For thousands of years our ancestors all over the world discovered how to maximize the human abilities of the mind and Spirit for healing. Today we know this as shamanism. It is said that shamanism is the oldest type of medicine on the planet. Its origins can be traced back to over 40,000 to 50,000 years ago and yet it is still practiced all over the world using the same basic principles.
The word “shaman” originates from Siberia and means “him or her who travels to other realities for information or medicine for their community”. Being a shaman in an indigenous tribe or community is a big responsibility as the people rely on them for guidance on all aspects of life such as the weather and when to sow their crops for example. As a result, not everyone wants the burden of this responsibility.
A basic belief of shamanism is that everything is connected and that everything has a spirit or life force energy. The tree, the stone, the mountain, the water, the animals all have spirits, all have soul. All things and beings are part of the shamanic medicine wheel, the wheel of life. This wheel has four directions North, South, East and West, each of which are linked to specific archetypes from that direction.
Shamans that follow the laws of spirit do not try to dominate the earth or its animals, they strive to live in harmony and balance with all.