The Power of Sacred Ceremony

by Sandra Ingerman

In the shamanic understanding, the world of form we see, hear, touch, smell, and taste starts as vibrations in the invisible and transcendent realms. Through words and thought forms, these vibrations transition from the transcendent realm and manifest on the Earth and in the world of physical form. For shamans, the world is seen as a dream, and we are active participants in creating the dream through our words and thoughts. This dream ends up creating the reality we live in for ourselves and for all life on Earth.

Think of the vibration of our thoughts and words spinning together just like a spinner spins fiber, and then the fibers weave together to create the fabric of reality we now live in. The vibrations of our thoughts and words create strong, resonant waves throughout the universe that change the course of our lives and that of the planet. Everything in the universe is seen as energy that can manifest into form over time through our intention. And using ceremony is a powerful tool to create and transform the world of form.

Shamans help the community stay connected to the web of life by speaking to “the spirit that lives in all things.” Shamans have always spoken to the wind, the rain, the sun, the earth, the mountains, the sea, the clouds, the planets, the stars, the moon, and all the energies that affect us daily. They can know when to perform ceremonies to honor rites of passage and initiation, when to plant crops, and when to honor the elements so that the community can live in harmony with the change of seasons, the lunar cycles, and nature’s flow.

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Excerpted from The Book of Ceremony: Shamanic Wisdom for Invoking the Sacred in Everyday Life © 2018 by Sandra Ingerman, published with permission of Sounds True. Sandra is a world-renowned teacher of shamanism who has been teaching for more than thirty years. She has authored twelve books and many audio programs, teaches workshops internationally on healing, and performs powerful transformative ceremonies to heal the Earth. She was awarded the 2007 Peace Award from the Global Foundation for Integrative Medicines. For more information visit and

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