Celtic Shamanic Practices
“Shamanism is a love story – this is about falling in love with yourself, life,
and the raw, wild beauty of creation.
Shamanism is native to all of us and is one of the oldest animistic traditions in our human heritage – we two leggeds have had some form of shamanic practice
in each of our ancestral cultures
on planet earth since time began.
In early times, when our people were unsure of what medicine plants to use,
where to hunt for game, how to help a sick or injured clanmate heal,
or how to work in harmony with the life-giving spirits of nature,
a shaman would enter an altered state of consciousness, and journey in non-ordinary reality for information, and healing. Shamans served their community by working closely with helping spirits, and keeping their tribes or clans safe, healthy, happy and connected to the natural world.”~~Anna Dorian
Shamans and those who engage in Shamanic practices universally accept the belief that all beings, all of nature, all animals--everything is alive and filled with the Spirit of Life.
There is also a belief in a multi-level world beyond that which we see. Time is not linear and the Shaman's guides and guardians are found in every description of this multi-layered understanding of reality.
Shamanic practices rest on the notion of wholeness--of nature, the world, the community and each person's soul.
Direct revelation is primary to Shamanic practices and to the Shamanic life. Revelation can come through guides, animal helpers, and through nature herself.
Shamanism is believed to be the oldest of all spiritual traditions going back tens of thousands of years. Evidence of ancient practices have been found in multiple countries and the Celtic lands are no different. Not all cultures describe Shamans the same, but they all shared the leadership roles in their communities. They were healers, the keepers of the traditions through stories and poetry. They were revered in their communities and served their communities well.
All Shamanic traditions put the relationship between the Shaman and Nature as intrinsic to their work among the people and in their own lives. These men and women work to build a close relationship with the various powers of the Earth and Nature. They learn to utilize all the powers and sources of energy that are gifted to them by animals, plants, and other aspects of Nature. Shamans work closely with their special guides and spiritual helpers from the plant and animal world, so it is natural that these relationships are invaluable in any Shaman's work. Every Shaman has a power animal or totem and works with spirit guides and their Inner Shaman. It is difficult to describe how Shamans practice as there is no one way that applies to all. There are some beliefs that are shared by all Shamans regardless of culture or tradition however. (see chart)
You may or may not choose to engage in Shamanic practices in your work with Carol. The choice will certainly be yours. Becoming a Soul Friend does not require you to embrace Shamanic beliefs.