It is estimated that around 90% of the world's shamanic practices do not utilize the power of plant spirits and medicine. That is to say, on average, the vast majority of shamanic practices do not require the use of entheogens or drugs to enter altered states of consciousness. Those practices that do, come from a … Continue reading How to Drum Shamanically
Occasionally I'll get a question. It's not an odd question but the people who often ask often ask quite timidly, as if they're scared or ashamed to ask the question. The question is often phrased something like this: "What size does my drum need to be to practice shamanism?" Before I answer this question, I want to … Continue reading The Size of My Drum
Shamanism is an ancient practice, each and everyone of us have ancestors who at one point or another practiced or lived in this ancient practice. Shamanism is the practice by which practitioners are able to engage with the unseen worlds (or Spirit World) and commune with helping spirits. Neoshamanism is essentially modern forms of shamanism … Continue reading What is Core Shamanism?
Revitalized shamanism is a silly term I personally coined when I attempt to explain some of the differences between the various shamanic practices and communities that exist in our very interesting world. Sometimes I refer to this particular type of shamanism as reclaimed shamanism and as its name suggests the traditions, lineages and groups that … Continue reading What is Revitalized Shamanism?
I often get asked what's the difference between Neoshamanism and core shamanism, it's a valid question as both often intersect and parallel each other in one fashion or another. Many of the teachings of Neoshamanism often take inspiration and motivation from core shamanism as a building block for their own traditions and practices. Where core … Continue reading What is Neoshamanism?
We live in a culture where things are easily at our disposal. Everything from books, to media, to social entertainment and even to shopping. Our modern spiritualities are often filled with shallow and instant gratification--something that doesn't particularly mesh well with shamanism as a whole. It's not uncommon that when picking up a book on … Continue reading Modern Technology and Shamanism
Fire is transformative, it's ever changing, transmuting and transfiguring. Fire is one of the oldest gifts to humanity with it came great creations and inspiration. It could be used for many good things, but it could also be used for many terrible things. It's both a tool and a weapon. For us, fire is an … Continue reading Fire Ceremony I
Shamanism is supposed to make us a better person. Any religious and spiritual path really do. Shamanism, being what it is, however, is a path of self discovery and revelation. We work with our Shadows--by healing them, understanding them and working through them--and our Helping Spirits are the ones who often times hold up a … Continue reading Holding Up a Mirror
One of the main Helping Spirits we as shamanic practitioners and the shamans of old interacted with are those that take an animal form. Throughout history and cultures animals have been the messengers of the Spirit World and with them they bring sacred medicine, ceremonies and personal power. It's no wonder that shamanic practitioners develop … Continue reading Integrating a Power Animal
Core shamanism is a tricky thing. It has no one culture that it draws on considering it draws upon a wide array of universal and near universal methods and techniques to enter alter states of conscious and to engage with the Spirit World. Though I personally believe that core shamanism is filtered through the lens … Continue reading Methods vs Content