Shamanism is any practice where a person journeys into an unseen world, or spirit world, and returns with unique knowledge. Shamans also sometimes use their powers to influence and manipulate the seen world, such as luring prey into traps, or inflicting harm upon their distant enemies.

Most often in psychedelic communities, shamans will use the transformative powers of psychedelic plant medicines to venture into the unseen spirit world and return with healing magic, or knowledge of the future.

Shamanism is a highly diverse practice and the specifics will vary depending on the culture in which it occurs. It often goes hand-in-hand with animistic belief systems, where every part of our world has an inner life or spirit, and shamans are capable of venturing into the hidden world of interrelationships between these beings.

Is My Gringo Ayahuasca Shaman / Ceremony Facilitator Any Good?

The globalization of ayahuasca has produced a wave of unqualified gringo shamans serving an ever-growing audience of neophytes who have little to no perspective of what a “good ayahuasca shaman” or what a “good ayahuasca ceremony” is. In a manner not so different from the West’s co-opting of the ancient Indian discipline of yoga and…

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What Is Shamanic Sound Healing?

Music and sound are powerful medicines. The use of sound for healing has a long and varied history. Long before the discovery of modern medical equipment and drugs, ancient civilizations used different techniques to heal various ailments, and one of those techniques was the use of sound. In ancient Egypt, for example, around 4000 BC,…

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Sex, Sacred Medicine & the Psychedelic Patriarchy

Sexual assault and misconduct among shamans has long plagued the plant medicine shamanism community, resulting in prolonged physical and emotional trauma for ceremony participants, rather than healing. But is it “wrong” for a shaman to sleep with a ceremony participant? When do accepted cultural behaviors transgress into sexual addiction and predation? And is it all…

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