What Everybody Ought to Know About Shamanism

What Everybody Ought to Know About Shamanism

Shamanism is all about relationships. In this post, we’re going to explore what a shaman is, what role shamanism has played in different cultures around the world, and lastly, how a shamanic perspective can be integrated into your life. 

So, what is a shaman?

Tracked back to the late 17th century through Russian etymology, the term shaman most likely originated in North Asia, where the Manchu-Tungus language described a personified version of the verb ‘to know’ (sa); the shaman is ‘one who knows’. Now, you may be thinking…the one who knows what? Perhaps we can think of it as the one who knows what we may not know.

What sorts of folks are there in your life that you look to for something you do not ‘know’? Perhaps a mechanic, or a doctor…you could think of anyone that you go to with trust. You trust that they know something that you do not. Now, when thinking of someone like this, there are aspects of training and experiential wisdom that are essential to trust building. This experiential wisdom, across pretty much every culture, looks like deep service in healing work for their communities. 

Shamans are found in many different traditions, spanning across each continent, often sitting at the intersection of healing, arts, medicine and ritual. Within many traditions, we see correlations between shamanism and community health; bridging art into medicine and healing into ritual can make a big impact on a culture. 

So, back to relationships. Bridging these oftentimes segmented and compartmentalized portions of society is the work the shaman does. Why? Because it’s important to understand (and tend) the relationships between and amongst all things. 

The Here & Now 

Alright, so maybe now you can feel more of a sense of what a shaman may be, and what role they’ve served their communities. Other than being vital contributors to the health of their community ecosystems, shamans are super connectors. They bridge realms, through and amongst dimensions, between and across species, and within many timelines. This is a way of being in relationship. 

Is there an animal spirit that you feel a strong connection to? How could you strengthen this relationship? Perhaps it’s drawing the animal, or doing a dance to embody the feeling that this animal evokes in you. 

At the end of the day, we are at a point in human history where it’s important for us to trust ourselves. We can begin to start sourcing internally what we’ve traditionally outsourced because we hadn’t invited our innate gifts to come fully online. 

The time has arrived to empower our inner knowing, so that we can walk through life in the right relationship with the part of us that ‘knows’. In essence, there is an aspect of us that is shamanic, and that has shamanic abilities. It’s time to invite ourselves into trusting what comes through, feeling empowered by our inner knowing, staying surrendered to the fact that oftentimes the more we know, the more we know that we don’t know…

Humility is key, let’s keep expanding, friends!

[POSTPONED] Virtual: Merlin’s Cave: Evening with Celtic Shamanism

Have you ever wondered why you have the habits you have? Are you burning to know what programs your subconscious is running about you? Are you ready to learn a tool to help you understand your inner world better? Are you ready to discover your unique gifts and connection with nature and Mother Gaia?

Enjoy an evening workshop on trance states led by Teresa Strassner and a meditation journey in the Celtic shamanic tradition with a workshop led by  journey led by Matthew Koren, an experienced Healer and Guide in the Lineage of King Salomon. He is dedicated to providing loving, light-filled spaces for healing, and is committed to supporting the growth of all human beings.

What to Expect:

We’ll start with a workshop on trance states: What is trance? When do we use it and what is it good for anyway? Then we’ll practice entering a trance state. 

After a short social break, we’ll being the ceremony and journey. Journeying is a traditional way of meditating with a drumbeat to drop into our subconscious mind. The intention of this journey is to discover unconscious attitudes and beliefs we hold about who we are, allowing them to rise to the surface on the symbology of the subconscious mind. This allows us to start to work with them in our own life and bring in all the blessings associated with our strengths and gifts.

In this ceremony, you will:

  • Evoke Celtic powers to support you on your journey.
  • Journey to Mother Gaia to get your questions answered.
  • Along the way, you just might discover something new about yourself!

How to Prepare:

Come dressed in comfortable clothes, and bring a notebook/paper and writing utensil to take notes on your experience. We will discuss the symbols your subconscious is using to communicate with you. Water and tea is provided, but feel free to bring a snack to bless on the altar and share. Workshop fee: $42 [Now $25 as a virtual event! Link provided upon registration.]



Teresa’s Bio:

Teresa is an ardent student of the Rokkatru faith.  For the past decade she has been a runic guide and pagan practitioner.  It is her mission in life to connect people with their inner compasses and fill in some of the blank spots on the maps of choices we all have.  This way her clients can choose their next step with confidence, knowing that they have all of the information gathered from the roots of the Tree of Life laid out in front of them.

Matthew’s Bio:

Matthew is inspired by the potential of connecting the measurable and immeasurable, Science and Spirit, to bridge the worlds of scientific theory with the magick of real-world experience. He is driven by a need to understand why we exist and our place in the multi-universe.

Matthew’s approach assimilates the latest research in consciousness studies, psychology, business, organizational development, mindfulness and meditation, resonance and quantum field theory to support his clients. He has discovered unique ways to meld his formal education and research into the development of high-functioning executive leaders with his deep training in Western Hermetics and mystery traditions, and a life-long path of embracing Science and Spirituality. It is this unique mix allows him to create personalized tools that work no matter the situation to create powerful business results for each of his clients.

Matthew now serves as a consultant and spiritual guide for his clients at Spirit in Transition. His professional work and philanthropy focuses on the cultivation of personal empowerment and community solutions to the world’s most pressing issues. He is a certified Guide, Healer and Ritual Master by the Modern Mystery School and Lineage of King Salomon.



“10 out of 10 stars! I felt significantly better for weeks after the experience.”

~Jeremiah, Life Activation client

“Your offer to be with me and share some reflections were insightful. I share this information with you, because I want you to know that I am pretty impressed how you caught the subtleties which no neuro-doc or cognitive behavioral therapist has been able to observe. You have a gift. Thank you for the precious gift of your presence. It allowed me to confirm and speak out loudly – my truth.”  ~Minnie Juneja

Thank you for helping me to attain my highest aspirations in life, Matthew!” 

~ Mike A.