There are 3 primary concepts that define a shamanic practice:
-an animistic view that all things posses a spirit
-a familial relationship with the spirit nations
-the ability to travel and act as a liaison between the physical and spirit worlds
To carefully and conscientiously walk between these worlds requires discipline, practice and dedication. Shamanism is not a religion or hobby, it is a conscious and active lifestyle that changes the way you experience the world around you. You may feel called to shamanism, but you do not get to decide to call yourself a “shaman,” that is a role either passed down through lineage or a role acknowledged and accepted by the community. However, you do have the choice to live your life in a shamanic way and you may feel called to become a practitioner of shamanism as a way to improve your life and serve the community, the land and/or the spirits. This is a path that requires an incredible amount of integrity and self-study. There is no certificate at the end of the program. This is a lifelong process of becoming and unbecoming.