Why are you here? Not here on earth or in the city or town where you live, but here, right now, sitting in front of your computer reading this. I am convinced that Spirit talks to everyone and tries to lead them on a spiritual path. Unfortunately, few listen to the promptings of Spirit. You have been lead here because Spirit thinks that shamanism must be a viable path for you.
Why shamanism? You, like me, may have found that fundamental (book religion) religious practices are exclusive rather than inclusive, and restrictive. They promote the idea that if you don't believe exactly the same way that they do that you will not receive any rewards in this life or the next. Ouch. I live in a very Christian and religious (not so spiritual) community and in some parts of town it seems that there is a church on every street corner. All of these different denominations believe that their way is the only way, with slight doctrinal differences. This leads a dualistic, us-against-them mentality.
Shamanism is different. Shamanism is the oldest of spiritual paths. It has been with us for at least 50,000 years. I say that because two French archaeologists unearthed a 50,000 year old burial site in 1972. At this site, the Horta Site, they found the body of a Neanderthal man wearing a leopard hide, typical burial garb for shamans.
Shamanism isn't different just because it is old and it has survived for so long because of its spiritual and cultural value. It is also inclusive and practical. Shamanism isn't dogmatic. It has not doctrine or articles of faith. In fact, it is so nonrestrictive that you can believe what ever you want as long as you are true to Spirit. Unlike most religions, shamanism is experiential and a life style. Shamanism isn't something that you read about in a book (although there are great books about it), it's not something that you learn about in a Sunday school class. It is something that you do and live. As you experience shamanism you learn who you are, your place in the universe, and what you need to do to take care of yourself and this wonderful, beautiful earth that we inhabit. It provides tools for psychological and physical healing for yourself and others.
Interested? I have placed a clickable index of my shamanism blogs on the resource page. Wander around and read about it, then give it a try.
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.