Shamanism is an ancient healing tradition and moreover, a way of life. Shamanism is the universal spiritual wisdom inherent to all indigenous tribes and where all ancient spiritual practices are rooted in nature, shamanism is the method by which we as human beings can strengthen that natural connection. Put simply Shamanism is a way to connect with nature and all of creation.
While people of many religions practice shamanism, Catholics, Buddhists, Hindus, Taoists, and Jews, not all shamans are members of an organized religion. Shamanism is not a religion but an application of beliefs. These beliefs are spiritually based and applied to the Shaman's healing work and as such there is commonality with religion, as most religions also have an element of spirituality which propels one to help others.
Shamanism organically arose from ancient tribes as a response to the needs of the people. Shamans have always been highly valued in their communities healing the injured and sick, performing sacred ceremonies, singing, chanting and dancing, expressing themselves artistically. Shamans often act as the bridge between the living and the dead, communicating with the spirits to receive knowledge and teachings of plants, animals, and the elements.
Over the past few decades the term “shamanism” has been popularized throughout the western world and ‘Shamanics’ amalgamates the ancient knowledge and practices of the Northern Hemisphere Shamans to form contemporary shamanic practice and is a form of deep spiritual, personal development and healing, based in nature and developed by Kenneth Meadows.
This form of Shamanics is a contemporary distillation of Northern Hemisphere Shaman knowledge (northern European, Amerindian, Hawaiian Kahuna and Doaist) that is based in the common truths held within all of these traditions, but without the dogma or ritual.
The techniques of Shamanics are simple but profound and can be easily practiced in any circumstance or location by the person using them. The teachings are experiential and found to be deeply meaningful for many people.
By utilising and traversing the ancient knowledge of the Shaman, the modern Shamanic Practitioner can undergo massive personal growth and an understanding of themselves and their place on the earth; experience deep balance and healing; and can also help others on their earth walk.
Melanie Tomsett at Shamanic Quest offers One-Day Introductory Workshops at the Clophill Centre, providing an overview of the Basic Principles and Practices of Shamanics.
For more details and our current Workshop dates see www.shamanicquest.co.uk