By Christina Pratt
Shamanism should be outlined because the perform of initiated shamans who're extraordinary by way of their mastery of a number of altered states of realization. Shamanism arises from the activities the shaman takes in non-ordinary fact and the result of these activities in traditional fact. it's not a faith, but it calls for religious self-discipline and private sacrifice from the mature shaman who seeks the top phases of mystical improvement
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Extra resources for An Encyclopedia of Shamanism, vol. 1
They choose, initiate, and train the shamans so that the shamans can help us. ” It is as if we have missed an appointment and kept them from a very important engagement. We see that we do matter to the spirits. This interdependence lies at the core of the working relationship between shamans and spirits. The relationship between shaman and spirit is not idealized. The relationship is not established in a search for enlightenment or personal ascension. It is a practical relationship that must work here in the realm of the living.
The shaman’s universe, like scientists’, is one of connections and vibrations, probabilities and spirits, simultaneous possibilities and simultaneous worlds. The shaman moves through the many realms of this universe, traveling effortlessly between the vibrational realms of matter, the pulsing realm of life, the resonant realm of the mind, and the harmony of the spirit realm. The shaman embodies not only the true nature of the universe, but of the complete Kosmos in the Greek sense of the word. ” Ken Wilber, a writer on psychology, religion, and philosophy, explains that ordinarily we experience the cosmos—the physical universe—as the boundaries of our consciousness.
The capacity to experience a range of trance states is a basic human potential. Solid, scholarly research shows that it is statistically normal for humans to access altered states of consciousness. ” Humans are physiologically designed to enter a wide variety of altered states. The capacity to enter altered states of consciousness makes us human, not shamans. Different cultures recognize different types of consciousness. Some cultures have a highly refined awareness of different states of consciousness, while the awareness of consciousness in other cultures is quite limited.
An Encyclopedia of Shamanism, vol. 1 by Christina Pratt