Shamans are the caretakers, the guardians, the stewards of Mother Earth. They are aware of our symbiotic relationship with the planet, and they see humans as miniature versions of Her. So, they draw on the earth’s power to help them during healings, which cover all levels: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.
As an ancient healing tradition, Shamanism is known the world over in many indigenous cultures. Originating from the Tungus tribe in Siberia, this term is used to refer to spiritual and ceremonial leaders. Clearly, a leadership role in spirituality something one takes many years of self-education, self-improvement, and a calling to be a guide for others, helping those in need of clarity on their own path.
Types of shamanism include Native American shamanism, Reiki shamanism, Hawaiian shamanism, core (or universal) shamanism – just to name a few. For example, Dr. Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D., of Shaman, Healer, Sage gives wonderful descriptions of his initiations with both mountain shamans in the Andes and shamans in the Amazon jungles of Peru.