Shamanism includes a broad range of traditional beliefs and practices. Through connections and relationships with spirits, Shamanism provides the ability to diagnose, treat and cure human suffering. Shaman traditions have been practiced around the world since early history. Shamanistic traditions are found in many cultures, not limited to Native North American, but include European, Korean, Japanese, and several Asian traditions as well.
At times the help sought can be for the sake of healing disease, or it can be for the sake of healing the psyche, or to promote harmony between human groups or between humans and nature.
Different forms of Shamanism are found around the world, and practitioners are also known as medicine men or women, or even witch doctors. It has been especially popular among circumpolar peoples.
Dr. Steve Sterr teaches Shamanism 101
"We are being called back to our sacred Earth; back to our original wholeness. For this, we need knowledgeable and skilled leadership. Shamanism's earthy, natural spirituality brings a timely and healing voice when we yearn to reconnect with the Whole from which we came. Shamanism is a spiritual practice, and our planet's growing interest in shamanic studies comes from a silent, deep need to reconnect with our Earth and with each other."
IEHealers and Shamanism
Trudy Baker, one of the founders of IEHealers, was born in a family where energy healing was the norm. She learned it as naturally as she learned to walk and to talk, watching and copying what her mother did. She tells many stories of helping animals and people, who were ill, become healthy and well. She studied many healing modalities in her adult life. Nevertheless, she traces her roots in energy healing back to Celtic Shamanism.