Practices Common to Many Cultures
Shamanic Healing is used around the world in many different cultures and shamanic practices vary from culture to culture. But the goal — to heal people, communities, institutions and the earth and to live in balance — is always the same.
The word “Shaman” means “one who can see in the dark”. Shamanic healing is a path for direct revelation for people who suffer the ills of contemporary life such as: stress, the sense that life has no meaning, or unfulfilled desires.
Shamanism, though filled with elements of ritual, is not a religious practice rather a way to work with our spirit to achieve healing.
‘………Shamanism rests on the belief that the universe consists of seen and unseen dimensions, that it is animated by spirit forces, and that suffering is a result of disharmony or negative interactions between humans and their social and natural environment. The goal of the shaman is to acquire the power residing in the unseen dimension of reality and mediate it for the practical benefit of the community.
(Dreamworlds of Shamanism and Tibetan Buddhism:
The Third Place. by Angela Sumegi)
……..‘Shamanism can be defined as a family of traditions whose practitioners focus on voluntarily entering altered states of consciousness, in which they experience themselves or their spirit(s) interacting with other entities, often by traveling to other realms, in order to serve their community.’
(Dr. Roger Walsh – professor of psychiatry and anthropology at the University of California)
The Following Shamanic Experiences are Offered:
- Power Retrievals-reconnection to energy and gifts within you.
- Energy Removal-removal of energy that is no longer needed or not yours.
- Space Clearing-removal of energies from homes, land and items.
- Soul Retrievals-returning lost parts of your soul followed by Soul Part Integration-healing retrieved soul parts to restore integration with you.
- Death and Dying consultation and preparation.
- Ancestral healing-clearing today’s issues by healing your ancestral line.
- Curse Unraveling and Clearing.
- Energy Clearing of suffering beings
- Personal Ritual-creation and execution of healing ritual.
Stop in and discover Shamanic Healing for yourself and experience the kind of impact it can have on you.
by Jeff Currier
Shamanism is the ancient practice of healing wherein the shaman goes into a trance like state and communicates with spirits. They do this to get information and knowledge, and to request healings for other beings (and sometimes for themselves)
Shamans believe that when a person suffers from a physical or psychological trauma a part(s) of the soul splits off and no longer contributes to the person’s whole being. Instead it stays fixed in the event, but in non ordinary reality. This dissociation is called soul loss, and it often results in loss of memory, or a feeling of incompleteness. This disengagement makes it easier to survive traumas such as accidents, abuse, or emotional disturbances. 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 doesn’t let go. (An old lover perhaps.)
Once the traumatic event is over complete healing can occur when the soul part(s) that is missing is returned. The shaman facilitates this event by journeying into non ordinary reality and, with the help of spirit allies, finding the missing soul parts and bringing them back home. Then there is a period of integration, where the client gets to know the returned soul part(s) again, and together they work to heal the old wounds.
All people and animals can enjoy the power, strength and comfort of an alliance with a spiritual power animal. The spirits of wild animals work with shamans, guiding them through their journeys, giving advice and performing healings. Often the first thing a modern shamanic healer does for a client is retrieve a power animal for them. The person then bonds with the animal by honoring it in ordinary reality, visiting it during quiet meditation, and dancing in a way that lets the animal move through his or her limbs.
Often illness has a spiritual component as well as a physical component. When people are vulnerable and dis-empowered it is possible for energy that doesn’t belong to us to enter our bodies. These misplaced energies can cause persistent sickness, soreness and other undesirable things. As a shaman one of my key functions is to work with my spirits to extract these misplaced energies and deliver them to a neutral place, where they can contribute to the overall good of things (instead of causing harm). This process is called extraction, and it is a very common healing activity in my work. The results are immediate and powerful. After an extraction I always fill the space with Reiki healing.
Our words have power, far more power than most of realize. The curse at the person who cut you off in your care, the negative self talk we all do, this all builds up and the result is that we limit our personal power by the words we use, the emotion we put behind them and the life we give them when we say them. when a problem has been running in a family for generations, it may be a result of a curse placed many generations ago on an ancestor. That hurtful intention stays in place and affects the generations that follow until it is spiritually located and removed with compassion.
Unintentional curses are the most common. When someone declares to himself with conviction: “I’ll never love again!” it acts like a curse as one becomes locked into that energy. Things that we hear from our parents can affect us like curses as well.
Energy Clearing of Suffering Beings
Whether you believe in spirits or not, they do exist and can cause problems. There are many ways a spirit can become attached to a living person, animal, place, building, land, river, forest, country, etc. All things, all beings can suffer from an unwanted spirit attachment. I use the method of compassionate caring to assist the spirits to their true home and to remove energy that does not belong to the person or place. Often the presence of an attached spirit is recognized by new and sudden behaviors, feeling like a part of your body isn’t yours, and new or odd pains that suddenly appear. Once these beings leave, often they symptoms also disappear.
Space Clearing consists of cleansing, purifying, blessing, and gridding the home and land to bring your space into peace, balance and harmony. Just like our bodies, our homes and work spaces are our temples. And in a similar way to our bodies, the spaces we live in have immune systems that can be very sensitive to energy. Non-harmonious energy in our living and working spaces can also create disturbances within us. I will work with you to understand what intent you want set for the home, property, or space. Those that would like to may work with me to provide assistance with clearing the space.
When should you do a space clearing?
- Moving into a new home/office space (this can include a Blessing as well)
- Resetting the energy of a home or business
- Cleansing from a major event – fire, divorce, death
What are the signs that your space needs cleaning?
- A space that feels uncomfortable or has “emotional imprints”
- Plants might have difficulty growing
- Noxious environments can cause illness, headaches, restless sleep or lack of energy
- Dyslexic symptoms can manifest: difficulty focusing, mental fatigue, lethargy, low stamina
- Persistent nightmares and sleeping problems
- Perception of entities associated with the area or hauntings
- History of “bad luck” and other problems
- Knowledge of past evil that has occurred on the premises
What is the process of space clearing?
Space clearing processes differ according to the types of imbalances that are occurring in the space. The approach is always one based in compassion and positive intention. Usually the process takes an hour or two. The process may involve the use of smudging with sage, crystal gridding or other techniques.
What are the benefits?
People generally experience an alleviation of the events or experiences that had been undergoing before the clearing. People report the space feels “lighter” or more relaxed.
How can I maintain the space after clearing?
You will be given some ideas that are specific to your situation after the clearing has happened.