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Shamanism is soon catching up with other healing systems like yoga and meditation

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  • Shamanism is an ancient practice that dates back to Neolithic period
  • It is based on the idea that the visible world is often visited by invisible forces
  • An increasing number of female patients are turning to shamanism for healing

Shamanism is a psycho-spiritual transformational therapy for healing, dating back to the Neolithic period. The primary teachings of shamanism are based on human’s connection with nature and revolve around the well-being of each individual.

The word shaman has been derived from the word ‘saman’ in Tungus language in Siberia. It is translated to ‘one who is excited, moved, or raised’ and ‘inner heat.’ It is a known fact that shamanistic practices dominate every organized religion, generally as a part of their mystic and symbolic practices.

It is in the oldest system of consciousness transformation. Other traditional systems of consciousness transformation include yoga and alchemy. However, shamanism is different from these as it works with the soul or spirit.

Shamans are spiritual beings who work as ‘vessel’ and are blessed with the ability to heal, work with energies. It is also believed that they are able to see visions, which are invisible to other humans, said the marieclaire.com Website.

They are also credited with the ability to control the weather, witness spiritual being, interpret dreams, astral projection, and can travel between different dimensions.

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Shamanism is founded on the idea that the visible world is often visited by invisible forces or spirits that interfere with the lives of the beings.

One of the unique aspects of shamanism is ‘journey’. It is said that shamans experience a journey out of their bodies into the mystic world. It is in these outer-body experiences, shamans get healing power from the deities, ancestral spirits, and animals.

The marieclaire.com reported, it is interesting to note that shamanism is soon catching up with other healing systems like yoga and meditation. Speaking to Marie Clarie, Guru Jagat, a kundalini yoga, and meditation teacher, said, “There is a shift happening, a renaissance” that is driving more people to introspect.

Yoga training. Image courtesy: Wikimedia commons
Yoga training. Image courtesy: Wikimedia commons

According to a marieclaire.com report, Vivian Diller, a psychologist, believes that the rising shaman trend has its root in declining interest in religious practices. Diller said, “Millennials are turned off by organized Western religion and are more open to religions based on Eastern philosophy. In a world that is so uncertain, there is still a desire for a sense of control, so some believe a spiritual leader holds potential answers.”

He added that an increasing number of female patients are seeking additional help with spiritual healers as compared to the male patients.

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Over the past few decades, the term ‘shamanism’ has come out as a popular healing mechanism throughout the western world, especially in new-age circles.

A shamanic energy session helps an individual to bring about changes in their behaviors and patterns that aid them in controlling their keep their wants and desires. It has also been established that shamanic energy sessions have been very successful where other healing systems have failed.

Here are some of the benefits associated with a shaman energy session:

  • It is highly motivational and enhances an individual’s ability to create desired life changes
  • Increases optimism and power
  • Heightens the sense of being complete and wellness
  • Enables an individual to kick off addictions and maintain change
  • Strengthens the connection between spiritual source and soul purpose
  • Helps in fighting illness by repairing the immune system

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If Correctly Practiced, Yoga Can Help to Recover Mental Health Issues

Although studies with more participants would be helpful in further investigating its benefits, this small study indicates adding yoga to the prescription may be helpful

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Research has shown combining therapy and medication along with Yoga has greater success than either treatment alone. Pixabay

 

 If applied in right “doses”, Yoga and breathing exercises can improve symptoms of depression and anxiety in both short and long terms, reveal new research.

Published in the Journal of Psychiatric Practice, the study from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) provided evidence that yoga can be a helpful complementary treatment for clinical depression or major depressive disorder.

To reach this conclusion, a group of 30 clinically depressed patients were randomly divided into two groups.

Both groups engaged in lyengar yoga (founded by B.K.S. Iyengar) and coherent breathing with the only difference being the number of instructional and home sessions in which each group participated.

Over three months, the high-dose group spent 123 hours in sessions while the low-dose group spent 87 hours.

Results showed that within a month, both groups’ sleep quality significantly improved.

Tranquility, positivity, physical exhaustion and symptoms of anxiety and depression significantly improved in both groups, as measured by several validated clinical scales

“Think of it this way, we give medications in different doses in order to enact their effects on the body to varying degrees. Here, we explored the same concept, but used yoga. We call that a dosing study,” explained Chris Streeter, associate professor of psychiatry at BUSM.

Past yoga and depression studies have not really delved deeply into this.

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If applied in right “doses”, Yoga and breathing exercises can improve symptoms of depression and anxiety in both short and long terms, reveal new research. Pixabay

“The data is crucial for accompanying investigations of underlying neurobiology that will help elucidate ‘how’ yoga works,” added study co-author Marisa M. Silveri, neuroscientist at McLean Hospital and associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Research has shown combining therapy and medication has greater success than either treatment alone.

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Although studies with more participants would be helpful in further investigating its benefits, this small study indicates adding yoga to the prescription may be helpful. (IANS)