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What is Animism within Shamanism

Sep 19, 2023

Animism is a fundamental concept in shamanism and plays a significant role in understanding the spiritual beliefs of many shamanic traditions, including those in Dartmoor.

Animism is the belief that everything in the natural world, such as animals, plants, rocks, rivers, and even inanimate objects, possesses a spirit or essence.

This belief suggests that these spirits have their own consciousness, personalities, and energies.


In shamanism, practitioners often connect with these spirits and elements of nature, forming a deep and reciprocal relationship.

The belief is that by establishing a connection and showing respect to these spirits, shamans can gain their assistance and guidance in various aspects of healing, divination, and spiritual work.


For example, a shamanic practitioner in Dartmoor might work with the spirits of the land, the rivers, and the animals that inhabit the area.

They would seek to establish a harmonious relationship with these spirits and use their guidance to heal individuals, seek wisdom, and perform ceremonies.


Animism in shamanism emphasises the interconnectedness of all life and the belief that everything is imbued with spiritual energy.

It's a core element of shamanic practice, allowing shamans to tap into the wisdom and healing potential of the natural world.



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