Shamanism is a very broad and inaccurate term to describe someone who calls upon, and mediates with spirit beings. It is hard to determine a traditional teaching related to shamanism, because the term itself was taken by Russians after communicating with the natives of Siberia. After that, western anthropologists have used this term, in a very general sense, to describe insanely huge diverse spiritual systems. This shamanism training online below, uses a traditional shamanic approach of communicating with spirits, yet it is very modern in it’s Neoshamanic approach of keeping things simple and friendly, and giving anyone access to these ancient teachings through the most modern approach of teaching it online:
The question that is almost impossible to answer is: what is traditional shamanism? This is because the traditions are as diverse as there are cultures big and small on Earth.
The duties of the shaman, within its cultural limits, can be diverse as well, encompassing way more than just communicating with spirits.
A shaman can be anything from a storyteller, village psychologist, to fortune teller. A shaman can be a woman or a man. In the end, anyone can call themselves’s a shaman if they attempt to contact spirits, even mediums.
There has been some conflict, however, between so called traditional shamanism, and the New Age Neoshamanism. The New Age group tend to dismiss the pain, fear, and evil aspects of shamanism ritual and initiation. Whereas the traditional form of initiation often includes an ordeal, which creates much pain, hardship and terror. The New Age approach dose not like the negative side of this, and tends to shy away from it. On the other hand, Neoshamanism is interested to clearing up blockages and releasing subconscious garbage, and activating energies that can be uncomfortable for the client to experience at first.
So who is right?
In my opinion, both are right, because the only thing that connects most shamanic principals, in this extremely loose terminology, is the ritual and practice of communicating with Spirit.
A shamanic journey is a personal journey. Each individual can journey his or her way. In Daniela’s shamanic journey course, she teaches you to avoid evil spirits, so to speak, yet you don’t have to do this: this journey is your journey.
Traditional vs Neohamanism. What’s the Difference?
Neoshamanism is interested in giving you a positive experience. My personal opinion is that the New Age, although connected to the old one, is exactly that: something new for shamanism! I think we do progress toward greater enlightenment as a collective consciousness, and the more we can exclude and rid ourselves of terror, pain and hardship the better…