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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.


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Father Fox

In the very earliest time
when both people and animals lived on earth,
a person could become an animal if he wanted to
and an animal could become a human being.
Sometimes they were people
and sometimes animals
and there was no difference.
All spoke the same language.
This was the time when words were like magic.
The human mind had misterious powers.
A word spoken by chance
might have strange consequences.
It would suddenly come alive
and what people wanted to happen could happen-
all you had to do was to say it.
Nobody could explain this
That is the way it was.

-"Magic Words" Inuit


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Eagle Shield

From Wakan Tanka, the Great spirit there comes a great unifying life force that flowed through all things - the flowers of the plains, blowing winds, rocks, trees, birds, animals - and it was the same the same force that had been breathed into the first man. Thus all things were kindred, and were bpought together by the same great mystery.

-Chief Luther Standing Bear, Oglala Sioux


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Originally posted by dear Inda:
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...

Wooow! Really deep and magical dearestestestest Inda!



Have the heart of a gypsy, and the dedication of a soldier -Beethoven in Beethoven Lives Upstairs

Thank you everyone for your replies.
I also like Susan Seddon Boulet's artwork.
It is truly beautiful.


Look as they rise, up rise
Over the line where sky meets earth.
Lo! They ascending, come to guide us,
Leading us safely, keeping us one;
Us teach to be, like you, united.

-Third Song-to the Pleiades, Pawnee


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