Shamanism isn’t difficult or mysterious, although it does operate from some premises that are outside mainstream Western thought. It provides a way of understanding some part of the cosmos that we can’t see or touch directly. While the notion of interacting with spiritual guides may seem far-fetched in our modern, scientific age, this worldview has arisen independently in indigenous cultures throughout the world. The actual tools and techniques of shamanism are straightforward, relatively simple, and very thoroughly tested.
–From Practical Shamanism, A Guide for Walking in Both Worlds by Katie Weatherup.
Shamanism is a spiritual technique or method, it is not a religion. It is probably one of the oldest practices, dating back at least 30 - 40,000 years. Shamanic practice is a way to reconnect with the spirit of the Universe. The shaman knows that everything has spirit; trees, plants, humans, animals, and rocks alike, and we can reconnect with this vital spirit.
Shamans travel into non-ordinary reality to meet with helping spirits for the good of the individual and the planet.
When one is 'power filled' (completely filled with one's own spiritual vitality) that person is said to be invulnerable to illness, bad luck, and injury.
When someone is ill they are said to be missing their spiritual power.
The shaman can travel into non-ordinary reality (the collective unconscious) to retrieve their missing power (or soul loss) and return it to them so that they're no longer vulnerable.
Like a spiritual battery that has lost power and needs to be recharged; so you are working at full spiritual power.
Shamanic practices are for everybody. Anyone willing to see themselves, to walk the journey of healing, and to reconnect with spirit can be a shaman.
In ancient times everyone communed with nature and spirit as a way of life, we have simply forgotten.
I am an initiated mesa carrier in the lineage of the the Q'ero shamans of the High Andes of Peru.
What that means is that I have the blessings of these people to work with many of their healing traditions and practices and to work with and honor their spirit lineage of medicine men and woman as well.
The Q’ero Shamans are the living lineage holders of their Incan ancestors that were nearly extinguished by the Spanish Conquistadors. They lived in secluded mountain villages at an altitude of 15,000 feet where neither the state nor the Inquisition could find them. They descended from their mountains in 1949 to deliver a body of prophecy about the time to come for their people and for the planet, announcing a period of great upheaval and climate chaos leading to a millennium of gold and peace.
The Q'ero are the last of the Incas-a tribe who sought refuge at altitudes of above 14,000 ft in order to escape the invading conquistadors in the 1500s. For 500 years the Q'ero elders have preserved a sacred prophecy of pachacuti or 'great change', in which the world will be turned right-side-up, harmony and order will be restored, and chaos and disorder ends.
When the spanish conquered the Incas 500 years ago, is when the last pachacuti , or great change, occurred. The Q'ero have been waiting ever since for the next pachacuti, when order will emerge out of chaos. For the past five centuries they have preserved their sacred knowledge. Finally, in recent years, the signs are being fulfilled that the great time of change is at hand.
The prophecies are optimistic. They refer to the end of time as we know it-the death of a way of thinking and of being, the end of a way of relating to nature and earth as something separate from ourselves.
The prophecies say that in a couple of years a golden age emerges, a millennium of peace. They also speak of tumultuous changes happening in the earth, and in our psyche, redefining our relationships and our spirituality. The next pachacuti has already begun., and it promises the emergence of a new human-homo luminous- after this period of turmoil. The chaos that is characteristic of this period will l last another 4 years accordion to the Q'ero.
The paradigm of European (western) civilization will collapse, and the new way of the earth people will return. Even more importantly, the shamanic elders speak of a tear in the fabric of time itself. This will present us with an opportunity to describe ourselves not who we have been in the past, but of who we are becoming.
Pachacuti is taking place on the collective level. It is the process of emergence that is available to all people.
According to the ancient prophecy, this is the time of the great gathering (called the Mastay) and the reintegration of the peoples of the Four Directions. The Q'ero have released their teachings to the West in preparation for the day the Eagle of the North and the Condor of the South (of the americas) fly together again.
"The new caretakers of the Earth will come from the West, and those who have made the greatest impact on mother Earth now have the moral responsibility to remake their relationship with her. After remaking themselves"
~Antonio Morales, Master Q'ero Shaman
The Q'ero see that the doors between the worlds (seen and unseen) are opening once again. Holes in time that we can step through and beyond, where we can explore our human capabilities. Regaining our luminous nature is a possibility today for all who dare to take the leap.
The Andean Shamans say,
"Follow your own footsteps.
Learn from the rivers,
the trees and the rocks.
honor the Christ,
your brothers and sisters.
honor the Earth Mother and the Great Spirit.
Honor yourself and all of creation."
"Look with the eyes of your soul and engage the essential", is the teaching of the Q'ero
from~Prophecies of the Q'ero Inca shaman bibliotecapleyades.net