|In conclusion, we can
describe the healing of mental illness with nine stages:
SHAMANISM AND HEALING
In this chapter, we will see how shamanism is practiced in a spirit which is foreign to our civilization. We will also review certain facts about shamanism. The second part of this chapter will look a bit like a lesson on shamanism, since the simplest way to give you a true picture is to give you some hints on how to practice it. Finally, we will look at how Siberian shamans treated the sick using shamanism.
(note: Extracts from "Schamanengeschicht aus Sibirien", collected by G. V. Ksenofontov, translated from the Russian by A. Friedriech and G. Buddruss, Clemens Zerling, 1987. Many of the ideas developed in this chapter are inspired by this important book)
THE SHAMANIC CONTEXT
SOME 'OBJECTIVE' FACTS ABOUT SHAMANISM
THE PRACTICE OF SHAMANISM
We have described the spiritual state that is required to practice shamanism and what shamanism is for a large number of primitive peoples. Now we'll look at the details of this practice as they can be applied for an individual today.
I'd like to share, without commentary, some cases of shamanic healings in Siberia that might give more information than abstract descriptions.
Siberian shamans have practiced soul theft and in order to save one client another human is sacrificed. It's a relatively ordinary process.
The shaman, while on his way to the house of the dead person that he must revive, meets a Spirit that tells him: "I see my relative who has been raised in the same nest as I. I did not know anything about your arrival, and I have come here after your client's death. There is a third life in him. Try to give him life by shamanism, but don't forget to give me something in return since I have not received anything in three years." The shaman ends up at the house of the dead and begins to dance. ... He dances in direction of the rising sun and he asks the Spirits what they would like in exchange for giving life back to one of the dead. He beats the drum. ... Abruptly, flesh and blood appear on the drum. 160 kilometers away there lives a man who will die in three years and who doesn't really care one way or the other about it. " I will take the life of this man and give it to the dead. 16 kilometers away there also lives someone who will soon die, I am going to take his life to bring life to my patient."
To find souls stolen by Spirits of the Lower World
When a bad spirit seizes someone's spirit, the shaman performs a session and brings presents for the spirits. He meets the nine divine virgins. The last one is the one who is 'horse crazy', she makes you crazy. He brings nine cakes and vodka for the female spirits. He uses a piece of fur, a string made from white and black hair braided together. (note) He then goes to the North with everything. ... The female spirits say that they will take advantage of his visit to enjoy themselves. The shaman shouts as though he were gathering cattle. He presents his gifts and asks that they return to him the soul that was stolen. The female spirits, pleased by the gifts, give him the soul.
(note: We will see in the following chapter a "typically Scottish" charm that also uses a cord made from braids of two (or three) colors. For me, this does not only constitute an interesting concordance, but it is the expression of a deep truth that deserves to be worked on again.)
Here are three examples of possession healing, where, unfortunately, only the most superficial aspect is described. Possession is recognized by the fact that the patient attacks the healer.
After the shaman has danced, the possessed gets up and would have jumped on the shaman if he had not stepped back and immediately blown on the face of the possessed who then falls unconscious on the ground. The shaman hits the patient lightly with his drum stick and says: "It is time for you to wake up". The patient then has tea with the shaman and behaves normally.
The shaman opens himself to his spirit helpers, and. .. the patient gets up howling. He lunges at the shaman who leans backwards and blows on the face of the patient who then falls unconscious to the ground. The shaman knocks him slightly on the front with his drum stick and says: "It is time that you wake." The patient wakes, and the shaman suggests that he drink a cup of tea, and the patient drinks it.
During a marriage ceremony, twenty-five people lost so much of their spirits that they had to be chained. A shaman was asked to come. He demanded the presence of nine cavaliers mounted on white horses. The shaman then took tepid water in his mouth and sprayed the patients who healed immediately.
The Siberian shamanic tradition claims that its shamans have the ability to resurrect, as the Kalevala does with Lemminkäinen's mother. Unfortunately, only the superficial aspects of the miracle are given.
When the shaman arrived at the patient's house, his father announced that she had died two days earlier. The shaman replies that it makes no difference. He remains the night at this house and tries to make her come back. A sister of the dead girl insults the shaman by telling him that he can not wake up her sister since she has been dead for three days. However the father agrees for the session to take place during the night. The shaman puts his hands in the flame of a burning fire and he caresses the dead body three times. He absorbs the pain himself and the dead begins to breathe and to open her eyes. The shaman says that the patient is beginning to revive and that all will end well. The next night, he performs another session and the state of the patient improves again. During the last session, the shaman takes revenge on the woman who had mocked him. He tells her to lean over while opening the oven, and everyone can see that she isn't wearing any underwear, to her great humiliation.
Aside from the vengeful aspect of the shaman, he "absorbs the pain himself", which means that he identifies with his client before taking on the patient's illness. This is a well-known approach of those practicing holistic healing methods, but it is also very dangerous. No one should behave as this Siberian shaman whose desire to prove himself causes him to neglect this danger. The companion to this book, on seišr and Shiatsu, will show how seišr can take place to the beat of the patient's life, and how to open the patient's soul just enough to help him or her without risking your own life.
Here is an other example, described again in a rather superficial way:
A man had a son who died of tuberculosis and five shamans had not been able to do anything for him. A new shaman arrives who asks that they take the silk from under his saddle and place it in the middle of the yurt, and that they give him some milk to drink. He prepares his session and asks that they cook the milk. During the shamanic session, the dead breathes, asks for the milk and drinks it. The patient asks if he has been unconscious or dead. The shaman tells him that he has regained the force of life and that he will live again for at least three years.
GLOBAL PRIMITIVE MEDICINE
We will come back now to the twelve, or nine, steps needed for healing, as described in chapter 2, and show how they can be used even in our modern world.
THE TWELVE STEPS FOR HEALING PHYSICAL SICKNESS
THE NINE STEPS OF HEALING MENTAL SICKNESS
CONCLUSION: MAGIC AND RELIGION
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