The word Shaman comes from the Siberian language and refers to the sacred medicine healers. Shamanism is one of the most ancient tribal healing traditions found in many cultures around the world. Shamans believe that by shifting their consciousness from ordinary reality to non-ordinary reality they can experience the beauty of creation, find healing for themselves, their community, and the planet. Shamanism is an animistic culture – everything is alive so by shifting their consciousness from ordinary reality to non-ordinary reality they can speak with the spirits of the plants, rocks, animals and interact with them.
Shamans are intimate with nature and have close relationships with Kawsay Pacha (the earth); Wayra Pacha (breath, wind and oxygen); Kanchay Pacha (light). These three elements feed the senses, creation, and relationships, and are necessary for all of life.
Shamanism is not only an ancient healing tradition but it is also a way of life. It is not a religion but a spiritual practice. It coexists with established religions in many cultures, such as in Siberia where Shamanism coexists with Buddhism and Lamaism. One does not have to be a healer to practice Shamanism, but by embracing the shaman’s path one can learn to inhabit the earth with integrity and impeccability.