What is Shaman Healing?

Shaman healing is based on a holistic approach to health where everything is interconnected and incorporates a number of different elements, including: Physical, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual. It is an ancient form of spiritual healing dating back more than 40,000 years. The techniques used have withstood the test of time and are amazingly similar the world over, despite geographic and cultural differences among those practicing this mode of healing.

It is centered on the health of the individual and the community. Shaman can also help us rediscover our connection to nature and the spirit dimension by entering trance or journeying, accessing altered states of consciousness. From this altered state they are able to effect healing and become a medium between energy and form. This allows them to locate the source of any impediment in an individual’s aura, field or physical body and eliminate or alter it.

Shaman healing is a spiritual and medical practice based upon the belief that all healing includes a spiritual dimension and that unresolved negative mental patterns can eventually result in physical disease or illness in the body; and that by reversing or eliminating those negative mental patterns can in turn lead to healing. The spiritual healing methods of shaman are now receiving increased and significant attention in our culture, because shamanic healing affects the energy field of a person.

To do healing work of any kind a Shaman will typically journey to the spiritual cause of problems. A particular problem of everyday life might have very different spiritual causes. In other words, illness that looks exactly the same symptomatically in two different people might be the manifestation of different underlying situations. In one person, depression and fatigue can be caused from a spiritual injury to the heart; while the same symptoms might be caused from excessive worry in another.

The healing work requires two distinct phases:

1.   The accurate diagnosis of the seen and unseen energies at the root of the problem
2.   Carrying out the specific choreography of energies needed to resolve the problem

The shaman may serve by removing energies that are inappropriately present, or by returning energies that have been lost. This may include soul retrieval to accomplish healing via the return of lost parts of the soul.

There are a number of ways in which a shaman can bring about healing, some of which include;

Extraction is the process whereby the shaman removes unwanted or misplaced energy from the client. Misplaced energy can have its origin from many different sources, including negative thought forms, such as anger, jealousy, and envy, curses / spells and spirit possession. Symptoms may include localized pain, sudden anger, depression, and suicidal thoughts.

When people are vulnerable and disempowered it is possible for entities to enter our bodies. These misplaced entities can cause persistent sickness, soreness and many other undesirable things and happenings.

Misplaced energy in its most extreme form would include possession and the shaman’s job is to remove the possessing spirit from the client. This is a very common healing activity and the results are immediate and powerful.

Soul Retrieval where the shaman brings back an individual’s lost soul parts. Soul loss occurs when we experience trauma, shock, pain or loss. A part of the soul, an essence, leaves the body as a natural defense mechanism to avoid the pain of a particular situation. Some symptoms of soul loss include chronic depression, disassociation, addictions, illness, prolonged grief, PTSD, memory gaps / loss, a feeling of incompleteness and disconnection with the body. Causes for soul loss can include physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, the death of a loved one, including a pet, loss of job, financial loss, childbirth, divorce or separation, hospitalization, surgery, any kind of abuse, illness, accidents, natural disasters and war. Children can suffer soul loss from events that are traumatic to them, but may seem trivial to adults. Soul loss can also occur when another person “holds” onto a part of us, and won’t let go. The shaman’s job is to find the lost soul part/s and return it to the client.

Power Animal Retrieval is where the shaman brings back a spiritual guardian, usually in the form of a power animal to help restore power, protection, energy and vitality to an individual. Each animal has great wisdom and brings specific gifts, talents, strengths and purpose in helping an individual. Symptoms of power animal loss can be similar to the symptoms of soul loss and can include: chronic illness, chronic misfortune, long-term victimization, long-term depression, and suicidal ideation.

In tribal culture, the loss of a person’s spirit animal is the means to sickness and despair in many cases.


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