Shamanism has been a practice that has been around since humans have existed in every culture around the world. Shamanism are also known as medicine men/women, holy men/women and many other names. We use drumming, rattling, song and prayers to communicate with the spirit world and seek aid from the loving spirits. This is done for healing, divination, and self exploration. Shamanism (also called spirit doctoring) believes that physical, mental, or emotional illness often has a spiritual root.
Shamanic practitioners refer to themselves as "hollow bones". This is because with the aid of spirit guides, power animals, ancestors, and many other helpful spirits, we act as a conduit to facilitate healing here in our earthly realm. As a shamanic practitioner, I have been through training with a teacher to learn how to develop a strong relationship with the spirit world filled with love, respect and trust. Shamanism is not a religion, it is a practice so it can be done with anyone of any faith. Here is a link to a fantastic explanation of Shamanism. Shamanism is not a replacement for traditional western medicine or psychotherapy, but rather an adjunct to it.
Shamanic Healing Ceremony
There are many things that can happen during a shamanic healing ceremony, such as:
-Power Animal Retrieval
-Balancing One's Spirit
-Rose Water and/or Florida Water
-Use of sacred herbs such as palo santo, copal, sage, etc.