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fundamenta l element in this is the shamanic
journey. Shamans may sing, danc e, drum,
take drugs, fast or use a wide range of other
methods to open the door to other worlds
to which they travel and pass through,
enc ountering spirit beings which c an be the
sourc e of knowledge, wisdom, healing and
access to the past and future. The idea is to
bring these gifts back to the community in
servic e to its needs.
Spirit beings ta ke many forms,
depending on the culture in which the
shaman operate s. But from a psychologic al
and medical point of view, these are
powerful images or symbols which allow
access to both individual and collective
unconscious processes and can change key
physiologic al and psychologic al fa ctors
involved in health and wellb eing when
used in rituals. In this way, they are akin to
hypnosis, meditation, imagery healing, a nd
narrative psychotherapy, for example.
The future of shamanism is now assured.
Whereas once it was considered to be a
‘primitive’ residue of pre-literate culture s,
it is now taken a whole lot more seriously.
The drugs taken in shamanic journeys in
North, Central and South America, as well
as Africa, are now being examined from
the point of view of their healing value in
addictions, in particular, a nd a wide range
of other disorders.
Of pa rticular interest is the growing
connection bet we en shamanic practices and
psychiatry. The World Health Organisation
(WHO) beg an this hybridisation of what
appe ared to be these two very different
approache s to human suffering in 1972
under the guidance of Dr Lambo, a
Nigerian medical doctor. However, these
early attempts faded by the 1980s only to be
resurrected in the last decade. What we now
have are ways in which Western psychiatry
a nd medicine can join with shamanic healing
to produc e new and effective treatments that
are culturally rele vant.
A good example of this is a program in
which I was professionally involved in the
Western Desert in Australia. It was est ablished
to deal with the difficulties associated with
extreme alcohol abu se and derivative illnesses
in Aboriginal communities. A A , Western
medicine and psychiatry had not made any
impression on the scale or severity of the
problem. This ch anged with the involvement
of Aboriginal sh amans (Marban) who worked
with doctors, social workers and psychiatrist s
to create a program of healing. What was
distinctive about this program was that it was
implemented around the shamanic diagnosis
of soul loss where alcoholics were considered
to have undergone serious soul d am age
leading to soul loss – the loss of connection
with life, passion for life, and a corrosion of
the desire to live, replaced by a drive toward
death. Shamans combine myths (Dreaming
stories), rituals expressing these my ths and
specific healing journeys to find the lost soul
and restore it – and life – to vitality.
Of course, ma ny would claim that this is
irrational, unsusta inable and a step back into
a pa st best forgotten. However, worldwide,
the results from all continents cannot be
ignored. A new profe ssion is emerging: it
is the shamanic practitioner who is taught
a nd mentored in traditional healing,
shama nic journeys and ritual techniques,
as well as being able to access the latest in
research about psychotherapy, coun selling,
consciousne ss and psychiatry.
Of particular interest is the
growing connection between
shamanic practices and
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