ok so im new here. I heard of shamans before, but after reading some of the people's experiences, I'm now really interested in shaman stuff. Could you guys sum up what a shaman is.
A Shaman (to use the Tungus name) is generally accepted as being a member of a community (who share a belief system where the spirits of all things are to be honoured) who has answered an inner calling to serve that community as a healer, ceremonialist and intermediary between the spirits and the people.
Each culture has its own ways of determining the signs which call or make a person suitable for training as a shaman but some of the generally accepted signs are:
* Hereditary line - being born to a lineage of healers
* being singled out as a child by another shaman for training
* being recognised by another shaman
* shamanic illness
* spontaneous trances and dreams which are interpreted by a trained shaman as an invitation by spirit.
Many people are interested, called to know more or to learn about animistic, panentheistic, pagan or similar beliefs to find their place in the world but few are actually prepared to give up their comfort, time and lifestyle in order to dedicate their life to the spirits and minister to their community.
And I would like to know if shapeshifting is true,
I guess that depends what you mean or understand by 'truth'? Can a person literally transform themself into a physical animal? I've not seen this but I have experienced 'being' an animal elsewhere while my body was still here. What others saw was still true to them.
what are spirit animals
My own understanding is that each species has an essential spirit which hold the overall traits, characteristics and 'powers' of that species. They are our teachers, guides, gatekeepers, protectors, allies and helpers often imparting some of their traits to us to help us grown and evolve. We honour each individual as the embodiment of that essence.
and if it's possible for anybody to become a "shaman." Thanks
If the spirits have chosen to work with that person - yes. If the person is prepared to undergo the increasingly difficult tests which spirit face us with through life - yes. If a person is capable of interacting with the spirits clearly (able to journey, go into trance for themselves and others) so as to accurately understand and/or relay information from the spirits - yes. If the person is capable of putting the spirits first, trusting them completely and dedicating their life to allowing their spirits to help others through them - yes.
Lots of people are interested in the beliefs which surround shamanism and that is wonderful because it brings us back to a primal truth about the world we live in and allows us to live with respect for the world around us but few are truly capable of living shamanically, 24/7 for the rest of their lives as a servant of the spirits, the earth and their community.
The fact that you are interested and have found this site to ask the question means that something is prompting you to learn more - whether you are being called and are capable/willing to go further is a question only you and your spirits can answer.