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Shamanism refers to a range of traditional beliefs and practices similar to Animism that claim the ability to diagnose and cure human suffering and, in some societies, the ability to cause suffering. This is believed to be accomplished by traversing the axis mundi and forming a special relationship with, or gaining control over, spirits. Shamans have been credited with the ability to control the weather, divination, the interpretation of dreams, astral projection, and traveling to upper and lower worlds. Shamanistic traditions have existed throughout the world since prehistoric times.

Some anthropologists and religion scholars define a shaman as an intermediary between the natural and spiritual world, who travels between worlds in a trance state. Once in the spirit world, the shaman would commune with the spirits for assistance in healing, hunting or weather management.

Shamanism is based on the premise that the visible world is pervaded by invisible forces or spirits that affect the lives of the living. In contrast to animism and animatism, which any and usually all members of a society practice, shamanism requires specialized knowledge or abilities. It could be said that shamans are the experts employed by animists or animist communities. Shamans are not, however, often organized into full-time ritual or spiritual associations, as are priests.  -- From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Writers Who Write About Shamanism
Albert Hofmann
Alberto Villoldo
Alex Polari de Alverga
Alex Grey (Artist)
Alexander T. Shulgin
Angels Arrien
Ann Shulgin
Antero Alli
Arnold Mindell
Bill Plotkin
Brian Swimme
C.E. Murphy (Fiction)
Bia Labate Caitlín Matthews
Carlos Castaneda
César Calvo
Chamalú (Luis Expinoza)
Charles Hayes
Christian Ratsch
Christina Pratt
Clifford A. Pickover
Writers Who Write About Shamanism
Dale Pendell
Dan Millman
Daniel Pinchbeck
David Abram
Dennis McKenna
Francis Huxley
Eva Rudy Jansen NONE
Writers Who Write About Shamanism
Gini Graham Scott Hal Zina Bennett (Fiction)
Howard G. Charing
Writers Who Write About Shamanism
J. P. Harpignies
Jaime Meyer
James D. Doss (Mysteries)
James L. Kent
James Redfield
Jeremy Narby
Jim Marion
Joan Parisi Wilcox
John Matthews
Jon Hanna
Kathleen (Kat) Harrison
Ken Wilber
Kenneth Meadows
Kristin Madden
Layne Redmond
Luis Espinoza (Chamalú)
Luis Eduardo Luna
Lynn V. Andrews
Writers Who Write About Shamanism
Marilyn Meredith (Mysteries)
Martin W. Ball
Mary Rockwood Lane
Michael Harner
Michael Winkelman
Mircea Eliade
Writers Who Write About Shamanism
Pamela Galadrial
Paul Shepard

Peter Stafford
NONE Rak Razam
Richard Evans Schultes
Rick J. Strassman
Robert Marshall (Fiction)
Robert Owings (Fiction)
Roger Walsh
Ross Heaven
Writers Who Write About Shamanism
Salvatore Sapienza
Sandra Ingerman
Stanislav Grof
Stephan V. Beyer
Stephanie Rose Bird
Sylvie Pickering-Alli
Terence McKenna
Thomas Berry
Tom Cowan
Writers Who Write About Shamanism
NONE Wade Davis
William S. Burroughs
Writers Who Write About Shamanism
NONE Zalman Schachter-Shalomi
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  • Jessie Ayani
    Deep Trance Shamanic Journey; Volume One (1999)
    There are two deep trance journeys on this CD and a 6 page booklet containing journey preparation information and assistance. These journeys transport the listener to higher dimensions through the trance voice of Jessie Ayani and the channeled music of Richard Shulman.

    In the first journey, the participant is transported to Alcyone, the central Sun of the Pleiades, for healing and release of core beliefs that stand in the way of enlightenment. Magically transformed, the listener/participant re-enters the Earth dimension with new perspective and a new reality. This journey can be used an infinite number of times to raise vibration and attain enlightenment.

    In the second journey, the participant receives deep healing in the arms of Mother Earth, Pachamama. A magical journey to the fairy kingdom gives ample opportunity to release emotional and mental baggage as well as heartache in preparation for heart opening and service.

    These are spiritual journeys based on the most profound shamanic teachings - and they work!

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Websites Related to Shamanism Issues

  • Bioneers
    From the heart of nature, Bioneers is a forum for connecting the environment, health, social justice, and spirit within a broad progressive framework.

  • Foundation for Shamanic Studies (FSS)
    Internationally renowned anthropologist Michael Harner founded the FSS in 1985 to preserve, study, and transmit shamanic knowledge worldwide.

    He has been recognized as the pioneer in the revival of shamanism since 1961 when he chose to immerse himself in tribal spiritual traditions and accept initiation in Upper Amazonian shamanism rather than restrict his study to more traditional academic techniques.

    Fortunately for everyone interested in developing their own shamanic potentiality, Michael Harner continued developing and then teaching his personal practice of shamanism and shamanic healing when he returned to the United States.

    As a result, you too can benefit from his groundbreaking work in shamanic journeying through the FSS, which offers its international learners rigorous courses in core shamanism — universal or near-universal principles and practices of shamanism not bound to any specific cultural group or perspective

  • Four Winds Society
    The Four Winds Society, an international research and training organization, is preserving a thousand year old tradition of knowledge to achieve personal and planetary healing.

    Founded by psychologist and medical anthropologist Dr. Alberto Villoldo, The Four Winds Society provides a scientific framework through which we can learn the ancient art of energy medicine. Our Healing the Light Body School trains practitioners in luminous healing, and our Master Practitioner of Soul Retrieval and Destiny Retrieval program offers certification in destiny work, the path to discovering a client's high calling.

    To honor our indigenous roots, The Four Winds Society offers trips to Peru every June, where we work with master healers, descendants of the Inka. Our Condor Society Trips visit power places in Peru and beyond, where we connect with local medicine people and the energy of sacred lands.

  • Frequently Asked Questions About Shamanism
    From the soc.religion.shamanism newsgroup

  • Heart of the Initiate
    Consider the possibility that most people live their lives out in a sort of quiet desperation. They are desperate because they are trying to live up to the expectations of others, or the expectations that they have placed on themselves. They rarely enjoy simply just being who they are. There is a progression that happens. First, people forget themselves; then because they become traumatized or frustrated by life, they attempt to try to find themselves again. Perhaps they start going to church, or attend a workshop. They are trying to get back to the real. Some are successful, but most are not. Ultimately, those who are not successful resign themselves back into forgetfulness.

    This state of being 'who you really are' is a childlike state of complete self-acceptance and connectedness to everything. In order to really be human, one has to let go of all the judgments and expectations that they have put on themselves, and just be real. Be who and what you really are. To be real is to be human. To be un-real is to be un-human.

    I look at the idea of human potential, simply as the ability of a person to potentially be human. We have strayed so far away from ourselves, that we have grown used to the separateness. Separateness is the natural state for many people. We are separate from ourselves and each other. We are separate from the world we live in. We have forgotten who we are and where we are.

    There are all sorts of workshops that center around human potential. Many workshops are process oriented, in that they offer a process through which participants are able to better understand who they are, or to actualize themselves. Processes run the gamut from meditation techniques, visualization and a host of others. If you go through a certain process that has been laid out for you in a workshop, you can definitely benefit with a sense of self-actualization, or a better sense of knowing yourself. Sadly, for many, as soon as they are back to their 'normal lives;' as soon as they are 'away' from the process, they begin to loose the sense of self-actualization that they achieved through the process.

    Heart of the Initiate workshops are experiential in nature, rather than process oriented. We are not going to give you a process … we will offer you an experience. We will help you approach a place within yourself that you never knew existed. The experience will be something that you will always remember, because its memory will be recorded in your heart.

  • Shamanism
    Explanation of shamanism

  • Shamanism
    Created by Nikoletta Theodoropoulos for Soc 257: New Religious Movements, University of Virginia, Spring 2000

  • Shamanism: Religion or Rite? by Michael Ripinsky-Naxon
    The development of research on shamanism is discussed in regard to the original relationships between this form of spiritual experience and prehistoric religion. (Reprinted with revisions from Journal of Prehistoric Religion, Vol. 6 (1992); pp. 37-44. All Rights Reserved ® 1999)

  • The Shamanic Healing Institute (Savage Mill, Maryland)
    The Mission of the Shamanic Healing Institute is to heal and teach people through individual and group spiritual healing sessions, workshops, retreats, practitioner educational programs and products. The Healing Center and Store are conveniently located in Historic Savage Mill nears Laurel; Maryland minutes form Interstate 95 and Route 32.

    The founder of the Shamanic Healing Institute, Paul M. Sivert, L.C.P.C., is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and shamanic practitioner. He holds a Masters Degree in Psychology and a Degree of Ministry of Spiritual Counseling. After completing a thirteen year apprenticeship of study and practice, Paul has been initiated to practice energy medicine and create healing ceremonies of the highest good. He has received the initiations of the Pampamesayoq (steward of the earth), Altomesayoq (practitioner of people's medicine), the Hatun Karpay (Grand Initiation), and the Fourth Level Karpay, the highest possible level of the Q'ero of Peru.

    Paul's life work is dedicated to healing others and the planet, and teaching utilizing the knowledge and practices of Shamanism, especially the energy medicine traditions of the descendants of the Inca, the Q'ero in South America. Paul is the founder of the Shamanic Healing Institute. He holds certificates in Reiki, Integrated Awareness Technique, Soul Retrieval, and Past Life Therapy, and is also an ordained interfaith minister.

    To receive the institute's e-mail newsletter (The Shaman Times) and Calendar of Events please, email me your email address paul@shamanic-healing.org. Also, remember to check this web site for updates.

  • Urban Shamanism
    I dedicate this site to Spirit, shaman, shamanic healers, and everyone seeking powerful spiritual connections. Blessings to all. -- David Lang

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