How to Know if You’re a Shaman

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.

contemplative shaman with trident on dirty ground
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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.

Shaman’s Today

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.

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6 responses to “How to Know if You’re a Shaman”

  1. michael Avatar

    Often feel more then I should connection. With nature and animals like I can feel all feel at pease in nature like I belong. Can’t ever find pease or happiness in moder world love or luck. Intuition I can sence and feel things danger in life and people read them. Like I have known them for years almost care more about helping all nature and life. Not good with crouds or people. Prefer alone and quietness. Often. Feel I’m being called. By something I can’t explain. Why? Why does this religion type beliefs call to me. When. No others do or seem rite

    1. Blackhawk Avatar

      Being a shaman is not a religion. It is a spiritual duty to which one is called by the spirits. It is a life of servitude to your family and extended family.

    2. Lucy Whitmarsh Avatar
      Lucy Whitmarsh

      I feel just the same way, Michael. I prefer being alone, I feel like I don’t fit in, I feel like I’m being called, and I feel a great, spiritual connection with nature and animals. Your comment was helpful for me. Blessings to you. PS–I’m reading a lovely book right now you might like called the Mist-filled Path by Frank MacEowan 🙂

  2. Amanda Avatar

    Hello so I definitely went through all of that and i was so scared i didnt know what was happening to me please help me figire out how to finish it and that it itst to late for me

    1. Blackhawk Avatar

      Go to your indigenous community leader to see if there is a shaman with whom yo may apprentice.

  3. Blackhawk Avatar

    This article is utter BS. It leads people to believe that they are a special kind of something that they are not. #decolonizespirituality #shamanisnotacostume

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