Shamanism is a branch of animism.
Animism - from Latin anima, ‘breath, life, soul, spirit’ - was a term that came into use in the 1860s to describe the spiritual practices of indigenous people.
People the world over from the Aboriginals to the Inuit, Native Americans to Siberians, all experienced life in a way that recognized the distinct spiritual essence in all things, not just in humans but also in animals, plants, rocks, mountains and rivers.
Everything was sacred.
Everything was alive.
Shamanism is an ancient spiritual practice built on this premise.
Using shamanic practices, we can shift our consciousness, communicate with, and merge together with the spiritual essence that exists all around us and beyond.
We can use shamanic practices to heal ourselves and bring us into right relationship with the earth and all who inhabit her.
Our hunter-gatherer ancestors knew how to live in right relationship with, and caretake of our beautiful earth. We can learn so much from them.
We all know, now more than ever, that we need to find a new way to live…
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