Shaman (pronounced SHAH-maan) is a word of the Tungis people of Siberia which means, “one who sees in the dark.”
Shamans are healers and there is archeological evidence of their work as far back as 40,000 years ago. Often
known by other names like, witch doctor, sorcerer, wizard, medicine man, and kahuna, these people can be found
practicing their healing methods throughout the entire world. In virtually every culture, from England to Korea
and from Iceland to Brazil you will find these remarkable practitioners plying their trade.
A shaman is one who enters an altered state of mind, at will, and journeys to other worlds and uses the power,
wisdom and energies of those other worlds to create positive change in people and the environments in which they
live. Their work is empirical in that it is based on trial and error over tens of thousands of years. With the
wisdom and efficacy of such work being continually distilled and improved and then handed down through the
generations, what is available to us today are very powerful, proven processes that can be used for divination
(finding the solutions to problems) or healing.
As allies in their healing work, shamans rely on teachers and power animals from the realms to which they
journey. By journeying to these compassionate and healing spirits the shaman becomes the conduit or “hollow bone”
through which the healing energies and messages are transmitted to the client.
Since shamanic practices are aimed at healing individuals and since organizations are nothing more than groups of
individuals, it follows that these powerful methods can be used to heal and restore spirit to organizations and,
indeed such practices are beginning to be applied to business issues and the organizations that have them.