Why should I go see a Shamanic Practitioner?
If you have ever heard of shamanic healing or shamanism, you’ve probably wondered what they do exactly. If you haven’t, check out my post What is Shamanism and How Can It Help?
In our Western culture, most people don’t know any shamans or if they do, they are simply westerners who have studied and incorporate the ancient traditions into their lives. That’s me! I am not an indiginous healer. I have not and probably will not ever live in the Andes, Peru, or the Amazon. I have learned to walk the path of the wounded healer and have a wonderful gift for seeing, feeling, and understanding what is happening in our souls, or the energy that surrounds each and every one of us.
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Each and every one of us has the ability to do that exact thing! We can all learn to feel, sense, and speak to the forces that live in spirit with us!
Have you ever just randomly thought of a distant friend or relative and then later on, that very person reaches out to you? Or maybe for some reason you felt the need to take a different route home, only to find out that there was an accident on your usual route? That big knot in your stomach that was telling you to stay home from a night out or a date? Goosebumps when you talk of certain things? Those “coincidences” are your spirit communicating with you!!
In ancient times when we led tribal lives in communion with nature and the forces, we were much more connected to the ability to sense or feel what was happening around us. Many of us lived as a part of a community, helping each other get over fears, grief, and traumas. Most communities would have a medicine man or healer...these were the shamans.
The shaman would always be there for the hunters who came back with experiences of extreme danger to return all lost soul fragments to those who were affected or injured. They would also be called upon at the arrival of a new baby to bless the baby and call forth its benevolent healing allies.
Today, so many of us walk around with wounds or joys that hardly get acknowledged due to the fast-paced, disconnected life we live in today.
As a Shamanic Practitioner, it is my job to reconnect you with your very own personal helping spirits and guide you on your path to healing. All of us have spirit guides or helping spirits that are just waiting for us to remember and call them into action. They know you, they protect you, and they love you! Our guides are our ancestors, once, twice, or ten times removed and have been with us our entire lives. They see you and their mission is to help you in this lifetime.
Through much practice and studying, I am able to evoke these helpers for you and re-introduce you to them. Some of us know who our guides are without actually knowing. For example, they were that “imaginary” friend you use to have or maybe your grandmother who had passed away but would still come visit you. It is that force you feel but can’t explain when you almost got in an accident but avoided it somehow.
When should I go see a Shamanic Practitioner?
You might be ready to heal an old wound or trauma like abuse or abandonment. Maybe you want a new career or to move to a new place but you’re feeling stuck or like you don’t know what your next steps should be. You may have experienced a loss and just can't seem to recover from it. Perhaps you are ready to let go of an old behavior pattern or learned belief that no longer serves you, like being in toxic relationships or that you are unworthy of true love and happiness. You may be ill or have recently been ill. Every one of those examples, among many more, are all reasons to seek the help of a shamanic practitioner and your spirit helpers!
In a healing session, there are many different things that can happen depending on your personal needs. We may just meet your helping spirits or we could be guided to perform a Soul Retrieval, Clearing, Past Life Regression, Akashic Records reading, or an Ancestral Healing among other things.
I plan to write more articles and also do webinar trainings on each of these different practices so stay tuned! If you have questions, please feel free to contact me! I love to share my knowledge with those willing to learn.
What is Shamanism?
Shamanism has been found in cultures all over the world since ancient times. It is a spiritual practice, not a religion, and the shamans’ practices are very adaptable and practical. Many religions that we know of today like Christianity and Buddhism come from ancient shamanic roots and still carry the deep shamanic threads of deep connection to the divine in all things.
Shamanism itself is a group of experiences and activities/rituals shared by shamans in cultures around the world, not a formalized system of beliefs or an ideology. The practices of shamanism are extremely adaptable and coexist with many different organized religious practices, cultures and government systems.
As an individual practice in present times, shamanism is studied and practiced more as a life path than anything. People following the path of the shaman don’t typically seek it out, it tends to fall into our laps, so to speak. Usually after some sort of major life event or traumatic experience.
From a shamanic perspective, these individuals strive to be in relationship with the spirit in all things, have a deep connection with nature, and non-ordinary reality. They seek guidance from these realms to deeply heal on a soul level and intentionally form their own life experiences. Shamanism is the path to direct revelation. This perspective is not contradictory to any religious practice that allows a person to be in direct relationship with whatever they perceive as a higher power.
How can shamanism benefit your health and wellness?
In this day in age, shamanic healing is not familiar to most non-indigenous people in contemporary western society. Lately it seems that more people are starting to find their way to shamanic practitioners for many different health challenges, especially when they are not making the desired improvements with conventional approaches.
Living in a shamanic culture, shamanic healing is typically part of a multidisciplinary approach used along with physical healers, diet changes, plant medicine, and other therapies for any disease or imbalance.
The shamanic perspective on individual disease is quite different than the conventional medical view. In shamanism, it is believed that any illness could have an underlying energetic or spiritual issue, no matter how it manifests - spiritual, emotional, physical, or mental. It is also believed that community disharmony often manifests in individual illness and that similar disease or symptoms do not always stem from the same underlying energetic problem.
Illnesses such as addiction, depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, autism or other psychological diagnoses are more likely to have a spiritual component that could respond to shamanic healing techniques.
Physical illnesses, especially ones that have premature or atypical presentations, like a degenerative disorder that normally shows up later in life occurring in a child or young adult, may still have very significant spiritual underpinnings.
Shamanic healing is usually part of a treatment plan with other integrative treatments like massage, naturopathy, traditional Chinese medicine, chiropractic care, and so many others.
What does a Shamanic Practitioner do?
Shamanic healing work requires the accurate diagnosis of the seen and unseen energies at the root of the problem. After this is established, the practitioner will carry out the specific healing journey needed to resolve the problem. Once the integration is complete, the shaman and client must create the structure and resources for the client to shift and adjust to the changes in internal energies.
A shamanic practitioner will direct and move energy to restore harmony within the individual, as well as between the individual and the community and also between the community and the spirit world.
After thousands of years of practice, I don’t believe that the shamanic approach and practices would still be around if they did not have value. Because shamanic healing is so unique to each person and situation/illness, it is not easy to research based on conventional research designs and not much interest or financial support for researching these practices.
I would love to share my research and knowledge with you so if there is something you find interesting or something that you are curious about, please send me an email! This is my passion and I am always happy to share! Also, keep an eye out on the blog for more articles about shamanism.