There is a great field of practical knowledge which can be easily called a shamanistic psychotherapy or a shamanic medicine. This field of knowledge is as powerful as widely known in modern medicine. Shamanism is not an aboriginal leftover. It is one of the most ancient and independent forms of psychotherapy and healing. It is a kind of basic knowledge that had been serving to humanity for the last forty thousand years. This basis led to the genesis of modern religions and civilizations, art and science. But, unfortunately, this knowledge was imprudently forgotten.
Shamans were the first professionals who worked with people. They can be easily called the first psychotherapists. Shamans also got the first prize for socially-psychological work in helping their tribesmen in some troubles and crisis. In fact, the power of shaman hides in the mastery of ecstatic techniques together with the use of dreams and trance states. Though, there are some reasons to believe that ancient shamans were practicing the prototypes of modern yoga and meditation systems. The most important tool of all the shamanistic practices is drum. During the shamanistic rituals the frequency of drum strokes is about 180-200 times per minute, which completely corresponds to the heart rate of the fetus in the womb. So that is why, when we are listening to the drum, we are travelling back to the first perinatal matrix. This matrix is the basis of the mystical contact with the world. So due to this state, we are able to conduct any trips later on. A child in the mother’s womb stays in a contact with everything around him/her, an uterus is his/her universe. That is the reason for shaman to call his drum a horse, that is carrying him through the mystical space.
Sometimes shamanic practice of healing is more delicate and sophisticated than modern psychotherapy. The most profound psychotherapists believe that the transformation of psychotherapy, its innovations belong only to shamanism and to the contact with ancient culture. Shamanism is the oldest psycho techniques of working both with the consciousness and the personality.
Arnie Mindell has perfectly identified shamanism as an “archetype of a man’s meeting with the unknown” (Mindell, 1996). He explains shamanism from the Taoism, quantum physics and modern psychotherapy point of view (Mindell). In fact, all the greatest psychotherapists are more or less shamans. Milton Erickson, Fritz Perls, Stanislav Grof and others are shamans as well. They can manage all the unusual states of consciousness and use shamanic techniques for therapeutic purposes.
It is a well-known fact from the works of S. Grof that they have amazing healing opportunities (Grog, 1997). Shamanism, as the most ancient practice of working with the unusual states of consciousness, is of great importance for the practice of a throat shamanic breathing. The genre of a throat shamanic breathing itself is very close to the genre of shamanistic journey. During such a journey we are wandering to the different worlds to heal and gain new knowledge to the sounds of tambourine and trance music, as well as during the throat shamanic breathing.