THE ELEMENTS OF NATURE IN THE COSMOLOGY OF SHAMANISM
For shamanism, the human being is indivisible from the nature that surrounds him. Earth, Fire, Water and Air, are our 4 Grandparents givers of life. But also all the elements, animals, plants, stones, that make up the material constitution of our Universe, are fundamental in our existence. For this reason, for shamanism, it is essential to recover our connection with nature. Reconnect the elements, flow with the Essential. Unite in oneself: the material and the spiritual. The Transcendent with the Intranscendent.
We can define shamanism as the way to obtain power and knowledge through Nature. In this sense, the shaman is an intermediary agent, who knows how to decode the secret language of Nature to serve it in its healing and ritual purposes. His vocation is involuntary, inherited or follows the designs of the Spirits and he is a chosen one who is entrusted with transcending the material to fly with his soul to other worlds through the sky or crawl through the dangerous cracks of the subterranean worlds.
The elements of Nature that it has are the following:
In shamanic communities, plants symbolize the image of the Cosmos, which is why they have different degrees of energy that grant power and healing to those who come into contact with them. Aware of this, the shamanic Wise Masters use power plants to come into contact with their psychoactive and visionary properties, since they are a source of divination, knowledge and for all kinds of healing.
Also called Totems or spiritual animals, they are entities that guide us and accompany us spiritually. In this way, we can invoke them at our will and nourish ourselves with their qualities to face situations in life as well as manage various physiological and spiritual healings and cleanses.
Dances and songs of power
The dance and the songs serve to initiate ecstatic and visionary journeys, which use sounds and movements as a gateway, since according to shamanic cosmology this is the direct manifestation of the Divine on human beings. Imitating nature is also a way of connecting with the primal, with the origin of the Universe. They are also conducive to offering, to cleanse and induce, to unblock energy and obstructions, as well as to activate the senses.
All that Nature provides. Masks, for example, are used in many African and American shamanic cultures, made with avocado trees, leaves, wood, vegetable, animal and textile fibers, for their rites and commemorations. According to their knowledge, these serve as carriers of the Spirit and for trance situations. We can also find a tool such as the pendulum, since it allows the conscious to communicate with the unconscious to restore vital balance.