In today's world of Shaman workshops and schools, more and more people are earning Shaman certificates and hanging up a shingle with the title "Shaman" written on it. I have some feelings about this.
Shamanism is actually much more complex, dangerous and more rigorous than an 18-month Shamanic Training program. It takes years, often costs your life (as in you have no other life outside of your Shamanic calling), and usually begins in childhood. Today's quick and easy shamanic training is diluting what shamanism really is. While their shouldn't "technically" be any harm in calling yourself a shaman when you really mean you are a shamanic practitioner (I explain the difference in the video), there can actually be irrecoverable harm for yourself and for others in this distinction, especially if you call yourself a shaman and actually believe yourself to be a shaman. (And hey, I get that there are exceptions to this).
Watch the video to see what I mean . . .
For me, personally, while I intend to seek out shamanic training as a way to develop and mature my soul, as well as to help myself and others heal, I will never call myself a shaman. And since I have a tribal affiliation/am tribally enrolled, any sort of official calling to be a shaman would have to come through those traditions. I encourage you to seek out shamanic training that is in alignment with your own ancestral lineage and cultural heritage as well. Sacred places and sacred teachings aren't found in the Andes. They are everywhere you are. Everywhere your ancestors have stepped on this Earth.