Shamans are people with a rare talent for attaining higher states of consciousness. They interact with the spirit world, and transfer the psychic energy back to earth. While in this trance-like state, they may heal the sick, lead a sacrifice, divine the future, or recite ancient folklore so it remains in collective memory.
Shamans in Tribal Communities
Shamans are generally welcome in tribal communities that value their assistance and advice. This is, provided they interact with benevolent spirits and pass the benefits on. Some cultures pay a retainer to support them full time. In others, Shamanism is a part-time activity clairvoyants indulge in when they feel the call. However all Shamans share the following core beliefs:
- There is a parallel world of spirits with whom they can communicate and interact;
- During this process, shamans leave their bodies and enter this alternate world;
- The spirit domain plays an important role in collective society and individual lives;
- Shamans are the conduits through which this power reaches earth and her people.
Shamanism and Alternative Herbal Healing
Most Shamans have extensive knowledge of herbal medicine that they obtain during training and initiation. During this process, an illness takes them to the brink of death where they encounter the spirit world and overcome their illness. They believe this gives them power to heal other sufferers, through the power of alternative medicine.
Does Shamanism Still Exist in England?
It always has, and it likely always will, although the English public usually call their Shamans clairvoyants, or mediums. There is a Register for Therapeutic Shamanic Practitioners, and a Sacred Trust providing training and workshops.
Most English Shamans today are part of local communities in which they were born and raised, and within which their talent for divination emerged. The people recognise their power and come to them for guidance, help, and healing when needed. Payment is usually per consultation.