What is shamanic Healing?
Shamans work with the spirit or the soul. They heal illness and restore wellbeing at the soul/spiritual level which may be manifesting on the physical, mental or emotional level. A shamanic healing is beneficial even if you are not suffering from any particular presenting illness. You will still gain benefit from your wellbeing being enhanced or you may wish to work with “fixing” a problem in your life – something you would just like to be working better. Shamans work in partnership with their Spirit Allies and Teachers, being the bridge to bring through healing and information from Non Ordinary Reality (the Spirit World) to Ordinary Reality (this physical dimension). The Spirit Allies are the spirits of humans, ancestors, animals, and nature and land spirits such as rocks and trees.. For the shaman everything is alive and carries information. The knowledge and information gained is used to help individuals and the community.
In order to communicate with the spirits, the shaman will shift his or her own state of awareness through various means, such as meditation, repetitive sounds such as that of the drum or rattle and movement.
What to expect at a Shamanic Healing Session
Your healing process begins when you book a session. Before we meet, I encourage you to focus on what you would like help with. You may wish to ask for a dream or do a meditation or journey to ask how best to prepare to receive your healing into yourself and your life.
Your initial session lasts up to 3 hours. We will be in sacred space that I will create for you before you arrive. Some of the prescription/integration work may take work on the day and may be undertaken outside.
I use a variety of shamanic and other healing practices in my work with clients including any of the following as appropriate to you at that session:
Wear comfortable clothing and bring paper and pen in case you wish to take notes.
If you can give yourself the rest of the day off, that will be great. After the session and in the next few days, be present to noticing what arises for you and just allow that. You may feel the effects physically, mentally and/or emotionally in various ways.
It is likely that you may be given instructions for things to do following your session - the healing prescription. Doing your work after the session to following these prescriptions is an essential part of welcoming and embedding the healing work in your being and your life.
People often ask how many sessions they will need and how soon after the first session they should book another. Many people benefit from having several sessions in a row. Each session builds on, integrates and deepens the previous ones. It can be good to come back within a few days, or to leave it for a few weeks. Trust yourself to know when the time is right. The most important thing is to do the work given in the prescription first and then trust yourself to know when it is time to move on and perhaps peel back another layer.
Your healing process may be instant or gradual. You may feel you suddenly want to change things in your life which have been present for a long time. Memories and feelings may arise. This is part of the healing process. You are always welcome to get in touch for further advice and perhaps a follow-up session. Sometimes the deepest healing can feel so natural that it may seem nothing much has happened… until others tell you how much you have changed or you look back even several years later and realise how the healing has changed you and things in your life.
What Illnesses Can Shamanic Healing Address?
Can shamanic healing address a specific illness?
Shamanic Healing addresses the spiritual aspect of illness, the part of the illness that is in your spirit, soul, or energy body. Shamans and all spiritual healers, believe that illness/injury appears in our energy body before it manifests in the physical body, and that if the body is injured the injury will also exist on the level of the spirit. Shamans believe that healing on the spiritual level can prevent conditions from appearing in the body, and also that healing the spirit helps or allows the body to heal once a condition has appeared.
The way the spiritual illness affects the body is not always the same. The way to address the same condition may be totally different from one client to the next. The "one method/one pill cures all" idea doesn’t work in shamanism.
Shamanic healing does bring about cures for many different types of conditions. It is capable of addressing any illness. Shamanism has produced many miraculous healings. Documented cases exist of individuals being cured of cancer, blindness and other seemingly unbeatable illness through shamanic treatment. However, there is a difference between healing and cure. Healing occurs on many levels: in the emotions, in the body, in relationships with others, and in relationship to the planet. A cure is one dimensional, you have an illness and a cure eliminates it. Cures do not address your sense of well being, or whether your life is rich and full of power.
Sometimes unhelpful mindsets and beliefs have been passed down to us from our ancestors and as these are healed for us, so the ancestors also receive the healing.
Thus, shamans seek to perform healing which may also result in cures.
Shamanic healing does not seek to take the place of western medicine, but there is no reason why shamanic work cannot be done in conjunction with western medicine. If you have an existing condition you should not give up your doctor or your current treatments. You should always consult with your doctor if you feel adjustments need to be made to your current medical treatments.
Illness as a Teacher
Sometimes curing an illness is not the best thing us. Healing is offered, therefore, in the spirit of being for a client’s higher good and the nature of the healing guided by the spiritual helpers.