In our three part series by Anna Hunt, we’ll be taking a look into modern Shamanism and what it can bring to our lives. In Part 1 we are looking into what exactly Shamanism is. Part 2 will explore finding your spirit animal and Part 3 will cover how Shamanism can help you shift blocks and move beyond fear.
Shamanism is one of the oldest healing and spiritual traditions on the planet. Over the last five years, Western interest in shamanism has rocketed as more and more people have discovered how powerful, effective, and empowering this system of healing can be.
Shamanic traditions are found in all parts of the globe. However, in Europe these practices were stamped out during the Catholic Inquisition, meaning that shamanism went underground and even today, is marginalised. By contrast, I am part of a 20,000 year old lineage based in the Peruvian Andes. I met my teacher 15 years ago while on sabbatical from a senior editorial position at The Mail On Sunday. He offered me the opportunity to study with him, one-on-one, as part of the traditional system of learning / teaching. The Shaman In Stilettos tells my story.
Shamans work with nature, and rely on the flora and fauna in their part of the world, to provide herbal remedies and medicines. This means that there are huge variations in shamanic practices around the world.
What all bona-fide shamans have in common, though, is that they are men or women of power who see energy and move it. In the shamanic tradition, energy is the building block of life. Everything – from a person to a plant, an animal, a thought, a feeling – is energy. This is a position supported by Einstein’s work. Einstein said, ‘Everything is energy. That’s all there is to it. This is not philosophy, this is physics.’ S
All challenges in life – stress, emotional malaise, mental chatter, physical issues caused by tension such as IBS, tension headaches et – are caused by energy blocks. A shaman moves energy through a range of techniques from plant medicines to sound to herbs to crystals. & once the troubling energy has been detoxed, clients enjoy greater health, confidence and fulfilment.