Intro to Shamanism and Creating Sacred Space
Shamanism is the most ancient spiritual and healing practice. As it is based on the understanding that life is energy, it is a powerful way to harness energy and healing to facilitate more wholeness. Neoshamanism is about forming bridges between ancient and modern healing modalities.
What differentiates shamans from other spiritual travelers is their capacity to apply wisdom from the spirit realm in order to heal and transform the physical realm. Shamans teach from the world view that all life forms are interconnected in constant communion with nature. There’s no bible or text, but rather it is a path of direct experience taught through the passing down of knowledge and wisdom. True healing from the shamanic perspective is awakening to a vision of our healed nature and what it means to be truly alive.
The foundation of Shamanic tradition is rooted in creating sacred space. This is brought into consciousness by calling on the 4 wind directions as often evoked in indigenous cultures, each evoking a mythical archetypal animal with properties delineating 4 levels of perception, insights, or engagement with reality. They also correspond to different parts of the brain, capable of expanding our ability to track information intuitively.
Most importantly sacred space is a way to tune in to the highest forms of energy available to us at a given time. A Shaman brings to this space all our love and intent to tap into the source of luminosity, to open the veil of the infinite. This is likened to holding the tone of a certain note, on an energetic and metaphysical level.
We also precede shamanic sessions by opening the Wiracocha, named for anj Incan deity. It is in the form of an orb of light, and it serves to open the luminous energy field.
Honoring the world of form and spirit; surrendering to endless death and rebirth;
this is the source of all healing — the shaman’s power.
— Theodore Tsaousidis