Shamanic healing is an ancient and powerful way of bringing balance and change. The sprits decide the form of the healing and the shamanic practitioner works as a ‘hollow bone’ bringing the help healing or information from the spirit world to this reality.
Shamanic healing can work on many levels. Our physical, emotional and spiritual selves are connected so a healing in one area often has profound effects on the other areas. Shamanic healing can transform, sometimes miraculously, issues that have been struggled with for years.
It is important you feel comfortable with who you work with, questions that may be useful when choosing a shamanic healer are available on the core shamanic practitioner web site www.shamanicpractitioners.org.uk
A soul retrieval returns vital parts of ourselves that have gone to a place of safety in the spirit world during times of emotional, physical or spiritual difficulty. Many people describe soul loss as feeling empty inside, a sense that they are outside of themselves or feeling part of them is missing. Common sayings such as ‘when my father died part of me went with him’ or ‘I was beside myself with grief’ are literal expressions of soul loss. Depression, illness, addiction and not living as fully as we want to can also be symptoms of soul loss. soul retrieval can offer the opportunity to feel more complete and present in the world and more able to move forward in life.
Power retrieval / spirit helper retrieval / power animal retrieval
Power loss can be experienced as feeling hopeless or helpless or being low in energy and unable to engage in life. Consistent illness and situations going wrong can also be a sign of power loss. Being empowered is not having power over others but being able to access that which is our birth right, it enables us to be who we are in the world. A power retrieval is a journey made on behalf of someone to return the power that is needed to live in a more empowered way. Power sometimes returns in the form of an animal or a form of energy.
Compassionate Depossession / Curse Unravelling
Some people may find themselves carrying something that does not belong to them. This could be energy, a thought form, someone who has died but not passed over, a nature spirit or an ancestral pattern. Our own personalities may feel overshadowed as these beings are in the wrong place. Working in a compassionate way to release them can bring healing and balance for all involved and all of creation.
Working with Death and Life
Whether alive or dead we have our own spirits, when our physical body dies our spirits live on. Sometimes after death the spirit is disorientated and needs help to move to his or her new place of being. Many shamanic practitioners are experienced in assisting those who have passed on to get to where they need to be, the shamanic term for this is psychopomping. Often there is not only a shift for the spirit that has moved on but also for the people that remain.
Many people feel they have ‘unfinished business’ with friends or relatives that have died. Making a journey to meet with the spirit of the person who has died can help to complete and bring to closure issues that were not able to be addressed or completed in life.
People in the process of dying can find help to embrace both life and death in an empowered way and find a spirit helper that will support and guide them as they make the transition.
Shamanic counselling differs from most types of counselling in that the main relationship is with the spirits. We go directly to the spirits for help and it is they who offer the wisdom and advice.
Working with issues in a shamanic framework can help to shift, sometimes miraculously, problems that have been struggled with for many years. In a shamanic journey time is not linear, we cannot change the past but by asking for help with issues from the past we can experience fundamental changes and transformations in how we experience the present. We can learn to become more who we are and be in the world in a more empowered way.
Shamanic counselling is a way to learn or consolidate grounded and disciplined journeying skills, it enables people to come to their own understanding of their journeys and how to implement the help in their lives and give a grounded framework for when working alone. For those already able to journey shamanic counselling can provide a container to do deeper work with issues that they may not want to work with alone.
Blessings can be requested when starting out on a new project to request that all will be well for those involved. Moving into a new home or a celebration for the birth of a new child to ask for gifts to help them in their life are examples. A blessing can come in many forms and the shamanic practitioner acts as a vehicle for the spirits so the blessing is not that of the person doing it but from the spirits.
Journeys on behalf of others / Divination
Journeys can be done on others’ behalf to ask for help and advice. It is important to have a focused question which is not a yes or not answer. e.g. instead of asking ‘should i ………’ ask ‘ what would be the effects on my life if I ……’. Everything that happens on the journey is part of the answer. If the person is not present when the journey is being done it can be taped. The discussion about what the information means to the person who requested the journey can then be done over the phone. These journeys are for those who do not want to learn to journey but want the advice of the spirits or for those who can journey but feel they are too close to an issue to do the journey for themselves.
Work for animals There are many kinds of beings, human beings, tree beings, animal beings etc. It is possible to do shamanic work for animals who experience illness or trauma just as it is possible to do work for humans. The difference can be profound with changes in behaviour that benefits the animal and the people it comes into contact with.
Work for the home and garden and workplace
Homes, gardens, the land and workplaces have their own spirits. A journey can be made by the person who lives or works there or a shamanic practitioner working on their behalf. The spirit of the home or workplace often communicates what it would like to happen to bring balance. It is often very simple like the placement of an object.
Shamanic gardening is journeying to the spirit of the garden to ask how to honour it. It often suggests plants and lay out and even when and how to plant.
Connecting with our home, workplace and garden can bring a sense of interconnection and belonging that helps us find our own place in the world. People have also reported feeling more ‘at home’ relaxed and contented after working with the spirits of their homes and gardens and that the dynamics in the workplace have changed for the better.
Shamanism can connect us with incredible amounts of power, working for personal empowerment rather than having power over others enables life to be lived with integrity and balance.
It is important not to try to manipulate or effect the actions of others or the outcomes of situations. If going for a job interview for instance asking ‘what is it important for me to focus on when preparing for my interview’ puts the focus on ourselves as opposed to manipulating the outcome.
If seeking help with a situation that involves others the question needs to be focused not on them but on ourselves e.g. ‘what is my part in the conflict with my sister’.
When contemplating doing healing work for others it is always important to ask permission first. Even if we are sure that shamanic work could help it needs to be the choice of the individual as to whether to accept any help that may be offered. Asking permission from the spirits or ‘higher selves’ is no replacement for asking permission from the person themselves.
Working with integrity brings us into balance with our own power and our relationships with others. Using shamanism as a vehicle for personal transformation can bring great healing, connection, empowerment and hope.
Our Deepest Fear
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t
feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission
to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
From “A Return To Love” by Marianne Williamson
Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles
Harper Collins, 1992 (from Chapter 7, Section 3)