Shamanism and Religion
how Shamanism and Religion are able to co-exist
Shamanism is not a religion nor a
religious practice. It is a broad, observationally
based, spiritually oriented philosophy and practice set.
Shamanism has independently developed essentially parallel practices wherever successful pre-industrial societies have occurred.
Shamanism has no hierarchy, no leaders,
no registration boards, no bible or holy scripture/s.
Shamanism does not preclude, dissuade or discourage any
religious observances, trusts and/or beliefs in any
The shamanic way [speaking in
generalities of course] is one of acceptance, courage
and gratitude; it recognises the Holy in everything, the
Spirit in everything, the Divine, the Soul and the Base
Shamanism seeks ever deepening
understanding, knows the futility of
absolutes, and holds harmony as one of the four
imperatives (necessity, chaos and order being the others
Ė discussed a little later on).
Those held in esteem by many modern religious
practices including Christ, Mohammed and Buddha
reportedly espoused - without an exception Iím aware of
- love, harmony, peace and acceptance; the sacred nature
of life and the undesirability of disharmony and
conflict. These are the same ideals of shamanism.
One may be a devout Christian, Jew,
Buddhist, Moslem, Hindu etc., and follow shamanic
practice. There is nothing in shamanic thought that
precludes this. Any limitations are imposed from
organised religionís dogma, not from shamanismís
Shamanic thought does not require one to
renounce any part of your faith or religious structure.
Shamanic practice does, however, challenge you to
constantly reassess and think about your core beliefs.