Runa Tusay is the spiritual name I was given at my third shamanic initiation during the solar shamanism school process. On April 1st, 2009 I was honored with this name which means “the man who dances.”
What this practice generates in me is a profound contact with the spiritual world that is one with nature. Although at first it produced some virulent shocks to my structure and it destabilized me, with time it led me to a great serenity, fullness and a deep connection with my own self.
What is shamanism?
Raul de la Rosa states that “Shamanism is a way to understand life, a way that is present in every geography and one that dates back to the Paleolithic period. It draws on a controlled mental abstraction to communicate with plants, with animals, with spirits and with the elements in nature.”
The Tungusic and other Siberian peoples practice an impressive cult, the one of shamen. Their aim is to reach ecstasy by means of their archaic knowledge. They use drum music to fight malign spirits and attract the allied ones.
The word shaman stems from the Evenki language, a small group of hunters and herders from Siberia who speak Tungusic, which means the one who knows.
“Everything is inter-related, and there is a capacity of constant communication in this relation that the human being, as it dissociated itself from nature, has lost. It is never too late, however, given shamanism is timeless and universal and it always can be retrieved from our inner selves. Shamanism reaches deep into the human being, as its codes become universal and are steeped in the common subconscious of all humanity.”
“Shamanism is a spiritual practice that does not favor no religious belief in particular, but it shows us that all things created, from people, to animals, plants and even landscapes, heavenly bodies and seasons, possess a spirit or a communicative vital energy.”
What is solar shamanism?
Shamanism, one of mankind’s oldest expressions, is ancient system of connection with different levels of reality which includes in its vision a series of dances, rituals, chants, techniques and sounds that possess the quality to reconcile and heal the individual and its environment.
In solar shamanism we do not use entheogenic herbs but a drum beat to induce an expanded state of consciousness. At 225 beats per minute the brain releases dimetiltriptamine, a substance that naturally induces this state. I chose this shamanic branch as it conforms with my naturist principles.
At the Inti Waka Solar Shamanism Centre, at the foot of the Champaqui mountain in the Cordoba province, we carried out our experiences under the guidance of our master Nahuán (Dr. Roberto Torcello). In different sacred spaces within the campus we revisited ancient traditions and we practiced healing and self-knowledge Toltec rituals.