A shaman is a healer with a connection to nature. Someone who enters a trance and can connect with the Universe, Spirits, and other realms more than most people can.
Shaman’s believe that all things have a spirit and healing needs needs to happen on the spirit level or else it is not complete. They often use herbs to aid the spirit and the body in healing itself. Sometimes, the remedies are ones that are brought back by the Shaman from Spirit Realms.
Shamans were highly regarded within their communities. In ancient times, and in some cultures around the world today, to become a shaman you would go off on a spirit vision quest and if you came back after having had a vision, you would be able to learn from the current shaman in the village. This quest was nothing to take lightly. You went off into the woods by yourself, with no food or water. If you survived the natural world, you still had to survive the spiritual world.
A second way would be to survive a venomous snakebite. If you survived something that is known to kill, then you must have healing powers and connections with spirits. This is still true today, but it takes on a more general meaning. The general meaning is that if you have survived a near death experience, you might be a shaman.
Today, the most common indicator of a shaman is if you having struggled through great hardship in your life. If you have ever found yourself on the streets, living out of your car, REALLY down on your luck and have come back from it prospering, you might be a shaman.
Another indication is having an illness which is baffling to modern medicine. Sometimes Shaman’s would be the outcast because of an incurable disease. One of the most common illnesses that was a possible indicator of shamanism was Schizophrenia and seizures.
You might be a shaman if you:
- Are an introvert
- Feel more at home in nature
- Feel you’re meant to do something bigger than yourself
- Want to ease the pain and suffering of animals, humans and nature
- Fall victim to “shaman sicknesses”. In modern culture, these shamanic sicknesses may fall into difficult to treat categories like chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, chronic Lyme Disease, chronic pain disorders, and autoimmune disorders
- Have vivid dreams
- Experience psychic powers or “siddhis”
- Feel you don’t quite belong
If any of these signs speak to you, you may be a shaman who has yet to accept their calling.