Linda Adler, L.C.S.W.
Linda Adler, L.C.S.W., APRT’s President from October 1997 to April 2000, has studied shamanism for many years and in many cultures. Here she draws on her extensive knowledge to discuss the similarities between PLT and shamanic practices and beliefs.
Shamanism may be the most ancient and widespread mind/body healing method known to man. It spans thousands of years and reaches across continents. Almost none of the ancient cultures left written records, so we can only learn of their practices through those who remain living and are willing to share them with us. Shamans are the spiritual leaders of tribal indigenous people, ordinary people with extraordinary powers. They are the keepers of a phenomenal body of ancient techniques which they use to achieve and maintain well-being and healing for themselves and members of their communities.
Shamanism essentially means to honor life ‑ all life. Although their practices are not identical, there are remarkable similarities among the cultures and the intention and integrity of the shamans are aligned. The word “shaman” comes from the Tungus people of Siberia. It refers to those who have achieved mastery with the spirit world and who can bring spirits into themselves or visit them and use their power to help others.