What is shamanism ?
Shamanism consists of practices and rituals aimed at healing and restoring harmony. It integrates both the individual and collective dimensions of existence, and can also be used for problem solving or receiving guidance. Shamans are specialists in communicating with subtle realities through altered states of consciousness, and are distinguished from other types of healers. Regardless of cultural and geographical elements, shamans always have direct contact with spiritual entities and strict control of spirits. Shamanism is not a religion and is compatible with any belief system. Moreover, it fundamentally promotes freedom.
What is core shamanism ?
I mainly work with core shamanism as developed by the Foundation For Shamanic Studies and Michael Harner. The principles of core shamanism are not bound to any specific cultural group or perspective. Since the West overwhelmingly lost its shamanic knowledge centuries ago due to religious oppression, core shamanism is particularly intended for Westerners to reacquire access to their rightful spiritual heritage. Altered states of consciousness are reached through classic non-drug techniques. Core Shamanism does not focus on ceremonies, such as those of Native American medicine men and women, persons who do both shamanism and ceremonial work.
Shamanic healing work is always performed with your informed consent and express permission, and does not exclude other medical or healing treatments. I follow the Unified Code of Ethics for Healers as well as the ethical considerations presented by the Foundation For Shamanic Studies.