The relationship between our civilisation and nature is facing an unprecedented crisis. The balance of our coexistence with the natural world is deeply disrupted resulting in serious environmental destruction, such as the disappearance of habitats and the loss of biodiversity, but also in a disconnection of people from nature.
SHAMANISM AND CONNECTION TO NATURE
Nevertheless, I could not transcend a fundamental aspect of shamanism: the real knowledge comes from experience.
As such, the empirical content of the thesis is based on the experiences of shamanic practitioners, their encounters with Spirits and the Other Reality, and on the effects that these experiences had on their daily lives.
Shamanism is absolutely embedded into nature and it cultivates deep and conscious relationships with spirits, beings and forces who inhabit it. This relationship stimulate durable emotional bonds and a greatly increased respect for nature. Shamanic practitioners develop a new empathy for all the form of life and a more responsible and committed behaviour towards nature.
Many years of shamanic apprenticeship with my master Tsunki have thought me in depth this and I wanted to share such an important knowledge with a broader audience.
To this purpose, during my Master in Forest and Nature Conservation at Wageningen University, I conducted a thesis on the effects of shamanic rituals on Western people's connection to nature.