Excerpt from the book “Shamanism- Awaken and Develop the Shamanic Force Within” by Christa Mackinnon:
The most important understanding we develop when we get involved in shamanism is that there is no ‘wholeness’, no positive human development, no ultimate joy, contentment and fulfilment, without nourishing our souls, expanding our consciousness and experiencing ourselves as an integrated part of the whole.
So the shamanic archetype within the human phyche is stirring, because it represents what we have lost: the connection to the Earth, to nature, to our soul, and to the sacred. It represents mystery, magic, community. It represents our yearning to break down the limiting cognitive and ego barriers of our minds, to alter our states and to let our consciousness soar, so that we can experience the sacred in all its awe-inspiring ways. It represents the human quest of going beyond the limits of the ordinary and of experiencing the magical. It represents our power to dream our own life into being.