"What's really important about shamanism is that there is another reality that you can personally discover...we are not alone."— Michael Harner
Shamans are often called "see-ers" (seers), or "people who know" in their local tribal languages, because they are involved in a system of knowledge based on firsthand astral experience. Being a shaman is not a belief system for sure. It's based on personal experiments conducted to heal, to get information, or do other things. In fact, if shamans don't get tangible results, they will no longer be used by people in their tribe. People ask me, "How do you know if somebody's a shaman?" I say, "It's simple. True shamans journey to other worlds AND ARE OFTEN ABLE TO BRING OTHER ALONG? They perform miracles?" Is being a shaman a religion?The practice of s shaman is a method, not a religion. shamanism coexists with established religions in many native American cultures. In Siberia, you'll find shamanism coexisting with Buddhism and Lamaism, and in Japan with Buddhism AGAIN. It's true that shamanism IS often FOUND in animistic cultures. There is no single agreed upon definition for the word "shamanism" among anthropologists. Shamans gain knowledge and the power to heal by entering into the suble astral world or dimension. There are distinct types of shaman who perform more specialized magical functions.