Rich & Shamanism
Shamanism, like yoga, has many stereotypes and misconceptions.
It is often assumed that only Native Americans practised. It's often assumed that Ayahuasca has a large part to play in it too. It's also often assumed that there is lots of fire, drumming, and singing. Well, that last one is true.
For Rich, Shamanism is a way of life. It is a philosophy for living (again, similar to yoga) that connects you to nature but also to your true nature; your true Self. And at the core of all the practises and ceremonies is finding ways to live from the Heart instead of the Head.
Different versions of Shamanic ceremonies and celebration and hearings have been practiced all over the world for tens of thousands of years. Most indigenous people had shamans or 'seers' or medicine people, and they would have all practiced ceremonies and healings that may have been very similar despite no inter-continental communications at the time. The Vikings, Pagans, Druids, Aborigines all had and have seers or Shamans, as do tribes of Mongolia and China and many places in between.
He don't use drugs or hallucinogenics in his practices or studies and it's actually quite a small percentage of traditional people that do. Instead the focus is on breath, meditation, media work, dreamwork, and journeys.
Yes, there's a lot of drumming. There's a lot if singing. There's fire, burning herbs, dancing, and rattles too. But all of it connects to our deeper Self and subconscious in order to wake up and engage the spirits and powers of our truth.
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