Shamanism: A cross-cultural spiritual path practiced in every continent of the world
Shamanism is a practice that involves a practitioner reaching altered states of consciousness in order to perceive and interact with what they believe to be a spirit world and channel these transcendental energies into this world.
The actual word "shaman" is derived from the Siberian Tungusic word for a spiritual leader, or "one who is raised.". Most famously, shamans were known for their ability to communicate with the dead. It's believed that, through ceremony, they would enter a trance, an altered state of consciousness, and thus cross over.
In this sense, shamanism is a relationship-based practice of making changes in invisible realms to impact healing, of individuals or communities, in the realm of ordinary reality. For some peoples, such shamanic practice is part of their dominant culture, for others it is directly contradictory.
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