Shamanism – A Universal Practice
Definition of Shamanism
A shaman is a mediator between the spirits (and the subtle worlds) and humans. This is the deep meaning of this word of Siberian origin (shaman comes etymologically from the Tungus language).
Whatever the time and civilization, shamanic practices have been observed among all indigenous and aboriginal peoples, so shamanism can be seen as universal. These practices generally lead to altered states of consciousness allowing one to perceive and interact with the spiritual world. However, it is possible to be a shaman without being a healer and not every healer is a shaman. In the same way, any person with the ability to perceive the subtle is not a shaman.
Being a shaman is not a status but a commitment.
To be a shaman is to be recognized by a community in a framework of interdependence with its members. The shaman then dedicates his life to caring for the human and natural community that surrounds him.
The shamanic practitioner serves and responds to the demands and needs of his or her community and of nature.
Can one become a shaman?
The techniques to become a shaman are diverse and depend mainly on the country where the practitioner lives and grows up, the codes relative to the environment and the ancient culture of the territory. For example, Mongolian shamans will let themselves be incorporated by the spirits of their ancestors who come to deliver messages through them to the people who attend the sessions. The druids will have a special connection with the spirits, including those of the forest and trees. The African witch doctors will use dance more to enter into a trance and thus perceive the messages. The Amerindians traditionally communicate with the spirits of animals and ancestors through various practices often linked to prayer, ceremonies and youth.
The word shaman designates many and many practices more or less related to the ancient traditions having a deep link to nature, to the different kingdoms and to the Earth. For some years now, this term has been used in all sorts of ways and we can easily be misled in its use.
Moreover, the ‘neo-shamanism’ current proposes many impressive and fast sensations. People with abilities or gifts that are beginning to open up (which is natural in this day and age) call themselves healers or shamans, without having learned, practiced or worked on themselves.
Although there are many ways to become a shaman, none of them can be quick. While there may be occasional thrills, this is not the goal.
Depending on the civilization, the paths to becoming a shaman are more or less difficult. In any case, a shaman must be able to “come and go” between worlds. Blue Eagle identifies two paths in shamanism.
- The first, and most common, is that of hardcore shamanism where extreme experiences such as experiencing near death, leads a person to travel between worlds. This aspirant is then trained by an experienced shaman.
- The second, called initial shamanism, involves daily training in increasingly advanced spiritual practices over several years to achieve the same result.
We are not saying here that all people who have had a near-death experience are shamans, nor that you have to have experienced it to become one. The initiatory path is safer and brings benefits, regardless of the level reached by the person who practices the techniques taught.
Blue Eagle has lived both ways.
He died and came back to life several times as a child, and again as an adult in 2018.
He has also been initiated for over 25 years with many grandfathers and grandmothers, shamans, medicine men and women from North America, from many Nations.
Shamanism in this site
You will find a large part of the teaching received in this way, especially in the “Let’s create the world” training. However, the transmission of ancestral knowledge is traditionally done orally. A website can therefore in no way claim to lead anyone to an initiation and even less to a shamanic recognition.
The PCC (Certified Shamanic Practitioners) trained and recognized by Aigle Bleu, can accompany the aspirants in their practices.
Occasionally, Blue Eagle still offers trainings and initiations, but much less often than before. The calendar on this site will help you find events that can help you on your way.
The objective here is to bring you to understand realities other than those of the so-called modern world in which we live. Aigle Bleu was born and lives in Canada, so his shamanic practices are those of North America.
He proposes a traditional North American shamanic approach, a synthesis of the most effective methods he has found. He has adapted them to the modern world in which we evolve, since it is also a characteristic of the ancestral shamanic path: It is here to help the people to rise and must therefore evolve according to the changing circumstances of life.
This red path that is offered to you, invites you to a fantastic universe where magic and dreams take a place that has been too often forgotten in this modern world. Instilling the sacred and the marvelous into everyday life which then takes on meaning, offering you the possibility of creating a world more harmonious with nature, the true and the beautiful!
Have a good trip! 🙂