Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Shamans and Their Practices

Shamanism encompasses the belief that shamans are intermediaries or messengers between the human world and the spirit worlds. Shamans are said to treat ailments/illness by mending the soul. Alleviating traumas affecting the soul/spirit restores the physical body of the individual to balance and wholeness. The shaman also enters supernatural realms or dimensions to obtain solutions to problems afflicting the community. Shamans may visit other worlds/dimensions to bring guidance to misguided souls and to ameliorate illnesses of the human soul caused by foreign elements. The shaman operates primarily within the spiritual world, which in turn affects the human world. The restoration of balance results in the elimination of the ailment. 

An excellent resource is a magazine called Shamans Drum.
It's the leading magazine on experiential shamanism for twenty years, exploring the extraordinary worlds of shamanic healing, entheogenic sacraments, and ecstatic spirituality.