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Shamanism may be one of the oldest of religious systems. Its practitioner has to have the courage to venture into inconceivable realms, the agility to negotiate the boundaries of space and time, and the compassion and commitment to return and share the vision he or she wins. Healer, medium, magician, sage, the shaman journeys beyond everyday reality to bring back wisdom and healing from the spirit world, often with the aid of an animal guide.
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So what then is shamanism?
It is a direct experience of spiritual knowledge. Because of the direct nature of the work, it tends to facilitate growth in every religious faith. People will share shamanic experiences in groups, but the insight you gain from shamanic practice are unique to you.
As a healing practice shamanism has been very powerful for both the people of today and those reaching back into the beginnings of recorded history.
The reason that it is so powerful is because each healing is tailored to the needs of the individual being healed. Western medicine seeks to find one cure that works for many, if the number it helps is too small it isn't offered at all. The shaman provides unique treatment, which holistically addresses what a person needs at this time.