About Shamanism

The word shaman is from the Tungusic (Siberian), and means one who knows or one who sees.  Though this is the word commonly used in English today, every culture had/has their version of and name for a medicine person, healer, or mystic skilled in offering guidance and healing.  A contemporary shamanic healer will contact the spirit world and work with unseen energies to encourage transformational processes for their client or community, just as they did centuries ago.  This should always be done with permission, humbleness, and loving intention.

Don Francisco Chura Flores in Peru

Most shamanic paths include the cultivation of  lightheartedness, surrender, fearlessness, compassion, directness, love for nature and Mother Earth, personal responsibility and integrity, and interdependence.  Shamanic practitioners strive to see the sacred in all things, and the potential for medicine in everything.

The Inka, whose traditions I have come to know and respect, prophesy that a new kind of human is now appearing on Earth, one who lives free of fear and resides in his or her transcendent (compassionate, curious, and lighthearted) nature.  I believe that shamanism and its techniques may help us all to be this new kind of human.