Shamanism--the ancient art of healing by entering an altered state of consciousness--has become a powerful spiritual buzzword. There are workshops, therapy sessions, seminars, and $2,000 shamanic healing trips to the Amazon. You can diet with the Shamanic Juice Fast
, wear shaman-chic couture
or join a Meetup group like "Tribe of Beltway Shamans
." Two experts from the South American shamanic tradition join us to explain what Shamanism is--and isn't--and why it's enjoying a cultural revival.
Pictured: Don Oscar, in our studio with a ceremonial medicine piece called an arte.
Don Oscar Miro-Quesada, author of Lessons in Courage: Peruvian Shamanic Wisdom for Everyday Life
Stephan Beyer, author of Singing to the Plants: A Guide to Mestizo Shamanism in the Upper Amazon