Shamanism is one of the oldest spiritual traditions found in all continents of the world. One of the basic features of shamanism is the relationship practitioners have with all living things. Connections to Nature as well as Spirit Guides in the hidden worlds allow the shaman to act as intermediaries to support the wellbeing and health of the community. Through sacred ceremonies that may involve chanting, drumming or dancing the shaman acts as a bridge between spirits, plants, animals, and the elements to receive knowledge and teachings. Often a leader in the community, the shaman is revered as a wise man or woman and as a healer. Additionally, shamans are deeply respectful of all living things and endeavor to live in peaceful balance with all the earth’s creatures.
The word shaman originates from the Tungus tribe in Siberia. Anthropologists coined this term and have used it to refer to the spiritual and ceremonial leaders among indigenous cultures worldwide. Today interest in shamanism is a rising trend in western cultures. Shamanistic practices and techniques continue to support physical, mental, and spiritual health, enhancing vitality and power for self-development and relationship to one’s own personal guiding spirits. Through the universal spiritual wisdom and practices of shamanism people are finding their way back to inner peace and harmony and reclaiming meaningful lives.