Shamanism is often used to describe a spiritual practice of healing in indigenous cultures. While cultures from around the world vary in practices and belief, there are similarities. Most notably, shamanic cultures feel a connection to the natural world and believe that elements, minerals, elements, animals and people have a soul or a spirit. They understand that there is a powerful spiritual world beyond the physical world we live in. The Shaman, spiritual healing practitioners of the community can travel there (by going on a shamanic journey within their mind) and access some of the power to affect change in this world, either for healing another, the community or some element of the earth. The spiritual or healing of the soul, is what heals the emotional and physical bodies. Story telling and ceremony are also often used as a avenue of learning and healing. It is about meaning making to create a new belief. A belief one could be well. (Or as some see it: A reminder that one can be well.)
What are shamanic journeys?
Anyone can try shamanic journeying to connect and get information or healing from inside themselves or the Spiritual world. Most cultures and practitioners use drumming to carry them into altered states of consciousness, where imagination is a key component. You can have someone guide you, like a guided meditation, or journey on your own to see where Spirit takes you. In a journey, we can dream desired worlds and gain the energy to create them.