What is Eco Shamanism?
Shamanism is an ancient cross cultural technique used to access the spirit world in order to gain healing, information and advice in our daily lives. Ecology is the study of interactions among organisms and their environment. Eco shamanism helps bring the world of spirit and our sensate world into a closer communion.
The practice of shamanism reaches so far back into prehistory that its origin is unknown. Yet it was, and still is, a worldwide approach to spirit that shares similar disciplines and techniques in a vast range of cultures. There has been a resurgence of interest in these techniques in the western world as more and more people experience the profound and life changing consequences they bring. This interest is beginning to change. As we launch ourselves into this new century, it is becoming more and more necessary to see ourselves 'as' our Earth, to see, hear, touch, taste and feel ourselves 'as' Earth rather than being 'on' it. The way we perceive our lives in relation to our Earth needs to change. It needs to return to a much more visceral sense of our existence. If we begin to perceive ourselves as Earth then we begin to 'feel' how it is to be treated in such a way. As an example, if we perceive our bodies as the Earth, and then the hair on our forearms as a tropical rain forest, imagine setting fire to our hair and how painful that would be. We are earth and we are burning ourselves . . .
We are 'in conversation' with everything in this world, and beyond us all things are in conversation with each other, including our computers and phones, kettles and dishes, trains and planes, not just our trees, rivers, mountains and seas. The photo above shows a tree and cloud in conversation. We, and all around us, are spiritual beings in conversation.
I believe that my work, as an eco shamanic practitioner is to help people back into their bodies, to become reconnected to their animate selves either with learning and/or healing techniques. This journey can be difficult yet when we heal and learn about ourselves we are healing, and more importantly, 'being' Earth.
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tree and cloud in conversation