Shamanism is the catch-all term for an indigenous spiritual practice that exists in all corners of the globe, and research indicates that it has been around for at least 40,000 years.
Often times the role of shamanic healing was given to a particular member of the tribe that showed particular qualities or traits that indicated that they had a strong tie to the spirit world, and also had some kind of experience that indicated that the Spirits had marked them out for this role, usually via a near death experience, or psychological death experience.
They basically serve as the village or tribal healer, and employed various healing methods, both spiritual and mundane. Various roles included: Energy Healer, Herbalist, Psychotherapist, Spiritual Counselor, Seer, Doctor, Priest, and so on.
The Shaman would enlist the aid of spirit helpers, or totems, that would help them with the particular healing that needed to occur. This happens on an energetic or spiritual level, with the belief that physical illness stems from a psychic, or energetic malady. Something is out of balance in the client’s inner world. Or, conversely, it could be occurring from some kind of spiritual intrusion happening from outside of them. Each indigenous community had their own religious belief systems based around the work. For instance a Celtic healer would have a different pantheon of spirit guides and healing methods than a Peruvian shaman would.
One powerful method that is shared by almost all tribes is the Shamanic Journey. Click here for a more in-depth description.
I have developed my own method that I can employ on the massage table, which combines both shamanic energy healing and the shamanic journey, and is not tied to any specific belief system, and yet caters for almost all beliefs. To get a basic understanding of this method click here.
This form of spiritual healing has survived for more than 40,000 years! And the modern world is lately becoming more and more aware of the incredible knowledge and wisdom that our indigenous brothers and sisters have to offer. Not only that but the incredible similarities of healing methods between tribal communities that historically have never met shows us that there is an innate ability within us that can tap into this rich Source of insight and healing.