Shamanism is the original religion of humanity. It is our direct conection to Spirit. The writer Alan Watts said we went from Spirit to spirits to gods to God. The process of our collective awakening is to move back home to spirit away from the dogmas of religions, even though this is the essence of all religions. A good example of shamanism can be found on this website in the article Shamanism and Psychotherapy
"We must recognize ourselves as beings of four dimensions. Do we not in sleep live in a fantastic fairy kingdom where everything is capable of transformation, where there is no stability belonging to the physical world, where one man can become another or two men at the same time, where the most improbable things look simple and natural, where events often occur in inverse order, from end to beginning, where we see the symbolical images of ideas and moods, where we talk with the dead, fly in the air, pass through walls, are drowned or burnt, die and remain alive?"- P. D. Ouspensky
Miicea Eliade defines a shaman as follows: "he is believed to cure, like all doctors, and to perform miracles of the fakir type, like all magicians [...] But beyond this, he is a psychopomp, and he may also be a priest, mystic, and poet". Eliade emphasizes the shaman's ablity to retun to the sacredness of all life. He says: "The most representative mystical experience of the archaic societies, that of shamanism, betrays the Nostalgia for Paradise, the desire to recover the state of freedom and beatitude before 'the Fall'." This concern—which, by itself, is the concern of almost all religious behavior, according to Eliade—manifests itself in specific ways in shamanism.
Journey to Ixlan by Carlos Castenada
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
The Way of the Shaman by Michael Harner
Soul Retrival by Sandra Ingerman
Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy by Mircea Eliade