Shamanism is based in animism, the oldest spiritual practice known to humankind. It occurred on all continents simultaneously. Animism comes from the Latin word anima, which means soul. It means that everything is en-souled: animals and plants, rocks, forces of nature like the wind, clouds, water, etc. Everything is sacred. For an animist, the world is a community of persons, only few of which are human and all of which deserve respect.
Our modern paradigm of living is becoming increasingly unsustainable. In these times of global upheaval, environmental disregard, and disintegrating communities, we feel separated from one another, from the Earth that sustains us, and from our connection with the Sacred. We are being called back to our roots, to the original earth-based spiritual practices. We are called to listen and remember the "old ways" of our ancestors: to honour the sacredness and connectedness of all living beings and our planet, to gently walk in oneness with all kingdoms and beings, both physical and non-physical, and to live in harmony and respect with nature, the directions, the elements and the Divine.
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Ulrike has been an animist all of her life. In 2008, she started training in ancient North-European forms of Animism, where the 'wise woman' was called Wala (Germanic) or Völva (Norse). As the "Walker Between", she walks between light & dark, life & death, the mundane world & the Otherworld, working with compassionate helping spirits, the spirits of nature, and the ancestors. All her ceremonies are conducted in Northern European tradition; she does not appropriate North American First Nations' traditions.
This image is an artistic reconstruction of a female 'shaman' found in a mesolithic grave in Bad Dürrenburg, Eastern Germany.
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