Shamanism is an ancient spiritual practice that exists since the earliest days in the history of humanity and is the root of all modern religions. Not only religions; according to Jung, shamanism is also the precursor of deep psychology.
The numinous experience of the individuation process, central to Jungian psychology, is, on the archaic level, a prerogative of the shamans. Jung considers that the objective of human life is to follow the journey of individuation, which requires the growth of consciousness, which is in accordance with the advice given by Apolo. In the entrance of the Apolo Temple, in Delphi there is an inscription: Know Thyself.
The shamans practice of direct revelation is the root of many of our religions that originated with a prophet with access to a direct revelation from God. Jesus and Mohammed are good examples, in addition to the many prophets of the Old Testament.
But Shamanism, despite the use of ritual to get to ASC (Altered States of Conscience) is not a religion. It is a form of meditation, combined with the desire to help other human beings curing their physical, mental or spiritual diseases.
Our world can be divided in two parts: the material world and the spiritual one. The shamans work in the spiritual world, but cure, with the help of the spirits, material as well as spiritual diseases.
It is difficult to convince many of our fellow human beings, living in a extremelly materialistic society, that these spiritual phenomena can happen. There was a time that I also was an unbeliever, but, after being a witness for a few spiritual healing and other so called miracles, I don’t doubt anymore.
Shamanism is not a tradition that can be practiced only by natives. It is a spiritual method that can be learned. If you want to invest time to learn and practice, you will be able towalk through the spiritual world, find your animal helpers, cure others and live a happier life.
My book, The Amazon Shaman, although a fiction, a thriller, describes the training of a shaman to be, among many other adventures. I’m not recommending it as a guide, but it can give you a feeling of how it is the training of a shaman.
Roberto Lima Netto believes that our objective in life is to be happy, and that Jungian psychology and Spirituality, his main areas of interest, can help us in this search for happiness. He is the author of several books, including “The Little Prince for Grown-ups” and “The Jungian Bible” that can be found in Amazon. His blog is www.HappinessAcademyOnline.org.
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