Shamanism is the world’s oldest healing tradition. The word “shaman” originated from the Siberian Tungus language and means “someone who knows.” Shamanic practices have been around for centuries and are an important part of the foundation of most cultures found all over the world.
WHAT IS CORE SHAMANISM?
I practice core shamanism. Core shamanism is a term that was introduced in the United States in the 1970’s by anthropologist Michael Harner, who studied shamanic traditions throughout the world. Core shamanism is the integration and distillation of the core shamanic practices common in many diverse cultures around the world. In core shamanism, the shamanic practitioner enters a trance-like “shamanic state of consciousness” by listening to a steady rhythmic percussion beat. The person then journeys between the worlds of the physical and unseen world of non-ordinary reality in order to bring back information, healing and wisdom from an ally in the form of a compassionate helping spirit or animal guide.
WHERE CAN I LEARN MORE?
Here are some wonderful resources to learn more about shamanism:
• “The Way of the Shaman” by Michael Harner
• “Shaman, Healer Sage” by Alberto Villoldo
• “Shamanic Journeying: A Beginner’s Guide” by Sandra Ingerman (with drumming cd)
• “Animal Speak” by Ted Andrews
• The Foundation for Shamanic Studies - www.shamanism.org