When most people consider the term “shaman,” they either associate it with small native cultures and communities or ancient practices. Many would be surprised to learn that shamanism has gained momentum the whole world over.
Contrary to popular belief, shamanism isn’t inaccessible to the average person — anyone can become an everyday shaman and learn how to heal themselves and their communities.
Whether you’re new to shamanism and are joining a mentorship program or are a seasoned practitioner signing up for certification, becoming a modern-day shaman has never been easier.
Read on to learn more about modern shamanism and how it can help you change your life for the better.
At its core, shamanism is about community wellbeing. However, that doesn’t have to mean taking on all the traditional responsibilities of a shaman within your community. Healing begins within, and for the modern shaman, that means embarking on a journey of self-awareness, self-healing, and self-love.
Modern shamanism — or neo-shamanism — is one of the more prominent cultural developments of the past century. Drawing influence from Amazonian, Mesoamerican, and North American traditions, modern shamanism has enjoyed increasing popularity worldwide.
Modern shamanism has taken a particularly notable hold in Europe and North America — cropping up in the most developed and least expected regions. While its comeback was likely initially dismissed as a mere trend, the practice has carved out a place for itself in the modern world.
It’s certainly no coincidence that shamanism has made a resurgence in the modern era — between trying to maintain a healthy work-life balance, keep up with social media, and stay in touch and present for your loved ones, modern living can quickly become overwhelming. For many urban dwellers, in the midst of all the chaos, shamanism is the calm.
Unlike its more traditional forms, however, modern shamanism has been adapted to meet the demands of modern living. Neo-shamanism is basically a modern reinterpretation of traditional shamanism with an emphasis on making spiritual and psychotherapeutic practices a practical component of your daily routine.
Today, you can find modern-day shamans from all walks of life and in all manner of dress. Anyone from your lawyer to your local florist could be a practicing shaman — whether they’ve adopted shamanism as a coping mechanism for the everyday stresses and anxieties of modern life or as a way to contribute meaningfully to their communities.
Becoming an Everyday Shaman
Creating balance in your life isn’t just about managing your day-to-day tasks or having a healthy social life. A modern shaman understands that creating balance is a task that must be addressed at every level of being.
Just like you go through your skincare routine and brush your teeth before bed to take care of your body, your inner self craves and deserves acts of love. Think of everyday shamanism as an act of self-care that should become a habit, if not an instinct. Modern shamans dedicate time to a practice that strikes at the heart of their spiritual and psychological needs.
While modern shamanism somewhat breaks free from tradition in that it doesn’t necessarily follow ancient rituals or customs, that doesn’t mean it is any less legitimate. Much like shamanism as a whole has evolved to complement our needs as a society, modern shamans are empowered to tailor their practice to their individual needs.
However, building a solid practice requires a strong foundation. For example, once you learn how and when to employ shamanic tools and how to safely and effectively perform healing, clearing, grounding, and protection techniques, you can easily build on that knowledge and develop a practice that is unique to you, your community, or your tribe.
That said, modern education rarely, if ever, equips you with the tools you need to address your spiritual needs. As always, the best way to learn is through experience. However, it can be difficult to find a solution that bridges the gap between your physical and spiritual needs — even more so if you narrow your search down to reputable, accessible, and affordable programs.
With a mentorship that placed emphasis on the practical and taught by experienced mentors, there’s no better way to start your journey toward becoming an everyday shaman than with Clinical Shaman.
Shamanism is one of the oldest cultural practices in the world. The fact that it has not only survived through the generations but also thrived in the modern era is evidence of its unique relevance to the human experience.
Committing to everyday shamanism will not only help you establish a connection to your inner self but will also help you form deeper connections with your community. If you’re ready to take your happiness into your own hands, then consider shamanism as your all-encompassing solution.
Clinical Shaman helps people step into their calling as a healer, overcome the stigma associated with shamanism, and integrate shamanistic practices into their everyday life. Learn how in their Shamanism Membership.