The world is alive, intelligent, aware, communicative, and filled with soul. We are not alone; we are part of something much larger than ourselves and we are companioned by millions upon millions of related life-forms. While people brought up within the literate culture often speak ‘about’ the world, indigenous people speak directly ‘to’ the world, acknowledging animals, plants, and landforms as expressive intelligent beings, as equals, with whom they find communion. Yet many of our inherited Western concepts serve to isolate our intelligence from the intimacy and communion with all life on Earth.
Shamanism provides us with a wide range of methods and practices that open new perceptual doors through which we can enter another world entirely: we learn to see from an alternative perspective where the other life forms of Earth speak to us on their own terms through which we can begin to find a path to sustainable habitation of this planet. We realize that our nature is Nature and we begin to hear the forgotten voices of the wild once more as a natural expression of being.