What is Shamanism?

Shamanism is an ancient practice of mind, body, and spirit healing dating back before written history. The practice of shamanism existed across cultures and may date back further than 60,000 years.

Practitioners of shamanism cooperate with helping spirits to facilitate healing, bless people, objects, and structures, and conduct ceremonies.

What is a Shaman?

The word shaman comes from the Tungus people of Siberia and means, "one who sees in the dark." Shamans are those who, through training and initiation have access to the worlds of spirit.

I do not refer to myself as a shaman, which is a title usually conferred by an indigenous tribal group. Instead, I prefer to the term, "shamanic practitioner" or "shamanic healer."


What's the History of Shamanism?

Core shamanic practices can be witnessed in indigenous cultures around the world today. The anthropological record shows people practicing shamanism before writing systems were invented.

The aboriginal culture of Australia goes back perhaps 50,000 years, and contains practices of shamanism.

What is Shamanic Healing?

Shamanic healers access the assistance of helping spirits, and access other realms of existence to provide healing help. The ceremonies a shamanic practitioner might use will vary depending upon what the client needs.