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Shamanism

An ancient healing tradition and a way of life. The teachings of Shamanism focus on our connection with nature and promoting the well-being of all creation.

 

An Introduction to Shamanism

Shamanism is an ancient healing tradition and a way of life. The teachings of shamanism focus on our connection with nature and promoting the well-being of all creation. Essential aspects of shamanic life include journeying, ceremony, sacred dance and pilgrimages to places of power in nature.

 

The history of Shamanism

The word Shaman, which essentially translates to “someone with wisdom”, originates from the Tungus tribe in Siberia and can be used to describe the ancient spiritual practices of indigenous cultures. It is considered one of the oldest healing traditions in the world; archaeological and anthropological findings suggest it’s between 20,000 to 30,000 years old.

Shamans were known for being humanity’s first healers and throughout history, anthropologists have named them spiritual and ceremonial leaders among indigenous cultures worldwide.

Over the past few decades, Shamanism has been popularised throughout the western world and adapted to our 21st-century life. It’s believed that the reason it’s still around and gaining popularity is its ability to adapt and fit different lifestyles, religions, trends, and approaches.

It is also becoming increasingly popular in areas where people lack a connection with nature, in bigger cities where daily life is more chaotic and fast-paced.

Modern-day methods of Shamanic healing include fasting, plant and herbal medicine, and intensive spiritual work, as well as other detoxing therapies such as light therapy, IV infusions, breathing techniques and oxygen treatments.

What is shamanic healing?

What is Shamanic healing?

Shamanic healing focuses on the spiritual side of issues and illness.  It is about coming home to oneself and restoring power back to the individual so they can walk in their truth and authenticity. It involves achieving altered states of consciousness to perceive alternate realities and interacting with the energies and spirits that exist in different planes of our world.

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How can you benefit from Shamanic healing?

Thousands of years of practice indicate that Shamanic approaches have value to those who use them, or they would not have survived and been perpetuated. However, there is no research available that can prove the benefits of shamanic healing. Much like traditional religions, the Shamanic journey is one of personal connection and transformation.

People who experience Shamanic healing, tend to experience some or all of the following:

  • Feeling more present in their everyday life
  • Increased vitality
  • A greater connection to their source and soul purpose
  • A restored sense of mental, emotional, spiritual, physical wholeness
  • A greater focus in creating desired life changes
  • A better sense of well-being
  • Feeling a deep soul healing
  • The releasing stuck/toxic energy
  • Feeling balanced and harmonious
  • A better ability to cope with stress
  • Greater awareness & clarity
  • A deeper intuition
  • A connection with higher consciousness
  • Increased creativity
  • A new sense of empowerment & motivation
  • Improved relaxation and happiness

 

Shamanic healing is a deeply personal journey. Typically, the practitioner acts as a connection and calls on the spirits to begin the healing process. Clients report feeling restored, with a renewed sense of vision and feeling more like themselves afterwards. Ideal for someone who is wanting to shift something, find clarity or seek a deeper healing experience.

What is a Shaman?

What is a Shaman?

A Shaman is said to be an intermediary between this world and the spirit world. They act on behalf of a community conducting ceremonial rituals, healing people, and helping to guide others on the shamanic path.

Shamans are particularly common among Arctic communities, American Indians, Australian Aborigines, and African groups, such as the San, that retained their traditional cultures well into the 20th century. Each Shaman follows their own path – or soul journey – and has their own methods of practice.

In order to become a practitioner a Shaman must master three things:

  • Achieving altered states of consciousness
  • The ability to act as a medium between the physical and spiritual world
  • The ability to meet their community’s needs in a way that other traditional practitioners can’t
Is Shamanic healing right for you?

Is Shamanic healing right for you?

If you feel a little ‘lost’ in life, have gone through a big trauma or are looking for some clarity on what to do about a difficult situation, a Shamanic healing session could be hugely beneficial.

A Shaman will act as the connection between you and your guides in the other realms, and make sure your soul is protected throughout the process. Some physical sensations may be felt but it’s all in the interest of healing your soul.

 

What to expect on your Shamanic healing journey

Typically, a Shamanic session begins with making you as relaxed as possible while the practitioner calls on the spirits. This could be through drumming, chanting or using music to enter a trance like state.

What you experience will vary depending on the practitioner and your personal journey. The practitioner may use sound healing, crystals or other tools to clear energy resistance and get circulation moving again. They may also use other disciplines or massage techniques depending on your situation.

It is recommended you attend your session without a heavy stomach and refrain from substances such as alcohol, tobacco and illegal substances at least 24 hours before your session as these can inhibit your senses and Shamanic experience.

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Medical concerns

Holistic disciplines can assist you in your wellbeing, though they are not a substitute for medical care. This information should be used as a guide only to help you explore which holistic disciplines may assist you. We recommend researching the discipline and speaking with a practitioner before choosing to book any service.

This information is not, nor is it intended to be used as a medical diagnosis. Any information provided must be considered as guidance only, and not a substitute for obtaining a diagnosis from a medical professional. Please see the full terms and conditions of use. Always consult your doctor for any medical concerns.

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