"Shamanic ecstasy is the real
"Old Time Religion," of which modern churches
are but pallid evocations. Shamanic, visionary ecstasy,
the mysterium tremendum, the unio mystica,
the eternally delightful experience of the universe
as energy, is a sine qua non of religion, it
is what religion is for! There is no need for faith,
it is the ecstatic experience itself that gives
one faith in the intrinsic unity and integrity of the
universe, in ourselves as integral parts of the whole;
that reveals to us the sublime majesty of our universe,
and the fluctuant, scintillant, alchemical miracle that
is quotidian consciousness. Any religion that requires
faith and gives none, that defends against religious
experiences, that promulgates the bizarre superstition
that humankind is in some way separate, divorced from
the rest of creation, that heals not the gaping wound
between Body and Soul, but would tear them asunder...
is no religion at all!" Jonathan Ott.
As Stanley Cribner says, “Shamanism is too good
to be a religion…..it’s spiritual technology!”
What is Shamanism?
Over tens of thousands of years, our ancient ancestors
all over the world discovered how to maximize human
abilities of mind and spirit for healing and problem-solving.
The remarkable system of methods they developed is today
known as "shamanism," a term that comes from
a Siberian tribal word for its practitioners: "shaman"
(pronounced SHAH-mahn). Shamans are a type of medicine
man or woman, especially distinguished by the use of
journeys to hidden worlds; otherwise mainly known through
myth, dream, and near-death experiences.
Further Reading: -
Foundation for Shamanic Studies
Founded by Michael Harner
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Shaman’s Drum Magazine
Sacred Hoop Magazine