Learning Shamanism

As you start to practice shamanism in your life you will start to see obstacles being removed from your path and things starting to work for you. You will notice that you will become more comfortable with yourself and with the world around you. You will feel more connected and will find potentials within yourself that you never before realized were there. This will only happen if you let it and if you politely work with the spirit world and give it a chance to work for you.

What is on these pages is by no means everything there is to know, or even a good percentage of it. As you study you might decide that you want to go further than simply using some basic shamanic practices in your life. If so then you will want to find a teacher. This teacher will not necessarily be a human being in the physical plane. You might find that you are more comfortable with and might learn more of what you want to from a plant, animal or other spirit in the spirit world. Or you might be more comfortable with a human teacher. Neither choice is better or worse. It is all a matter of personal preference. Remember that formal training will take time and dedication. .

When choosing a teacher remember to be selective. However when choosing someone to help you learn shamanism there are some other things to keep in mind. Look for someone who has a good sense of humor and is able to laugh at themselves and help you laugh at yourself, rather than someone who is serious all the time. A good teacher should have respect for the world around them and for themselves and you. They should be more willing to include people than to exclude them. They should not claim to be perfect and should not expect you to be. They should be able to make mistakes and learn form them and to show emotions. They should have a strong shamanic presence and should practice what they teach. If for any reason they make you uncomfortable (other than by saying true things that you do not want to hear) get out of there. A teacher to pupil relationship is one that should be built on trust and safety.

Some Other Advice

It is often taught that when you are astral traveling and you meet something that scares you, you should send it away, often to "the light," or leave yourself. Things aren't always quite that easy in shamanism. Often you will be shown or put through very disturbing experiences. In fact this is often used in initiations or ceremonies in the spirit world to destroy the old and bring in the new.

This goes back to the idea of creation and destruction. Something must be destroyed for something to be created. We all have inner demons to face and facing them is rarely a pretty sight or a fun experience, but it is something that must be done if we wish to change and grow. Most people are uncomfortable with change because it delves into the unknown, but you need to learn to be comfortable with it if you wish to use shamanic practices successfully.

Do not be afraid of what you will face when you travel, even if it is very disturbing. Your guide will be there to support and protect you. They will take care of your body and protect you from things not involved with your journey. If you are actually and truly uncomfortable and terrified by something you are supposed to face then you are probably not ready to face it. Learn patience and come back to it another time. However do not just ignore it and hope it will go away.

Another bit of advice. Be careful when you travel. Try to have someone to watch your body if at all possible, especially when you are just starting to learn how to travel. Always ask a spirit guide to guard in the physical realm and in the spirit realm while you travel. They are glad to do this, just remember to thank them. Remember that while you are journeying you body might as well be asleep. This means no journeying while bungee jumping or performing surgery or anything else that requires alertness or might entail danger. Also if you get lost listen for the drumming or chanting to lead you back. Let it draw you out of your trance. That way you will not be as disoriented when you come back to yourself.