Many healing practices and spiritual ceremonies that are being practiced today by healing practitioners and metaphysical groups have been adopted from traditions that originated from various Native American tribes. History indicates that each tribe would have one or more elders who were groomed in the healing arts. These individuals would serve as herbalists, healers, and spirit communicators. The duties and types of healing arts and spiritual ceremonies performed would naturally vary from tribe to tribe.
Tribal Leaders Disapprove of Shamanism Workshops
Today’s tribal leaders often frown on terms such as Shamanism, Shaman, and even Medicine Man being used so freely to lure students to learn Native American practices. Disapproval is warranted when seminars and workshops commercially touted as “Native Shamanism” are not purely traditional teachings, but are a packaged blend of studies which include bits of Native American ceremonies along with Wiccan spells, New Age spirituality, and Eastern medicine.
Native American Tools and Traditions
- Animal Totems: The appearance of birds and animals, either in reality or dreamtime, are considered to be totem messengers offering spiritual guidance. Below you can find some animal totems that correspond to each Astrological sign but of course that is just a small part of Spirit Animals and Animal Totems. Each animal can be a totem and they all have different meanings and lessons to teach. Here are some information on how to find your Spirit Animal Guide.
- Sweat Lodges: The Native American sweat lodge or purification ritual cleans and heals the body, mind, and spirit.
- Dreamcatchers: The earliest dreamcatchers (sacred hoops) were crafted for children to protect them from nightmares.
- Feather Fetishes: Fetishes are sacred objects used as a tool to facilitate an awakening into your whole self, used in prayer, or utilized for protection and healing.
- Prayer Ties: Prayer ties are offered to The Great Spirit in exchange for blessings.
- Smudge Sticks: Using a smoking smudge wand for purification is part of many Native American traditions.
- Ceremonial Peace Pipes: The Native American pipe is smoked in a ceremonial or ritual to call upon the four elements and give an offering to the Great Spirit.
- Curanderismo: Blending and evolution of Native and Hispanic healing techniques involving herbs, sweats, diet, and magick.
- Medicine Wheels: Each direction of the medicine wheel offers its own lessons, color association, and animal spirit guide. There are a lot of interpretations and traditions from tribe to tribe but here are 2 to get you started.
- Talking Sticks: Passing the talking stick from speaker to speaker is a respectful way to communicate and share opinions. This tradition is especially helpful in keeping disagreements from getting out of hand.
Native American Tribes and Aboriginal Tribes as well have a lot of wisdom to offer to this modern world as they lived in peace with Mother Nature, fully harmonized with her power and nurturing qualities, respecting Her and of course living by a code of great Honor and Ethos. They lived in small communities, totally “off-grid” and should be an example to the humanity. Personally I feel very drawn to this culture, maybe a past lifetime as a Shaman?
If you want to learn more about Native American Cultures take a look here
Sources: Wikipedia, Healing.about
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