Connection to Nature

A Spiritual Practice

Shamanism is an ancient healing tradition and a way of life. The teachings of shamanism focus on our connection to nature and promote the well-being of all creation. 

It is a spiritual practice found in cultures around the world from ancient times up to the present day. First and foremost, shamans' practices are practical and adaptable. These practices coexist over millennia with varying cultures, systems of government, and organised religious practices.

Nowadays, in non-indigenous cultures, shamanism is studied and practiced as a life path. Following a shamanistic perspective, individuals seek to be in relationship with the spirit in all things. They seek to use information and guidance from non-ordinary reality to intentionally form their own life experience.

Essential aspects of shamanic life include journeying, ceremony, sacred dance and pilgrimages to places of power in nature. Through these techniques the shamanic circle embraces us, unifying our lives with strength, healing and love.

A Life Path

Shamanistic Perspective of Life

Learning about shamanism is close to exploring boundaries of consciousness and beyond and to journey between the worlds of energy and form. Shamanism involves mastering the techniques of dream, vision, and trance in order to enter into ecstatic states at will.

A shaman is an intermediary between this world and the spirit world. They act on behalf of the community conducting ceremonial rituals, healing the people, and helping to guide others on the shamanic path. A shaman’s life belongs to the village and it is their responsibility to ensure the wellbeing of the family, the community and all of creation. In this way the shaman helps to maintain balance and harmony on both a personal and planetary level.

Within shamanism many different methods are used, such as drumming, dreaming, meditation, rattling, chanting, singing, dancing, fasting, spending time alone in nature. During this course we will look at different aspects of shamanism.

“Shamanism is a path of knowledge, not of faith, and that knowledge cannot come from me or anyone else in this reality. To acquire that knowledge, including the knowledge of the reality of the spirits, it is necessary to step through the shaman’s doorway and acquire empirical evidence.” Michael Harner 

Shamanism - Curriculum

  • 1

    Shamanism - Introduction and Welcome

    • Shamanism - online course

    • Welcome to the The Paradigm Academy online course in Shamanism.

    • Welcome Introduction Shamanism

    • Shamanic Understanding of Life

    • What is a Shaman?

    • Shamanism - Assignment and Homework 1

  • 2

    Shamanism - In Theory and Practice

    • Shamanism & Shamanistic Traditions 1

    • Shamanism & Shamanistic Traditions 2

    • Shamanism & Shamanistic Traditions 3

    • Shamanism & Shamanistic Traditions 4

    • Shamanism & Shamanistic Traditions 5

    • Shamanism & Shamanistic Traditions 6

    • Shamanism & Shamanistic Traditions 7

    • Shamanism and Shamanic Beliefs

    • Shamanism Assignment and Homework

  • 3

    Shamanic Meditation

    • Shamanism - Meditation, Breathing and Connecting

    • Power Animal Journey - Meditation

    • Ancestral Guide - Meditation

    • Pachamama - Meditation Journey

    • Drumming With Fire - Meditation

  • 4

    Shamanism - Article

    • Shamanism - Article

  • 5

    Shamanic Healing and Shamanic Traditions

    • Short overview - Shamanism

    • Shamanism - The Three Worlds

    • Shamanic Healing 1

    • Shamanic Healing 2

    • Introduction to Mongolian Shamanism

    • The Worlds and the World Center in Shamanism

    • Windhorse and Buyanhishig in Shamanism

    • The Natural World in Shamanism

    • Spirits of Animals, Totems, Animal Guides and Hunting

    • Sacred Mountains and Trees

    • The Spirit World

    • The Shaman

    • Shamanic Healing - Illness and causes

  • 6

    A Shaman´s Journey

    • A Shaman´s Journey Meditation

    • A Shaman´s Journey Meditation - music

    • Shaman Rites - music

  • 7

    Shamanism - Assignments and Homework

    • Shamanism - Assignment and Homework 2

    • Shamanism - Assignment and Homework 3

    • Shamanism - Assignment and Homework 4

    • Shamanism - Assignment and Homework 5

    • Shamanism - Assignment and Homework 6

    • Final Multiple Choice - Exam for Shamanism Online Course

About Your Instructor

Doctor of Metaphysics

Gillian Godtfredsen

Doctor of Metaphysics, PhD Holistic Life Coaching, Certified NLP Master Trainer, Registered Integrative Therapist, Registered Health Coach, Educational Developer, Certified Professional Coach, Mentor Trainer, Mindfulness Teacher, Certified Hypnotherapist, Certified Time Line Therapy Practitioner. Board Member and NOCNA Head Coach "Help for self-help is the best help of all" says Gillian Godtfredsen who created the motto 40 years ago. She is the pioneer and entrepreneur who has founded The Paradigm Academy and NOCNA. The 6 most important signature strengths chosen by colleagues: vision, determination, discipline, strength, heartwarming.

The Academic

Melinda Merunada

PhD, Certified NLP Master Trainer, Masters Degree in Medical Science, Masters Degree in Public Health, Masters Degree in Adult Education and Education with Social Psychology, Physiotherapist, Registered Health Coach, Certified Life Coach, Certified Professional Coach, RYTA 500 Registered Yoga Teacher, Dancer, Advanced Yoga, Pilates, Mindfulness- and Meditation Teacher, Mediator in NOCNA, the deputy chairman and chief trainer, "Academic and the eternal student it is me ....." says multi-professional Finnish Melinda. She is one of the world's most highly academically educated NLPers and is committed to quality in teaching. The 6 most important signature strengths chosen by colleagues: dedication, discipline, creativity, goal awareness, focused, conscientious ...

Skills and Wisdom

The Shamanic Healing course gives you an introduction to the world of Shamanism.

  • Balance and Harmony

  • Finding Power Animal

  • Shamanic Healing

  • Shamanic Meditation

  • Nature Connection

  • A Shaman´s Journey


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