Traditional Shamanism

The term shamanism is often associated with fragrant incense rituals, cuddly power animals and rhythmic drum sounds, thus unintentionally creating a projection screen for romantic esotericism and so-called neo-shamanism, which flaunt the beautiful and hide the uncomfortable. The reality of traditional shamanism is quite different.

Traditional shamanism is hard work

We stand in the tradition of our ancestors and spirits and are thereby obliged to train and apply the knowledge that has been passed down to us and to serve with it for the benefit of people, the planet and all living things.
The Shamanic Path is full of danger, full of effort and requires discipline, hard work, exactness and accuracy. The Shamanic Path requires full dedication as a human being. The transmission of this knowledge is done under strict conditions in strict secrecy.

Traditional shamanism is connection with the ancestors

The work of traditional shamans is based on a close connection to the spiritual. We are tightly linked to our ancestors. Only through this is it possible to experience the unthinkable.
The path to shamanic initiations requires many sacrifices and eventually one’s own life. We make these sacrifices so that our actions and deeds can take place in cooperation with the spiritual dimensions: not submissively but reverently as equals with the ancestors and spirits.

Knowledge is a gift from the ancestors

We honour our ancestors and the knowledge they painstakingly acquired before our time. They passed it on to us as a gift. It is sacred.
We respect and cherish this knowledge and take upon ourselves the hardships of the work involved. We build our being on ancient knowledge and paths and preserve it in its purest form.
It would be a dishonour and desecration of our ancestors if we were to presume to judge this ancient knowledge with arrogance. We must be careful not to abridge, falsify or fix sacred shamanic knowledge, which cannot be grasped by thinking, in simplified models and psychologising methods. It is also not allowed to misuse shamanic knowledge in other disciplines (e.g. psychotherapy).

Traditional shamanism is independent

We value and respect the diversity and autonomy of the traditions on this earth. Our work is based on the passed down knowledge and the connection to the spiritual dimensions, and thus it is possible for us to develop by ourselves all that we need for the practice of our work.
Traditional shamans do not steal knowledge and rituals from other traditions or cultures. It is also not our intention to mix foreign knowledge methods or rituals and thereby dilute and desecrate the sacred.

Traditional shamanism is truthful

We shamans are committed to truthfulness. We don’t hide anything and leave nothing unsaid that is meaningful. This does not make the work as a shaman any easier, because uncomfortable things are often suppressed, forgotten or even attacked by the psyche.
It is not the task of shamans to create a world of illusion and pseudo-calming in beautiful lovely meditations.
Shamans do not cover up but point out, do not push away but point to that which is uncomfortable and not liked to be seen.

Traditional shamanism is preserving and not profit-oriented

We are not collectors who rob nature of its healing herbs and powers. Traditional shamanism is preserving and creates a balance between giving and taking. We give back and feed in our powers. We are obliged to guard and preserve nature and this planet.
Shamanic knowledge must also not be sold. Thus, traditional shamanism is not profiteering, although we are also obliged as shamans to provide for our livelihood.

Regina Hruska
Stephanie Köing
Martin Goldmann