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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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  • AJ Krish

    Going back to the ancient healing methods seems to be the trend, nowadays. Yet people refuse to seek pride in their own culture!

  • Vrushali Mahajan

    Shamanism should be experimented by all. It gives you immense optimism and motivational power

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New Study Shows Link Between Meditation And Greater Focus

Supplementation, a healthy diet, and daily exercise are key, with recent studies showing that aerobic exercise also increases brain size.

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Pranayamic breathing is just one way to improve brain health.

Pranayamic breathing – an important part of yoga and meditation – has a unique ability to strengthen our focus and a new study by Trinity College Dublin has unlocked its secret. The researchers note that pranayamic breathing affects the levels of a natural chemical in the brain called noradrenaline. The latter is released when we are challenged, curious, focused, or emotionally excited. When present at the right levels, noradrenaline helps the brain grow new connections and helps us concentrate better on important tasks.

The old masters were on the right track

The researchers noted: “Practitioners of yoga have claimed for some 2,500 years, that respiration influences the mind. We looked for a neurophysiological link that could help explain these claims.” The researchers did so by measuring breathing, reaction time, and brain activity in a small area in the brainstem called the locus coeruleus, where noradrenaline is made. Noradrenaline is affected by stress; when we are worried or anxious we produce too much, and cannot concentrate. When we feel lazy, on the other hand, we produce too little and once again, focus is lost. One way to boost levels is through yoga; another method which can complement the latter is the consumption of medical grade focus supplements, which contain compounds such as octopamine (which has a similar effect to noradrenaline).

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Conversely, those with lower mindfulness ratings had greater activation of this part of the brain and also felt more pain. Pixabay

Pranayamic breathing aces the right balance

In the above study, researchers noted that brain activity in the part of the brain where noradrenaline is produced raises slightly when we inhale and drops slightly as we exhale. Thus, balance is achieved and we can focus on what we have set out to do. Pranayama not only boosts concentration but also produces “changes in arousal, attention, and emotional control that can be of great benefit to the meditator.”

What is Pranayamic breathing?

Pranayamic breathing involves controlling and extending breath, with a view to manipulating your vital energy, battling stress, and improving your mood. It is often used in meditation and yoga and interestingly, many yoga experts rank pranayama as even more important than asanas (the postures performed in a yoga session). In yogic tradition, breath is said to carry a person’s life force. Interestingly, scientific studies back this assertion to the extent that pranayamic breathing is able to boost brain function and change the actual structure of the brain. In recent studies, pranayamic breathing has been found to lower or stabilize blood pressure, lower stress, and reduce anxiety and depression.

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In order to comprehend better the Indian seers constructed the special “BOAT” – named Yoga/Meditation.

Implications of the study for aging

The researchers are excited that their findings could signal a way to prevent brain aging. They stated that if brains typically lose mass as we age, practices such as pranayamic breathing greatly reduce the rate of brain shrinkage, thus potentially helping keep dementia and related diseases at bay. Because keeping noradrenaline levels at an optimal level can help the brain grow new connections, meditation is an ideal activity to pursue.

Pranayamic breathing is just one way to improve brain health. Supplementation, a healthy diet, and daily exercise are key, with recent studies showing that aerobic exercise also increases brain size. To make the most of the effect of breathing on focus, consider joining a yoga class or learning the essence of pranayamic breathing online or through an app like Prana Breath or Universal Breathing.