Shamanism is the study and practice of accumulating, storing, and utilising power to suspend everyday laws of nature and to influence and manipulate reality for the purposes of healing, prophesying, divining, and engaging in supernatural feats.
Shamanism is the world’s oldest spiritual path coupled with practical strategies for survival. It is a nature-based path of direct revelation meaning that each person has access to Spirit and spirits without need of any hierarchical structure.
Shamanism is a cross-cultural spiritual path practised in every continent of the world. It is remarkably similar everywhere even though, throughout history there has been little contact between shamans in widely divergent parts of the world.
What are the benefits Shamanism?
The benefits of shamanic healing are many. Although all shamans are unique and have their own distinct techniques and practices to restore their patients to good health, they share the fact that they are all dedicated to holistic restoration. This means that they work toward rebuilding one’s spiritual, emotional, physical, and mental health.
If you want to sleep better, feel better, think clearer, and feel fewer negative emotions, shamanic healing may be right for you. Those who experience shamanic healing often experience whole-body health benefits that transcend what conventional medicine has to offer.
What does a typical Shamanism session look like?
A shamanic healing starts with an interview to find out fully about the client, any symptoms, medications, background. The practitioner then prepares themselves, usually by silently observing the patient in a meditative state, by asking their allies or helping spirits and the patient’s allies to help them see what is needed in the healing.
Depending on the information they receive they may take various approaches to the healing, using shamanic tools. Since most problems come from dammed up flows of energy the most common approach is restore circulation and movement of energy in the body.
The practitioner may use sound healing with a drum or rattle, feathers, tobacco, crystals or other tools to clear resistance in the form of fear or anger patterns, get circulation moving again, restore lost parts of self, or energetically extract foreign energy or obstacles. Occasionally they may use simple massage techniques. Commonly the practitioner will sing, whistle, or hum traditional healing songs.
How do I find a specialist that suits me?
You should consider several factors when choosing a shamanic healer. Consider their training or story of how they came to do this work or where they gained their knowledge.
Understand their methods and see what approaches appeal to you. For example, healers may have follow-up sessions, group therapy, training you in journeying to work with healing afterwards, they may work with art, stones and crystals. Also see if they specialise in an area you are looking for help with.
A good shaman knows they are just making the connection between you and the spirit world, trying to connect you with what you need. You should never turn over your spiritual authority to any healer or spiritual teacher. A good healer, a good teacher, is looking for you to find your own empowerment.
The way the healer explains your healing is important. Shamanic practitioners have to distinguish want information is to guide their healing and what is to translate to you what they saw to guide you on your healing.
A good shaman is one who accepts you just the way you are. Shamans are called the wounded healer, because their own difficulties and traumas are how they learned to be compassionate. Their ongoing healing process helped them learn how to help you.
Shamanic healing is a deep process whose result unfold over time. Shamanic healing is not a quick fix, the power of the healing can be subtle.