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Online Reference For Body, Mind & Spirit

Term: Shamanism

DEFINITIONs:
1.  A shaman is one who helps people in their dealings with the other worlds. These other worlds are the realms above, beyond, and deep with the experiences of our lives. These are the realms of the spiritual, psychic vision and pure, natural Earth energies. In shamanism these worlds were traditionally represented as the upper world of the sky, or spirit levels, and the lower worlds of Earth and Nature.
SOURCE:  Truth about Shamanism, Amber Wolfe
2.  A family of traditions whose practitioners focus on voluntarily entering altered states of consciousness in which they experience themselves, or their spirit(s) interacting with other entities, often by traveling to other realms in order to serve their community.
SOURCE:  The World of Shamanism, by Roger Walsh, MD, Ph.D.
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