift of physical healing. To the West she called Archangel Gabriel for emotional healing and the gift of intuition. To the North she called Archangel Michael for protection and empowerment.
I laid on my back with a handkerchief on my eyes and stated the intention for my journey 3 times:
"I journey to meet my power Animal". My friend drummed while I follow the directions she previously explain to reach the lower world. I started in a place in nature that I loved. So here I was in the forest of my childhood in France I saw the fern in which i loved to run it was very clear the color were bright the afternoon sun sipped through the thick canopy as I walked on the winding path that lead me to a wellspring. But I saw no animals just trees, ferns and then it dawned on me what I truly love was the beach. As soon as I formulated the thought I saw my self running to the rhythm of the drum on a golden sandy beach to a jetty, at the end of which I confidently plunged in the water. I surfaced again to see seagulls and asked : Are you my power animal? They stubbornly pointed their beek to the water. I thank them and went under. A seahorse was just in front of my face and again asked: are you my power animal? Not very talkative the hipocamp stared to move and I flowed suddenly I felt and saw a grayish smooth shape brush against me I turn and went to surface with the shape. we explode above the surface with Joy! I knew as soon as it happened that it was my power animal dolphin. I swam and jumped and flipped and played as I used to when I was a gymnast. I loved the feeling it felt EMPOWERING.
The power animal for me is my primordial self. As an archetype it represent my true essence and at that time in my life dolphin reminded me to play! As a working mother of 3 I had found many excuses not to play.
In the month that followed I took a series of classes with Greg Beset, founder of The Center Pole in Middletown. Greg still teaches and he also holds a healing practice at the Center Pole.
Keshav Howe was also my teacher and with him I was able to gain a different perspective especially on the application of the technique. From Keshav, I leant to enter non ordinary reality through visualization. I similarly studied with Robert Moss in New Fairfield, CT who use a dream as the point of entry into non ordinary reality. All these techniques are equally useful and powerful. Really when it come to journey your are only limited by your imagination!
Later I studied with Two Feather a Lakota Sioux woman who taught me the way of her people. She made me feel and understand the interconnectedness of all life. Her deep respect for her ancestor and their teaching. She shared her knowledge of the sacred ritual and ceremony of the fire and the pipe carrier and the healing power of the sweat l lodge.
I am thankful to have met all these talented and good hearted teachers.
To know more about them just click on their name to visit their sites.
After many years of continued learning and practicing I came to the conclusion that this ability is innate in all of us and I now lead people into devopping there gift of seers and coah them into exporing the multiverse. To find out about my approach and choose from the many program of study please visit the Mastery of Awareness page.
I have synthesized the various teaching aquired in the past 15 years of study of Shamanism and Alter State of Consciousness using Rythm, Sound,
On calling the directions and Angel/Archangels
There are many great sites but I'd like to acknowledge these
http://www.sarahsarchangels.com. This site is well organized showing love, dedication.
Also with a wealth of information : http://www.angelfocus.com
For additional information and an added perspective visit: http://www.fabrisia.com
You can also see them as archetypal energies.
Happy journey! Namaste