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The Role of the Shaman


Jaguar Shaman

Shamanism has been practiced in one form or another around the globe and throughout history with shamans acting as intermediaries between the natural world and the world of spirit. The term has a broad context and covers many spiritual traditions.

Most shamans are “called” by spirit to apprentice this healing art form. Though, in reality, this calling is more of a divine directive (the lives of would-be shamans can go awry if they don’t answer the call). A shamanic aspirant must face grueling challenges and many tests before some form of spiritual initiation transforms the initiate and bestows his or her “Don” (spiritual gifts).

Years of disciplined training are then required for shamans to develop and master their gifts. Thereafter, shamans function as the spiritual mediators they have trained to become as they pursue their work in the ancient healing arts.

It is difficult to gauge what level of gifts or powers a shaman might possess by their age or cultural origin. Shamans are often chosen by spirit precisely because they have lived many lifetimes engaged in the shamanic arts. With proper training, they are able to resurrect their ancient skill sets in their present incarnation.

 chavin style jaguar in chacanaIt is important to acknowledge the actual power for healing and transformation comes from spirit. The role of the shaman is the between-worlds middleman that has been initiated by spirit and bestowed certain gifts such that he or she might be of service to humanity.

ChavinDawn of Eden® is the only fully licensed shamanic center in Iquitos that is a member of the Chamber of Commerce. The Dawn of Eden Church® is the only church in Peru dedicated to the transformation of human consciousness utilizing the sacred plants Ayahuasca and Huachuma as a sacrament.

Dan Reynolds, Dawn of Eden®