By Christina Pratt
Shamanism could be outlined because the perform of initiated shamans who're distinct by way of their mastery of quite a number altered states of attention. Shamanism arises from the activities the shaman takes in non-ordinary fact and the result of these activities in usual truth. it isn't a faith, but it calls for non secular self-discipline and private sacrifice from the mature shaman who seeks the top phases of mystical improvement
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In another example, a shaman of Chinese descent, in Jurong outside Singapore, cultivated his facility for shamanic healing through study with a Taoist priest and Buddhist monks and through direct revelation while in meditation. In his practice, he divines the source of his clients issues, cures spirit-related illnesses, exorcises cases of “mass hysteria,” and works in the Singapore Mental Hospital. He also teaches what he has learned in his years as a shaman to students who are called to become shamans.
It is not necessary for you to control or possess your coworkers, nor they you, to get the job done. The best results come when all workers communicate accurately, respect each other, and do their best to perform their part of the job. The same is true for the shaman and the spirits. It is a working relationship of communication and mutual respect in which each party does its unique part to get the overall job done. Shamans are in relationship with the spirits in a very deep, at times complex, and always very real way.
Every time a shaman enters trance, he or she engages spirit in ritual. What happens in the shaman’s journey or embodiment trance is not known until it is complete. The shaman’s sessions are unique, though the same tools or processes may be repeated. Each shamanic healing session (or seance) involves risk. This is the reason shamanic healing sessions are powerful tools for healing. It is the risk inherent in ritual that allows it to be truly transformational, and the ability to manage risk that allows the shaman to be a powerful agent of change.
An Encyclopedia of Shamanism, vol. 1 by Christina Pratt