About Shamanism

The word Shaman is from the Tungusic (Siberian), and means one who knows or one who sees.  Though this is the word we use commonly today, every indigenous culture had their version of a medicine person, healer, prophet, or mystic that they would turn to for guidance and healing.  All of our ancestors used shamanism in some way to maintain well-being and balance within themselves, their communities, and the Earth.

What differentiates a shaman from other healers – even who use similar techniques – is the ability to communicate with spirits at will to facilitate particular intentions.

Many shamanic practices have survived the millennia and are used regularly today.  A contemporary shamanic healer will contact the spirit world and work with unseen energies to encourage transformational processes for their client or community, just as they did centuries ago.  This should always be done with permission, humbleness, and loving intention.

Don Francisco Chura Flores in Peru

Most shamanic paths include the cultivation of  lightheartedness, surrender, fearlessness, compassion, directness, love for nature and Mother Earth, personal responsibility and integrity, and interdependence.  Shamanic practitioners strive to see the sacred in all things, and the potential for medicine in everything.

The Inka, whose traditions I have come to know and respect, prophesy that a new kind of human is now appearing on Earth, one who lives free of fear and resides in his or her transcendent (compassionate, curious, and lighthearted) nature.  I believe that shamanism and its techniques may help us all to be this new kind of human.