Shamanism? It’s one of the oldest known healing practices in the world, and surprisingly not many people in our society know what it is, really. It is the new buzz-word going around in the spiritual community… like yoga was about 25 years ago. Shaman schools are popping up all around the country, drawing many people from all walks of life. It’s not just the cool new thing to do… for me it was more of a calling, something that I was unknowingly preparing for all my life. I went into pharmacy when I was young, knowing that I wanted to be a “healer” of sorts… and it was only much later in my life when I was struggling with who I was, and having experienced a great shift in my life, that shamanism showed up right in front of me and enticed me in. I don’t regret it one bit. It is a life changing path that once you head down, you can never really go back.
Many shamanic clients come in to see me saying that they think they need to be a shaman. That’s not surprising. The work we do is so relevant and needed today in our world. People are heading the call. Shamanic healing work and being a shamanic healer is not just for the “hippy-dippy” “woo-hoo” types. I find people from all walks of life finding this ancient practice, from the young 20-somethings, to soccer moms, medical professionals, teachers, counselors, artists, corporate climbers, 50-somethings… And, it’s perfectly attainable to continue one’s career while embarking on a Shamanic healing journey. Quite honestly, most shamanic healers I know have a “day job”, and are shamanic practitioners on the side.
Some people get their panties all in a bunch about the term “shaman”, and who should be called that, who should not… Generally, it is a term given to someone by their community, not a self-given title. Using other descriptive words for who we are and what we do can cause confusion. I chose not to get tangled up in that battle, so I lean towards the label of shamanic practitioner or healer.
Looking to the future, I’m dreaming that shamanism will be integrated into (or should I say back into) mainstream “medicine”. It addresses the energetic imbalances a person has that leads to the physical symptoms they are presenting with – the cause, if you will. I love how science, quantum physics and even epigenetics is explaining some of which shamans have known for millennia, giving it a new language. It’s all energy. We are energy. The world and universe are energy. Unseen energy. Curious? Good! A good shaman is always curious…