Jamie Homeister

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. 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.

[Shamans are] "community-assigned magico-religious professionals who deliberately alter their consciousness in order to obtain information from the 'spirit world.' They use this knowledge and power to help and to heal members of their community, as well as the community as a whole." 
- Stanley Krippner

In shamanistic cultures, all adults are responsible for their relationships with spiritual energies, including those in their environment, their ancestors, their personal helping spirits, and Spirit, the creator force. It is considered their responsibility to restore and maintain right-relations with all-there-is through action, and strive to become a true source of love, honor, and impeccability.

Through a change in consciousness, a shaman 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 shaman's role to be the bridge for Spirit to restore the health and well-being of the soul.

"Why can't spirit just do the healing themselves? Why do we even need a Shaman?"
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, they carry your specific request to the spirit world so healing can begin. In some cases, it is the shaman's responsibility to bring a piece back and integrate it with the client. The shaman is not the source of the healing work but rather a necessary worker-bee helping to restore the good of the hive.

The Process

There are three phases a shamanic session: the diagnostics, the work, and the client follow through. In the diagnostic session, one meets with the practitioner and discusses the area in their life in which they're seeking healing or movement. You do not have to know exactly what is wrong or the cause of your discontentment. This is something your practitioner and helping spirits will be able to source.

Once the source of ailment is identified and progress agreed upon, the shaman goes into a 'shamanic journey' (something very similar to a dream-like, deep meditative state) and is taken to the source of dis-ease. Once there, the compassionate beings facilitate a change in the energy or manifest a healing. In some instances, old energies are removed, while in others energy is integrated. Even though thousands of cultures across the globe embrace their own shamanic practice, many techniques used are considered standard healing practices, especially in the West which is called, core shamanism.

How Can Shamanism Help You?

There are many different practices incorporated with the shamanic way. In order to understand how a shamanic practitioner can help you, perhaps its best start at the heart of the need: dis-ease, which refers to a lack of comfort or ease. Dis-ease is a term used in alternative medicine to differentiate between the Latin word "disease" we immediately recognize as a pathological illness.

In many healing modalities, dis-ease is considered to be birthing place for the physical and emotional manifestations of sickness. From a shamanic perspective, many of these 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 psychic art readings. The event or sometimes even series of events creates a mark or discoloration in the energetic body. Sometimes these form spiritual, emotional, or physical blocks. Sometimes they remain a place where healthy prana or life-force can flow. Left unattended, repressed, wrongfully medicated, or ignored, dis-ease can turn into physical, psychological, or emotional maladies. The shaman than works with the compassionate beings to remove the root energy source of the dis-ease so vital prana can return to the energetic body and their harmony, health, and wellness restored.

There are many ways in which a shaman can help you restore your life-force, drive, connection, and creativity:

+ Soul Retrieval. From the shamanic perspective when a traumatic event happens, a piece of soul separates from the whole in an effort of self-preservation. If you think of something as severe as a sexual assault, for example, the victim will often disassociate from the event and detach from themselves and their surroundings. In a way, this is an act of self-preservation, and they are protecting the rest of their prana, their vitality or life-force, from the terrible reality of the incident that just occurred. The shamanic way is to "treat" the soul by returning what was lost. This is no different than a psychologist who would treat the mind, or doctor a scrape on the knee. Restoring the integrity of the soul is often the missing link in victims finding true health and vitality in their healing.

Traditional causes: physical or emotional trauma, accidents, anesthesia, near-death-experiences, the loss of a loved one, war
Symptoms: disassociation from oneself, chronic depression, addictions, conscious and unconscious self-sabotage, feeling lost or not "whole," chronically ill or fatigued with no firm diagnosis, unable to move past an issue or event that occurred in your life

+ Curse Unraveling. At some point in our lives, each of us has felt like we have been cursed due to repetitious lousy luck, the fall through of something we thought was sure to be ours, or the sudden disharmony in a home, relationship, or business. I believe actual curses exist. We can be born into one. They can be given to us unintentionally, or with knowledge and malice. They can be passed down our ancestral line. Or, most commonly, we give them to ourselves. Curses are made in moments of intense emotion and embedded into our being with obsession. The more anger, hate, or ferocity, the more fire the curse is given to begin. The longer and more intensely its dwelled over, the stronger roots it's given to take hold. 

Traditional causes: self-loathing, shame, ancestral or past life experiences, witchcraft or sorcery, anger, rage, guilt, obsessive thinking and behaviors
Symptoms: patterns we can't escape from, behaviors we can't let go of (even when we know they're causing us great harm), blockages to living fully and in our authentic truth, chronic or sudden misfortune

+ Power Retrieval: Power loss is something everyone has felt at one time or another. The best way I can describe it is when you go into a situation feeling well and whole, but you leave feeling hurt, attacked, angry, or misjudged. Power loss can occur in our everyday interactions such as the sour-faced cashier who left you stewing on their poor service all day. Or, a work-related reprimand. Painful breakups are a huge source of power loss, as are the friends or family situations who cling to you for support. Essentially, power loss occurs when there isn't a positive energy exchange you are the victim of a sudden energetic loss from your energetic reserve. To go back to the example above, you may walk into the grocery feeling happy and whole, but due to the situation that unfolded you may leave feeling tired, defeated, saddened, or just plain pissed off. In many cases, we restore the wells of our own energy. Basically, "we get over it." But there are times when there are many occurrences that happen back-to-back in which we do not have the opportunity to refill and heal properly. These are the times that would warrant a power retrieval.

Traditional causes: defeating life-circumstances or situations such as abusive homes or relationships, continued exposure to hostile workplaces or environments, separation between oneself and their power animal
Symptoms: suicidal thoughts, addiction, chronic depression, chronic illness, misfortune

+ Extraction: If our energy is depleted through soul or power loss, we now have empty pockets in our body where unwanted energies can take residence. Sometimes these intrusions take the form of conscious beings, or as the projected energies sent to us from another such as hate or malice. Other times, they are the consequence of our ability to be so self-critical to the point of doing ourselves harm.

Traditional causes: possession, psychic attacks, toxic environments, self-harm, toxic thinking
Symptoms: no longer feeling like oneself, acting differently to loved ones, devolving patterns of thinking, inability to heighten one's vibration, a negative change in the dream-time, pressure or suppression on a specific area of the body without a positive medical diagnosis

Shamanic healing is a perfect 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, authenticity, and abundance from forming in our lives.

My Journey

My shamanic journey began in 2013. Initially, I was spirit-led; all of my introductory experiences and training came explicitly through my clairvoyance. This facilitated profound teachings about discernment, protection, and the importance of learning and following proper protocol. I continue to remain immersed in my shamanic studies today as my education continues under the guidance of Barbara Bloecher and Gina Mallard. I strive to continually refine my practices and techniques to complete this work with neutrality, compassion, and skill, while formulating the right relationships with all-there-is. 

Can a shamanic session help you?