Shamanic Healing Technologies

Shaman is a term given to those who heal and advise through entering non-ordinary states of consciousness through trance induced by a wide range of means (many without the use of drugs).

Shamanic technologies originate from many indigenous cultures assist the practitioner to access areas of consciousness not readily accessible during ordinary states of awareness.

The Shamanic healer accesses deep intuitive processes through chanting, drumming, humming, meditating, dancing, rocking, fasting, making art, music, being in nature etc.

The mechanism for entry to these states is called the 'frequency following effect', in which the heart and brain can literally be encouraged to change frequency of rhythms and waves to follow that of the drumming, music, dancing, chanting etc.

Modern technologies such as mind machines (sound and light machines) and Low Energy Neurofeedback Systems (LENS) have refined the frequency following effect to be able to target specific states and locations of the brain.

For more on LENS, See the work of Dr. Len Ochs at Ochs Labs.

A Shamanic perspective includes an acceptance of reality including much more than the ordinary waking state of awareness can comprehend.

An Australian Shamanic healer is 66 year old Philosopher/Educator Zen-Tantric Shaman Deva Daricha, founder of the Centre for human transformation in Victoria.

Also check out this internationally respected shamanic researcher, teacher and author anthropologist Michael Harner.

Stephen Larsen PhD is also an accomplished Shamanic Researcher and proponent of Low Energy Neurofeedback Systems (LENS) who established the Stone Mountain Retreat Centre in the United States.

The varieties of shamanism are almost as numerous as those who practice it, but there are many core practices and elements.

What is Shamanism?

"Over tens of thousands of years, our ancient ancestors all over the world discovered how to maximize human abilities of mind and spirit for healing and problem-solving. The remarkable system of methods they developed is today known as "shamanism," a term that comes from a Siberian tribal word for its practitioners: "shaman" (pronounced SHAH-mahn). Shamans are especially distinguished by the use of journeys to hidden worlds otherwise mainly known through myth, dream, and near-death experiences." Michael Harner

See also the link to Transpersonal Psychology.

The complete idiot's guide to shamanism was written by Sociologist, Anthropologist, Lawyer, writer Ginni Graham Scott, Ph. D. and she has an interesting website on the subject here.

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