Survival in the natural world made this way of life standard, for the indications in nature would clearly mark and provide the opening of awareness for health. 


This consciousness is now more available and hopefully  those on this path will be taken in heart and experience a shamanic reality of good will.   The original view of shamanism was based in a natural world that indicated how to move with existing circumstance and challenges. Ancient cultures understood the importance of having a designated leader to look over the health and welfare of the tribe as this person would work for the greater good and health of the community.   


Shamanic life and the environment

Today our understanding of shamanism has evolved to include a new way for urban people to experience spirituality. In order to have an experience of shamanism we are supported to open the mind to a subtle experience with distinctions of body, mind and thought. Knowledge of this creates new reality and awareness that subtleties in our personal world also touch the world around, and therefore as we effect change subtlely then we can affect our world.

The transition of a shamanic consciousness from a rural to an urban environment marks a strong point of experience for spirituality. If we examine the roots of shamanism in tribal community we see that urban community has a very different perspective and need than what was. One clear example is that the human body is not capable of being held in another’s consciousness for the natural way of existing is to open in reverence to nature as something larger, wiser and more powerful.  For some this experience is not of comfort for in the urban way we do not have the understanding of mother natures’ consciousness as was once.

When a shamanic practitioner makes use of a healing protocol the practice is to hold to a specific power. The nature of power is to exist as holding and enforcement, the real issue is how to maintain the greater good. If the protocol is a way of opening to consciousness of heart then the outcome is of good nature.  Clear and clean signs for proper management of consciousness and energy are indicated in the values that each hold. To open to greater support and health is the only way to work with shamanism in urban life.

As the community works  in harmony there is movement towards aligning with intention. This power is of importance for if good intention is maintained, the community can grow in wisdom and experience. When the intention of practice is only to remove then the power will create misalignment.  The stability of the community is maintained through an attitude of service that includes and opens in potency.   

The shamanic way of power

To understand how power is held in relation to culture, we look and see that there has always been a person of power who protects community. This person is devoted and usually given a way of experience that demonstrates in practice a high dedication to community at large. Ancient culture has proven to know that the one who is qualified to look beyond the natural world and observe how the signs dictate the flow of awareness is linked with the greater power.

The practice of observing how the flow of energy reflects surroundings and collective voice will provide the way to access subtle consciousness. In practice this means that the awareness of the Shaman is good if it serves to help and hold the standard of health for all. When challenges develop the way is revealed through observation of how light and power guide understanding and heart.  In todays’ world there is standard for training where as in the old way the chosen one was taken through a series of experiences to know that there would be respect for the power and total dedication to health. This meant that the apprentice was usually given a task to meet death and choose which way was best for care of the whole.

What the world needs is a view of shamanism based in the way of the ancient culture where care for community and health are the way. In spiritual matters we know that this path is of value if those practicing shamanism can view themselves humbly as the vehicle and not the way.

Shamanism as a way health

As a practitioner of earth based health practices I have known how this sensitive work describes a lack of awareness and consciousness. The common view practiced in this time usually works to exclude or remove that which is not of interest. To work in this way is limited in focus. Throughout my training in shamanic studies the most powerful and healing of experiences was with a native group that taught community based health and healing. This work placed understanding of the whole as valuable, teaching that the work of the shaman is that which looks to protect wholeness and heart.

Copyright Denise Richard


In other words what transpires in awareness through the natural world, informs and links with the subtle world, and therefore offers a way of viewing and interpreting a way of protection through observation and reflection.

                                                            Blazing Sunflowers  2017 Copyright Denise Richard

Grateful heart took

the pain so

peacefully rejecting

what darkness wanted

The blissful note

of love sweetly

ignited the vessel

to hold all

Bounty is made

of all who

come to place

light in relationship

Without goodness

the one who walks

will not

hold the nation