Through my experiences and view, I would define shamanic practices as practices where one must be present and devoted. However, it’s important to know devotion is the primary component.
The rituals in shamanism are about building within you a relationship and a devotion to the spirits, to your ancestors, to the Earth, to your body and to your community.
SHAMANIC PRACTICES AS REGARDED BY THE MAINSTREAM
Shamanic practices are a category of techniques and modalities taught and passed-down generationally, or nowadays, through a range of channels. The development of these practices occurred originally within the context of the needs of the tribe.
For example; healing the sick, protecting the tribe and its key members, teaching the tribe about life through stories, talking with the spirits and the elders for guidance, remote viewing to watch for danger or seek new shelter or resources, making offerings to gain a great harvest for the tribes people… and so on.
MODERNIZED OR COLONIZED?
In today’s world, some of these tools are used in everyday fields under different names. In the medical fields, what we know as hypnotism to induce various brain waves – theta, etc… – began as a shamanic practice to go into trance. Trance was the state used to access other perceptions,
Family Constellations are a newly popular therapeutic healing technique that began as a Shamanic Healing tool. This profoundly powerful practice was originally used in tribal communities to help a troubled tribal member feel the deepest roots of an issue causing harm, often ancestral in nature.
This practice was discovered, then adapted in the last century to appeal to the modern mind. This opened doors of interest to other realms of shamanism and its practices… but only to those who knew the original source of the practice (Shamanism).
Energy Healing techniques, often all confused to be Reiki – a specific modality of Energy Healing – can also be traced back to shamanic practices, but it was not necessarily sourced or ‘invented’ by Shamans.
Energy Healing transmission is a common tool applied through most, if not all indigenous systems. Sometimes remotely by pure thought attention with intention. Otherwise, through direct touch and intended attention.
DEVOTION TO SHAMANIC PRACTICE
Shamanic practices are a journey and not task to tick of a list. Devotion means you treat the practice as if breathing, eating, sleeping. It’s a part of your existence as natural as your breath. And the connection and rewards from that devotion – when real and sincere – run deep and vast.