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What is Shamanism and Shamanic Practice?

What is Shamanism and Shamanic Practice?

For more information on Shamanic Practice, including publications, training and practitioner resources, please visit the Shamanic Passages Institute website, run by Gerry Starnes, founder of the Shamanic Passages Institute.

 

 

The Shamanic Artist

I try as best as I am able to live a life that is shamanic. My creations are my prayers to whatever Spirit says needs help. I am able to channel the needs and create a physical, verbal or musical gift. These “made prayers” are my way to assist in healing… emotional, spiritual and physical.

Sacred Art for a Sacred Universe

This is a sacred universe, which contains a sacred Earth, upon which resides sacred plants and animals, sacred thought and prayer, sacred hope and caring. For everything is truly sacred and contains a Spirit that deserves respect and devotion. We, as Human, must find this vision of everything again… for where we have forgotten how to see the magic, everything else within this universe has not. Blessings, Nate Long “Owl”

The Everyday Mindset

Shamanism is a way of thinking and seeing the world and reacting to the world. It coexists and enhances almost all forms of religious beliefs and cultural spiritual practice. It is about living with a view of the world as a living and connected organism. We, as Human, are a part of the whole, not in charge of – or overseers of – the world.

The Ceremony as Art

Ceremony creation and facilitation is another form of art and of making prayer. It can be a beautiful and loving undertaking or a powerful healing, supportive and visible statement. Ceremony involves the deep journey work, persistence and fearlessness of judgements.

The Shamanic Journey

Different from dreaming and from meditation, the shamanic journey is a tool used to provide a closer and more direct conversation with Spirit guides and ancestors; with the plants, animals and elements; and with the Earth herself. Within the journey, similar to lucid dreaming, questions are asked and answers are provided and healing and messages are sent and delivered. Bringing back the stories and recreating them in whatever artistic way is needed is the true job of a Shamanic Artist.