South Moluccan Shaman exorcising evil spirits occupying children, Buru. 1920.
Shamans gain knowledge and the power to heal by entering into the spiritual world or dimension. Most shamans have dreams or visions that tell them certain things. The shaman may have or acquire many spirit guides in the spirit world, who often guide and direct the shaman in his/her travels. These spirit guides are always present within the shaman though others only encounter them when the shaman is in a trance. The spirit guide energizes the shaman, enabling him/her to enter the spiritual dimension. The shaman heals within the spiritual dimension by returning ‘lost’ parts of the human soul from wherever they have gone. The shaman also cleanses excess negative energies which confuse or pollute the soul. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shamanism
Such practices of healing seem very strange to we who favor medical intervention in the form of hospitals, drugs and surgeries, but many swear by the power of the spirit. The danger is to foolishly ignore medicine in favor of faith. I read one account of a fundamental Christian group, led by their pastor, whose little girl got a tumor. They chose to pray rather than go to the doctor. Ultimately, social services forced the family to take the child to a physician. Unfortunately, the child died. What was most sad is that this particular form of cancerous tumor could have been successfully treated had it been diagnosed in its early days. The family lost not only their little girl, but also their faith.
Miracles of healing do occur though. Next week, I am going to post a blog about a current-day Brazilian healer.
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