What is Shamanism?
Shamanism is an ancient practice used for healing and divination. A trained shamanic practitioner has learned how to intentionally alter their consciousness so that he/she can travel from ordinary physical reality to non-physical reality, commonly referred to as the spirit world, the dreamtime and non-ordinary reality.
Once in the spirit world, the shaman connects with a special group of helping spirits that he/she has developed a relationship with over the course of many years. These compassionate spirits are actually the ones who do the healing and/or offer information.
Since we have free will, the spirits can only intervene in our lives if they’re invited. The shaman is simply delivering someone’s invitation for healing to the helping spirits.
Each of us has a spiritual body, also known as the soul. Energy medicine is intended to heal the soul; the spiritual energy body. Healing the soul brings balance to thoughts, harmony to feelings and restoration to the body’s health. Remember, you are a soul having a human experience. Energy medicine is the application of energy healing protocols and techniques for the soul utilizing ceremony. Just as you seek healing and cures from medical or alternative healthcare professionals for physical and mental ailments, you are invited to seek energy healing and other opportunities to heal your soul. This, in turn, presents the possibility of living a better, happier and more rewarding life.
What are some benefits of a Shamanic Healing?
Shamanic Medicine can bring healing to a person emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually. Simply put, it is the basic clearing or sweeping away of the energy of the past so that a person is free to go into a new direction.
• Enhanced ability to create desired life changes
• Increased vitality and power
• Expanded sense of wholeness and well-being
• Greater ability to release addictions and maintain change
• Stronger connection to spiritual source and soul purpose
• Strengthened immune system
What is a session like?
The client lays on their back, wearing loose and comfortable clothing. The shaman will then assess their various energy centers (usually found along the 7 chakras of the body). At this point, the shaman can sense where unnecessary energy is being stored, where stagnant energy can be released, and where empowering energy can be placed.
When the energy work is complete, the shaman will then describe to the client what they may experience during the following part of the session: tingling and warming sensations, meditative-like states of consciousness, an emotional release, and/or the energy of the spiritual communion itself.
The shaman is then ready to access non-ordinary reality, and proceeds to induce a trance via rhythmic percussion (generally using a drum and/or rattle).
Within this shamanic journey, the shaman connects with his or her spirit helpers/guides and travels through the 3 different worlds (as mentioned previously) in search of wisdom and healing for the client.
While in this non-physical trance, the shaman may also do either hands-on or hands-off energy work, by channeling energy from the spirit world and moving it throughout the client’s body accordingly.
This portion of the ceremony typically lasts about an hour.
Once the shaman has returned from their journey, they are again ready to hold space for discussion. Here, they will discuss with the client what was experienced (on both ends), what wisdom and advice was gifted to them from the spirit realm, and what the client can then begin implementing differently in their lives in order to heal.
Following a shamanic healing session, many deeply rooted energies have been shifted. Therefore, for the days, weeks, and even months following the session, it is advised that clients take special note of how they are feeling — they can do this by keeping a journal to keep track of progress for future insight and guidance.
How do I know if Shamanic Healing is working?
The client will normally feel changes and shifts in their energy, for this is all part of the healing process — toxins that have long been stored in one’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual body have been released, as well as unhealthy habitual thinking. It is the shaman’s greatest advice to listen to and accept the energetic changes one may feel following a session; new, vibrant, life energy will take its place.
How often should I get Shamanic Healing?
Shamanic healing is performed on your time schedule, but normally no sooner than 1 month apart. It takes time to integrate the returned soul pieces. You may schedule additional sessions when you feel prepared and ready for your next journey. You are the one that has to do the work, so only you know when you feel ready. Remember, this is a self-empowerment process.