Shaman evokes associations with ritual dances, high singing, intensive recitation of magical formulas, which in fact are Holy Prayers, with healing by putting hands on a sick place and expelling evil spirits, with the power over the life and death to a certain amount, and over the powers of nature, elements, such as calling of the rain. Shaman’s ability of performing purifying and healing rituals is as well known as walking on heated coals taken out from the fire or healing baths and diving in the therapeutic waters of clean rivers and streams. Work in connection with the Higher Godly Self, Spirit as well as the work with Energies of Elements and with the Light of the Spirit of Life (Prańa, Mana) are well-known Shaman tasks! It is not easy to become a real Shaman, because the best are the ones who have been educated since their childhood or the early stage of their lives and they have had years of practice as herbalists, masseurs, energotherapist, the experts in reading the signs on palms and faces and auras, masters of living prayers, dances and exorcisms. Shaman must know every field of shaman knowledge and practice. Those who only can read palms or do massage are merely frauds. An authentic Shaman must be proficient and effectively use at least Ten Methods!
The meaning of syllables SAM or SHAM (SZAM), which are the root of the word Saman or more folk version Shaman is the healing and purifying Power of Nature, Elements, Trees, Stones and the Places of Power. Samah means Ecstasy, Delight and it refers to the ability of murmuring Healing or Magical Songs during the Rituals (Puja) or Dances. Nowadays, there are many amateurs of Holy Shaman Dances and Songs of Spirit within the whole European and Asian culture, within the influence of Indo-Europeans (Arya). Shaman or Saman is in majority a phenomenon of the Commonwealth of the Indo-European Peoples, although there is a tribe of a few million people in India, whose part is spread in Hawaii, which propagates the knowledge and wisdom of Shamans through the whole region of Pacific, from where the knowledge comes back to us, despite the fact that Poland and other Slavic nations are a part of Indo-European culture, in which Shaman was the most important person in the community and the most honorable among the old, like a Priest-Healer and the Master of Great Magic (Magya), since Magic is also a term whose roots are in Sanskrit.
Magya means the ability of miraculous acts, the ability to make Miracles with full Power, whatever is done, still, what people most often want is miraculous healing or miraculous reversal of bad circumstances. Magya is the power of the heart over the Earth and over the existing conditions and the ability of Heart to remove poisons. Magya, or Magic, is a level that is achieved by Shaman when, apart from the knowledge, he also has the Power. Only a few can succeed in achieving both effective Power and Magic! Shaman is always surrounded by Students and Coworkers, of whom Puiari are the most elementary. They are the Sacrifiers, the people who regularly perform the Shaman ritual and ceremonies in order to learn them. One of typical shaman ceremonies is the Fire Sacrifice, Agnihotra, burnt in a brass container in the shape of pyramid or hemisphere! It is a good way to start learning the mysteries of the Shaman Path from such simple ceremonies, easy to learn and practice for everybody. In order to have the Great Power that everyone dreams of a real training should be started, the one based on the authentic practice of all the Indo-European peoples.
The levels of Power, Magic, Charisma, miracle, come after a long training, total immersion in a deep practice, faithful following of the Master and Teachers from whom we learn, because the most important learning is not based on words but is given through co-participation in everything that a Shaman does, especially in rituals and ceremonies of healing or calling in the rain. The transmission, through eyes, transferring the energy, Power, from the Master onto the Students is extremely important and is called Darshana – Seeing, and without this nobody can learn or achieve anything. Of course, it is advisable to read the books about Huna, Magic, Healing, shamanism, Reiki, Ayurveda, still, it gives nothing but a basic orientation in the subject and only the practice under the guidance of Shaman, Teacher and Master allows one to become a Shaman, Saman!
Basically, there are four general levels of the Priest-Healer Path and the word Shaman or Saman means the third level of initiation. A few people knows what are the first, second and the last – the forth level of Shaman introduction called. Undoubtedly, the ones who are interested must learn from the initiated ones and from the ones who perfectly know a lot of fields connected with the magic, shamanism, healing and exorcist activities. Shaman must be able to remove a curse, as well as to cast a curse on the evil ones, the ones who bring harm. Shaman must be able to enter the Consciousness of a higher Self, Spirit, AUM, Atman as well as the Consciousness of Elements such as Earth, Water, Fire, Wind, or the Consciousness of Angels, known as Deva in Sanskrit, and AVAIKU in Hawaiian. Traditional practice with Masters and Teachers takes about 10 – 15 years of intense learning and service, and later further education despite the well-developed independence and power.