In my understanding, Shamanism is not a religion, but a spiritual practice applicable to all religions
A shaman is a man or woman with a special calling to live in two realities at once— the ordinary world we all know well and a deeper, higher reality, both transcendent and profoundly interior, where everything has a spiritual meaning. The shaman sometimes carries a ladder to symbolize the comings and goings between these worlds, and the drum, one of the tools of his trade, may have markings that show the two worlds within a single circle. With his visionary ability to see the spiritual nature of an illness and perceive deep stories hidden within events, a shaman heals and advises his people.
A shaman is schooled in entering strange in-between worlds of imagination. He is a healer and a teacher, a guide of souls. He speaks as though this ordinary world has a richer, hidden dimension. Through music, trance, and prayer he finds his way…
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