Shamanism is an ancient healing modality still practiced by many indigenous cultures across the globe. A Shaman is someone who works closely with the natural world and the powers that exist both inside and outside of 3rd dimensional reality to bring about healing and balance. In Western terms, this might be called psycho-navigation, and is defined as the mental experience of moving through inner space, or the space perceived as mind.
In Shamanism, the world is viewed as a web of intricate energy connections in which all life is interdependent, a cosmos made up of fiber like energy streams, strands of light similar to the circulatory system of the human body. Human beings are viewed as being within the web shaping our own reality. In physics the web is referred to as the Quantum Hologram. From this viewpoint, Shamanism confirms the connectedness of all things and affirms that everything that exists has a spirit which is connected to the Earth and all of life.
The Shamanic journey is a form of information gathering and healing. It may involve moving backwards into memory, or the past, or forward into future events., and is sometimes marked by shifts in personal identity or insights not normally possessed by the person. That shift is sometimes facilitated by contact with spirit helpers, guides and power animals.
From a shamanic perspective there are three potential causes of illness:
- Power loss
- Soul loss (loss of essence)
- Attachment of unwanted spirits or entities
Some potential manifestations of power loss are misfortune, trauma, or accident, as well as dysfunctional family dynamics.