Shamanism has been around for thousands of years. As representatives of cultures and various indigenous tribes around the globe, the Shaman has a reputation in the Western world for being a masked man or woman who dances around a fire in the middle of the jungle. But there is more too Shamanism and Shamanic healing then what the western world perpetuates. In fact, there is plenty of evidence to suggest that depression and anxietycan be treated using the ancient healing practices of shamanism.
Let’s take a look at what modern shamanism is and why you might need it in your life.
What is Modern Day Shamanism?
Despite a change in date, shamanism has changed very little over the thousands of years of its existence. There are several signature characteristics of this ancient practice that distinguish the shaman from other religious figures. These include:
- An increased facility for travelling to non-ordinary realms
- A use of spiritual relationships for the improvement of a community or individual
- They deliberately alter their consciousness to obtain information from the ‘spirit realm’
Put simply, the extraordinary ability of shamans to visualize spiritual and energetic problemsis what makes them so special. For those who believe in a spirit realm, their powers are truly incomparable and regardless of what a person is facing, the power of a shamanic healing can transform their life.
Empowerment is one of the key focuses of shamans, as they work with archetypal spirits to restore lost power in their own life and then in the lives of others. Eventually, their healing capacities take on the role of helping communities at large.
Modern day shamanism is therefore no different than it times past, with the exception of the perspective many people have of them. Most all non-indigenous people in the West are unfamiliar with the healing techniques of shamans, but that has not stopped contemporary individuals from finding their way to these ancient spiritual practitioners. Two of the most common mental illnesses in the west—depression and anxiety—are the primary reason people seek out this healing. But how does shamanism aid with these conditions?
How it Heals Anxiety&Depression
From the viewpoint of a shaman, community disharmony, root energy and spiritual issues are at the heart of all mental and physical illness. Interestingly, however, in the shaman’s view specific conditions like anxiety and depression are much more likely to have a spiritual component that makes them more susceptible to shamanic healing.
When one senses that something is missing in their life or that there life is out of balance, shamans believe that this indicates an energetic loss of some sort. Often times, depression and anxiety are the side effects of not feeling whole or complete, leaving the individual feeling alone and emotionally distraught.
Shamanistic healing works in two phases to root out and heal these conditions. The first step is properly diagnosis the unseen energies at work on a person’s life, and the second step is to implement the right choreography of specific energies to restore health. They will then either remove energies that don’t belong or restore lost energy. The result is a restoration of soul energy.
Is there Evidence to Support Shamanic Healing?
While there is little scientific research to support or disapprove shamanic healing, the mere fact that they have existed for thousands of years proves that they do improve the lives of those they work on. How that process actually takes place remains a mystery.
Because conventional medicine and healing practices have failed so many, western people are turning towards this ancient practice at an increasing rate. It never hurts to try something new, or something ancient, to help you heal beyond the pain of mental illness. Consider seeing a shaman to improve your health.