Definition: An·i·mism is the attribution of the metamorphosis of the soul into animals, birds, fish, insects and natural phenomena. In other words it is real shape-shifting. There is a whole world out there that takes a word like animism, without ever having experienced it in their life and continues the knowledge that is not very in-depth. I even saw a blog speaking about Christian animism… the three mainstream religions (Christian, Jewish and Muslim) are the main ancient organizations that actually destroyed it.
Starting at the beginning, rather than the end of anything, much less shamanism, magic or paranormal, is always a wiser path. When your ready after you have done your studies, throw out all those books and ask mother earth and life to show you the long and winding paths. Always start with your own human soul (the emotional body and its karma) and the decades to purify that first before seeking everywhere on earth for some unknown random spirit or soul, its wiser that way. Start with the self first, and throw out any star seeds, the universe or history… then you might be able to find the path to understanding.
Art: Top Susan Seddon Boulet (1941—1997); Vision Desde Arriba by Pancho Peskador.