Shamans are not sorcerers, they are real men and women that can get in the states of higher consciousness, and are able to perceive and communicate in ways not possible under normal conditions. Through a challenging training, shamans are able to lead the high awareness during what were they separate the physical body and make journeys in their inner world not affected by the weather.
The shaman makes a very clear distinction between the medicine of the body and that of the spirit and sees them as complementary. If a man comes home with an arrow in the foot, it is not the time to go into a trance. It is time to remove the arrow from the wound to stop the bleeding, prevent infection and promote healing. It’s ‘time for the medicine of the body and shamanic communities know so many things on this subject too.
To cope with the disease, the traditional shaman shows a lot of attention to the relationship between cause and effect. We know that during the life, the physical body, suffers several transformations. The body gets sick from viruses, there are accidents, we have bruises, cuts, wounds and even broken bones sometimes.
Sometimes we suffer from serious injury or some serious internal diseases – cancer, multiple sclerosis, heart disease, hepatitis – and, eventually, we get to aging, deformities and death of the physical body. In the shamanic point of view these are just effects. For true healing, it is not enough to only treat the effects and suppress the symptoms with medication. We must address the root causes. In terms of the shaman, there are three classic causes of the disease, which, not surprisingly, are not bacteria, microbes or viruses, but rather the internal states.
The first cause is the disharmony, which happens when men lose a relationship important for them in life, or when they are devoid of the sense of belonging. For example disharmony occurs when, for an elderly couple suddenly one of them dies.
It often happens that in a year and a half, the other becomes ill with something as serious as cancer and dies. The disharmony produces a decrease of the personal power which, in turn, makes us vulnerable to diseases.
The second cause is fear. A person who has a chronic fear is off inside, is vulnerable to disease, because fear diminishes the operating ability of the immune system. Doctors also know that fear and disharmony occur in diseases and are recognized by modern science.
And the third leading cause is soul loss.Here it is an interesting thing. From the shamanic point of view, the soul loss is the most serious diagnosis, is the cause of the most important diseases and premature deaths. However, in the treaties of traditional medicine there is no reference to this aspect.
What is soul loss? The soul loss implies a serious wound to the inner heart of a person – his inner essence, to who he is and what he is. Usually, the wound is the result of the fragmentation of its essence.
For example, a child who has been pushed to school without pity or been harassed by a person who should care about him. The soul loss occurs as a result of abuse, as in the case of rape or assault. Soul loss can occur as a result of a betrayal, a bitter divorce, a traumatic miscarriage, a terrible car accident, or even surgery. Many of the young people who went to fight in Iraq or Afghanistan, have returned traumatized because they have suffered terrible soul loss.
Unfortunately, the Western doctors do not have much to offer in terms of true healing and many of them are still traumatized by what has been successful.