A Gang of Girls Radio - Shamanism - Show Notes
Shamanism is a way or practice of utilizing the elemental kingdom to bring about an outcome.
A Shaman is a mediator between the physical and spiritual realms.
When I lived in Colorado there was a huge fire - the Missionary Ridge Fire. This fire was so hot it boiled the wells dry. The ute Indians went up to Chimney Rock National Park and conducted a rain dance. They were in their full regalia, it is one of the most beautiful and powerful ceremonies I have attended.
We could see the rain falling in the upper atmosphere, because of the heat the rain would dissipate before it could fall on the earth. After the rain dance, it started to rain a little, then a little more and so on. The firemen were able to contain the fire and finally put it out.
The Rain Dance ceremony is a way to call to the water spirits, to communicate with them and also to show praise and gratitude for the much needed moisture to help put out the fire and keep the people safe.
So you see, they asked the elemental kingdom for assistance and brought about an outcome, together as a group.
Working with groups is always better then working singular. There is more energy and focus within a group.
Shaman are also the history keepers, the ones who keep traditions, assist with maintaining peace within their community, they are the wise person(s). We see this all over our earth. Every indigenous group has a practicing shaman who is teaching others the path.
It is a beautiful practice!