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Daemon
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Shamanism

Shamanism is premised on the belief that the visible world is pervaded by invisible spirits that affect the lives of the living. Intermediaries known as shamans are believed to have contact with these forces and to be able to cure illness, foretell the future, and control natural events. Some societies distinguish shamans who cure from sorcerers who harm, while others believe that all shamans have both curative and deadly powers. What methods do shamans use to make contact with the spirit world? More...
ChristopherJohnson
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In fact, when your read Elder Edda, you can easily detect elements of shamanism in many passages. Odin himself is a very shamanistic figure, so to speak.
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I have been interested in shamanism for a long time
William39
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One more cultural, spiritual, transcending belief in something ineffable!!! Subjectively or objectively the way of mental communication and its variation.
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"Increased numbers of experts believe that health is closely tied to mind, body, and soul, as well as relationships to nature. Shamanistic healing could be the connection for individuals between body and spirit that would provide total wellness. In hopeless situations, Shamanic traditions could be the only approach capable of altering someone's attitude and in turn improving their well being."

Shamanistic Healing

Alice Johnson
http://www.vanderbilt.edu/AnS/psychology/health_psychology/shamanism.htm
Aureliano
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The original priests of the first religion, so to speak. That 'religion' still has traction today. It never disappeared really, and why it hasn't might be a topic for conversation. For example, Spinoza took a shaman's view of spirituality to heart, rejecting an anthropomorphic God for the understanding of 'god in everything'.
Dr. Mohammed Albadri
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Shamanism is an ancient healing tradition and a way of life. The teachings of shamanism focus on the connection to nature and promote the well-being of all creation.

Essential aspects of shamanic life include journeying, ceremony, sacred dance and pilgrimages to places of power in nature. Through these techniques the shamanic circle embraces its followers, unifying their lives with strength, healing and love.
Aureliano
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Dr. Mohammed Albadri wrote:
Shamanism is an ancient healing tradition and a way of life. The teachings of shamanism focus on the connection to nature and promote the well-being of all creation.

Essential aspects of shamanic life include journeying, ceremony, sacred dance and pilgrimages to places of power in nature. Through these techniques the shamanic circle embraces its followers, unifying their lives with strength, healing and love.


An excellent description, sir. Humans have always needed ritual for the events of life beyond their personal control; birth, coming of age, marriage, death. Where it is still widely practiced, (Siberia, Africa, South and Central America,) shamanic ritual serves human need. The necessity of well-being for all creation seems to underlie shamanic understanding, and the goal of the shaman is to help re-establish the natural harmony.
Marguerite
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Who knows, maybe more tribal societies know more about the human spirit than western societies.
Aureliano
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Marguerite wrote:
Who knows, maybe more tribal societies know more about the human spirit than western societies.


That is possible, as modern humans left much behind, including shamans, when we took up agriculture and departed our niche of hunter/gatherer. We can pilot jets, but still, not much time has elapsed since we painted cave walls. Not enough to change us very much.
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