There are many cultures and different sectors of society that experience hearing voices and have visions other than within the confines of mental health facilities. It is important that we acknowledge this as many people hearing voices are well. By looking at these experiences we can learn many helpful strategies and other ways to view the voice hearing experience.
In this category we would like to share knowledge and beliefs regarding hearing voices from an "Oriental Perspective".
We would like to share how the Polynesian cultures and beliefs around the subject of voices and visions. Cultural considerations are very important componenet of who a person is, and as a result how best to deal with their voices.
Inherent in Maori culture is the connection a person has with their tupuna and ancestors. Many historical research documents interactions of the Maori with their tupuna and other realities. It is important when dealing with voices to be aware of the cultural considerations involved.
What is Shamanism? The Foundation for Shamanic Studies says this:
"Over tens of thousands of years, our ancient ancestors all over the world discovered how to maximize human abilities of mind and spirit for healing and problem-solving. The remarkable system of methods they developed is today known as "shamanism," a term that comes from a Siberian tribal word for its practitioners: "shaman" (pronounced SHAH-mahn). Shamans are especially distinguished by the use of journeys to hidden worlds otherwise mainly known through myth, dream, and near-death experiences."
Hearing Voices can be a good experience, a bad experience, or even both. By looking to traditional healing we may often find methods they have used to live with visions and voices helpful.
Here we would like to share stories, research, or information on hearing voices and visions from shamanic perspectives.