A taste of shamanic medicine and culture

Shamanic medicine and plant culture was the focus of the Somara Shamanic Medicine Forum held in Byron Bay yesterday. Interest in shamanic practices, which have been with us for millennia, is growing in Australia and western countries.

Video Sharon Shostak


4 responses to “A taste of shamanic medicine and culture”

  1. Rak Raza, says:

    Bravo, Sharon and Echo Net: a well-balanced report on a vibrant community gathering in our fair Shire. Gracias x

  2. Rachel says:

    Yes great. It’s good. But also highly misunderstood. And most don’t have the pyschological and physical discipline, maturity, groundedness and expertise to enter into these arenas without causing great trauma to their energetic and physical bodies, their minds, their lifestyles and their relationships. This stuff is not a panacea. It’s also taken entirely out of context culturally, socially, religiously and often without a expert master teacher to guide the process.
    If you get all the ingredients right in the recipe – and there are many – not least the personal development and years of committment to purification on all levels so you can actually be ready – then yes it’s an acknowledged aid. And yet it can be highly destructive. Highly. It might seems all cool and groovy and enlightening but plenty of people suicide after play-pretending they are a real Shaman
    There are no short cuts and if in doubt – stay away. Do yoga and meditation or…something with a physical and emotional challenge and committment requiring discipline. At least you can be assured of real, lasting and tangible results with no life threatening side effects

    • Rak Razam says:

      Rachel, your comments are valid and they are exactly the type of issues that Somara was formed to discuss, to nurture the burgeoning shamanic movement that is spreading across the planet. Our videos will be released soon and you will see the focus we have put on issues like duty of care, integration, set and setting, and giving wider context and support to people that are already engaging with these powerful plant medicines. These substances are no short cuts in themselves, and require much psychological and physical commitment and hard work on every level. And they do exist and are being reclaimed into the Western tradition, which tried to expunge them. They are valid modalities that can help people, and reconnect us to the world soul. I invite you to check out to find out more. Rak

  3. Simon Mcveigh says:

    Why are you promoting this garbage?

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