Shamanism is a path of knowledge, not of faith, and that knowledge cannot come from me or anyone else in this reality. To acquire that knowledge, including the knowledge of the reality of the spirits, it is necessary to step through the shaman’s doorway and acquire empirical evidence.
~ Dr. Michael Harner
What is a Shaman and how can shamanic healing help me?
Shamans have been in existence for approximately 45,000 + years. Their healing traditions and culture predates biblical times and is used worldwide by people of all religions and spiritual faiths. Shamans are most notably known across the indigenous cultures with ancient wisdom, humility and the ability to walk in the physical world as well as the spirit world, and has since become more mainstream within the past 30 years.
In order to understand what shamanism is; it can sometimes be a little bit easier to understand how a shaman has this ability and what he/she is not. Shamanism is not a religion, though many practitioners (myself included) are incredibly faith-based in order to do this type of work. This is through my own history of healing with shamanism and working with the spiritual guides and teachers of my own as well as with the guides and teachers of others. Without my faith and the wisdom imbued upon me (and blessings) from the spirit world and the Divine Creator (God), I would not be qualified to be a shaman. Becoming a shaman is a true calling to merge with ones destiny; much like a mystic or a prophet. This is not always the easiest path in life for those who accept and answer their calling, but one that is both fundamentally rewarding at the soul level. A shaman can study the methods and techniques, receive certifications from workshops and courses of study; but ultimately it is up to the Spirit world to impart their wisdom, communication and healing ability to the person wishing to act in this type of role. Shamanism is not a religion because it has no dogma, nor is it a status symbol of the modern era.It has no one structural head, set organizational guidelines or affiliates. There is no true manual, sacred book or founders; but the methods of healing wisdom it imparts is noted in ancient texts and scribes across the world.
The true nature of the shaman is one that is a healer of the body, mind, spirit (the intellect) and soul (higher self). The shaman receives wisdom and knowledge from the spirit world in order to have the privilege of carrying out the ability to heal the spirit/soul regardless of what they may or may not be experiencing. The shaman does not judge and has a deep level of compassion, humility, and understanding of what the individual is experiencing not because he/ she has experienced it necessarily (many have endured the extreme), but because of his/her ability to communicate with the spirit world in order to understand both the reasons for the disruption or intrusion and how they can best restructure the energy for the person to achieve harmony in their wholeness.
The shaman believes that there is life in all living things -in the food that we eat, the environments we live and the people we have the ability to connect with. He/she maintains the belief that life is to be experienced for the betterment of humanity and when this is disturbed, the individual experiences an intrusion (imbalance) in one or more aspects of life. This is sometimes referred to as soul fragmentation and perhaps the most common reason for seeking the assistance of a shaman.
Fragmentation of the Soul
The Divine creator plays a role in the soul’s true ability to remain unified with the spirit (intellect). This is done for self-preservation among various other reasons, for the mind, body, and spirit to continue with living day-to-day. This causes a disturbance and overall functioning. Here is an example to give you a better understanding of the nature of fragmentation: A traumatic event that is blocked from acknowledgment albeit willfully or unintentionally is a safety mechanism that is shared within the human psyche and spirit. This fragmentation, as it is known – to give you perspective; leads to a tiny pinhole in a large sheet of paper. You are represented by the paper, and the ‘trauma’ is represented by the pinhole. As time progresses, you may experience another trauma of similar circumstances by which case the soul; on a deeper more fundamental level remembers, and further fragments; thus adding to the original pinhole- making it larger. Traumas or circumstances with the same mechanisms of action generally stay within the same grouping- meaning the hole will continue to get bigger- similar to running a pin through the paper repeatedly until a large hole is formed. This happens when similar circumstances are repeatedly experienced over time. If there is an entirely different set of circumstances or trauma i.e. abuse, divorce, loss, grief, extended illness etc. – all of these things create a new grouping in various places on the paper until eventually the paper is filled with a giant hole. The whole person is now affected, not just one aspect. This does not mean that every person that experiences suffering or adverse circumstances in life become the sheet of paper with all the holes, but many have endured so much, and through no fault of their own have become hostage to their views and belief systems based on their experiences as a whole. This can manifest in both physical and non physical ways including extreme cases where there is a breakdown systemically in body, mind, and spirit without apparent cause or provocation.
Extraction, retrieval, reintegration
Many go through life without an understanding or what or how energy affects the human experience, how life is to be experienced, including how others experience them. There are times when lower forms of energy and evil spirits can attempt to merge with an individual’s spirit and soul as well as surroundings. Some people think this sort of phenomena is taken out of the pages of the exorcist novel, but unfortunately; spiritual obsession, possession, and infestations often called “attachments” exist and go relatively unnoticed unless extreme and unexplainable events occur. In these particular cases, the shaman performs an extraction of the darker forms of energy and then a soul retrieval(as it is called) to replace the damaged and disturbed energy with light. This is done to unify aspects of the spirit ( intellect) with the light and resiliency of the soul (higher self) back to its original most pure form of light. This also brings the soul back to its point of origin as it was intended to be at it’s point of incarnation. As a Heyoka shaman, numerous healing modalities are often used simultaneously to bring a person to a state of wholeness and offset their chaotic experiences in life. This allows for return of harmony, balance, and completeness to navigate essential healing.
During a shamanic healing assessment, you and I will meet and discuss the aspects that are the source of dis-ease or imbalance. At the end of the assessment you will have a better understanding of what services are best suited. Within traditional shamanic work, or healing I typically provide a shamanic journey at the beginning of the work to be done to provide both you and I with a greater understanding of the root cause. Much like a hypnotherapist places the subject into hypnosis to uncover reasons and causes, the shaman performs a shamanic journey by entering an altered state of consciousness (some refer to this as a trance like state as in meditation) to speak to the spirit elders about the nature of the circumstances and the healing methods required to restore unity within the affected areas. While I am in the meditation journey, I am scanning the energetic aspects of your body, mind, and spirit at the direction of the Spiritual elders.
Regardless of what you have been experiencing and for how long, the healing work of the shaman is that which assists the individual to heal at a level that you are most comfortable with. There are some, such as myself who have embarked upon shamanic work to heal at deeply profound levels in order to live a life that is filled with joy, fulfillment and completeness, while others seek the assistance of a shaman to aid with transient conditions such as insomnia, interpersonal relationships and breaking bad habits. Please feel free to set up a consultation or email specific questions you may have regarding traditional shamanic healing work and how it can benefit you on your healing journey.
Mitakuye Oyasin – The Prayer ( Native American Prayer)
Aho Mitakuye Oyasin….All my relations. I honor you in this circle of life with me today. I am grateful for this opportunity to acknowledge you in this prayer….
To the Creator, for the ultimate gift of life, I thank you.
To the mineral nation that has built and maintained my bones and all foundations of life experience, I thank you.
To the plant nation that sustains my organs and body and gives me healing herbs for sickness, I thank you.
To the animal nation that feeds me from your own flesh and offers your loyal companionship in this walk of life, I thank you.
To the human nation that shares my path as a soul upon the sacred wheel of Earthly life, I thank you.
To the Spirit nation that guides me invisibly through the ups and downs of life and for carrying the torch of light through the Ages, I thank you.
To the Four Winds of Change and Growth, I thank you.
You are all my relations, my relatives, without whom I would not live. We are in the circle of life together, co-existing, co-dependent, co-creating our destiny. One, not more important than the other. One nation evolving from the other and yet each dependent upon the one above and the one below. All of us a part of the Great Mystery.
Thank you for this Life.