what is shamanism?
Shamanism is one of the most ancient spiritual practices found across the world with roots dating back to Paleolithic cultures. The word “shaman” derives from the Tungus word šaman, meaning one who knows. While many cultures embrace the old ways of their traditions and practices, shamanism itself is highly adaptable to all customs, and to the times of our living. Shamanism is not a religion but rather a belief system that all beings and energies are interconnected in the great web of life. Great care is taken to learn about and honor this knowledge and the processes of growth in all beings.
Through a change in consciousness, a shamanic practitioner crosses over the veil that separates our world from the spirit world (respectively called ordinary and non-ordinary reality) to request healing and advice from compassionate beings. The work through these interactions facilitates changes in the physical world (or ordinary reality). Where doctor's heal the body and psychiatrists heal the mind, it is the shamanic practitioners role to be the bridge for Spirit to restore our health and well-being .
"Why can't Spirit just do the healing themselves? Why do we even need shamans or shamanic practitioners?"
Free-will governs our world. Generally, no interference from the spirit world will happen unless it's specifically asked for. When you work with a shaman or a shamanic practitioner, they carry your specific request to the spirit world so healing can begin. In some cases, it is the shamanic practitioners responsibility to bring power back and integrate it with the client. The shamanic practitioner is not the source of the healing work but rather a worker-bee who helps to restore the well-being of the hive.
how can shamanism help?
In many healing modalities, dis-ease is considered to be birth place for the physical and emotional manifestations of sickness. From a shamanic perspective, many of our illnesses can be traced back to energetic issues such as an imbalance with oneself or community, repressed emotions or memories, traumatic events, and post-traumatic stress disorder. I see dis-ease come up all the time in my intuitive art readings, where the event or sometimes a series of events or prolonged situation creates a mark or discoloration in the energetic body. Sometimes these form spiritual, emotional, or physical blocks. Left unattended, repressed, or wrongfully medicated, the corresponding dis-ease can turn into physical, psychological, or emotional maladies. I work with my compassionate beings so they can remove the root energy or source of the dis-ease so the vital prana can return to the energetic body and restore harmony, health, and wellness.
Shamanic healing is intended to complement to alternative health modalities, modern medicine, and therapy practices, but it does not replace the guidance or programs in place by licensed medical professionals. However, spiritual healing can often the missing link that ,allows healing and recovery to rapidly progress by releasing the stranglehold of old patterns we can be stuck in and unwind the cords that prevent growth, authority, authenticity, and abundance from flowing through our lives.
There are three phases a shamanic session: the diagnostics, the work, and the client follow through. In the diagnostic session, we meet and discuss the area in your life you're seeking healing or movement. I take your request to my Helping Spirits whom with I have an established and trusted relationship with. You do not have to know exactly what is wrong. This is something the Helping Spirits will be able to source.
Once the source of ailment is identified, I'll go into a shamanic journey (something very similar to a dream-like, deep meditative state) and will be taken to the source of dis-ease. Once there, the Compassionate Beings (or Helping Spirits) will facilitate a change in the energy or manifest a healing. In some instances, old energies are removed, while in others energy is integrated. It’s important that you know I nor any other person are doing the actual healing. We are only placeholders in this reality for the Helping Spirits to do their work through.
My shamanic journey began in 2013. A large portion of my journey was spirit led, meaning all of my experiences and training came explicitly through my clairvoyance and clairaudience. This facilitated profound teachings about discernment, protection, and the importance of learning to follow proper protocol. In 2016, I began to further my shamanic studies under the guidance and teachings of Barbara Bloecher and Gina Millard. I strive to continually refine my practices and techniques while deepening my connection to Spirit, with myself, and my community so that I can continue to complete this work with compassion and skill.