The number of white traditional healers, or Sangomas, is on the rise in Azania (South Africa). During Apartheid, the practice was made illegal. But now it’s big business, and some are unhappy that white South Africans are now practicing traditional healing. As a student sangoma (twasa) I have found the situation very hard. White people would refuse to make eye contact, or stare, or even worse, pass you and when they are behind you, turn around and take your picture to show other white people. Black people are suspicious and will come up to you and ask you why you are wearing their traditional clothes. They they will test our Zulu language skills. You cannot become a sangoma if you do not have the calling, and the training is hard, but I suppose that people will complain if they feel that it is their cultural heritage that is being stolen, but in reality, it is a spiritual path and anybody who has a calling has to follow it regardless of skin color.
In this video, Fred talks a little about the Peyote ceremony. The word medicine does not have the same meaning among Native American people as it has in western culture. Western medicine focuses on pathology & curing disease. Among indigenous people, medicine is focused on the health and healing of the person’s physical and emotional health and his community.
Fred Wahpepah is of the Kickapoo and Sac-and-Fox tribes. He has been a Sacred Pipe carrier since 1978 and he has been involved in the Sacred Sundance Ceremony every year since 1977.
Spirit entities as well as energies regularly attach themselves to human energy fields. It tends to be the spirits of loved ones who did not pass on properly after death. Sometimes it is quite a dramatic experience when you release one of these from the field. Other times it is simple and fast. I had somebody remove my grandfather from my field a few years ago. The shaman worked over the phone, and when the phone kept hanging up and I got through to CHINA, I knew that it was time to let this entity go.
There are many ways to remove an entity. Christians call it exorcism, shamans call it extraction. The easiest way to remove an entity is with the use of a crystal, but it is vital to process the extraction in the chakras to remove the affinity to the entity/energy.
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Of all the ceremonies I have taken part in as a shaman, the most profound have always been the Ayahuasca ceremony. I get so much personal work done in one ceremony, and the results have been equal to a year of personal work. I would add that Ayahuasca is for everybody, but not everybody is for Ayahuasca. She is a fierce teacher, and I revere her highly and respect her deeply.
Native American sweat lodge ceremonies are for cleansing and purification. Native Americans have used this ceremony representing the re-entry into the womb of mother earth for centuries. They build it out of saplings that bend over and are tied down. Traditionally buffalo skins were used to cover it. Stones heated over a fire were brought in and dried cedar and sage were used to help with the purification process.
The spiritual leader who watches and leads the proceedings is called the water pourer and leads the participants in prayer inside.