One topic is becoming more and more of an issue in the world. Shamanism and healers somehow do not fit into the so enlightened western ideology. But there are still shamans and healers today, and not only in Africa or India. In Germany and Europe, too, there were and still are people who use special techniques and rituals to help their fellow human beings. For example, as mediators in a state of trance, they make contact with the spirit world (the ancestors) to receive messages from them.



Even if it sometimes seems strange and odd to outsiders, one should never forget that shamanism is about traditional rituals and processes that should be viewed with respect, no matter how one feels about them. Shamans are also people with special abilities who have received a long training.

Furthermore, shamans & healers are also soul comforters, sometimes fortune tellers and heal illnesses by means of different healing methods. Herbalism and healing are a mainstay of this and have provided proven success over generations. In the past, shamans and healers were also often the only “medical” help for the population.

Today, shamans mostly take care of the spiritual well-being of their patients. So-called spiritual hacking refers to a kind of spiritual healing of the mind. But since in the shamanistic worldview body, mind and soul interact, i.e. influence each other, shamans and healers do not try to eliminate a problem alone, but to find out the cause of the problem in order to avoid similar or the same problem in the long run. In their treatments and rituals, they release physical and mental blockages and allow energies to flow again.



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In shamanism, the connection with nature plays a major role. Energetic places such as forests and special trees, but also springs and waterfalls are often used for rituals. Trees are considered energetic places.

One of the most important elements in shamanism is drumming, which relaxes and brings the body (heart) into harmony with nature. Another ancient element of shamanism is incense, which has a calming and sometimes stimulating effect on the body. After all, the human sense of smell is one of the strongest senses, which is used to spiritually cleanse the body, the soul and the spirit.

Because shamanism is closely connected with nature, on the one hand shamans draw energy for their work from sacred places in nature. On the other hand, numerous rituals and purification processes are also performed in energetic places in nature. The energy of the earth (nature) is used by means of drumming, movement, incense and sometimes also by healing hands to cleanse the patient physically, emotionally and spiritually and to charge him with new energy. For only a person in harmony can set the body’s self-healing processes in motion.

In shamanism, the human being is only a part of the whole. Besides the visible world in which we live, there is another world, that of the ancestors / deceased. These worlds influence each other, but this idea is not present in many other worldviews.

The mindfulness that is so much described today has been valid in shamanism for centuries. And this does not only mean the attentiveness of an individual to oneself, but attentiveness with nature, fellow human beings and also with the ancestors. Even today, many cultures commemorate their ancestors with gifts and festivals, so that they can protect them from evil spirits that could have an influence on real life in the present. In the Christian world, the Day of All Saints could also be placed in these categories. Hardly anyone says it openly, but many talk to their dead relatives at their graves and ask for advice. This certainly has nothing to do with superstition.

In shamanism, however, death is not the final end, but only the transition into another world. Matter and energy are not lost after death, but acquire another form after death. Shamans and healers are therefore increasingly used as mediators between this world and the hereafter.

Shamans and healers are also often called upon to help cleanse places or to dispel negative vibrations in certain places. Who hasn’t heard of the rain dance, where shamans put themselves in a trance and ask the ancestors/gods for help.

Shamanism and communication with the ancestors has been superseded by other religions and world views in the past. But there are still people all over the world who practice shamanism. They are not always called shamans but also healers (Inyanga / Sangoma) as in Africa, in Mongolia the shamans are called Böö, in China especially “Ua Neeb” is known as shamanism. And witches also use rituals of shamanism for their activities. Shamanism is older than all other religions and many rituals are still practised today without being classified as shamanism.

Which rituals are used for which problem is decided by the shaman very individually. For spirits can be benevolent as well as malevolent or hostile. Besides the gift of healing, shamans also have the ability to kill. One could compare this with white and black magic. And sometimes it only depends on the perspective what is to be seen as good or bad.

As you can see, shamanism has many facets, but one thing they all have in common is that they see body, mind and soul as a complex entity that is only perfect in balance.

What you can do for your inner balance is very individual. But a healthy diet, regular inner contemplation (meditation), going to energetic places in nature, breathing exercises and sufficient healthy sleep, but they get up before or with the sunrise. These are small things everyone can do for themselves. Mindfulness of oneself, of fellow human beings and of nature.

In the end, this brief definition of voodoo is intended to clarify a worldview that is also attributed to shamanism. In a few sentences and expressed in very general terms, gods, spirits and ancestors have an influence on life in the “real world” according to the voodoo religion and also in shamanism, and determine the fate of an individual or an entire group. For this reason, gods have to be propitiated with offerings or through special ceremonies. Ancestors are also supposed to keep evil spirits away from people.
Rituals should be left to the professionals, i.e. shamans, healers and voodoo priests, so as not to incur the wrath of the gods. To regard it as just a fun thing to try out seems disrespectful, if only because of the long tradition. It doesn’t matter how one feels about this worldview.