Shaman ritual objects


Shamanism teaches that illness must be treated from a spiritual as well as a physical perspective. Shamanic healing deals with the spiritual component of illness. A shamanic practitioner works by entering an altered state of consciousness, similar to a dream state, in order to work with compassionate helping spirits for the benefit of the client. These helping spirits appear to the shaman in journeys, dreams, and other initiatory experiences. As long as the shaman is working compassionately and for the benefit of others, their helping spirits continue to assist them by providing information and power.

Most shamanic healing work is done through the technique of "journeying." The journey is the shaman's method of shifting consciousness to cross into non-ordinary reality. This is usually accomplished with the help of drumming or rattling. While in a shamanic state of consciousness the shaman can access helping spirits who then direct the healing activity or give information about what the client needs.

In my own healing practice I do shamanic journeys for clients for the purpose of Soul Retrieval, power animal retrieval, divination, extraction of negative energies, and for information that will help in their healing or life path.

I also teach the technique of journeying in workshops and private sessions. The use of journeying for personal healing and divination is called Shamanic Counseling. In this process the client learns to contact their own helping spirits. Through repeated journeys they establish a relationship to their tutelary spirits and develop skill at framing divinatory questions and interpreting the answers they receive.  

Q & A: on Shamanic Counseling

WHAT IS SHAMANIC COUNSELING? Shamanic Counseling is a technique for accessing your heart's wisdom. This technique is based on the classic "journey" practiced by shamans in traditional cultures all over the world for thousands of years. The journey is a door into non-ordinary reality where the practitioner shifts consciousness to a dream-like state and meets with helping spirits in the form of power animals and teachers. These spirit allies provide healing and guidance in a form that is uniquely suited to each individual. Most people can learn the technique in a few sessions. After learning to journey on their own, clients have access to a source of spiritual power that is available to them for healing, support, and guidance for the rest of their lives.

Clients typically use shamanic journey skills in a variety of life-enhancing ways. Among these are: healing and rejuvenation, practical problem solving, understanding relationship issues, accessing and nourishing creativity, gaining insight into challenging situations, reconnecting with their bliss, spiritual growth, clarifying life purpose.

Series of 5 Sessions (each 1-1/2 hours). Total: $450.00
This is a complete training program in the use of shamanic techniques for personal divination and healing. Individual sessions are available after completion of the program.

What is Soul Retrieval?

Soul retrieval is a type of spiritual healing that has been practiced in shamanic cultures for over 40,000 years. In this process the shaman journeys into spirit realms with the support of drumming and ritual, to retrieve lost parts of the client's soul. Many believe that "soul loss" is epidemic in today's society and can result from trauma, personal tragedy, injury, negative emotions, and even isolation from nature. The result often manifests as depression, chronic illness, loss of vitality, and disconnection from one's purpose and passion. When our fragmented soul parts are returned and honored, we feel a sense of peace, healing, and connection.

A soul retrieval session lasts about an hour and a half. The practitioner first finds out from the client what major issues they may be experiencing on an emotional, physical, or spiritual level. After making the client comfortable, the practitioner "journeys" with the help of spirit allies into non-ordinary reality. An assistant may provide shamanic drumming, or a tape or CD may be used. The recovery of soul parts is done in a type of daydreaming state that is referred to as a shamanic state of consciousness. Soul parts are returned to the client's heart by blowing them through a crystal the shaman carries while journeying.

One of the most healing parts of this process is the story the practitioner shares with the client about the visions seen during a journey. These visions are of the beauty and perfection of the client's soul that has now been returned.

After the session the practitioner often provides suggestions for soul nurturing that are specific to each client.

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