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"[Shamanism] is far older than any "formal" religion on the planet. Its heart and soul - the ecstatic journey to the otherworld in quest of wisdom - transcends the names, formulae, and doctrines that are characteristic of organized religions. Any religion may include elements of shamanism, and most of them do, but shamanism itself cannot be contained within the confines of any single religion." (North Star Road - Kenneth Johnson)

Shamans have long believed their powers were the powers of the animals, of the plants, of the sun, of the basic energies of the universe. In the garden Earth they have drawn upon their assumed powers to help save other humans from illness and death, to provide strength in daily life, to commune with their fellow creatures, and to live a joyful existence in harmony with the totality of Nature. ~(The Way of the Shaman - Michael Harner)

The shaman, female or male, is the community specialist in direct dealings with the Beyond —underworld, upperworld, or inner world; a wielder of numinous power; a master of ecstasy (Mircea Eliade) who whether healing, warring, predicting, weather-making, cooking herbs, arranging hunts, making masks, accompanying dead souls, or locating lost ones, performs as master of the operations of the unconscious.

Shamans are women and men who are spiritually alive, and who experience different levels of existence from everyday reality. Shamans learn to work with cosmic forces, and the forces of nature which are in us and around us. A true definition of a 'shaman' is elusive, for the shaman exists in her actions, and it is more helpful to think of shamanism as something one does, rather than 'being' a shaman - it is much more a dynamic, function than a precisely defined role.

"What is a shaman?
He dreams like all men do
But he remembers" (19/5)

Discussion Forum

For the love of Shamanism

Started by Spiralmatrix. Last reply by Spiralmatrix Oct 7, 2018. 2 Replies

Swastika & Shamanism

Started by Ꮙℓἇ∂ἇ ኔጡ። Oct 6, 2018. 0 Replies

Signs You May be a Sacred Clown [Heyoka]

Started by Ꮙℓἇ∂ἇ ኔጡ። Oct 6, 2018. 0 Replies

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Comment by Kelley Harrell on September 25, 2015 at 8:00pm

Great to meet you, Midnyte!

Comment by Midnyte Moonsong on September 25, 2015 at 7:32pm
Greetings everyone. I am a hedge witch and Shaman looking for friendship.
Comment by Chrome Cade on September 16, 2015 at 7:53pm

Hey all,

I'm returning to my shamanic path after some time away to tend to life.

I look forward to learning from you.

Comment by Green Angel on September 10, 2015 at 2:52pm


Comment by Kelley Harrell on September 10, 2015 at 2:12pm

I think the best way to know what something is--when you have a vision like that--is to ask it in that moment. You can interview people and read glossaries on definitions of spiritual traits of things... Ultimately the one reaching out to you seals the deal.

Do you attempt a particular approach or ritual when you try to visualize it again? There are some tricks for how to do that, which is very much veering into shamanic territory. Msg me if you want to talk further about that--or email kelley at soulintentarts dot com

Best to you, Pete!

Comment by Green Angel on September 10, 2015 at 2:07pm

The visions have been different, strawberries,elderberrys rasberries, no im not hungry l.o.l.I have tried, after the vision fades, to visualise the image again  myself,and connect with it ,send an energy back to the image? do you think it could be a healing of some kind for the plant?It really is just all theory at the moment.the visions are a relatively new thing,im not a Shaman, but i do feel an affinity,with many aspects of the spiritual application and philosophy of it.Thank you again Kelley,i probably am in the wrong place here,your kind assistance is therefore doubly appreciated.

Comment by Green Angel on September 10, 2015 at 11:01am

i dont know what categorie, to place myself in on pagan space,i would think shamanism,rather than druid,i will get back to you soon thank you kelly.what i am in myself to me is an already established thing,im trying to find a forum where people speak the same language.many thanks again.

Comment by Kelley Harrell on September 10, 2015 at 8:18am

Could be an individual thing. Are they the same ones over and over, or do they vary? Often people see Nature items as signals from spirits wanting to connect with them.

Comment by Green Angel on September 10, 2015 at 8:16am

I have visions of fruit ,berries, that appear to me,in your experience what is that for.kind regards 

Comment by Kelley Harrell on September 10, 2015 at 8:15am

Very cool, Pete. Connecting with immediate Nature is one thing hugely unsupported in modern shamanism. It makes all the difference.



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