Dr Nancy Martin
Shamanism is known as the oldest spiritual and mystical practice still existing in our planet. Its presence dates back 30 to 40 thousand years ago, a time where consciousness emerged into the human mind. Throughout time and evolution, many of the shamanic practices have spread across the world and remain prevalent in a multitude of religious practices. Nevertheless, over time, their esoteric views on healing have become commonly overlooked and replaced by modern science. The holistic interpretation of human nature is being forgotten by a more “rational” approach about humankind. But what does shaman medicine truly entail? And how can we reclaim the effectiveness of its practices?
This research paper will focus on understanding the religious role of the shamans and their effectiveness of improving people’s physical and mental wellbeing through the engagement of spiritual practices and transcendental experiences. The use of meditation, drums, music, costumes, the intake of psychedelics and even botanical plants are some of the important tools that the shamans use in their ceremonies. These methods will be analyzed and compared with scientific data to prove that their medicine is effective and of great value. Hopefully, this paper will set forth the importance of balancing a mind-body-spirit connection when trying to improve ones health. Even in today’s modern world, we need to remember to take care of our internal bodies, become aware of our own thoughts. The shamans provide sacred insight about the importance of belief, faith and reflection as a way to self-heal. Their practices give people the courage to question themselves and their true meaning of life.
Frias, Carla, "Shamanism & Its Basic Spiritual Function To Heal" (2019). Student Scholar Symposium Abstracts and Posters. 373.