The Shamanic View Of Mental Health

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I love this kind of stuff

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in certain cultures we would be treated like gods

“Certain cultures” - you mean, like 300 years ago, before modern neuroscience. Times have changed - and we understand things much better than before. We don’t ride horses to work anymore, people aren’t burned at the stake any more for being witches…

Its probably more beneficial to embrace modern science than to look to the ancient past for direction / guidance.


There are still shamans in the world

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There are still people “who claim” to be shamans in the world. There are also people who claim to be witches, elves, and all sorts of things that can never be proven or demonstrated.

Probably more helpful to believe you have a medical problem that needs help from professional medical experts.


@zenmind. Are they shamans among Native American tribes? I’m part NA so I’m curious.

Shamans in tribes are not psychotic. They’re healers with herbs, have knowledge on how the properties of herbs work. There’s a bit of a misconception here about “shamans” …


shamanism will always be around, i even joined one on facebook, interesting stuff

I know there are in the americas but I don’t know about North America specifically whether there still are.

Yeah most of their ‘psychotic’-experiences are more to do with taking drugs than mental conditions


There are certain people " who claim" to have the answers in psychiatry too. Charging hundreds to make a diagnosis, playing the hierarchical part with their suit and briefcase, ticking off boxes in order to comply with the man made DSM. Can’t you see its bll ■■■■. Science and spirituality will merge very soon. With this merge many many " paranormal, supernatural things which occur to people will be easily explained by energy, vibration, frequency,sensitivity, consciousness and energy. Wake wakey! Not personal but you need to consider that the scientific and material world has forgotten the basics of life. Peace :v: x (to szadmin)


I think we need to distinguish between those people who experience distress/impairment of functioning or are a danger to themselves or others vs those whose experiences,whilst unusual, are none of those things.
Shamanism will be of little benefit to the former but may bring something to the latter.
If you are eccentric but not,as I would define it, mentally ill then shamanism may be a safe path you want to follow. If you are severely mentally ill it’s a different matter entirely. For many stepping off the treatment plan can result in disastrous consequences.


it feels to me that its just like weed, you can consciously change if you’re feeling bad or feeling good about being high.

and if you “clean” your unconcious from bad memories and traumas you can have a more pleasant “altered state of consciousness”.

not to get away from the topic flow, but I found the article very insightful. I have always thought of my illness as one of necessity, to get me away from the path I was headed towards. all things being equal, what type of person would I be today without having acquired sz? probably less empathetic, less insightful about the plight and struggles of others. i’d be thinner physically, maybe still would have a full head of hair… it is a good trade-off in my opinion: gaining perspective into life while losing some physical attributes… thanks @san_pedro for the link.