This is probably going to be a short blog but I hope that it will make you think and maybe we can start a conversation among all of us rather than just me writing and you reading. It would be nice.
As I visit shamanism web pages and read the advertisements in magazines it seems that more and more shamanism is becoming a psychological practice. It is being uses by more and more psychologists and counselors as a tool in their practice. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad that (1) it is being used, and (2) that it is helping people.
However when I lived in Bolivia and Peru (6 years) and learned from Andean shamans (curanderos) their concern and the concerns of the people who came to them for help wasn't for help with psychological issues. I understand that dis-ease is, in most cases, and energetic issue. Imbalances start in the subtle energy fields that surround our bodies and gradually work inwards where they eventually manifest as physical symptoms. Consequently we can often facilitate the healing of chronic conditions by addressing energy imbalances.
My concern is that as a shamanic community we risk focusing only on psychological issues and forget the shamanism is a whole-person tool.
I'm curious, what do you think? You can click here to comment.
I'm Dr. Dave, an eclectic shaman. I lived and worked in Bolivia and Peru for over six years, where I and was trained by Andean Shamans, and today practice eclectic shamanism.