Is Shamanism a Religion?

From the desk of Paul Sivert… We define the practice of Shamanism as a family of traditions whose practioners focus on voluntarily entering altered state of consciousness in which they experience themselves or their spirits traveling to other realms at will and interacting with other entitles in order to serve their community. This definition comes […]

From Their Inner Wombs

Expanded Translations of Mathew 3:7, Peshitta of the Gospels… Ripe are those who from their inner wombs birth mercy; they shall sense the relief of all prayers answered. Ripe are those who from their inner wounds, birth compassion; they shall feel the delivery of unconditional love. Ripe are those who from their inner wombs birth […]

Hawaiian Shamanism

Paul Sivert on Hawaiian shamanic traditions and principles… The word shaman is derived from the Tungusic language of Siberia and is used as a convenient term by scientists and laymen to describe the practitioner of shamanism. In the Hawaiian language the term is kupua, a healer of relationships between mind and body, between people, between […]


Paul Sivert on the importance of Grounding… An essential technique for studying and performing shamanic-type exercises is the capability to ground yourself. The following is a method of grounding yourself, written by Jose and Lena Stevens in their book Secrets of Shamanism. Begin by relaxing and closing your eyes. Take a couple if deep breaths. Then […]

The Great Invocation

Adapted by Paul Sivert, this is a great prayer to use on a regular basis… From the point of Light within the Mind of God Let the light stream forth into the minds of men & women Let Light descend on earth. From the point of Love within the Heart of God Let love stream […]

Death and Dying

Paul Sivert following his advanced training in shamanism on the topic of death and dying… I learned how to deal with the issue of death and dying from a shamanic perspective. The training experience was incredible and is detailed in another article, “Journey Through the Realms of Death.” However, I learned several skills which may […]

Dream Corner

Paul Sivert on dream interpretation… Dream #1 This Dream Corner is about a request to contact an individual who had recently died. Anne came to me and reported her grandmother had died suddenly in an accident. Anne is aware of the multiple worlds we have contact with and asked me to conduct a psychopomp for […]

Divination and the Shaman’s Art of Seeing

Paul Sivert after completing the Four Winds Masters training in Divination… I participated in a six day training program to bring a greater understanding and to increase my skill level to see what is being created in the world with all of its magic and mystery. As many of you know, I have practiced the […]

The Chumpi Initiation

The Chumpi Initiation is performed as a closing ceremonial exercise for each student who completes the intensive training program titled Essentials of Shamanism, presented by Paul Sivert of the Shamanic Healing Institute… I have studied and practiced the spiritual healing arts of shamanism, especially those practiced in the Andes Mountains and Amazon Region of South […]

Celtic Festivals

Paul Sivert on Celtic influence on shamanism… Beltaine May 1 was the great festival, Beltaine. This holiday marked the beginning of summer. Keep in mind the Celts were an agricultural people, so it was important for them to recognize the seasons in accordance with the natural growing seasons. Therefore, Beltaine was the beginning of the […]

The Buddha Connection

Paul Sivert on Buddhism… My fascination in Buddhism began early in my spiritual education and training. I still study the concepts because of their application in my life. Below is a short but powerful text regarding The Four Noble Truths. This is from Andrew Harvey’s book Mystics: The Soul’s Journey into Truth. The Four Noble Truths […]

Journey from the Black Hummingbird

From the desk of Paul Sivert… Panchos are hung over the windows to keep the light out. The ceremony to be conducted by Jose Luis Herrera must be done is total darkness. He is about to introduce to us students and shamanic practitioners the spirit of the sacred mountains in Peru, the Apus. There are […]

American Indian Medicine Path

Paul Sivert on shamanic connections to the American Indian… This article is an adoption of information contained in American Indian Ceremonies by Medicine Hawk and Grey Cat, Inner Light Publications, 1990. There are a number of works linked to Native American beliefs and practices which have been widely used without care as to exactly what […]

7 Niches – 7 Saywas

Paul Sivert on his Peruvian travels… My trip to the Sacred Valley of the Inkas ended about a month ago, but the memories and experiences are still vivid in my mind and heart. I still remember one of Jose Luis Herrera’s first questions to me and our group – “Where do you source from?” The […]