What is Shamanism?
Shamanism is a path that must involve mystery,
and mystery is a process of incessant, endless revelation, of a seeing beyond ourselves, of an opening up to relationship with others as valuable or more valuable than just our own survival.
~ don Oscar Miro-Quesada
A Shaman, also known as a Curandero or Curandera, is one who develops a personal and intimate relationship with the unseen world for the purpose of being of service as a healer. This relationship is cultivated experientially through self-induced altered states of consciousness, ritual ceremony, and refined energetic awareness. The shaman’s task is to come into right relationship and reverent communion with the seen and unseen world so as to mediate between worlds on behalf of the community. Shamanism is a spiritual practice grounded in a reverent awareness that the world is animated, conscious, and energetically interdependent.
The practice of this has come to be known as Shamanism. The word Shaman, which stems from Siberian culture but has come to be used for all types of curanderas, medicine people, and healers.
Do these guiding principles of shamanism resonate with you?
1. Everything is alive (animism/vitalism).
Everything manifests a physical form from the same animated essence. The shaman attends to this essence.
2. Everything is conscious (vigilance/observation).
Everything watches us. The world is mirrored within us. The shaman learns to be a visionary observer.
3. Everything is interconnected (relationship/reciprocity).
Everything responds to and is in interdependent relationship to everything else. The shaman is a mediator of these interconnections and interdependent relationships.
4. Everything transforms (movement/change).
Matter is the dense form of spirit. Spirit is the subtle form of matter. Everything is in vibrational flux. The shaman is an agent of change.
5. Everything responds to focused intention (mindful attention.)
Proper intention and purity of motive are indispensable for all heartfelt shamanic practice. The shaman must thoroughly know him or herself in order to help others.
What is a Pachakuti Mesa?
In the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition we interact and build relationships with these unseen realms through the creation of a specific type of altar or mesa called the Pachakuti Mesa. This sacred patterning of elemental expressions, becomes the seat of spiritual vision and the game board for interacting with all of creation.