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Shamanism

Shamanism (/ˈʃɑːmən/ SHAH-men or /ˈʃmən/ SHAY-mən) is a practice that involves a practitioner reaching altered states of consciousness in order to perceive and interact with a spirit world and channel these transcendental energies into this world.

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Recommended Read on Shamanic Journeys

Awakening to the Spirit World: The Shamanic Path of Direct Revelation by Sandra Ingerman. “The art of the shamanic journey–a time-tested meditative method for experiencing important spiritual lessons and truths.”

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Contributed by Miren Moragrega

Last semester I took a really cool class about shamanism and its correlation to Jungian psychology and I want everyone to know about it! Before we even talk about shamans you must have an understanding that there is another world besides this physical world. There is a world of pure energy in which shamans work with. Shamans are healers. They have techniques where their spirit literally leaves their body and travels into the Otherworld for many different reasons. Some people are depressed, have unwarranted fears, anxiety, or any other mental/physical, if you go to the doctor they prescribe you pills but if you went to a shaman they would go out into the spirit world and find that piece of your spirit that is causing your symptoms. They confront you with your past. Repressed feelings or emotion must be integrated in order to live a happy healthy life. There seems to be a taboo around shamanism but it is omnipresent in all cultures there is no bias only reverence for the Sacred. They have an animistic view on life--everything has a soul and they treat everything with respect. They don't take credit for their achievements either, a true shaman is humble. They realize that they are only a vessel for the Divine. If anyone is interested I will continue my contribution.

Contributed by Miren Moragrega

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