Shamanism is one or probably the oldest religion in existence today. When I first started following the ways officially it was not understood and the things I learnt did not fit in on the spiritual circles.
For instance soul retrieval was not something I could practice as it was never heard of outside shamanic circles so I could not become a practitioner in that field.
These days everyone is interested in working with the soul in some way or other.
These days there are so many shamans around you could trip over one on a daily basis. But have they been born to this, did they learn from a young child to perform ceremonies and use the herbs, did they grow up walking in two different worlds? I think not.
What we have to do is find a fine balance between the old ways and the new and do the best to our abilities to live by these rules.
Shamanic journeying is a very useful tool for accessing the different worlds available and also to enhance working with your spirit guides, using your power animals in every day life, enhancing your ability for working with trance.
Learning quick and easy ceremonies which gives you a structure and balance to work with, that fits into your every day lives but at the same time keep you focused.
I am not a shaman, but since learning about it, do know that I was doing certain things as Ii grew up that have led me to this path. The path of respecting all living things on this planet, the animal kingdom, mother earth, and to realise that there is life in all things from the trees to the stones and rocks which can all tell a story of their own.
Just remember that everything you do in this life results in some kind of chain reaction, pick up a large stone, think of all the living things that may live under that stone, you are disturbing their lives, and perhaps removing their shelter, because of your action will a snail be found by a bird, will it`s life then be ended . I am not saying never pick up a stone, just think before you do so, do I need to move that stone. This is just one of many lessons I have learnt following the ways of those who have gone before us; I don`t think it is a bad way to live.
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