Long ago, before medical doctors and modern medicine, synthetic drugs, and the “sickness” industry, there was a natural way to be well. This natural way connected us to our mother – Mother Earth – in such a way that relied more on an understanding of vibrations, rhythms, cycles, and harmony. People ate what was in season, harvested or grown without chemicals. They also offered daily gratitude and blessings for their abundance, paying attention to ways to replenish what was taken from the earth to ensure a return of abundance. IT ALL MATTERS. Whether we’re talking about health and healing, or a way to live with a smaller footprint on the planet, we can embrace the ideas known as Shamanism.
What is Shamanism?
Old texts and tradition in the study of Shamanism focus on an initiation of suffering. The path of suffering is very personal. Whether physical, emotional, or spiritual, suffering may lead people further into the depths of despair and disease – arthritis, heart disease, pain, skin rashes, autoimmune diseases, and even cancer may come about as a result of suffering. Those who choose to work through their suffering may discover the root of healing – an opportunity to change their perspective, or overcome their pain.
Universal Shamanism is a practice that can easily become incorporated into any lifestyle. It’s not a religion, and doesn’t conflict with religious beliefs. I like to think of it as a return to nature, and to the root of healing. Shamanism includes a relationship with nature, an awareness of subtleties in the physical body, a connection to Spirit, and a willingness to let go.
The Root of Healing
When dis-ease appears in our lives, we may tend to focus all our thoughts and energies on “fixing” the problem. You might say it’s a cultural phenomenon promoted through the development and strong influences of the pharmaceutical industry. An ointment, drug, surgical removal, or invasive treatment seems to be what’s on the list for dealing with sickness. However, true healing – the root of healing – comes from deep within the core of one’s self. It feels grounding, and choices to become well, and to thrive with vitality, are not based on fear, but rather on feeling empowered and in alignment with nature.
Our Shamanic Apprentice program helps deepen one’s awareness of self – becoming more present in one’s physical body. In fact, the first series of workshops is completely focused on Personal Energy.
Learn more about Shamanism and join us for our Shamanic Apprentice program. We include practices and exercises to improve your relationship with yourself, with nature, and with Spirit. The first series culminates in a community gathering around the Autumnal Equinox. Register for the entire series so you’ll be included in the journey.