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Introduction to European Shamanism
August 14, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Shaman still exist in some form in every culture on the planet, including our own modernized Western world. Engaging with the shamanic tradition is not about cultural appropriation or ripping off the spirituality of any indigenous peoples. We all come from indigenous ancestors if we go back far enough, and they all had great shamans. Thus, the shamanic path is one of our birthrights and the ancestral precursor of all of our religious and our spiritual practices. Many of us have at least a vague sense of what Shamanism is but this idea can too often be tainted by what we have been taught by those with a vested interest in opposing the beliefs and values of a true Shaman. While Shamanism differs from one practitioner to the next, this course aims to provide a clear understanding of where Shamanism came from, how it has evolved, and the common practices of a Shaman. Shamanism has never been a system of belief or faith, it is a system of knowledge, and divination is one of the paths to gain direct knowledge. Direct knowledge can be defined as that which is experienced firsthand by the senses. Shamanism is an ancient set of techniques, found in tribal cultures all over the world, that help us do certain things: Connect with aspects of reality we aren’t ordinarily aware of (often called non-ordinary reality); Connect more deeply with the Earth, the animals and plants and all beings; Connect with parts of ourselves we have lost touch with; And out of those experiences, bring greater power and knowledge and healing into our “ordinary reality” lives, for our own benefit and the benefit of others. Shamanism is rooted in an ancient worldview in which everything is seen as having life, or spirit, or a spiritual dimension. A rock, a tree, the wind–all have spirit and consciousness, though not exactly like.
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