- How To Tap Into Shamanic Beliefs And Guidance
Shaman in indigenous cultures was the intermediary between the physical
and spiritual world beyond. He would enter into the spiritual dimension
through ceremony and bring back the wisdom and insights to help the
tribe with it's day to day functioning.
the world, indigenous people had a couple of members of the tribe who
had the label of 'shaman'. In some cultures the shaman would live on
the outside of the tribe, being symbolic of living between the
spiritual reality within nature and the physical reality of the tribe.
Living in between the two worlds.
- connect with the elemental forces of nature
example, if the tribe was having problems such as food shortages,
altercations with neighbouring tribes or internal conflicts then the
shaman was often called on to give clarity and direction.
shaman would perform a number of rituals and ceremonies in order to tap
into the wisdom and guidance of the spiritual dimension. In the
spiritual dimension the Shaman would often call on his animal totems
and guides and seek wisdom around the problems of the tribe and the
today's culture, the role of the shaman has been passed onto people
operating within the healing arts such as counsellors, phychologists
and therapists. They have a lot to offer however I believe what is
most healing and empowering is to tap into your own unique truth and to
follow that in the world. That is why I am a strong believer in
own ceremonies and rituals in order to tap into the wisdom of the
spiritual world beyond.
- connect with nature
do that there are a number of themes that are common throughout almost
all shamanic practices around the world. The first is to get clear on
what the problem or concern is.
example before doing a shamanic journey, the
shaman would sit down with the person he was working with in order to
fully understand what the problem was they were dealing with. Likewise
if you are wanting to tap into the wisdom beyond it is important to get
fully clear on what you would like clarity around. I find writing this
down helps to give more clarity.
second common theme that almost all shamans perform after getting clear
on the problem is to get into the right state. Mostly
in our modern society we are operating in the 'beta' or 'thinking'
brain wave pattern state. However when shamans go into the spiritual
world they drop down into the slower 'alpha', 'theta' and 'delta' brain
patterns. This is when you start to drop into states of non-ordinary
are many ways to drop into states of non-ordinary reality however the
easiest way is to get out of your mind and into your senses. You can do
this by saying to the chatter in your mind 'thank you for sharing' and
enter into a state of no-mind. Once in no-mind you are then able to tap
into and expand your five predominant senses. Once you are out of your
mind and into your senses then your sixth sense of the spiritual world
starts to open up and become clear. I find this is best done in nature.
practice, shamans are able to tap into the world beyond almost at will.
When shamans enter the theta and delta state, the world appears
different. Instead of the intellect, the imagination becomes the
predominant guiding force. Symbolic meaning becomes clear messages of
directions to take. The shaman speaks directly with the wisdom
contained within the trees, the mountains, his totem animals and his
guides. A direct communication with the world beyond the one we
and ceremonies also become important themes to the shamanic
practitioner. However these rituals and ceremonies were not locked in
stone and would naturally change and evolve over time. That is why it
is important to create your own rituals and ceremonies that call to you.
is no right or wrong way to create your own ceremony in nature. It is
more important that the ceremony has meaning for you. For example when
I was called to commit to having this nature-based spirituality as my
way of life, the ceremony I was drawn to was to make a fire in a cave
by the ocean in Sydney.
I didn't know how the ceremony was going to play out however I was
drawn to gather some sticks from one of my totem trees - the River
Sheoak - and to take them with me down to Sydney. The ocean was wild
the day I got there and the cave was wet with ocean spray however the
perfect ledge called me to light the fire on.
I sat and watched the fire, I could see a huge heart shaped rock beyond
the flames getting battered by the ocean.
The rock spoke to me to stay in my heart even if it feels like I am
getting battered by external forces. I keep going back to this image
when needing inspiration to keep following the path of my heart.
you can see here that the shamanic ceremony and ritual I performed was
organic in nature. When tapping into the world beyond it is important
to follow what calls to you.
For example, if you feel you are drawn to
a mountain, go to the mountain. If you feel you are drawn to a river,
go to the river.
out of your mind as it allows you the space to
follow the pull of the world beyond that is constantly giving you
messages. Then go with it. For this is how each shaman in indigenous
cultures would tap into the wisdom beyond and bring the insights and
messages back to the tribe.
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