Neo-Shamanism is based on the understanding that a sacred spirit dwells within each of us. This “inner-Shaman” already knows the answers to the most fundamental and important questions in our lives. Unlike traditional shamanism, where the mystical experience is sometimes only available to a single member of the tribe, Neo-Shamanism asserts that the mystical experience is available to all who are ready and willing to receive it.
Neo-Shamanism has absolutely nothing to do with any Native American tribe, because none of those cultures ever used the word “Shaman” to refer to their healers– the word Shaman actually comes from Siberia. What Neo-Shamanism shares with traditional Shamanism and Native American cultures is an emphasis on living in harmony with Nature, embracing the energetics of ceremony and prayer, recognizing that everything exists as vibration, and letting go of the logical mind so that we can be guided by non-logical ways of understanding. Neo-Shamanic practice places an emphasis on the individual spiritual journey and re-discovering our life purpose, guided by teachers who have already taken that journey themselves. Shamanic experiences often use special drumming and breathing techniques to safely access the subconscious. Both classical Shamanism and Neo-Shamanism are really more about our responsibilities — to the Earth, to ourselves, and to others — than they are about acquiring supernatural powers of healing or intuition.