A Sharman has been called a medicine man or woman in some cultures and they use an ancient knowledge and skill to provide physical and spiritual care to their village. Sharman’s are usually trained from an early age with special bush medicines to connect with nature and mother earth in a unique way. They are one the first natural indigenous (doctors) of the physical and spiritual bodies. They work with energy and visions through meditation and drinking various natural medicines “such as Ayahuasca vine mixed with other leaves and heated and cooked to make a hallucinative soup”. It is said that drinking Ayahuasca connects you to mother earth and the universe as well as bringing out all our buried emotions and thoughts from which we do so much self-harm in our body over time. Such vine medicine can said to be a cleansing or purifying medium which in turn releases our demons and then our psychical aliments. The taking of the medicine is only part of the journey, usually the shaman sings and waves feathers or rattles to help with the healing. After this, the journey usually becomes solo with self-reflection and self-exploring. Purging from both ends is common and it is as if the illness and black dark energy that we been with holding in us for years comes spewing forth. Many people report after the event, that a lot of their fears and anxieties have gone and they feel at peace with the world. It is said that it is truly about accepting the medicine and not fighting it. Sharman’s usually perform the rituals at night in darkness with drumming, singing, fasting and dancing all involved. Darkness by itself will bring on fears for most people. Shaman’s have the ability to sense the source of any discomfort or illness and allow it to move with the natural medicines and help to start the healing. The shaman’s are also the protectors of the village as well as the country and lands of their fore fathers. Often many westerners claim to be Sharman without all the knowledge and ability that comes with it. It is commonly thought to be offensive to the native Sharman who have trained and practiced since an early age to be selected and trained in this valuable spiritual and psychical part of village life. I leave it up to you to decide the case. Drinking of Ayahuasca is illegal in Australia and many other countries.
Written by Steve Parker – Spiritboy.
Author, Professional Reader, Psychic and Workshop Facilitator.
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