By Christina Pratt
Shamanism may be outlined because the perform of initiated shamans who're special by way of their mastery of quite a number altered states of awareness. Shamanism arises from the activities the shaman takes in non-ordinary truth and the result of these activities in usual fact. it's not a faith, but it calls for non secular self-discipline and private sacrifice from the mature shaman who seeks the top levels of mystical improvement
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Ecstasy and Healing in Nepal: An Ethnopsychiatric Study of Tamang Shamanism. Malibu, CA: Undena Publications, 1981. ––––––. ” Revision 13, no. 2 (1990): 71–85. Walsh, R. ” Journal of Transpersonal Psychology. Palo Alto, CA: Transpersonal Institute 27, no. 1 (1995): 25–56. xxxviii SHAMANS AND SPIRITS The shaman’s power to help and to heal comes from the spirits. This lifeforce-like power is inherent in all things. In the shaman’s world, where the manifestations of this energy can be frightening and the related dangers grave, it is always honored for it connects all things.
Our waking experience is that of being in just one world, the most probable, when in fact quantum physics tells us that we are in an infinite number of worlds all the time. A possible world in quantum physics is physical; it is a set of experiences that take place within a region of space and over a period of time. Shamans are aware of living simultaneously in parallel worlds. Mastering this ability is an important element of their training. These simultaneous worlds are constantly interacting, coming together and flying apart in dimensions we normally do not experience.
The observer always affects that which is observed. Both scientists and shamans interpret their experiences subjectively; there is no other way any of us can view things. Quantum waves exist for the physicist in the same way that spirits exist for the shaman. Quantum waves are invisible; they are constructs of human thought necessary for us to understand atomic and subatomic matter, the building blocks of our world. Even though we have never actually observed them, we believe in them. Quantum waves are theorized to be coherent energy patterns in a greater field of energy.
An Encyclopedia of Shamanism, vol. 1 by Christina Pratt