shamanism and religion?

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does it contridict with religion? tell me more about it please.
the reason i am asking is i asked about meditation ,and i was given a site to visit,n it i found a mediation session to help clear the mind.i wonder if this is against religion ,or is just a way to communicate with nature in a higher level

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Here is an excerpt from our website, www.ucmeta.org. There is a whole section on Shamanism.

(This is an excerpt from a University Of Metaphysical Sciences course at www.umsonline.org, please feel free to visit the school website)

Embarking on the shamanic journey could involve being in a shamanic bloodline, being chosen by elders because of certain qualities and eccentricities of personality which reveal an aptitude for shamanism, or by being chosen by the spirits, and willingly, or unwillingly, being called to the journey. In most cultures, the shamanic initiation is preceded by a near-death experience, often a seemingly fatal illness, but sometimes a traumatic accident, or even a dream of death. In Breaking Open The Head (2003), by Daniel Pinchbeck, the author describes the common content of visions and dreams shared by many Shamanic initiates:

“Traditionally, the evolution from ordinary human state to shaman is marked by a series of visions and dreams of the novice being killed, dismembered, eaten, regurgitated, and put back together by the spirits. His or her bones are replaced with quartz crystals, precious metals, or similar magical substances. For instance in Borneo, according to Eliade, the spirits of past shamans come to the initiate, they “cut his head open, take out his brains, wash and restore them… they plant barbed hooks on the tips of his fingers to enable him to seize the soul and hold it fast; and lastly they pierce his heart with an arrow to make him tender-hearted, and full of sympathy with the sick and suffering.”

I hope that helped!

~Adrienne~

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